Patricia Telles-Irvin

Patricia Telles-Irvin

Vice President for Student Affairs, Northwestern University
Instructor, Higher Education Administration and Policy


Dr. Patricia Telles-Irvin is the Vice President for Student Affairs at Northwestern University. Her responsibilities include providing the leadership for the Division of Student Affairs to accomplish its goals of being full partners in the student learning experience and fulfilling the mission of educating, engaging, and enriching. From 2004-2011, Dr. Telles-Irvin was Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Florida. During her tenure at the University of Florida, she increased student engagement while enhancing the sense of student community and academic class identity. She also is leading the university’s efforts to address the problem of binge drinking. Prior to her the University of Florida, Dr. Telles-Irvin served in multiple roles at Florida International University, including Director of the Student Counseling and Psychological Services Center and Assistant and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs. She concluded her service there as Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and Human Resources, and Vice Provost for Academic Affairs. Telles-Irvin is a national leader in student affairs and is the past-president of NASPA, the national association of student affairs administrators in higher education, where she has also served as a Chair of the Board of Directors.



Year Degree Institution
BA, Education Duke University
PhD, Counseling Psychology Boston University

Research Interests

Issues of acculturation and diversity, women's concerns and student development.



MS_HE 475

Crisis Management and Mental Health Issues Addressing different crises and mental health issues on university campuses is critical for institutional stakeholders as well as contrasting and integrating what these crises mean for external stakeholders. This course will introduce the concept of crisis (types and stages), the relationship to legal obligations, communication, and the prevalent mental health issues on U.S. campuses. As an individual, as well as a member of the university community, it is important to deconstruct and understand the management of a crisis. Real case studies will be discussed using a crisis response model.

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