Ashford University Catalog

University Personnel

Board of Trustees

Dr. Gregory Geoffroy, Chairperson

Dr. Gregory L. Geoffroy brings more than 30 years of experience in higher education to the Ashford University Board of Trustees. Currently, he is President Emeritus at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa, where he spent the previous ten years as the institution's President. From 1997 to 2001, Dr. Geoffroy served as Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost at University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland. He was at Pennsylvania State University from 1974 to 1997, where he held a variety of leadership positions, including Dean of the Eberly College of Science and Head of the Chemistry department. Dr. Geoffroy currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Bankers Trust Corporation and is a Grand Council Member of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He earned a PhD in Chemistry from the California Institute of Technology and a BS in Chemistry from the University of Louisville.

Ms. Mary Jo Maydew, Vice Chairperson

For more than 30 years, Mary Jo Maydew has been providing financial guidance to colleges and universities. From 2000 to 2011, she was the Vice President for Finance and Administration at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts where she had previously been Treasurer since 1987. Prior to that, Ms. Maydew held the positions of Assistant Treasurer and Assistant to the University Controller at Cornell University. Currently, Ms. Maydew serves on the Board of Directors for the Center Redevelopment Corporation and the Investment Committee for The Loomis Communities. In addition, she recently completed a seven-year term as a Commissioner on the New England Association for Schools and Colleges Commission on Institutions of Higher Education. She has served on the Board of Directors for several educational organizations, including the Tuition Plan Consortium, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, and the Eastern Association of College and University Business Officers. Ms. Maydew earned her MBA from Cornell University and her BS in Accounting from the University of Denver.

Lt. Col. Paul Aguirre

Lt. Col. Paul Aguirre is the Logistics Readiness Squadron Commander for the 161st Air Refueling Wing (ARW) of the Arizona National Guard. In this role, he manages a professional support staff that includes legal, chaplain, public affairs and other support functions. He has served over 22 years in the military, deploying to Afghanistan in 2011 to 2012, where he worked in the Chief of Staff's office at the NATO Headquarters in Kandahar, Afghanistan. His diverse management experience includes serving as Public Affairs Officer for the Arizona National Guard, where he represented the over 8,000 members of the Arizona Department of Emergency and Military Affairs to media and community groups. He also has an extensive financial management background that includes 12 years as the Comptroller for the 161st ARW, managing an annual budget exceeding 40 million dollars, and Resource Manager for the Joint Counter Narcotics Task Force, a joint Army and Air Guard program supporting local, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the National Guard Association of Arizona. A strong advocate for adult education, Lt. Col Aguirre earned his BA from the University of Phoenix while on active duty with the Arizona National Guard.

Dr./Sister Ruth Cox 

Sister Ruth Cox is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis in Clinton, Iowa. Sister Ruth is also currently a Fellow and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Nursing for The Center of Nursing Classification and Clinical Effectiveness at the College of Nursing at the University of Iowa. Prior to her role at the University of Iowa, Sister Ruth was an Adjunct Faculty member at Kirkwood Community College, President and CEO of The Alverno Health Care Facility, and Assistant Professor of Nursing at Loyola University of Chicago and Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. She has served professionally in many roles, including the Leadership Council of the Sisters of St. Francis, the research team for Nursing Outcomes, and the Iowa Advisory Board for the Iowa Foundation for Medical Care. Sister Ruth has delivered numerous papers and presentations on the topic of nursing. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa, and earned her MA, MSN, and BS from Loyola University of Chicago.

Dr. Merle W. Harris

Dr. Merle W. Harris brings 45 years of educational experience to the Ashford Board of Trustees. She has served in a variety of roles at institutions of higher education, high schools, grade schools and the Connecticut Department of Higher Education. Most recently, she served as Professor of Undergraduate and Graduate Programs in Public Policy and Higher Education Policy, Law and Foundations at Charter Oak State College and the University of Hartford in Connecticut. Dr. Harris also works as a consultant in planning, policy development and accreditation in education and higher education. From 1989 to 2008, Dr. Merle served as Executive Director of the Board for State Academic Awards and President of Charter Oak State College. She also served as Interim President of Central Connecticut State University and as Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Research Planning for the Connecticut Department of Higher Education. Dr. Merle currently sits on the Board of Regents for Higher Education and the Connecticut Allied Health Policy Board. She earned her EdD in Education Policy, Research and Administration from the University of Massachusetts, and her MS in Guidance and Counseling and BS in Education from Central Connecticut State College. 

Dr. Albert K. Karnig

Dr. Albert Karnig was President of California State University, San Bernardino from 1997 to 2012. During his tenure, he helped the University achieve major milestones in enrollment, diversity of faculty and students, grant and contract funding, fundraising, and international program development. Previously, Dr. Karnig served as Provost at the University of Wyoming and Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at Arizona State University. He also directed Arizona State's School of Public Affairs, which at the time was ranked among the nation's ten leading public policy and administration programs. Dr. Karnig currently sits on the Board of Directors for the California University of Science and Medicine, the California Council on Economic Education, the San Bernardino County Alliance for Education, and the KVCR Public Radio and Television Education Foundation, Inc. Dr. Karnig earned his Bachelor’s degree from Augustana College and his Master’s and Doctorate degrees in Political Science from University of Illinois. While at the University of Illinois, Dr. Karnig became a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, an N.D.E.A. Fellow, and a Kendric Babcock Fellow.

Dr. Carol Kasworm

Dr. Carol Kasworm has nearly four decades of experience studying adult learners and is considered a leading authority on adult undergraduate students in higher education. She is the W. Dallas Herring professor emerita of adult and community college, formerly of the Department of Leadership, Policy and Adult and Higher Education at North Carolina State University. Her research interests have focused upon the adult undergraduate experience, including the nature of learning engagement and participation patterns of adult students, the situated influences of varied higher education contexts on adult learners, and the role of adult higher education in a lifelong learning society. Dr. Kasworm has held faculty appointments at University of Texas – Austin, University of Tennessee – Knoxville, University of Houston – Clear Lake and University of South Florida. She has also served as Associate Dean of Research and Technology in the College of Education at University of Tennessee – Knoxville and Associate Vice Chancellor for Faculty and Program Development at University of Houston – Clear Lake. In 2002, Dr. Kasworm was inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame. She received her BA in Psychology and Sociology from Valparaiso University, her MA in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State University and her EdD in Adult Education from the University of Georgia.

Dr. Paula Kelly

Dr. Paula Kelly has more than 20 years’ experience in higher education extended studies leadership and served as the Dean of the College of Extended Studies at San Diego State University. She was responsible for building strategic alliances with external partners including corporations, other universities, ministries, and governmental agencies. She has a background in entrepreneurial self-support education and international business, and traveled to more than 30 countries in Asia, Europe, South America, and the Middle East to market and develop College of Extended Studies international training and development programs for SDSU. Dr. Kelly has served on several Boards of Directors including the University Continuing Education Association (UCEA), World Trade Center, Asian Business Association, and St. Vincent de Paul Village. Dr. Kelly earned her doctorate in Education Leadership and Masters in Business Administration from the University of San Diego. She served as the Development Director for USD, Vice President of Development for Monarch School, and she is currently the Director of Development for International Relief Teams. Dr. Kelly has expertise in board development and corporate, foundation, major gift and capital campaign fundraising.

Dr. Meredyth A. Leahy 

Dr. Meredyth A. Leahy has over 30 years of experience working with adult educators and adult learners in basic literacy, secondary, continuing and higher education, in both public sector and military education venues, including Temple University and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, Cabrini College, Muhlenberg College, and Excelsior. From 1994 to 2008 she served as Dean, School of Liberal Arts, Excelsior College, Albany, New York. Since her retirement, she has served as distance education adjunct faculty for Excelsior College teaching an undergraduate course on the history and philosophy of American education, and North Carolina State University where she taught a graduate course on the adult learner. She recently joined the American Council on Education's Military Installation Voluntary Education Review (MIVER) as a program review team member. Dr. Leahy earned her Bachelor's degree from Edinboro State Teachers College and her Master's and Doctorate degrees in adult education from Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Dr. Craig W. Linebaugh

Dr. Craig W. Linebaugh brings a wealth of experience in higher education to the Ashford Board of Trustees. He has spent more than 35 years at The George Washington University serving in a variety of leadership roles, including Senior Associate Provost of Academic Operations, Associate Vice President for Academic Planning, and Chief Academic Operating Officer of the Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. Currently, he is a Professor of Speech and Hearing Science and a Research Professor of Medicine at The George Washington University. Dr. Linebaugh sits on the Board of Trustees Committee on a Science and Engineering Complex. He earned his post-doctoral fellow in Speech-Language Pathology from the Mayo Clinic, his PhD in Speech and Hearing Science and MA in Speech-Language Pathology from Temple University, and a BA in English Literature from Lebanon Valley College.

Dr. Geri Hockfield Malandra

Dr. Geri H. Malandra is the founder and principal of Malandra Consulting LLC, a firm created to assist higher education leaders with the development and implementation of outcomes-focused management, accountability, and policy initiatives. From 2012-2013, she served as Senior Advisor to the President of Kaplan University, after serving the previous two years as Provost. Prior positions include her role as the Senior Vice President for Leadership, Membership, and Policy Research at the American Council on Education, and as Vice Chancellor for Strategic Management for the University of Texas System. Dr. Malandra also served as Associate Vice Provost at the University of Minnesota, where she spent more than 16 years working in various leadership capacities. Her public service includes an appointment by former U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings to serve as a member and Vice Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity. Dr. Malandra holds her MA and PhD in Ancient Studies from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. She earned her BA from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Dr. Peter J. Negroni

Dr. Peter J. Negroni is currently Senior Advisor and consultant to EMC Publishing and the College Board. A career educator with more than 50 years of experience in education, Dr. Negroni spent 30 years in the New York City Public Schools, starting as a teacher and ending with 10 years as a school superintendent in the Borough of the Bronx. During his career, Dr. Negroni acted as the Executive Director of an educational foundation in Catawba County, North Carolina, where he led an effort to reform the school districts in that county. In 1989, he was appointed Superintendent in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he earned a national reputation as a transformational leader and was awarded the recognition of Superintendent of the Year. In 2000, Dr. Negroni returned to New York City to assume the position of Senior Vice President at the College Board, where he spent 13 years leading major efforts in the K-12 and International Divisions before retiring in August 2013. Dr. Negroni holds a doctorate from Fairleigh Dickenson University in Teaneck, N.J and a bachelor’s degree from Iona College in New Rochelle, New York.

Ms. Cheryl Ann Oldham

Cheryl Ann Oldham is Vice President of Education Policy at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Her 20 years of experience in public policy, education, and government relations includes eight years of service in President George W. Bush’s administration. Most recently, she served in a variety of roles with the U.S. Department of Education, including Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Postsecondary Education, Chief of Staff for the Office of the Under Secretary of Education, and Executive Director for the Secretary of Education’s Commission on the Future of Higher Education. Oldham began her career serving as Health and Human Services Policy Director for the Texas Office of State-Federal relations in Washington, D.C. She also currently serves on the National Workforce Solutions Advisory Board. Oldham earned her JD from St. Mary University’s School of Law and her BA in Political Science from Texas Christian University.

Dr. Karen Paulson

Dr. Karen Paulson is a Senior Associate at the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS). Her areas of expertise include assessment, evaluation, accreditation, and the use of data in state policymaking; she has worked at over 40 postsecondary institutions and in 30 states. She conducts evaluations for institutions and consortia with externally funded projects including the State Scholars Initiative, Title III, Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) Comprehensive, and Learning Anytime Anyplace Partnership grants. She is the author of “Developing Public Agendas for Higher Education: Lessons for Comparative State Higher Education Policy,” in State Postsecondary Education Research: New Methods to Inform Policy and Practice, edited by K. M. Shaw and D. E. Heller in 2007, “Adult Learners in the United States: A National Profile” (co-authored with Marianne Boeke for the American Council on Education, 2006), and “A Data Audit and Analysis Toolkit to Support Assessment of the First College Year” (2003). She holds engineering degrees in addition to her higher education study. Her Ph.D. is in Higher Education with a minor in Policy Analysis from The Pennsylvania State University.

Dr. Craig Swenson

Dr. Craig Swenson is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Ashford University. With more than 40 years of experience in higher education, Dr. Swenson is a recognized national leader in higher education. In 2015, Dr. Swenson served as Interim President of University of the Rockies. Prior to that, he served as Chancellor Emeritus and was a Professor of Higher Education Administration at Argosy University. He also served as Chancellor of the Argosy System for seven years and held the position of Chief Academic Officer for Education Management Corporation for several years. Before his tenure at Argosy University, Dr. Swenson was Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at Western Governors University. Prior to that, he served as Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs over the University of Phoenix system. At University of Phoenix, he was a Senior Regional Vice President and a Vice President/Campus Director. Dr. Swenson is on the Board of Directors of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and he serves on the Advisory Board for the CHEA International Quality Initiative. He is active as a peer reviewer and accreditation team chair for the Commission on Senior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Dr. Swenson has been a member of the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQI), advising the U.S. Secretary of Education on matters related to accreditation and the eligibility and certification process for institutions of higher education. In addition, he has served on the Jacob K. Javits Program Fellowship Board at the U.S. Department of Education. He was a non-federal negotiator for the U.S. Department of Education Negotiated Rulemaking process in 2007. Additionally, he was a member of the U.S. Army Educational Advisory Committee, advising the Secretary of the Army on education and training matters. Dr. Swenson earned a PhD in Education with an emphasis in Adult and Organizational Learning at Walden University, a master’s degree in Organizational Communication from Brigham Young University, and a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Utah.

Ashford University Administration

Bob Daugherty, M Phil
Executive Dean, Forbes School of Business

Courtney (Tony) Farrell, PhD
Executive Dean, College of Education

Poppy Fitch, MA
Associate Vice President, Student Affairs Title IX/ADA Coordinator

Jacquie Furtado, MEd
Associate Vice President, Strategy Management and Engagement

Justin Harrison, PhD
Executive Dean, Division of General Education

Morgan Johnson, MA
Associate Vice President, Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning

Sheri Jones, MS
Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning and University Services

Iris Lafferty, EdD
Associate Vice President, Academic Services

Joe Leonhardt, MS
Divisional Vice President, Enrollment Services

Aspen McPartland, MBA
Associate Vice President, Student Advisement

Charles R. Minnick, PhD
Clinton Campus President

Shelly Mohr, BA
Vice President, Clinton Campus Operations

Kirk Morrison, MBA
Vice President, Student Services

Stephen Nettles, PhD
Associate Vice President, Assessment and Evaluation

Laura Palmer Noone, JD, PhD
Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Chief Academic Officer and Accreditation Liaison Officer

Eric Piepenbrink, MA
Associate Vice President, Student Advisement

Michael Robinson, MA
Vice President, University Services and Policy

Adam Selhorst, PhD
Executive Dean, College of Liberal Arts

Shelley Schaffer, BS
Vice President, Enrollment Services

Katie Scheie, MA
Vice President, University Registrar

Laura Sliwinski, PhD
Executive Dean, College of Health Human Services and Science

Jim Smith, BS
Senior Vice President, Finance

Stephanie Stewart, MAEd
Director, Financial Aid & Policy


Any updates to Ashford Faculty are presented on the Ashford University website. Please visit https://www.ashford.edu/online-degrees/faculty for the most up-to-date faculty biographies.

Murad Abel
B.S. Central Michigan University
M.B.A. Davenport University
D.B.A. University of Phoenix

Faisal Aboul-Enein
M.S.N, M.P.H., Ph.D. University of Texas Health Science Center

John Ackerman
Political Science
B.S. Florida State University
M.A. Air Command and Staff College
M.A. Golden Gate University
Ph.D. University of Alabama

Julie Adkins
B.A. College of William and Mary
M.T. Virginia Commonwealth University
Ph.D. Capella University

Efiong Akwaowo
International Business
B.A., M.B.A. Texas Southern University
Ph.D. Northcentral University

Elaine Alden
B.A. Point Loma Nazarene University
M.B.A. National University
Ph.D. University of Kent

Jessica Alvarado
Child Development and Early Childhood Education
B.S. National University
B.S. San Diego Christian College
M.S. National University
Ed.D Fielding Graduate University

Stephanie Anderson
B.A. University of Nebraska at Kearney
M.A., Ph.D. University of Kansas

Lane Andrew
B.S. University of Colorado
M.S. University of Denver
Ph.D. University of Northern Colorado

Stanley Atkinson
Finance, Economics, and Statistics
B.A., M.B.A. The University of Mississippi
D.B.A. Mississippi State University

Heather Ann Auger
A.A. Chaffey College
B.A., M.A. California State University, San Bernardino

Karen Bakuzonis
B.S. Daemen College
M.S. Medical College of Virginia/ Virginia Commonwealth University
Ph.D. University of Florida

Emma Bate
B.A. Wake Forest University
M.A., Ph.D. Indiana University

Mingzhen Bao
B.A., M.A. Zhejiang University
Ph.D. University of Florida

John Bathke
B.A. Yale University
J.D. University of California, Los Angeles

Paula Webb Battistelli
B.A. Southwestern Oklahoma
State University
M.A. Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
Ph.D. Washington State University

 Ronald Beach
Associate Dean, Forbes School of Business
B.L.S. University of Oklahoma
M.S., Ph.D. Capella University

Roxanne Beharie
Public Health
B.S. University of Pittsburgh
M.A. Mercy College
DrPh. Morgan State University

Alan Belcher
B.A., M.A. Marshall University
M.S. West Virginia College of Graduate Studies
Ph.D. Capella University

Joseph Belcher
B.S. Mid-America Christian Ministry
M.S., Ph.D. Capella University

Nina Bell
B.A. Indiana University of Pennsylvania
M.A. University of London’s Birkbeck College
M.P.H., Ph.D. Walden University

Nicholas Bergan
B.A. St. Louis University
M.S. Florida State University

Rizza Bermio-Gonzalez
B.S. California State University Fresno
M.S., Psy.D. Alliant International University

Sonja Bethune
B.A., M.Ed. Wichita State University
Ph.D. California School of Professional Psychology

Carl Beyer
B.S. Beloit College
M.A. Northern Illinois University
Ph.D. University of Illinois

Carol Bierce
B.S., M.B.A Northwestern University

William Blix
B.A. Florida State University
M.B.A. Regis University

Kristina Bodamer
Education/Curriculum and Instruction
B.S., M.A. State University of New York College

Katie Bojakowski
B.A. Eastern Washington University
M.A., Ph.D. Texas A&M University

Brand Bowler
B.S. University of Southern California
M.B.A. Loyola Marymount University
D.B.A. Nova Southeastern University

Bruce Bradway
A.A.S. Community College of the Air Force
B.A. Wabash College
M.S. Troy State University
M.A. University of Northern Colorado
Ph.D, Walden University

Stephen Brewer
B.S. University of California, San Diego
M.A., Psy.D. Alliant International University

Wayne Briner
B.S.N., M.S. Sangamon State University
Ph.D. Northern Illinois University

Cynthia Brown-Davis
B.A., M.B.A. American InterContinental University
Ph.D. Capella University

Brian Burmeister
B.A. The Franciscan University
M.F.A Iowa State University

Mike Burton
Campus Dean, Business - Sports and Recreation Management
B.A. University of Notre Dame
J.D. Valparaiso University

Jongbok Byun
Information Systems and Management
B.A., M.A. Sogang University
Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University

Celeste Barnette Campbell
Early Childhood Education and Curriculum & Instruction
B.A. Duke University
M.Ed. University of San Diego
Ed.D. University of California, Los Angeles

Jorge Cardenas
Associate Dean, Forbes School of Business
B.S., M.S.B.A. San Diego State University
D.B.A. Alliant International University

Deborah Carpenter
B.A. University of California, Riverside
M.A. San Diego State University

A. Lee Cartwright
A.S. College of Albemarle
B.S., M.S., Ph.D. North Carolina State University
M.B.A. Salisbury State University

Erick Cervantes
B.S. Oregon State University
M.P.H. Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
N.D. National College of Natural Medicine

Maura C. Chaney
B.A. Colorado State University
M.A., Ph.D. Grand Canyon University

Kunsoo Paul Choi
Managerial Economics
B.A. Sungkyunkwan University
Ph.D. University of Virginia and Drew University

Alex Cohen
Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts
B.A. New York University
M.A., Ph.D. University of Iowa

Cindy Combs
B.A., M.A. Eastern Kentucky University

Wendy Conaway
Liberal Arts
B.A. University of Houston
M.S. Our Lady of the Lake University
Ph.D. Walden University

Karen Conzett
B.S., M.S. Illinois State University
Ph.D. The University of Iowa

Michael Cooper
English and Literature
B.A. University of South Florida
M.F.A. Georgia State University

Anna Copeland Wheatley
B.A., M.A. University of Alabama
Ph.D. University of North Carolina at Greensboro

M. Diane Cornilsen
Computer Information Systems
B.A. University of Northern Iowa
M.S.Ed. Northern Illinois University

Valencia Coty-Barker
Liberal Arts
B.S. Tennessee State University
M.S. Georgia State University
Ed.D. Argosy University

Michelle Cranney
Health Information
A.S., M.B.A. Davenport University
B.S. Utah State University
D.H.Sc. A.T. Still University

Marcus Crayton
B.A. Huston Tillotson University
M.B.A., Ph.D. Capella University

Angela Seay Dallas
B.S. Concordia College
M.Ed University of West Alabama
EdD. Argosy University

Leon Daniel
Business and Public Administration
B.A. California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
M.B.A., D.B.A. University of La Verne

Bill Davis
B.A. Lewis University
M.A. St. Ambrose University

Vivian Day
Health Care
B.S., M.S. Saint Joseph’s College
Ph.D. Capella University

Claire DeCristofaro
B.A. Hunter College of the City of University of New York
M.D. Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Adam Deutsch
A.A. Nassau Community College
B.A., M.A. Hofstra University
M.F.A. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Gregory Dlabach
Liberal Arts
B.A. Oklahoma State University
M.A. Missouri State University
Ed.D. University of Arkansas

Judy Donovan
B.A. University of Michigan
M.A. Indiana University/Purdue University
M.A. Western Michigan University
M.A. Grand Valley State University
M.B.A. Eastern Michigan University
Ed.D. Nova Southeastern University

Veliota Drakopoulou
B.S. State University of New York, New Paltz
M.B.A. New York Institute of Technology
Ph.D. Walden University

Melinda Dunlap
B.A. University of Iowa
M.A. University of Northern Iowa

Srabasti Dutta
B.S. Berea College
Ph.D. State University of New
York, Stony Brook

Kenneth Edick
Project Management
B.A. Thomas A. Edison State College
M.B.A. University of Phoenix
Ph.D. Capella University

Ted H. Eilders
Social Studies and Psychology
B.A., M.A. Concordia University
M.Div. Wartburg Theological Seminary
Ph.D. University of Iowa

Ted D. Ellis
Criminal Justice
B.A. Northwest Nazarene College
J.D. University of Idaho College of Law

Robert A. Engelson
B.A. Augsburg College
M.F.A. University of Minnesota
D.M.A. Arizona State University

Tony Farrell
Special Education and
Teacher Education
B.A. National University
M.S. National University
M.Ed. University of Oklahoma
Ph.D. University of Hawaii

Max Fassnacht
B.A. Evergreen State College
M.A. University of British Columbia

Stephanie Fink De Backer
B.S. Georgetown University
M.A. Catholic University of America
Ph.D. University of Arizona

Tamecca Fitzpatrick
Early Childhood Education
B.A., M.A. University of Tennessee at Knoxville
Ed.D. University of North Texas

Brenda Forde
M.B.A. Arizona State University

Christopher Foster
Liberal Arts
B.A. University of California, Davis
M.A., Ph.D. University of Kansas

Don Frey
B.B.A. University of Iowa
M.B.A. St. Ambrose University

Edward Gall
Philosophy and Religion
B.S. Wilkes University
M.S. Clemson University
M.Div. Covenant Theological Seminary  

Sarah Gall
B.S. Rhodes College
Ph.D. Washington University School
of Medicine

Aimee Garten
B.A. University of Southern California
M.F.A. National University

Stephanie Young Gonzaga
B.S., M.S., D.M. University of Phoenix

Gregory W. Goussak
Accounting and Management
B.S., M.S. University of Nevada Las Vegas
Ph.D. University of Phoenix

Amy Gray
B.A. Central Washington University
M.Ed. Heritage College
Ed.D. Arizona State University

Adam Gutschmidt
B.A., M.A. University of Dayton
Ph.D. North Carolina State University

Debby Hailwood
B.A. Chapman University
M.A. Loyola Marymount University

Stephen B. Halfaker
Teaching, Learning, and Leadership
B.S. California Polytechnic State University
M.A. San Diego State University
Ed.D. University of Southern California

Barbara Hall
Education/Instructional Design
B.A. Oglethorpe University
M.S., Ph.D. Capella University

Jeffrey Hall
Higher Education
B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. University of South Florida

Diane Hamilton
Organizational Behavior
B.S. Arizona State University
M.A. University of Phoenix
Ph.D. Northcentral University

Adrianne Hanson
B.A. Barnard College
M.S. University of Edinburgh
Ph.D. New York University

James Hardy
B.A., B.A. Utah State University
M.A. University of Washington
Ph.D. Indiana University

Pamela Hardy
Adult Development
B.A. San Diego State University
M.B.A., M.P.H. National University
Ph.D. Capella University

Yolanda Harper
B.A. University of California, Los Angeles
M.A., Ph.D. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Justin A. Harrison
Dean, Division of General Education
B.A. Taylor University
M.A. University of Toledo
Ph.D. Loyola University Chicago

Stephanie Heald
A.A.S. State University of New York, Cobleskill
B.A., M.S. State University of New York, Oneonta

Gary Heath
B.A., M.A., Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley

Holly Heatley
B.A., M.A. University of Texas, Arlington
M.L.I.S. University of North Texas

Gertrude Hewapathirana
International Business
B.A. University of Kelaniya
M.B.A. University of Sri Jayewardenepura
M.A., M.Sc., Ph.D. University of Minnesota

Bethany Heywood
Social Science
B.A. University of Vermont
Ph.D. Queen’s University Belfast

Wendy L. Hicks
Criminal Justice
B.A., M.A., Illinois State University
Ph.D. Michigan State University

Renee Hill
B.A. Lake Erie College
M.B.A. Cleveland State University
D.M. University of Phoenix

Marc R. Hnytka
Liberal Arts
B.S., M.S. Ohio State University

George Holbrook
Public Administration and Business Law
B.A. University of California San Diego
M.P.A. National University
J.D. Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Wayne A. Hollman
Finance and Economics
B.A. San Diego State University
M.B.A. California State University Dominguez Hills
Ph.D. Walden University

Charles P. Holmes
B.S. Eastern Illinois University
M.S., Ph.D. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Gail Hoskyns-Long
Operations Management
B.S., M.A. Central Michigan University
Ph.D. Capella University

Magdy Hussein
B.S. Helwan University
M.B.A. University of Phoenix
Ph.D. Capella University

James C. Hyatt
B.S. Southern Utah University
M.A. Fort Hays State University
A.B.D. Walden University

Jennifer Irwin
B.A. St. Mary’s College
M.A. Loyola University
Ph.D. American University

Joen Larson, EdD

B.A Buena Vista College
M.S. Iowa State University
Ed.D. University of Northern Iowa

Karen Lynne-Daniels Ivy
Information Systems and Management
B.A. Washington University
M.B.A. University of St. Thomas
Ph.D. Capella University

Robert E. Jackson
Law Enforcement Administration
A.S. Bellevue Community College
B.S. Washington State University
M.S. Troy State University

Tom Javarinis
Business Management
B.A. Detroit College of Business
M.B.A. Davenport University
Ph.D. Capella University

James D. Jeremiah
Organizational Behavior and Management
B.S. Cedarville University
Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary
M.B.A. University of Phoenix
Ed.D. Argosy University

Erik Johnson
B.S. Valparaiso University
M.A. Ashford University

Lisa Johnson
Instructional Technology and Design
B.A. Florida State University
M.Ed. Georgia State University
Ph.D. Capella University

Jean Gabriel Jolivet
Political Science
LL.B. Université de Lyon-France
LL.M. Université Laval-Canada/Université de Lyon-France
M.A., Ph.D. Purdue University

James Jones
Criminal Justice
B.S., M.S., University of Maryland Eastern Shore
Ph.D. Capella University

Glen A. Just
B.S.Ed., M.Ed. Columbus College
Ed.D. Northern Illinois University


Renee A. Just
B.A. Albertus Magnus College
M.A. University of New Haven
Ph.D. Capella University

Kathleen Kelley
B.A. San Diego State University
M.A. Alliant University

Nancy Kennedy
B.S. Ripon College
M.S., Ph.D. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Melissa Kenzig
Public Health
B.A. The Ohio State University
M.P.H. University of South Carolina

Cheri Ketchum
B.A., M.A. San Francisco State University
Ph.D. University of California, San Diego

Jeral Kirwan
B.A., M.S., Ph.D. University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Eric Klein
Associate Dean, College of Liberal Arts
B.A. The College of New Jersey
M.A., Ph.D. Fairleigh Dickinson University

Pamela R. Klem
Early Childhood Education
B.S. Eastern Washington University
M.A. Washington State University
Ed.D. Nova Southeastern University

Karmaveer (Rajin) Koonjbearry
B.S., Wabash College
M.S., University of Dallas
D.Sc. Capitol College

James A Koziol
Health Statistics
B.S., M.S., Ph.D. University of Chicago

Amy Kramer
B.A. Mount St. Clare College
M.A. University of Phoenix
Ph.D. Capella University

Jaclyn Krause
Project Management
B.S. University of La Verne
M.A. Pepperdine University
Ph.D. Walden University

Jaime Kulaga
B.A. University of Tampa
M.A. Argosy University
Ph.D. Capella University

Kevin Kuznia
B.A. Wayne State University
M.S. Walsh College
M.B.A. University of Northern Iowa
D.B.A. St. Ambrose University

Jackie W. Kyger
B.S. Southern New Hampshire University
M.A. University of Texas
Ed.D. Texas A&M University

Iris Obille Lafferty
Associate Dean, Education
B.A. University of California, San Diego
Ed.M. Ed.D. Harvard University

J. Devin Land
B.S. Kettering University
M.A., Ph.D. University of Kansas

Stefanie Lassitter
B.A. Grand Valley State University
M.A. Eastern Michigan University
Ed.D. Argosy University

Matthew Laubacher
History and Liberal Arts
B.A. University of California, San Diego
B.S. University of California, San Diego
M. Ed. National University
Ph.D. Arizona State University

Cheryl Lemus
B.A., M.A. Loyola University Chicago
Ph.D. Northern Illinois University

Richard Leventhal
B.S. Cornell University
M.B.A. San Francisco State College
Ph.D. University of Denver

Matt Lewerenz
Clugston Teaching Fellow
A.A. Clinton Community College
B.A. Ashford University
M.A. Western Illinois University

Maureen Lienau
B.A., M.A., Ph.D. The University of Iowa

William C. Lowe
Dean, College of Liberal Arts
A.B. College of William and Mary
M.A., Ph.D. Emory University

Connie Lower
B.S., M.S. Illinois State University
Ed.D. Southern Illinois University

Yvonne Lozano, MFT
B.S. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor
M.S. Baylor University
Ph.D. University of North Texas

Hwang-Ji (Sherrie) Lu
B.A. Taipei Medical University
M.A. North Dakota State University
M.A. Central Michigan University
Ph.D. Walden University

Kathleen Pierce-Friedman
B.A. California State University-Sacramento
M.S., Ph.D. Capella University

David MacKusick
B.A. Clayton State University
J.D. Emory University

Jacquelyn Markham
English Literature
B.A. University of Alabama
M.A., Ph.D. Florida State University

Marvee Marr
B.A. University of Missouri
M.B.A. Inter American University
M.F.A. Columbia College
D.B.A. Argosy University

Cynthia Martinek
Associate Dean
B.A., M.A. Iowa State University
Ed.D. Drake University

Sofya Masharipova
B.S., M.S. Tashkent State University
Ph.D. Uzbek Academy of Sciences

Neil Mathur
M.A.Ed. Cambridge College
Ph.D. Union Institute & University

Denise Maxwell
Associate Dean, Education
B.S. University of Central Oklahoma
M.A. University of Northern Colorado
M.A. Ball State University
Ed.D. University of Phoenix

John McAteer
B.A. Biola University
M.A. Talbot School of Theology
Ph.D. University of California, Riverside

Martin McAuliffe
Criminal Justice
B.A. Ripon College
J.D. Suffolk University Law School

Rockie McDaniel
R.N., F.H.P.
Health Care Administration
B.S. Campbellsville University
B.S.N. Eastern Kentucky University
M.S.N. Old Dominion University
D.H.A. University of Phoenix

Debra McCoskey-Reisert
B.A. Indiana Wesleyan University
M.B.A. Chancellor University
D.B.A. Argosy University

Donald McKay
Management and Information Systems
B.S. Maine Maritime Academy
M.S. Nova Southeastern University
M.B.A. New York University
Ph.D. Nova Southeastern University

Christine McMahon
B.A., M.A. Eastern Illinois University
D.H.Ed. AT Still University

James Meetze
B.A. University of California, Santa Cruz
M.F.A. Mills College

Peter Milich
B.A. Saint Louis University
M.A., Ph.D. Ohio State University

Chastity Miller
Criminal Justice
B.A. Bluffton College
M.S. South University
Ed.D. Argosy University Online

Newton Miller
B.A. Cheyney University
M.S. Liberty University
M.Ed. York College
Ph.D. Capella University

Shawn Milligan
B.S., M.B.A. Florida State University
D.B.A. Argosy University

Charles Minnick
B.A., M.B.A. St. Ambrose
Ph.D. Walden University

Molly Molnar
Liberal Arts
B.A. Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
M.S. National University

James C. Moore
A.A. Scottsdale Culinary Institute
B.A., M.A. University of Phoenix
D.B.A. Argosy University

Caroline Morrell
English Literature
B.A. College of Wooster
M.F.A. Bowling Green State University
Ph.D. University of Wisconsin -Milwaukee

Pamela Murphy
B.A. Hampshire College
M.B.A. American International College
Ph.D. Virginia Tech

Julie Nideffer
B.A., M.A. Arizona State University

Eric Oestmann
Health Care Administration
B.S. Black Hills State University
M.P.T. University of South Dakota
Ph.D. Capella University

Nils Jonas Ohrberg
Sports and Recreation Management
B.A. New Mexico State University
M.A. University of New Mexico
Ph.D. Capella University

Adebowale Onatolu
Marketing and Management
B.A. Northeastern Illinois University
M.S. Roosevelt University
D.B.A. University of Phoenix

Anna Pagnucci
B.A., M.A. University of Wisconsin
M.F.A. Academy of Art University

Mark Pantaleo
Public Administration
B.S. Southern Illinois University
M.B.A. Averett University
Ph.D. Walden University

Suzanne Paone
Health Informatics
M.B.A University of Pittsburgh
DHA University of Phoenix

Omar Parks
B.F.A. University of Wyoming
M.A. University of Phoenix
D.B.A. Argosy University

Victoria Pasley
B.A. University of London
M.A. American University
M.A. Rice University
Ph.D. University of Houston

Janni Pedersen
Cultural Anthropology
Ph.D. Iowa State University

Julie Pedersen
B.A. Loyola University
M.A., Ph.D. Purdue University

Micheal Pelt
Liberal Arts
B.A., M.A. University of Southern Mississippi
Ph.D. Florida State University

Melissa Phillips
B.A. Towson University
M.A. The College of Notre Dame of Maryland
Ph.D. Walden University

Chase Pielak
B.A. Azusa Pacific University
M.A.T. Fuller Theological Seminary
Ph.D. Claremont Graduate University

Maura Pilotti
Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience
Laurea - l’Universita’ degli Studi di Padova (Italy)
Ph.D. City University of New York

Donald Platine
B.A. Case Western Reserve University
M.B.A. University of Northern Colorado
Ed.D. University of Tulsa

Olivia Pollard
B.S. University of Phoenix
M.A. College of Saint Scholastica

Ray Powers
Management, Marketing &
Public Policy
B.S. Arizona State University
M.B.A., Ed.D. University of Phoenix

Nate Pritts
B.A. State University of New York
M.F.A. Warren Wilson College
Ph.D. University of Louisiana

David Quinn
B.S. Eastern Illinois University
M.A. Truman State University
Ed.S. University of Iowa
Ph.D. University of Iowa

Leah Raby
Public Administration
B.A., M.P.A. Southern University Agriculture and Mechanical College
Ph.D. Southern University

Sandra Rebeor
B.B.A. Campbell University
M.S. Touro University International

Lora Reed
Organizational Management
M.A. Vermont College of Norwich University
Ph.D. Capella University

Nicole Rich
B.S., M.Ed., C.A.G.S. Bridgewater State University
Ph.D. Capella University

Allison Rief
B.A. University of California - San Diego
M.Ed. University of California - Los Angeles
Ed.D. University of Southern California

Michael S. Reilly
B.A. Union Institute
M.A. National University
Ph.D. Walden University

Carl Robinson
B.A. Randolph-Macon College
M.A. Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Ph.D. Kent State University

Jennifer Rosen
B.A. University of Oregon
M.A. Ohio State University
Ph.D. Northwestern University

Michelle Rosser
B.A., Ph.D. University of Oklahoma
M.A. West Texas A&M University

C.T. Rowley
Liberal Arts
B.A. Penn State University
M.A., Ph.D. University of Pittsburgh

Patricia A. Ryan
Associate Dean, Forbes School of Business
B.A. Siena College
M.P.A. California State University, Northridge
Ph.D. Capella University

Avisha Sadeghinejad
B.S., M.B.A. Sharif University of Technology
D.B.A. Golden Gate University

Lee Salazar
B.S. Northern Illinois University
M.A. University of the Rockies

Benjamin Sandler
B. S. Brown University
Ph.D. Cornell University

Susan Sasiadek
B.F.A. University of Arizona
M.A., M.B.A. University of Phoenix
Ph.D. Capella University

Joanna Savarese-Levine
Ph.D. California School of Professional Psychology

J. Gabriel Scala
A.A. Fayetteville Technical Community College
B.A. Methodist University
M.F.A. Bowling Green State University
Ph.D. University of Mississippi

Tamara Schnepel
Criminal Justice
B.A. Marycrest College
M.A. St. Ambrose University
Ph.D. Capella University

Shari Schwartz
B.S. University of Central Florida
M.S., Psy.D. Florida International University

Adam L. Selhorst
Executive Dean, College of Liberal Arts
B.A. Kenyon College
M.S., M.A., Ph.D. The Ohio State University

John Sellers
B.A. Metro State University
M.A. Colorado State University
Ph.D. University of Tennessee-Knoxville

Rob Shah
C.P.A., C.M.A.
B.A. Arizona State University
M.B.A. DeVry University

Gina Shelley
B.A. Brigham Young University
M.A., Ph.D. University of Utah

Greg Sherman
Instructional Technology
B.A.Ed., M.A.Ed., Ph.D. Arizona State University

Latisha Shipley
B.A., M.A. Northwestern Oklahoma State University
Ed.D. Northcentral University

Sheldon Silver
Criminal Justice
A.A., B.S. University of Detroit-Mercy
J.D. Washington University

Matthew Slaymaker
Computer Graphics
M.F.A. Digital Media Arts College

Laura Sliwinski
Health Administration and Psychology
B.S. Louisiana State University
M.H.A. Tulane University
Ph.D. California School of Professional Psychology/Alliant International University

Elizabeth Skwiot
Liberal Arts
B.A. University of Wisconsin-Madison
M.A., Ph.D. University of California - Davis

Robert Smiles
B.S. University of Maryland
M.A. Bellevue University
Ph.D. Capella University

Raymond Smith
Business and Mathematics
B.A. University of Iowa
M.A. Central Michigan University

Chris Sorensen
Instructional Technology
B.S., Ph.D. University of South Florida
M.A. Florida Southern College

Kathryn Sorensen
B.A. University of California
M.A., Ph.D. University of California, Riverside

David L. Stedwell
Computer Graphics
B.A. University of Iowa
M.A. Ball State University

Barbara Stein-Stover
B.A., M.A. Mills College
Ed.D. Alliant International University

Alan R. Swank
Organizational Behavior and Management
B.A., M.A. Spring Arbor University
Ph.D. Capella University

Andree C. Swanson
Organizational Behavior and Management
B.S. University of Maryland
M.H.R. University of Oklahoma
M.A., Ed.D. University of Phoenix

George Sztajer
B. A. University of Illinois
M.B.A. Eastern Illinois University

Teresa R. Taylor-Moore
B.A. University of Southern Mississippi
M.A. University of New Orleans
Ph.D. University of Mississippi

Bradley Thames
B.A. University of Arizona
M.A., Ph.D. University of Notre Dame

Katie Thiry
Training and Development
B.A. University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
M.A. St. Catherine University
Ph.D. Capella University

Teresa Thomas
B.S. Saginaw Valley State University
R.N. Hurley School of Nursing
M.B.A. University of Phoenix

Elizabeth Tice
B.A., M.A. Brigham Young University
Ph.D. Saybrook Graduate School

Dan Tinianow
B.A. Oberlin College
M.S., Ph.D. Syracuse University

Lynne Trevisan
D.C. Palmer College of Chiropractic

Shukhrat Usmanov
B.S., M.S. Tashkent State University
(now National University of Uzbekistan)
Ph.D. North Dakota State University

Susan A. Vellek
Health Care Administration
A.A.B. Indian River State College
B.A. Warner Southern University
M.B.A. Capella University
M.H.C.A. Kaplan University

Daniel Villa
B.A. University of California, Irvine
M.A. Columbia University
M.S.W., Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley

Pamela Vincent
B.A. Ohio Northern University
M.S., Ph.D. The Ohio State University

Keith Wade
B.A. Oakland University
M.B.A. University of Detroit
D.B.A. Northcentral University

David Ward
Accounting and Management
B.S. Kansas State University
M.B.A. St. Ambrose University

Michelle Warn
B.F.A. California State University, Long Beach
M.A. San Diego State University
Ph.D. San Diego State University/Claremont Graduate University

Gina Warren
Special Education
B.A., M.A., Ed.D., Arizona State University

Vanessa Washington
Operations Management
B.A. University of Nebraska
M.B.A. Bellevue University
Ph.D. Capella University

Irina Weisblat
B.A. St. Petersburg University
M.B.A. National University
Ed.D. San Diego State University

Jamie Weitl
Political Science
B.A., M.A. Eastern Illinois University

Rhonda Welch-Scalco
B.A. California State University, Northridge
M.A. San Diego State University
Ph.D. University of California, Riverside

Laurie Wellner
B.A. University of Nevada- Reno
M.A. California State University- San Bernardino
M.A. California State University- Sacramento
Ed.D. University of La Verne

Leah Westerman
Business Law
B.S. Drexel University
J.D. Pennsylvania State University

Micheal Weuste
B.A. Wheaton College
M.S.W. University of Illinois, Chicago
Ph.D. Institute for Clinical Social Work

Lorna Wheeler
B.A., M.A., Ph.D. University of Colorado, Boulder

Conni Whitten
Business Leadership
B.A. Troy University
M.P.A. Central Michigan University
Ed.D. Nova Southeastern University

Dianne Willging
B.A. University of Iowa
M.S. Western Illinois University

Cynthia Williams
B.A. Missouri State University
M.A. University of Texas
Ph.D. University of Missouri-Kansas City

Stacie Williams
B.S., M.A., Ph.D. Florida State University

Holly Wilson
B.A, B.A., M.A., Ph.D. University of New Mexico

Jonathan Wilson
B.A., M.A. Eastern New Mexico University
Ph.D. University of Texas, Arlington

Mike Wiseman
Social Science
B.A. University of Wyoming
M.A. University of Wyoming
Ph.D. University of Iowa

Kathy H. Wood
Health Management
B.B.A. Appalachian State University
M.B.A. Winthrop University
Ph.D. Capella University

William Woods
B.A., M.B.A. St. Ambrose University
Ph.D. Capella University

Laurie Zahn
B.A. Concordia University
M.Ed. Western Illinois University

Jennifer Zaur
Early Childhood Education
B.A., M.A. Arizona State University

Maja Zelihic
B.A. University of Northern Florida
M.B.A. University of Phoenix
Ph.D. Capella University

John W. Zimmerman
A.A. Northeastern Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College
B.S., M.S. Oklahoma State University
Ph.D. North Carolina State University

Paula Zobisch
B.S., M.B.A. University of Central Oklahoma
Ph.D. Capella University

Barbara Zorn-Arnold
Environmental Studies
B.A. Lake Forest College
Ph.D. University of Illinois, Chicago

Gloria Zúñiga y Postigo
B.S., M.A. California State University, East Bay
Ph.D. University of Buffalo

Faculty Emeritus

ugene Belz
B.A. Loyola College
M.A. Niagara University

Martinelle (Mary) Bonnell, OSF
Academic Coach
B.A., Ph.D. St. Louis University
M.S. Northern Illinois University
M.S. University of Notre Dame

Marion L. Johnson
B.S. Tufts University
M.S. Virginia Polytechnic Institute

Theresa Judge, OSF
A.A. Mount St. Clare College
B.A. Marycrest College
M.A. Western Illinois University

William McCue, OSF
B.S. Creighton University
M.A. University of Notre Dame