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Department of Educational Administration

Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education

Program Office

HALE Administrative Assistant
Phone: (517) 353-5187

Erickson Hall
Department of Educational Administration
Michigan State University
Erickson Hall
620 Farm Lane Rm 423
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034:


Ambassadors are current Ph.D. students who are available to answer your questions about the HALE program, Michigan State University, living in the Greater Lansing area, and transitioning to doctoral studies. Please feel free to contact either of our ambassadors for questions, informational interviews, and their perspectives on the HALE program.

If you have general questions (including questions about your application) please contact the HALE program directly.

Maryann Orawczyk, M.Ed.

Maryann Orawczyk

Maryann is a first-year student in the HALE PhD program, and is a graduate assistant within the Educational Administration Department (EAD). In her GA appointment, Maryann mainly supports the MA program in Student Affairs Administration as well as the online HALE MA program. She earned both her bachelor's degree in English and her master's degree in Higher Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Previously, Maryann worked professionally for five years as an Academic Advisor for the University of Illinois at Chicago. Maryann also has experience in academic success coaching, new student orientation, teaching first year seminars, and residence life. Maryann's current research interests center around office and organizational culture, attrition in student affairs professionals, and mid-level management and leadership.

Alyssa Stefanese Yates, Ed.M.

Alyssa Stefanese

Alyssa is a fulltime, second year student in the HALE PhD program. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English Literature with double minors in Philosophy and Women & Gender Studies from the State University of New York at Geneseo, and a master’s degree in Higher Education with a concentration in Student Affairs Administration from the University at Buffalo. Prior to attending MSU, Alyssa worked as an International Admissions Staff Member at her alma mater. Alyssa also has experience in domestic admissions, residence life, community engagement, and leadership development. Currently, Alyssa holds a graduate assistantship within the Educational Administration Department (EAD). Through her assistantship, Alyssa works on outreach, recruitment, and event planning for current and prospective PhD students. Alyssa’s research interests broadly include: gender, noncognitive factors of admissions, and college access.