Dr. Zachary Shirley

Zachary E. Shirley, Ed. D. | Director, Fraternity & Sorority Life

Dr. Zachary E.  Shirley currently serves as the Director for Fraternity & Sorority Life at the University of Cincinnati, joining the University in May of 2017 as a member of the inaugural department staff. Originally from Dallas, Texas, Zach graduated with his Bachelor of Science Degree in Secondary Education/English from Paul Quinn College (2005), his Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce (2006), and his Doctor of Education Degree from the University of North Texas (2014), with his dissertation research centered on the perceptions of Fraternities and Sororities from the perspective of a single institution and its community. Zach has worked as a Fraternity/Sorority Life and Student Affairs professional for more than ten years, advising communities at Texas Woman’s University, the University of Texas at Dallas, and, most recently, Texas A&M University-Commerce. He is an avid fan of virtually all things Marvel Comics and X-Men, believes that “Boy Meets World” is a classic, and will be the first to admit that his identical twin brother, Greg, is his best friend. Zach enjoys spending time getting to know students and learning about their personal journeys through this thing called life, and he strives to create safe spaces for all students, no matter their affiliation. He is especially interested in research on how Sororities and Fraternities offer transformative, developmental experiences for those students who choose to affiliate. Zach’s personal philosophy in regards to working with students is to inspire the students, so that they may, in turn, impact the world.

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Anthony Williams

Assistant Director, Fraternity & Sorority Life

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Traci Wiess | Program Coordinator, Fraternity & Sorority Life

Traci graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh in 2014 with a degree in Elementary Education.  After graduation, she served as a Traveling Leadership Consultant for Zeta Tau Alpha Fraternity and visited over 33 different campuses.  Inspired by the student affairs professionals she met during her time as a consultant, Traci decided to pursue a career in Higher Education.  She attended Virginia Tech where she graduated with her M.A.Ed. in Higher Education and Student Affairs in 2017.  Traci spends her time drinking coffee, listening to music, and cheering on the Green Bay Packers. She enjoys connecting with new people and exploring new places.  Traci joined the University of Cincinnati in May of 2017. 

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Melissa Dysinger | Undergraduate Student Intern

Melissa Dysinger is a 5th year student at the University of Cincinnati from Findlay, Ohio studying Marketing and Professional Selling. She previously served as the Panhellenic President and as the President of Theta Phi Alpha. Melissa is currently the President of Rho Lambda Women’s Honorary and the Membership Co-Chair for Sigma Phi Women’s Honorary. She has completed 3 co-op rotations with Vantiv, now Worldpay, The University of Cincinnati Foundation, and the National Crowdfunding Association of Canada. She enjoys philanthropic work with the Dragonfly Foundation, Reading is Leading, and completed a service abroad experience in Nicaragua helping build houses for families in the community.

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