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Center for Faculty and Academic Administration

Ben Wolfe

Ben Wolfe
Center for Faculty and Academic Administration
Regnier Hall 370H

Ben currently serves as the Director of the Center for Faculty and Academic Administration. In that role, Ben is responsible for faculty affairs and professional development, annual academic program reviews, academic budgeting and finance, oversight of KUEC data and reporting, academic policy, and campus space planning. He also serves as the campus administrative liaison to KU IT and KU Libraries, Graduate Studies, and to several academic programs, including oversight of the KU Leavenworth Campus. He also holds a Teaching Professor appointment in the Environmental Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at KU where he teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses.

Ben has over 16 years’ experience of teaching and leadership in higher education organizations. 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.


Michelle Reames

Michelle Audley
Assistant Director
Center for Faculty and Academic Administration

Michelle works as the assistant director of the Center for Faculty and Academic Administration 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.


Paul Trana

Paul Trana
Research Analyst
Center for Faculty and Academic Administration
Regnier Hall 370X

Paul has worked at the University of Kansas since 2003 in a variety of administrative and student service roles.  Currently, he serves as Research Analyst at Edwards Campus, where he develops and maintains data processes; compiles, consolidates, and codes data; designs and maintains reports, dashboards, and other delivery methods related to student enrollment and academic program data; collaborates within Edwards Campus units and with other KU departments to analyze academic program needs and design; analyzes campus assessments; and presents regular reports to leadership. 

Paul has a B.A. in Sociology from Northland College and an M.A. in Sociology from Central Michigan University.  Currently, he is completing a doctorate in higher education administration from KU and loves being involved in the campus community.  When not working or studying Paul spends time watching movies and singing in the church choir with his wife Tanya and their two children, ages 12 and 7.


Steve Werninger

Steve Werninger
Academic Technologist & Faculty Coordinator
KUIT & Center for Faculty and Academic Administration
Regnier Hall 370U

Steve has worked as Academic Technologist at the University of Kansas since July, 2012. He joined the Center for Faculty and Academic Administration 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.S. in Education at the University of Arkansas. He completed his Master's Degree in Educational Technology online in 2011. In his spare time, Steve enjoys time with family, wife and three children.


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Academic & Faculty Support Center
Regnier Hall, Suite 370

Ben Wolfe
Director, Center for Faculty & Academic Administration

Michelle Audley
Asst. Director, Center for Faculty & Academic Administration