Advisory Board

Jonathon Ferguson

Jonathon Ferguson

Jonathon joined the Career Exploration Center at UW–Madison in 2014 after working in various advising and student services positions in higher education for the previous 10 years. Jonathon's advice is for college students to actively engage in the career development process as early as their first semester on campus. Students can engage in the process by enrolling in classes of their interest, gaining work experience, and exploring their educational, professional, and life goals by using resources at their college or university.




Dr. Charles Henderson

Dr. Charles Henderson

Charles Henderson is a Professor at Western Michigan University (WMU), with a joint appointment between the Physics Department and the WMU Mallinson Institute for Science Education. He is the co-founder and co-director of the WMU Center for Research on Instructional Change in Postsecondary Education (CRICPE). His research program focuses on understanding and promoting instructional change in higher education, with an emphasis on improving undergraduate STEM instruction. Dr. Henderson is the senior editor for the journal Physical Review Physics Education Research and has served on two National Academy of Sciences Committees: Undergraduate Physics Education Research and Implementation, and Developing Indicators for Undergraduate STEM Education. Website


Dr. Mindi Thompson

Mindi Thompson, PhD, HSP, is a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a licensed and registered Health Service Psychologist. She has published more than 20 peer-reviewed empirical journal articles using qualitative and quantitative methods, written five book chapters, and coauthored a research design textbook entitled Research Design in Counseling (4th Ed.). Website




Dr. Nancy Kendall

Dr. Nancy Kendall

Nancy Kendall is associate professor of educational policy studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Her research examines the consequences of national and international policies and funding streams directed at improving marginalized children's, communities' and states' wellbeing. She is affiliated with the African Studies Program, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, Development Studies Program, and Global Health Institute at UW-Madison. Kendall conducts comparative ethnographic research on U.S. and global development education policies and their intersections with children’s and families’ daily lives. Research projects have examined Education for All, political democratization and educational governance, structural adjustment and education, US higher education, sexuality and HIV/AIDS education, and gender and schooling. Website