Joel P. Spiess, M.S.

Academic Advisor

[Image] Joel Spiess

Northwest Quadrant Building B, Room 6525
Phone: (414) 229-2758
Alt. Phone: (414) 229-7189
Fax: (414) 229-3373
jpspiess@uwm.edu

Department

Office of Student Affairs (Advising)

Education

  • M.S., Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011
  • B.M., Music Education
    University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2007


Interests & Expertise

Professional advisors like Joel occupy a unique niche within the university as they guide, assist, and educate students from the first weeks of college through graduation. His current advisees are those undergraduate students seeking degrees in Athletic Training or Kinesiology.

Joel partners with students to design an individualized plan for academic and personal success. He helps students enact their plans and achieve their dreams by providing guidance related to academic and career goals, undergraduate major and course/class selection, curricular requirements, university policy and procedures, and campus support services and resources.

In addition, Joel serves as a liaison between the faculty and teaching staff and undergraduate students regarding program requirements, and he collaborates with the academic departments to develop and refine undergraduate student policy and procedures. He also represents the College of Health Sciences on campus committees and engages in student affairs initiatives which provide opportunities for student engagement, growth, and success.

Joel strongly encourages students to schedule an appointment with him each semester during their enrollment in the College of Health Sciences.

Joel is a member of UW-Milwaukee’s Academic Staff and works collaboratively with other student affairs professionals at UWM and beyond to continually improve the student experience. Prior to joining the College of Health Sciences in 2011, Joel worked in the Department of Residence Life at the UW-Madison.


Presentations

Clay, J. P., & Spiess, J. P. (2014, March). We need to talk: Engaging in difficult and respectful conversations in the workplace. Invited presentation for the Department of Residence Services at Kent State University, Kent, OH.

Clay, J. P., & Spiess, J. P. (2014, February). Continuing professional development: Student affairs careers strategies. Presented at the Madison Student Personnel Association Annual Conference, Madison, WI.

Clay, J. P., & Spiess, J. P. (2014, February). Continuing professional development: Student affairs careers strategies. Presented at the Student Personnel Young Professional Learning Network Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

Arai, E., Clay, J. P., Rashid, T., Rosetti, A. M., & Spiess, J. P. (2013, November). Intersection of identity. Presented at the NASPA Region IV-East Annual Conference, Skokie, IL.

Clay, J. P., & Spiess, J. P. (2013, November). I disagree: Voicing concerns with your supervisor. Presented at the NASPA Region IV-East Annual Conference, Skokie, IL.

Carreño López, A., & Spiess, J. P. (2013, September). Forging new pathways: A model for student success programs. Presented at the Wisconsin Academic Advising Association Annual Conference, Milwaukee, WI.

Clay, J. P., & Spiess, J. P. (2012, November). Continuing professional development beyond graduate school. Presented at the Graduate & New Professionals Institute of the NASPA Region IV-East Annual Conference, Madison, WI.

Erdmann, A. J., & Spiess, J. P. (2010, October). Moving from me to we: Organizational theory for new professionals. Presented at the Wisconsin College Personnel Association (WCPA) Annual Conference, Wisconsin Dells, WI.


Honors & Awards

  • Student Success Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), 2013
  • Nominee, Advising Excellence Award, Wisconsin Academic Advising Association (WACADA), 2013
  • New Professional of the Year, Wisconsin College Personnel Association (WCPA), 2012
  • First Year Student Success Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM), 2012

Professional Memberships

  • NASPA, National Association of Student Personnel Administrators
  • NACADA, National Academic Advising Association
  • WCPA, Wisconsin College Personnel Association
  • WACADA, Wisconsin Academic Advising Association
  • ACN, Advisors & Counselors Network, UW-Milwaukee

Professional Services

  • NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
    • Region IV-East Advisory Board
    • Region IV-East Representative, Socioeconomic & Class Issues in Higher Education Knowledge Community (2014-present)
    • Promising Practices Award Selection Committee, Student Affairs Partnering with Academic Affairs Knowledge Community (2013-present)
    • Region IV-East Representative, Health in Higher Education Knowledge Community (2012-2014)

Current and Previous Activities

  • Exploring Majors Fair Planning Committee (current)
  • Awards & Recognition Subcommittee of the Advisors & Counselors Network (current)
  • Enhancing Advising Subcommittee of the Advisors & Counselors Network (current)
  • Panther Welcome Day Committee (current)
  • Fall Welcome Leadership Team (previous)
  • Student Recruitment Advisory Committee (previous)
  • MAP-Works Advisory Committee (previous)

Courses Taught

CHS 100: New Student Seminar in Health Professions
An overview of the College of Health Sciences, health professions, academic requirements, career development, and strategies for academic and personal success.

KIN 290: Health & Identity
An innovative seminar encouraging first-year undergraduate students to explore individual determinants and outcomes for health as a lens for professional study and practice.