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Lisa Wisniewski
Associate Professor of Sociology
School of Applied Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
Social Science (Psychology and Sociology)
Office Location
Courses Taught
Professional and College Experience (PSY 101)
Introduction to Sociology (SOC 101)
Community Organization & Advocacy (HSR 105)
Introduction to Psychology (PSY 112)
Healthy & Social Issues of Aging (SOC 320)
Cross-Cultural Psychology (PSY 350)
Lisa M. Wisniewski is an associate professor of Sociology at Goodwin University in Connecticut. She began her career in research focused on first-generation college students, immigrant students, and college choice. Lisa is a Universal Design for Learning trained Teaching Fellow at Goodwin University. She primarily teaches courses in Psychology and Sociology. Lisa has presented her work regionally, nationally, and internationally. She has presented her work to the New England Educational Research Organization, the Learning Assistance Association of New England, Northeastern Educational Research Association, American Educational Research Association, and the European Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction.
University of Hartford, Hartford, CT
Doctor of Education, February 2017
Educational Leadership, Higher Education
Dissertation Title: The United States college entry process of immigrant students of Polish heritage.

Central Connecticut State University, New Britain, CT
Master of Science, Counseling and Student Development in Higher Education, May 2013
Concentration in Student Development in Higher Education

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
Bachelor of Arts, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, December 2007
Double major in Communication Sciences and Sociology
Honors / Awards
2019: Sir Casimir Stanislaw Gzowski Quo Vadis Leadership medal
2018: Teaching Fellow with expertise in Universal Design for Learning
Areas of Interest / Study / Research
Immigrant students
First Generation College Students
Universal Design for Learning
Wisniewski, L.M. & Kania, J.S. (2021). The silent immigrant groups: The college choice process of polish immigrants. In K. Ziolkowska-Weiss (Ed.) Minorities in The USA. Past and Present.. Krakow: Wydawnictwo Naukowe UP.

Wisniewski, L.M. (2020). Social networking: From invasion of privacy to true self. In C. Seymour (Eds.), Successes and setbacks of social media: Impact on academic life (pp.) Wiley. DOI: 10.1002/9781119695233
Conference Presentations
Wisniewski, L.M. & Kania, J.S. (2021, July). The silent immigrant group. World Education Research Association, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

Wisniewski, L.M., Kania, J.S., & Pressler, E. (accepted). A model for UDL implementation in a college setting. UDL-IRN International Summit, Burlingame, CA.

Wisniewski, L. & Kania, J. (2019, July). Universal design for learning: How pedagogy can shape access in higher education. International Round Table Symposiums, Oxford, England.

Wisniewski, L. (2017, July). Polish immigration to the United States: Meaning-making in the realm of education. European Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction, Lodz, Poland.

Wisniewski, L. & Kania, L. (2021, February). Universal Design for Learning during COVID-19: Access and Equity. Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, Blacksburg, VA.

Wolter, M. & Wisniewski, L. M. (2020, October). Mentoring in the time of COVID-19. University of New Mexico Mentoring Institute Annual Conference, Albuquerque, NM.

Wisniewski, L. (accepted). Mentoring through imposter syndrome. ACE Women’s Network Leadership Conference, San Diego, CA.

Wisniewski, L., & Kania, J. (2019, August). Building expert learners at Goodwin College: UDL in action. CAST’s 5th Annual Symposium: Becoming Expert Learners, Cambridge, MA.

Nienhusser, H. K., & Wisniewski, L. (2015, April). Gender as a factor in shaping young urban female students’ college choice process. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL

Wisniewski, L., & Sonstrom, W.J. (2021, October). Using autoethnography to uncover the educational implications of the pandemic. Northeastern Educational Research Association, Trumbull, CT.

Wolter, M. & Wisniewski, L. (2020, October). Effective leadership: Communication in the time of COVID. Northeastern Educational Research Association, Trumbull, CT.

Kania, J., & Wisniewski, L. (accepted). Building expert learners with universal design for learning. 7th Annual LEAP Texas, Houston, TX.

Kania, J., Wisniewski, L., & Goods, K. (2019, November). Twenty ways to engage students in the classroom: Using UDL as a roadmap. Learning Assistance Association of New England, Greenfield, MA

Wisniewski, L., Kania, J., & Goods, K. (2018, November). Student voice and experiences: The role of support in education. Learning Assistance Association of New England, Fitchburg, MA.

Wisniewski, L. (2017, October). Immigrant student’s college choice: A proposed conceptual framework. Northeastern Educational Research Association, Trumbull, CT.

Wolter, M., & Wisniewski, L. (2016, October). Adding some style into academic leadership. Northeastern Educational Research Association, Trumbull, CT.

Wisniewski, L. (2016, April). College choice process of immigrant students of polish heritage. New England Educational Research Organization, Portsmouth, NH.

Charles, R., Elliott, B.N., Katz, A., & Wisniewski, L. (2016, April). Building retention and resilience in doctoral programs via a cohort structure. Department of Education, Nursing, and Health Professions (ENHP), Hartford, CT.

Wisniewski, L. (2016, March). First generation students and immigrant students: A literature review. New England Doctoral Student Conference, Nashua, NH.

Katz, A., Elliott, B., Wisniewski, L., & Charles, R. (2016, March). Colleagues and communication: Building retention and resilience in doctoral programs through cohort communication. New England Doctoral Student Conference, Nashua, NH.