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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.

Stephanie Aguilar-Smith, MPA

Stephanie Aguilar-Smith

Stephanie Aguilar-Smith is a third year PhD student in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education, jointly pursuing a Graduate Certificate in Chicano/Latino Studies. She is a departmental graduate assistant, who primarily supports the Master’s in Student Affairs Administration program and online HALE Master’s program. She is also the Graduate Student Life and Wellness Leadership Development Fellow for the College of Education and a former MSU Writer Center Consultant.

Her research explores Hispanic-Serving Institutions, the labor conditions of the community college professoriate, and the institutional push-out of Latinx students from higher education.

Aguilar-Smith earned her Master’s in Public Administration with a specialization in Higher Education Administration, a bachelor’s in Journalism, and a bachelor’s in International Affairs from the University of Georgia. Previously, she served as an Admission’s Officer and an Academic Advisor at two different research-intensive institutions.

Alyssa Stefanese Yates, M.Ed.

Alyssa Stefanese

Alyssa is a fulltime, first 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.