Professional Experience

September 2016 —current | United States Sports Academy | Daphne, AL

Dean of Student Services & Assistant Professor

  • Serve as chief student affairs officer, overseeing institutional research and strategic enrollment management.
  • Serve on President’s Cabinet, Institutional Effectiveness Committee, and SACSCOC Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) subcommittee.
  • Supervise Admissions, Advising, Alumni Relations, Billing, Career Services, Financial Aid, Registrar, Recruiting, Student Help-desk, Student Information Systems, and Student Retention.
  • Chair and serve on doctoral dissertation committees

The United States Sports Academy is an independent, non-profit, accredited, special mission sports university created to serve the nation and the world with programs in instruction, research, and service. The role of the Academy is to prepare men and women for careers in the profession of sports.

June 2016—September 2016 | Montana Department of Labor & Industry | Helena, MT

Director of Work Based Learning for Energy, Manufacturing, and Construction1

  • Cultivated industry-driven community and sector-strategy partnership initiatives.
  • Supported Montana University System (MUS), Montana Office of Public Instruction (OPI) and Montana Department of Labor & Industry (MTDLI) data alignment.
  • Evaluated employer/union training programs for potential college credit.
  • Leveraged National Governor’s Association Policy Academy to cultivate new models of integration between MUS/MTDLI.
  • Integrated apprenticeships (and pre-apprenticeships) and work based learning into two-year college (and K-12) programs.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry exists to promote and protect the well-being of Montana’s workers, employers and citizens, and to uphold their rights and responsibilities.

May 2014—July 2016 | Dawson Community College | Glendive, Montana2

Interim President (July 2015—July 2016)

  • Served as Chief Executive Officer and supervised Three VPs (Administration, Academics, and Student Affairs).
  • Established three new technical programs: one A.A.S. and two CTE certificate-level programs.
  • Began process of offering two degrees fully online (in addition to current face-to-face format).
  • Led efforts for NWCCU Year One Self-Evaluation and two Ad Hoc study reports.
  • Navigated DCC off “warning” status and back into full accreditation.
  • Led reductions in (staff) force and faculty cutbacks due to budget shortfalls,
  • Achieved new collective bargaining agreement with staff union.
  • Increased headcount for the first time in six years with strategic enrollment management (SEM) plan.
  • Increased summer FTE by 81% over one year.
  • Increased dual/concurrent enrollment by 28% (in one semester).
  • Increased workforce development offerings (non-credit) by 130% (in one semester).
  • Solidified Institutional Effectiveness System (IES) structure and committees.
  • Completed course prioritization; continued program review that led to program prioritization.

Assistant Vice President for Instruction & Student Services (From May 2014)

  • Served as Chief Institutional Effectiveness Officer and reported to the VP for Instruction and Student Services;
  • Directly oversaw Academic Success, Accreditation, Athletic Department Compliance, Assessment, Campus Life, Career and Technical Education (CTE) faculty, Food Services, Institutional Effectiveness, Institutional Research, Program Review, Public Relations, Registrar, Residence Life, Scheduling, Student Conduct, Student Learning & Engagement, and Student Housing.
  • Initiated program review (Council for Advancement of Standards guidelines) with all student service reports; all departments completed Institutional Effectiveness Plans (IEPs).
  • Initiated and completed Student Outcome Assessment Plans (SOAPs) for all CTE coursework.
  • Initiated and completed IEPs for all CTE majors/departments.
  • Updated/revamped Student Conduct Code and Student Housing Complex Community Standards.
  • Retained 80% of students admitted under TAACCCT Grant-funded Welding certification program; 100% of students attempting—achieved certification.

Dawson Community College provides affordable and open access to quality teaching and learning.

2011—2014 | Idaho State University | Pocatello, Idaho

Visiting Assistant Professor, Organizational Learning & Performance (June ‘13—May ‘14)

  • Instructor: Global Aspects of Human Resource Development (developed this course).
  • Foundations of Professional-Technical Education (PTE).
  • Evaluation in Corporations and Professional-Technical Education.
  • Teaching Methods in Professional-Technical Education.
  • Instructor/Coordinator: PTE-Idaho State Leadership Institute, statewide graduate-level learning courses for select, nominated Department of Professional-Technical Education administrators.
  • PTE Student Retention Consultant, J. A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation, Boise, ID.
  • Workforce development consultant, Bridea Training Solutions, LLC. (Chobani, Inc.), Twin Falls, ID.

START Coordinator (May ‘11—to July ‘13)

  • Developed, implemented and oversaw Successful Transitions and Retention Track (START) pilot-project (2-year) designed to transition and retain GED students into post-secondary education.
  • Supervised professionals: IT staff, Math and English instructors, Licensed Counselors and graduate counseling interns, work-study students, and career practicum interns.
  • Developed theory-based persistence & retention model; published in peer-reviewed journal.
  • Retained 107 of 141 participants admitted into program over two-year project.
  • Budgeted $1.2M; secured additional supplemental ($0.8M) university funds, matching-fund grants, supplemental grants and donations.
  • Secured funding at State and university levels to permanently fund START program in a budget-cut year.

Idaho State University, a Carnegie-classified doctoral research and teaching institution founded in 1901, attracts students from around the world to its Idaho campuses.

2004 – 2010 | Consultant, Researcher, Faculty | Kunming, YN, P. R. China

While working on my dissertation in Sino-U.S. Transnational Education, served in several full- and part-time roles:

Kunming Firmenich Aromatics | Trainer / Consultant (2004-2010) – Led twice-weekly meetings to help the leadership team build capacity in strategic management, leadership, and international business communications. Formulated and implemented competitive and equitable compensation plans.

Firmenich is the world’s largest privately-owned company in the perfume and flavor business.

Keuka China Programs | Assistant Professor of International Business (2007-2010) – Taught Strategic Management, OD, Leadership, HRM, and Career Management to international joint-degree-seeking university students in three major Chinese cities. Implemented Kouzes and Posner’s Leadership Challenge activities into the curriculum. Achieved average student rating of 4.58/5.00; Excellent Professor award.

Keuka College’s joint-degree programs encompassed the largest Sino-U.S. transnational program; 5,000 students.

Kunming University of Science & Technology | Assistant Professor of English Communication (2006-2007) – Taught English Debate, Research Writing, and Survey of Western Culture to Chinese university students. Two students ranked in the top five (out of 6,000 contestants) at the CCTV national English speaking competition in Beijing.

KUST was one of 43 state universities to receive an “Excellent, A Rating” in 2006 by the Ministry of Education.

Kunming Haina Panlong Training School | Vice Principal / OD Consultant (2004-2006) – Developed an English language school; built-out the rented space, hired and trained the teachers, and marketed the program to adults. In one year, achieved #3 ranking (out of 200 schools) in Kunming. Supervised 26 professionals. Budgeted 720K monthly.

KHPTS was a privately-owned language school; most are franchisees of one of the “Big Five” language schools.

2004 Feb–November | New England School of Acupuncture | Watertown, MA

Student Affairs Coordinator

  • Served as Chief Student Affairs Officer.
  • Created, implemented and coordinated student mentor program.
  • Designed, built, and maintained Student Affairs Website.
  • Facilitated and advised student council.
  • Led implementation of student newsletter.
  • Created and trained community standards board.

NESA is the oldest college of acupuncture in the U.S., with over 40 years of expertise in educating the next generation of healthcare providers..

1998 – 2003 | Washington State University | Pullman, Washington

Assistant Registrar (interim) | 2002 – 2003

  • Reduced FTE (full time enrollment) State budget reporting from 24 days to ten days over a one-year period.
  • Reallocated one FTE (full time equivalent, 34K) due to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) training re-design.
  • Supervised classified staff members and graduate assistants.

Assistant Dean of Students (interim) | 2000 – 2002

  • Eliminated a six-month backlog of student conduct casework in one semester (at zero additional cost).
  • Recovered over $1M in lost alumni donations in one semester; nearly $2M in three semesters.
  • Supervised classified staff, graduate assistants and undergraduate work-study students.
  • Chaired divisional Diversity Committee; co-Chaired divisional Program Assessment & Evaluation Committee.
  • Trained divisional search committees on EEO/AA policy and procedures for WSU’s Center for Human Rights.
  • Managed Office of Student Affairs IT/IS/Web functions.

Resident Hall Director | 1998 – 2000

  • Transformed (in one year) a last-apply-last-assigned residence hall known as “the Ghetto” into an active community that was voted “Residence Hall of the Year – Most Improved,” by the WSU Residence Hall Association.
  • Led and managed (in one year) an athletic dormitory’s metamorphosis into a residence hall with an active hall council and student government.
  • Supervised 12 undergraduate staff members.
  • Managed campus “Perham Hotel,” conferences & events registration and room assignments.
  • Professional Staff Member of the Year award; WSU President’s Award.

Washington State University is a “Research I” university that provides “World Class, Face-to-Face” learning and research opportunities to 25,000 students in Pullman, Spokane, Vancouver, and Richland, Washington.


Additional Administrative experience listed on LinkedIn

Education, Professional Development, Languages, & Recent Publications

  • PhD, Higher Education Administration | Washington State University | Pullman, WA
  • EdM, Educational Leadership | Washington State University | Pullman, WA
  • BA, Sociology and Psychology | University of Mississippi | University, MS



  • Conversant in Mandarin and Japanese.


  • Nix, J. Vincent, Lion, Robert W., Michalak, M., and Christensen, A. (2015). Individualized, purposeful, and persistent: Successful transitions and retention of students at risk. Journal of Student Affairs Research & Practice. Volume 52, Issue 1.
  • Nix, J. Vincent & Michalak, M. (2012). START! The successful transitions and retention track program: a comprehensive approach to supporting GED holders entering college. Journal of Adult Education, (41) 2.
  • Sino-U.S. transnational education—”buying” an American higher education program: A participant observation study, by Nix, Jerry Vincent, PhD., Washington State University, 2009, 269 pages; AAT 3416131. (Open publication, available here)

Professional Involvement & Recent Presentations

  • NASPA, current; ATEA, current; NAFSA, current; AIR, current; NODA, current.
  • Program Reviewer, 2017 NASPA Multicultural Institute: Advancing Equity and Inclusive Practice.
  • Awards Reviewer, 2017 NASPA Region III.
  • Program reviewer, NASPA 2017 Closing the Achievement Gap: Student Success in Higher Education Conference.
  • Program Reviewer, 2017 NASPA Religious, Secular, and Spiritual Identities Convergence.
  • Program reviewer, NASPA 2017 Assessment and Persistence Conference.
  • Program reviewer, 2017 NASPA Community College Institute.
  • Chair, NASPA Excellence Awards Committee—Diversity Area (for awards at the 2015 national conference).
  • Chair, NASPA Excellence Awards Committee—Diversity Area (for awards at the 2014 conference).
  • NASPA Excellence Awards Committee—Diversity Area (for awards at the 2013 national conference).
  • Searching for Treasure: Gamify Your Learning Objectives! NASPA Region III Alabama Drive-In Conference; Birmingham-Southern College, January 20, 2017.
  • Intrusive Advising: The Holy Grail of At-risk Student Retention? NASPA Assessment and Persistence Conference (NASPA APC2014); national, peer-reviewed presentation, June 20, 2014.
  • Intrusive Advising: The Holy Grail of At-risk Student Retention? American Technical Education Association (ATEA) 51st national (peer-reviewed) conference, March 27, 2014.
  • Career Management in Today’s Global Environment; invited lecture at Kunming University of Science & Technology, Kunming, Yunnan, PRC; November 27, 2013.
  • Social media & your career: Are you LinkedIn? presentation for student leadership retreat, Fall Regional Leadership Conference, Business Professionals of America; Idaho State University, November 22, 2013.

1 Temporary position, nominated by the Commissioner of Higher Education and Commissioner of Labor for the State of Montana.

2From February 2015 to June 2015 I was not an employee of DCC; I privately-contracted remotely.