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Doctoral Student Profiles

Melissa Armstrong

Melissa currently serves as the site director for the Master of Public Health program at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. She is also the assistant director for the Master of Science in Clinical Research program. She holds a B.A. in Communications with a minor Organizational... more

Barry J Bailey

He has been a professor/librarian at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, KS since 2008, where he has served on distance learning, curriculum, governance, and curriculum committees. He is currently Chair of library faculty, and is interested in governance, learning analytics, and... more

Corinne M. Bannon

Corinne M. Bannon currently serves as the Assistant Director for Academic Data Analytics in the the Analytics and Institutional Research Office at the University of Kansas. In this role, she leads a team of analysts to support the data and analytical needs of university leaders, academic units and... more

Wayne Black

He is interested in exploring the intersection of higher education and athletics. His research focuses on the impact of college athletics on college environments, such as campus climate and athletic department culture and on students and student-athlete outcomes, such as career development and... more

John T Bricklemyer

John Bricklemyer is a graduate student in the Ed.D. program in higher education administration interested in improving relationships between departments/programs and part-time faculty. He has more than 31 years of progressive industry experience, including positions in general management,... more

Breta J Campus

Breta currently serves as Director of Student Support Services at Independence Community College, Independence, KS. She earned her BA's in Psychology and Sociology and her MA in Psychology from the State University of New York at New Paltz in New Paltz, NY. Her interests lie in online learning... more

Michael A. Chavez

Michael currently serves as an Assistant Director at the Undergraduate Advising Center at the University of Kansas. He currently oversees the Peer Advisor program, where current undergraduate students go through rigorous training to assist with Summer Orientation and become advisors for students... more

Andrea Cook

Andrea Cook currently serves as the Assistant Dean for Academic Operations at Ottawa University, where she has worked for 11 years. In this role, Andrea oversees adjunct faculty, course scheduling, and student survey data in relation to course and instructor satisfaction. Her research and... more

Aidan Dunleavy

Aidan currently serves as the Director of Institutional Research and Accreditation at Friends University in Wichita, KS. He holds a B.A. in Economics and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Kansas and an M.B.A. from Creighton University. His professional interests include... more

Lauren Edelman

Lauren currently serves as the Interim Director of the Leadership Institute at Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. In this role, Lauren coordinates the undergraduate Leadership Studies Minor and Certificate programs as well as many co-curricular leadership development efforts with Leadership... more

Kendra Edwards

Kendra currently serves as the Director of Resource Development at Metropolitan Community College in Kansas City, MO. She earned her BS in Criminal Justice from Lincoln University and her MPA in Public Management from Park University.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eugene T. Parker III

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Paige Maria Freeman

Paige is dedicated to making academic and social transitions educationally rewarding and creating programmatic efforts that are culturally centered and meets the needs of all students navigating their first-year. Serving in the role of the Associate Director of Orientation Programs in the Office of... more

Mauricio Gómez Montoya

Mauricio currently serves as the Student Experience Designer in the University Honors Program at the University of Kansas. In this role, he oversees advising efforts for Honors students, leads the development of innovative programs to connect students to campus resources, and designs meaningful... more

Benjamin Herron

Ben Herron serves as Academic Success Coach and Honors Program Coordinator for the KU Edwards Campus in Overland Park, KS. He has a decade of experience in higher education in the realm of student services and admissions, with his professional work mostly focused on the support of adult learners... more

Steven D. Johnson Jr.

Steven has committed himself to supporting the holistic student experience, with dedicated energy towards making higher education a place where all students can be successful. As the Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Student Programs in the KU School of Business, he works to... more

Ric Killian

Ric is a doctoral student in the Higher Education Administration program in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at the University of Kansas. He is interested strategic leadership and distance education.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Susan B. Twombly

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Ira Kirschner

Ira holds a BA in Communications and Journalism and an MA in Policy, Administration, and Leadership in Education, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. While pursuing his degrees, he worked at the university's International School as the Director of Student Life. He also created and... more

Madeline Lambing

Madeline Lambing (she/her) works at the Washburn University Leadership Institute as the Program Coordinator/Lecturer. Her responsibilities include advising and mentoring students in the planning, development, and facilitation of co-curricular programming and teaching undergraduate leadership... more

Cathy Mahurin

Cathy's current role is Program Director of Career and Transfer Services for JCCC where she supports retention initiatives by facilitating efficient transfer pathways between the College and four-year schools and oversees all the aspects of the Career Development Center. Her interest lies in how... more

Marc Malone

Marc currently serves as Vice President for Instructional Services/CAO at Garden City Community College in Garden City, KS, a position he has held since May of 2019. Previously, he served the roles of Associate Vice President for Planning and Assessment, Department Chair of English, and Faculty... more

Candace Marie Villanueva

Candace is passionate about advocating for equity in education. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services from Ottawa University and a Master of Science degree in Organization Development with an Executive Leadership Certificate from Avila University. She is the College & Career... more

Terrell Mason

Terrell currently serves as an Associate Dean at Strayer University in Newport News, VA. He earned his BS in Mass Communication from VCU and his MPA from Central Michigan University. He is interested in learning analytics, data-driven decision making, and expanding access to higher education for... more

Brent T. McCoy

Brent currently serves as Senior Education Team Coordinator at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine in Kansas City, MO. He earned his BSE from Emporia State University and his MA in Higher Education Administration from UMKC.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eugene T. Parker... more

Stacey Mendez

Stacy currently serves as the Project Director for the Heartland College Assistance Migrant Program at the University of Kansas. Her research and practice interests are in the areas of college access, retention, and completion for students from historically underserved backgrounds, including... more

Mako Miller

Mako Miller is a champion for diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in Kansas City. For over 14 years, Mako has made a commitment to higher education through her work for both two- and four-year colleges. Mako is the Career Services Manager for Kauffman Scholars, Inc. where she strives to... more

Carrie Scala

Carrie is currently the Associate Registrar at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, KS. She earned her BA in Theatre from the University of Missouri -Kansas City and her MA from Stony Brook University in Higher Education Administration.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Lisa... more

Shawn C. Smith

Shawn has 19 years of higher education leadership serving public two and four-year (single and multi-campus) institutions. She has served in the most innovative and entrepreneurial offices in higher education leading multi-million dollar operations while ensuring the success of those she served.... more

Brian Steele

Brian currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Admissions at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. His research and practice interests are in the areas of medical school admissions, pipeline programs, and rural health. He received his BA in Political Science from West Texas A&M... more

Chris Stoppel

Chris works at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in Academic Services and Enrollment Management (ASEM) as the Director of Enrollment Operations and Strategy. His job responsibilities cover enrollment management, data and analytics, and financial management and operations. Chris seeks to... more

Harry Swartz

Harry Swartz currently serves as a Senior Student Services Advisor with the KU Academic Accelerator Program, helping international students adapt to life in the United States and navigate their first year at the University of Kansas. In addition to academic advising, he coordinates the program’s... more

De'Angelo Thomas

De’Angelo currently serves as the Site Coordinator of GEAR UP at the University of Kansas. He earned his BA in Communications at the University of Missouri - Kansas City, and his MA in Mass Communications at the University of Central Missouri. His academic interest is the success and persistence... more

Julie A. Thornton

Julie Thornton is working towards her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies as a member of the summer 2019 cohort. Julie brings nearly 30 years of professional student affairs, Title IX and student advocacy experience in both private and public college and university settings.... more

Alex Wells

Alex is the current faculty chair of counseling at Johnson County Community College. He has worked at JCCC for the last 12 years. Alex spent the first seven years as a counselor and the last five serving as chair. Alex's interest include predictive analytics, retention, and mental health.

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Todd Wells

Todd currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Students for Student Engagement at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. He earned his BS in Family Studies and Human Services and MS in Counseling from Kansas State University.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eugene T. Parker III

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