Academic & Faculty Support Center Director
Regnier Hall 370H
Ben currently serves as the Director of the Academic and Faculty Support Center. In that role he directs faculty development activities focused on adult and working professional student learning, instructional technology, active and collaborative learning, and alternative course delivery modes that meet the needs of non-traditional students. He also holds a teaching faculty appointment in the Professional Science Masters –Environmental Assessment program, a part of the Environmental Studies program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at KU.
Ben has over 15 years’ experience of teaching and leadership in higher education at the two-year college and four-year university levels. He received his B.S. in geology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, M.S. in geology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Kansas. His research focuses on geoscience education, two-year college student transfer, transfer shock, and higher education policy. He has presented on two-year colleges, student transfer, and STEM workforce development at the Big 12 Teaching and Learning Conference, Earth Educators Rendezvous, the Partnership for Undergraduate Life Science Education, the American Geophysical Union, and the Geological Society of America. He has facilitated numerous NSF funded workshops on strengthening regional partnerships of two-year and four-year institutions, broadening participation in the geosciences, and geoscience workforce development. He was a member of the Geo2YC Division Organizational Committee, the two-year college division within the National Association of Geoscience Teachers, and is a Past President of the division. He is a recipient of the Missouri Governor’s Award in Teaching Excellence.
In his free time, Ben enjoys spending time with his wife Lyn and stays busy shuttling their four children to all their many activities. They also enjoy camping and hiking as a family.
Academic & Faculty Support Center Assistant Director
Regnier Hall 370J
Michelle works as the assistant director of the Academic and Faculty Support Center and has been part of the Edwards team since January 2015. In her role, she provides academic program and development support to the KU Edwards Campus and its programs. Michelle is the liaison for external and internal partnerships, works closely with the Graduate Faculty Advisors, helps to facilitate program and curriculum implementation and development, and supports the campus with policy analysis and compliance.
Michelle received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Michigan and her M.A in Communication Studies from the University of Kansas. Michelle is an active member of the University of Michigan Alumni Association in Kansas City as well as an ambassador committee member for the Inspiring Women in Public Administration conference, a volunteer with the Special Olympics organization, and an ACE Women’s Network member.
In her free time, Michelle enjoys kayaking, running, and baking. She also loves her two dogs: Harvey, a Mini Australian Shepherd, and Lucy, a German Shepherd.
Academic Technologist & Faculty Coordinator
Regnier Hall 370U
Steve has worked as Academic Technologist at the University of Kansas since July, 2012. He joined the Academic and Faculty Support team in 2015 where he began coordinating professional development activities and workshops for faculty and staff at the Edwards Campus. He also coordinates the annual convocation and faculty orientations. He was a K-12 Mathematics Instructor for seven years.
Steve received his B.A. in Education at the University of Arkansas. He completed his Master's Degree in Educational Technology online through Webster University in 2011. In his spare time, Steve enjoys time with family, wife and three children.