Assistant Program Director
Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment
204C Bailey Hall
Heather Shea currently works as the Assistant Program Director of RISE and is also a doctoral candidate in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education PhD program at MSU. Heather has been appointed as Consulting Faculty with the Center for Gender in the Global Context at MSU. She earned her master's degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Colorado State University in 2000 and wrote her master's thesis on multiracial identity development. Heather completed a Bachelor's of Science degree in Business (Marketing) and a Bachelor's of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design from Colorado State in 1998. She and her family relocated to Michigan after spending the past five years in north Idaho, where Heather worked as the Director of the University of Idaho Women’s Center. Before moving to Idaho, Heather worked at the University of Arizona with multicultural affairs, commuter student services, and student leadership and involvement. She is a true student affairs generalist. She brings to RISE experience with assessment and strategic planning as well as teaching experience in sociology, women's/gender studies, and leadership studies. Heather's research interests include feminist leadership, social justice, and student engagement via student activism. Her passions outside of working with college students include reading, running, camping, and enjoying the outdoors with her children.