Marilee Bresciani Ludvik


Professional Bio:MarileeBrescianiLudvik,Ph.D. servesasaprofessorofpostsecondaryeducationalleadershipatSanDiegoStateUniversity. Priortothat, sheservedasAssistantVicePresidentofInstitutionalAssessmentatTexasA&MUniversityandinavarietyofstudent affairs, academicaffairs, andalumnirelationsleadershiprolesatvarioustypesofinstitutions.  As a faculty volunteer, Bresciani Ludvik serves on San Diego State University’s Student Learning Outcomes and Programmatic Assessment Committee, and has served on the university’s Student Success Working Group. She has assigned time to work within the recently established Office of Educational Effectiveness at San Diego State where she assists in connecting student learning and development outcomes to equity performance indicators in a manner that can inform improvements in in-class, out-of-class, and program design and delivery. Bresciani Ludvik also volunteers her time on the California State University 2025 Data-Driven Decision-Making Task Force and the San Diego State University Data Champions research group.

Marileehaswritten 12 books, published over 200 scholarly articles, and empoweredover200 institutionsandtheirleadersonorganizationallearningassessmentandaccountabilitydecision-makingprocesses.  Inaddition, Marileeassistsorganizationalleadersidentifyandleverageopportunitiestocollaborateacrossdivisionlines, usingmindfulness-basedinquirypractices,nonviolentcommunication, difficultconversationpractices, paradigmbustingprocesses,compassionpractices, restorativejustice, anddesignthinking.

Furthermore, Marileeisacertifiedmeditationandyogainstructor, certifiedSearchInsideYourselfLeadershipInstituteteacher (the program developed at Google), andaQualified Mindfulness-BasedStressReductionteacheronthecertificationpath. Marilee is also acertified transformational life coachwho uses the evocative method. Marilee’sresearchfocusesonusingtranslationalneuroscienceandmindfulcompassionpracticestoinformthedesignandevaluationofworkshops, curriculum, andcoachingpracticestodecreasestudents’, faculty, andadministrators’ stressandanxietywhilealsoincreasingtheirattentionandemotionregulation, cognitiveflexibility, andenhancingcompassion towards self and other,inquiry, creativity, andoverallwell-being. 


Dr. Bresciani Ludvik’s work has been honored with awards such as the International Association for Student Personnel Pillar of the Profession Award in 2012, the International Association for Student Personnel George Kuh Award for Outstanding Contribution to Literature/Research in Higher Education in 2013, the American College Personnel Administrators Diamond Honoree in 2016,the UNESCO/MGIEP Senior Research Fellow in 2017, and the International Association for Student Personnel Robert H. Shaffer Award for Academic Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member in 2019.


Marilee is thrilled that she gets to empower educators, staff, administrators, and student leaders to get in touch with their passions so they can positively transform their lives and the lives of those they serve! 


Marilee can be reached at [email protected]