Donna Menke

Assistant Professor


  • Ph.D. Kansas State University
  • M.S. University of Nebraska-Omaha
  • B.A. University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Dr. Donna Menke decided on a career in higher education while working as a student-tutor for her alma mater’s athletic department. After earning her B.A in Sociology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, she went on to enroll in graduate school at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. There she gained experience as a Graduate Assistant in the campus learning center and as an Academic Advisor for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. After competing her M.S. in Counseling, she went on to work in student activities, residence life, and career counseling before serving as an Academic Advisor at Kansas State University for six years. While at K-State she earned her Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Development. Her work experiences provide her with practice-based knowledge of many areas of student affairs. Dr. Menke is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Special Education, Counseling and Student Affairs. She is actively involved in NASPA, and NACADA and serves as a reviewer on the NACADA Journal. Her research areas of interest include student-athletes, retention of first-generation/low-income students and career development.

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