Faculty and Lecturers - School of Professional Studies

Faculty and Lecturers

Karina Addari, Ph.D., is a lecturer in the Project Management program with 21 years of experience in managing projects and directed operations in international logistics, manufacturing, supply chain management and hospitality, delivering performance through improvements in user productivity and technology solutions.

Addari is a servant leader skilled at leading culturally diverse teams to enhance performance, improve quality and reduce costs. Leading with authenticity, Addari aims to empower and influence cross-functional and culturally diverse teams to do more and achieve more by embracing operational excellence. She holds a bachelor’s degree in business management from Webster University, a master’s in international business from Webster University and a doctorate in organizational leadership from Capella University.


Kim Anderson, MS, ASLD lecturer, joined the department of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies as a teaching assistant in the spring of 2020. She is bilingual and bimodal in American Sign Language and English.

Anderson has over 20 years of experience counseling, consulting, teaching, implementing, directing and coordinating a wide variety of services, programs and topics. She has worked with diverse groups and individuals spanning all ages, socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds and abilities in the mental health and vocational fields. 

She holds a bachelor’s degree in human development and family studies and a master’s degree in adult, occupational and continuing education from Kansas State University.

Anderson’s primary areas of interest are the efforts of dismantling systemic audism and the preservation and advancement efforts of being Deaf and its contributions to the biodiversity of humankind through Deaf intellectual, linguistical, technological and visual values within history, arts and culture. 

Currently, she serves on the board of directors for the Museum of Deaf History, Arts & Culture and as president of the Kansas Association of the Deaf.


Jose “Joe” Ascensio, MS, is an adjunct instructor in the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program at the KU Edwards Campus. He has over 25 years of experience in computer information systems as well as more than a decade in higher education. He operates his own consulting company, specializing in online learning. 

Ascensio holds a bachelor's degree in computer technology, a master’s degree in education from Park University and a master’s certificate in project management from KU. His passions in life are his family, technology and teaching. 


Ravi Baburajan is an adjunct faculty in the Project Management program. He is a results-driven, hands-on IT leader with demonstrated experience in delivering cost-effective and high-performance technology solutions that meet challenging business needs.
Baburajan has managed major projects with Accenture, Deloitte and Ernst & Young and is skilled in all phases of project life cycle, from initial feasibility analysis and conceptual design through development, implementation and enhancement. He holds a bachelor’s in engineering from National Institute of Technology Trichy, a master’s in engineering management from KU and SAPM from Stanford University.


Cordell Ballew, MBA, lecturer for the Engineering Management and Project Management programs, has been an adjunct professor at KU since 2020. Ballew has been in the construction industry for over fifteen years and is currently a project director for a heavy industrial construction firm, focusing on pre-construction processes, project management, construction coordination, business development and labor relations.  He received his bachelor’s degree in construction management from Pittsburg State University and his MBA from Emporia State University.


Scott Beadleston, lecturer for the engineering management program, has been an adjunct professor at KU since 2014. Beadleston is a currently senior vice president on the senior leadership team and is accountable for markets, account management, client experience and a cross-divisional growth and investment committee for an Engineering News-Record (ENR) top 100 engineering firm.

Prior to his current role, Beadleston has been employed with two other ENR top 50 engineering firms, with roles including project management, department management, national account management and operations/business unit management. He received his bachelor’s in engineering technology and management from Baker University and his master’s in engineering management from the University of Kansas.

Tom Bowlin, Ph.D., is a professor of practice in the Engineering Management program, having taught courses and assisted with students’ culminating research projects for over 24 years. His teaching interests include quantitative modeling (optimization, simulation, queuing and system dynamics), forecasting and statistics and management and innovation. 

Bowlin’s career includes over 12 years of operations enhancement-focused management consulting, working with over 60 hospitals and large medical groups in positions with both an international accounting firm, the largest private hospital in the U.S. and a company he founded. Earlier in his career, he served as an assistant professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology’s School of Health Systems. He holds bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in industrial engineering from the University of Missouri.


John Bricklemyer, CPEM, has more than 31 years of progressive experience in a variety of industrial settings. His experiences include positions in general management, operations management, engineering management, purchasing, product engineering and project management. He has worked for a Fortune 500 company as well as a small, privately held company and has managed mid-sized departments, multiple-location operations, and small entrepreneurial subsidiaries.

He holds a master’s degree in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management, a master’s degree in industrial engineering management from Rochester Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from The Pennsylvania State University. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D.

Bricklemyer has taught engineering management at KU since 2009 and project management since the program began in 2013. He is currently a professor of practice and director for Engineering Management and Project Management programs.


Alisha Bronk, M.A., CDI, is a certified freelance Deaf and international interpreter. While getting her master's degree in teaching English as a second language: applied linguistics from Portland State University, she became involved in international education. Bronk conducts workshops and training seminars around the world. She was one of the core creators of ASL Tales, a book and DVD series used in education for families and classrooms in all levels of ASL learning. Bronk is currently an instructor for ASL and ASL interpreter education at National Technical Institute for the Deaf and a lecturer for ASLD.


Daniel Hein, Ph.D., is an adjunct lecturer in the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program, teaching systems architecture and integration since 2018. His research interests include authentication, secure systems engineering and secure software engineering.

Hein’s professional career includes roles at Garmin International, Inc. as a staff security architect and software engineer, where he worked with a variety of teams and technologies at all levels of the embedded product stack. Additional early industry experience includes his time at Southwest Research Institute, where he worked on software for NASA's Swift satellite.

Hein holds a bachelor’s in computer engineering from Iowa State University, a master’s in computer engineering from KU and a doctorate in computer science from KU.


Petra M. Horn-Marsh, Ph.D., has more than 30 years of educational and research experience in the field of American Sign Language and Deaf Studies. She holds a bachelor’s in secondary education and history from Gallaudet University, a master’s in history and a doctorate in sociology from Utah State University. After relocating to Kansas in 2003, Horn-Marsh extended her higher education experience by completing a Deaf education certification program at the KU Edwards Campus and receiving another master’s in education administration from University of Missouri – Kansas City. 


Before joining the KU Edwards Campus in 2019, Horn-Marsh worked at Kansas School of the Deaf for 15 years, first as a bilingual specialist then as an elementary/early childhood head teacher and extended school year director. During that time, she was also an adjunct professor at Gallaudet University, the University of North Florida and Johnson County Community College, teaching ASL both in the classroom and online. In addition, Horn-Marsh has worked as a consultant to strengthen bilingual education pedagogy at schools for the deaf.


On the community level, Horn-Marsh volunteers as co-coordinator of the ASL Curriculum Instruction and Assessment and as president and co-founder of National American Sign Language Education of Heritage Language Learners. She has served on the SB323 Advisory Committee to develop a statewide language assessment program for deaf and hard-of-hearing children in Kansas.



Rob Hunter, adjunct professor of biotechnology, holds a doctorate in veterinary medical sciences from Louisiana State University, master’s in veterinary physiology from Texas A&M University and bachelor’s in animal science from Angelo State University.


Hunter has over 25 years of veterinary and human drug development experience with companies such as NASA, Pfizer, Elanco, Parnell and Provetica. He is an internationally recognized expert on pharmacokinetics, antimicrobial pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, interspecies allometry, bioequivalence, drug metabolism and human food safety.


Hunter has served on and chaired several Animal Heath Institute committees and represented the U.S. veterinary pharmaceutical industry internationally regarding specific products, issues and policies.


He currently serves as president of the American Academy of Veterinary Pharmacology and Therapeutics and as a member of the editorial boards for theJournal of Veterinary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Journal of Zoo & Wildlife Medicine, Research in Zoology, American Journal of Bioavailability & Bioequivalence and the Journal of Primates.




Pingle Jacobs is a professor of practice for the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program. She has a bachelor’s in computer science and software engineering from Rajagiri School of Engineering and Technology and a master’s in data analytics and information technology management from Central Washington University.

Prior to coming to KU, Jacobs taught in the Data Analytics and Information Technology Management program at Central Washington University. There, she helped students learn programming languages like JAVA and C++ as well as gain cross-platform knowledge in business management, information technology, project management and computer science. Prior to teaching, she worked as a software engineer and technical support lead.

Jacobs was the recipient of the Exception Faculty Award twice. She founded a Yakima chapter of Girls Who Code and IGNITE, a coding initiative for girls from underserved areas. She also taught computer languages such as Python and C to children with learning disabilities. Her goal is to help students develop the skills needed to unleash the power of information technology to capture the ever-changing newly emerging technologies and jobs.

Myung Kang, MS, lecturer for the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program, is currently cyber security coordinator at the City of Independence Power and Light department. He has more than 15 years of experience in information technology, network security and computer security. Kang holds a bachelor’s in computer science from Pittsburg State University and a master’s in information technology from the University of Kansas. In his free time, he likes to play guitars, fly quadcopters and water his home lab.


John Kumar, lecturer in the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program, has over 20 years of experience working with software and database systems, audio-visual technology, telecommunications and computer networking. From this experience, he has gained significant insight into the usability, design and implementation of software applications and technologies to varying industries including higher education, litigation support, call centers and warehouses/distribution centers.


Kumar teaches courses on human-computer interaction and social and professional issues. He has an engineering master’s in project management from the University of Kansas.


Randall Logan, Ph.D., is a professor of practice and director of the Biotechnology program in the School of Professional Studies at the KU Edwards Campus. His industry experience in the bioscience sector includes pharmaceutical research and discovery as an absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion (ADME) scientist for Bristol-Myers Squibb, clinical laboratory science as a senior lab technician and clinical trials data management in a contract research organization. He also has 10 years of leadership experience in the Army National Guard as a combat medic and medical operations officer in the Medical Service Corps.

Logan is an alumnus of the University of Kansas where he earned both his bachelor’s in biochemistry and doctorate in pharmaceutical chemistry. His scientific expertise focuses on cellular pharmacology and the impact that drug properties have on ADME characteristics of pharmaceutical agents. 

Logan’s current work focuses on evolving undergraduate science education so that it better equips scientists to have strong leadership and communication skills. His program is unique in that it incorporates autonomous student research, explores effective science communication and provides opportunities for students to lead teams and manage projects.  He also works closely with the bioscience industry and academic partners to create career opportunities for graduates and build the talent pool for the greater Kansas City area.

James Lourentzos, MBA, has more than 40 years of professional experience as a leader, manager, mentor and instructor. He holds an MBA in computer resources and project management from Webster University.

Lourentzos spent 20 years with Sprint, guiding project teams in revising multi-year strategic initiatives and objectives and successfully managing multi-million-dollar project budgets. He is an experienced instructor for executive and mid-level managers in graduate-level decision making and problem-solving in management, operations and logistics planning for large international organizations.


Heather McCain, Ph.D., is a professor of practice for the Project Management program at the KU Edwards Campus. She has more than 25 years of experience in quality engineering and management. She works with companies to implement continuous improvement methodologies such as Lean Six Sigma and provides training on quality, project management and process improvement.


Prior to joining KU, McCain was the quality manager for consumer product at Garmin International. She has also worked at Hallmark and AlliedSignal. She is a senior member of American Society for Quality (ASQ) and previously served as president for the Joint Engineering Council of Kansas City.


McCain is a Certified Quality Engineer and Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence. She has a bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Kansas State University, master’s in engineering management from The University of Kansas and doctorate in technology management from Indiana State University.



Brian McCarthy, M.S., lecturer in Engineering Management, has been teaching at the KU Edwards Campus since 2014. He has also participated on several Master of Science in Engineering Management Graduate Student and Faculty Committees over the years. In addition to his current faculty appointments with KU, McCarthy has maintained an active engineering management consulting practice since 2014. 

McCarthy earned a bachelor’s in business administration in management from the University of Wisconsin, a bachelor’s in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Appleton and a master’s in engineering management from the University of Kansas.

McCarthy has a wealth of experience in disciplines including manufacturing, automotive, operations, industrial engineering, printing, health care, Lean and Six Sigma. He consulted with a variety of organizations during a 17-year career at Mid-American Manufacturing Technology Center and Missouri Enterprise.

McCarthy has also been a leader over the years in professional organizations such as Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, Society of Manufacturing Engineers and American Society for Quality.


Linda Miller, MBA, has taught both engineering and journalism at the University of Kansas since 1989. Her professional experience includes positions as marketing director, sales manager and general manager in consumer, industrial and professional services marketing. She has worked for two Fortune 500 companies and as a consultant for various other firms, including engineering firms. She also served as a member of the Board of Directors of a publicly traded corporation.

Miller received a bachelor’s in business administration from University of Nebraska and an MBA from the University of Missouri-Kansas City.


Chris Muehlberger, JD, MPA, is an engineering management lecturer and attorney with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, working mainly in Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act enforcement. He has a bachelor’s in journalism from KU, a master’s in public administration from KU and a Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri, Kansas City.

Prior to law school, Muehlbeger worked for JPMorgan as a retirement education and communication consultant. He also taught junior high school American history and government. He received his master's in public administration and bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Kansas. Muehlberger is married to Katie and has two boys, Mac and Charlie. When he is not working or rearing children, he likes to ride his bicycle, watch movies and live music and eat pizza.  

Shawn Mulkey, MS, lecturer in the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology program, has over 25 years of experience in software development, systems architecture and organizational leadership. He has been with the KU Edwards Campus for the past 4 years, teaching courses on computer architecture, project management and systems design. He has developed solutions for multiple industries including telecommunication, financial market services, transportation and retail. 

Mulkey holds a bachelor’s in business administration from Baker University and a master’s in computer science from KU. His thesis focus in graduate school was in standardized communication for real-time systems and incorporating their use in financial market systems interactions. Mulkey lives in the Johnson county area with his wife and has two children at KU.


Angie Pastorek, Ph.D., is program director for the Organizational Communication online graduate program in the School of Professional Studies at the KU Edwards Campus. Pastorek’s teaching and research interests center around workplace culture & inclusion, organizational change, workplace socialization practices and career transitions. She received her doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin.

Pastorek teaches graduate courses in organizational communication, including communicating organizational change, interpersonal and persuasive skills for the workplace, onboarding and socialization practices, strategies for workplace equity and inclusion, communication ethics at work and career management.

Prior to joining the KU faculty in 2015, Pastorek worked for a range of global companies in the health care, business consulting and retail industries, including Siemens Healthcare and Deloitte. She enjoys helping mid-career working professionals broaden their understanding of the many ways workplace communication practices shape different lived experiences within organizations and to develop the higher-level communication insights that fuel long-term career success during turbulent times.

In addition to teaching, Pastorek regularly delivers training workshops for business, government, nonprofit and professional associations across the Kansas City area on topics ranging from preparing for career transition to building inclusive workplace cultures and developing managerial communication skills.


Shannon Pettiford, PMP, M.S., a lecturer in the Project Management program, has over 16 years of expertise in program and project management, business process improvement and operations management. His career focus has been on digital marketing, information technology, human resources and finance initiatives.  

He is a member of the Project Management Institute and holds the Project Management Professional and Certified Scrum Master certifications. He obtained his bachelor’s in computer science from East Tennessee State University and his master's in project management with a concentration in program and portfolio management from Northeastern University. His research interests focus on risk management, business process development and program management.

Pettiford's career in the information technology field includes positions as a web developer, software programmer, systems analyst and business analyst. His experience working in cross-functioning roles in Fortune 500 organizations provides him with keen insights in finance, information technology, marketing and logistics. He works full-time at Boston Consulting Group as an IT program manager, focused on office expansions, business acquisitions and global business engagement models.

Pettiford also teaches graduate-level courses in project management at the Harvard Extension School and Northeastern University in Boston, MA.


Lauren Phillips, ME, is a lecturer in the Project Management program at the KU Edwards Campus.

She received her bachelor’s in industrial engineering from Kansas State University and her master’s in project management from the University of Kansas. With 10 years of experience in the consumer electronics and software industry, she has spent the majority of her career at Garmin International in the fitness segment as a senior project manager. She is an avid cyclist and enjoys testing the Garmin fitness products as a perk of her job. She previously worked at Deloitte Consulting as an SAP consultant and enjoys staying up to date on emerging technology and software trends.


Rassul Saeedipour, M.S., has more than 25 years of professional experience as a software engineer and 20 years of teaching experience in computer science and IT at Johnson County Community College and KU. He has worked for Fortune 500 companies including The Boeing Company and EDS/HP,

Saeedipour is an expert in computer organization and platform technologies, web technologies, software development and programming. He holds a bachelor’s in information systems and mathematics and a master’s in computer science.

Chris Seasholtz, Ph.D., has been teaching at KU since 2015 and working in information technology since 2008. While completing his bachelor’s degree, he was a help desk technician and a system administrator for a local IT contracting company. Since starting as an assistant professor of practice in 2017, he has been responsible for teaching courses focused in system administration, networking and security.

Seasholtz has a bachelor’s and master’s in computer engineering and a doctorate in computer science from KU. He also holds certifications in Certified Information Systems Security Professional, Offensive Security Certified Professional and Security+.


Lee C. Stuart, DBA, lecturer for the Project Management program, joined the KU Edwards Campus after previous careers as a Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper journalist, senior leader of new business development initiatives with Hallmark Cards and 12 years as president of a management consulting firm. He serves as leadership programs manager in Professional and Continuing Education at the KU Edwards Campus.

Stuart has experience in adult learning, disruptive innovation, organizational effectiveness, strategic business planning and executive coaching. He possesses an unusual blend of creative and business thinking due to years of experience as a writer, speaker, corporate executive and consultant/coach. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in mass communications, a master’s degree from the University of Kansas in journalism and a doctorate in business administration/leadership studies from Capella University.

Teri Thompson, Ph.D., is a faculty member for the Organizational Communication online graduate program in the School of Professional Studies at the KU Edwards Campus. Thompson’s teaching and research interests include organizational communication strategy, health communication, workplace power dynamics, diversity and dialogue, research methods (study design, research ethics, surveys, interviews and focus groups), gender and communication and communication theory.

Prior to moving to the Kansas City area, Thompson worked for 35 years as faculty at the University of Dayton. She also worked in training and development for the American Center for Management Development and the University of Delaware. In addition to teaching at KU, she currently edits the top-ranked international research journal, Health Communication. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee, a master’s from Purdue University and a Ph.D. from Temple University.

Herbert Tuttle is a professor of practice emeritus and a current lecturer in the engineering and project management programs at the University of Kansas. Tuttle previously served as assistant dean and director for the engineering and project management department. He holds two undergraduate and three graduate degrees in the areas of technology, engineering and business.

Tuttle has nearly 20 years of professional experience as an engineer, production manager, engineering manager, project manager and director for three Fortune 500 companies. He has also been employed as a management consultant, having managed projects in the U.S., New Zealand, Australia, Canada, China and Turkey. He has instructed project management to many high-tech organizations and the U.S. military.

He has a bachelor’s in industrial technology from Buffalo State College, a master’s in industrial technology from Illinois State University, a master’s in business administration from KU and a master’s in industrial engineering from the University of Tennessee.


Kelly Wibbenmeyer, MBA, lecturer in the Project Management program, currently works at Mercy as an executive director of IT automation. She is actively working on robotic process automation, artificial intelligence and knowledge management projects within her organization. She has a doctorate in management information systems (MIS) from Northcentral University, an MBA in project management from Wright State University and a bachelor’s in MIS from Wright State University.

Wibbenmeyer has taught project management for over 14 years and is passionate about helping others on their educational journeys. She also has her Six Sigma Black Belt certification and is an IT Infrastructure Library master. Wibbenmeyer has two boys and has been married for 17 years.