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The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is the University of
Minnesota's school of policy and planning.

Humphrey Student Services Staff

The Humphrey School's Student Services office recruits, retains, and graduates public affairs leaders to advance the common good in a diverse world.

Meet the staff that help make your career at the Humphrey School a success.

Dan Cheng
Associate Director of Admissions
280 Humphrey School

As the Associate Director of Admissions, Dan Cheng supports the admissions and recruitment efforts for the five degree programs and four certificates at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Upon joining the Humphrey School, Dan brings nine years of higher education admissions and recruitment experience at the University of Minnesota in both the undergraduate level and most recently as the Assistant Director of Admissions at the Law School. Through his previous work, Dan also brings knowledge in scholarship administration, higher education counseling, and national and regional professional association leadership, including serving as the president of the Minnesota Association of Counselors of Color (MnACC), expanding upon his work in diversity and pipeline initiatives. Dan received his BSB degree in marketing and entrepreneurial management from the University of Minnesota's Carlson School of Management. Personally, Dan enjoys photography, musical theater, travel, and living vicariously through his DVR and Hulu account.

Stephanie Haddad
Assistant Dean
300 Humphrey School

Stephanie Haddad is Assistant Dean at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, where she also earned a Master of Public Policy degree in 2000. In the Assistant Dean role, Stephanie is part of the leadership team of the School and oversees several functions including student services and operations. Before starting at the Humphrey School in 2012, Stephanie worked as Program Director with the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits for eight years. She has worked in various roles with several nonprofits in her career including the Longfellow Community Council, Southeast Asian Community Council, YouthCARE/Camp Sunrise, Outward Bound South Africa, and Youth Frontiers. Stephanie has participated in Leadership Twin Cities, Rotary International's Group Study Abroad (India), and the University of Minnesota's President's Excellence in Leadership program. Stephanie currently serves on the YouthCARE Board of Directors. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College where she earned a BA in history.

Amy Luitjens
Director of Admissions
280 Humphrey School

Amy Luitjens is the Director of Recruiting and Admissions for the Humphrey School's five graduate programs, and three certificates. Amy has worked in higher education for nearly nine years, most recently serving as the Assistant Director of Admissions at Hamline University School of Law. In addition, she has worked in policy development related to health reform with the Minnesota Department of Health. Amy is committed to giving back in the local community, having served two terms on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Saint Paul. Amy possesses a BA in Political Science and Spanish from Cornell College and a MPA from Hamline University.

Joel M Joel Mixon
Academic Advisor
280 Humphrey School

I advise MDP, MPP, MS-STEP, and MURP students as well as advising student organizations.  I also serve on the Humphrey School's Diversity Committee.

I have spent great part of my life dedicated to Higher
Education. As an undergraduate student I attended James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, with a double major in Political Science and Public Administration.  I completed a graduate degree in College Student Development at Appalachian State in Boone, NC. My professional work experiences in Residence Life, Student Activities, and Orientation have led me to Academic Advising where I enjoy helping students define their academic plans and engage in activities to help them meet their goals. I am currently enrolled as a doctoral student in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities.  When I am not working I enjoy exploring the Midwest and meeting new people. I love independent and foreign films and will often spend time at any one of the Landmark Theaters in the area. Travel is another area of interest for me l as I enjoys new cultures and cuisine whenever I get the chance.

Photo of Katherine MurphyKatherine Murphy
Senior Academic Advisor & College Coordinator
280 Humphrey School

If you are a student, ask me anything! My main purpose is to support you in getting your degree by helping you address any personal or academic challenges that come your way. I can problem-solve just about anything, as well as answer questions about what, when, where, who, and how. I work with faculty when students are having difficulties of any kind. I am the professional academic advisor for the mid-career Master of Public Affairs, the Public Affairs Leadership certificate, and the PhD in Public Affairs. In addition to working directly with students and consulting with faculty to support the academic and personal success of students, I work on projects such as orientation, curriculum, and revision of policies, procedures, forms, and databases, and serve as College Coordinator for the Humphrey School, representing the School to enforce University-level graduate education policies for students. My undergrad degree is in Music Ed, and I spent eight years teaching K-12 choir, band, and general music. With a master's degree in counseling, I have served as an advisor in student activities; undergraduate and graduate admissions; current student services; and career services in the College of Education and Human Development, the School of Public Health, and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

The Career Services Office is housed in the Student Services suite. Their staff provide guidance to incoming and current students, as well as alumni. Please visit their website for more information on the Careers Services staff.

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Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
280 Humphrey School
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455


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Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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