January 13th, 2014


Dr. Navarro holds a joint appointment as an Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Professional Studies, Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Coaching and Coordinator of the Higher Education Leadership Program housed in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.  She serves as a Faculty Liaison to the UW-Whitewater and UW-Madison Departments of Athletics for student-athlete career and leadership development programming.


Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Madison

Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis: Higher, Postsecondary and Continuing Education

M.A. University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Sport Administration

B.S. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

Business Administration, Sport Management, and Strength and Conditioning

Professional Experience:

As a scholar-practitioner, Dr. Navarro has served as an athletics department employee for six years working with the UNC Division of Student-Athlete Development, Carolina Leadership Academy and University of Wisconsin Division of Student-Athlete Support Services.  Prior to her tenure at UW-Whitewater, Dr. Navarro served as an Assistant Professor of Adult and Higher Education at the University of Oklahoma and Director of the Intercollegiate Athletics Administration Graduate Program.

Research Interests:

Dr. Navarro’s dissertation and current research interests center on best practices in high impact career and professional developmental programs in higher education.  Her current work is centered at the nexus of sport and education, career development and student development.