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General Education Faculty
Purdue Global Leadership
Jodene DeKorte is the academic dean and vice president of the School of General Education. DeKorte served as the first chair of the Mathematics General Education Literacy Group, helping to develop the mathematics general education literacies. In 2016, the general education program won an Exemplary Program Award from the Association of General and Liberal Studies (AGLS). DeKorte was also elected to serve a 3-year term on the AGLS council. Prior to Purdue Global, DeKorte was a department chair and mathematics faculty member at Front Range Community College and worked in the Weld County School District.
Education: PhD, Colorado State University; MA, BA, University of Northern Colorado
Research Interests: Faculty performance, trends in general education, online learning leadershipJodene DeKorte Link
Deb Page is the Associate Dean, Student Entry for the School of General Education. She started her career with Purdue Global as the Director, Education and Community Engagement located on the Indianapolis campus. Deb works with students and faculty through our student entry programs. Prior to this role, Deb worked as a high school guidance director, social services and as a marriage and family therapist.
Education: PhD, Capella University; MS, Butler University; BS, Defiance College
Research Interests: Student success, student retention, grief and survivalDebra Page Link
Michele Riley is the associate dean for programs and alternative credit in the School of General Education. Previously, she served as the department chair of humanities and social sciences, as well as the Open College. Riley is active with the Purdue University Global military community and serves as the faculty co-advisor for Salute. The recipient of various teaching, curriculum design, leadership, and service-learning awards, Riley has also been a recipient of several fellowships and grants for her scholarship. She has published both her historical and educational research. Riley is certified as a Quality Matters Higher Ed Peer Reviewer and serves on the board of the Southeastern Region of the Costume Society of America.
Education: PhD, Saint Louis University; MA, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville; BS, Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
Honors and Achievements: 2012 Outstanding Leadership Award (Kaplan University)
Memberships: Costume Society of America, Association of Dress Historians, the Women’s History Network
Research Interests: Costume, material culture, women’s studiesMichele Riley Link
Mya Fields started with Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 2014. Fields has worked in various roles in multiple departments, including Education Advising and the Center for Career Advancement as the Team Lead of Curriculum Integration and the Team Lead of Alumni Relations. Prior to continuing her higher education career at Purdue Global, Fields worked in International Admission and Student Life at Auburn University.
Education: PhD, DePaul University; MBA, Purdue University Global; MEd, Auburn University; BS, Auburn UniversityMya Fields Link
Katie Daily serves as the Department Chair of Professional Studies at Purdue Global. Daily oversees a diverse and expanding faculty and a portfolio of degrees that include the Associate, Bachelor, and Master of Professional Studies. Previously, Daily was a Resident Dean and Lecturer at Harvard University, where she was awarded for both her scholarship and classroom contributions. She also brings years of experience from West Point, the United States Military Academy, where she was the Associate Dean of Policy and Communications and an Assistant Professor of English.
Education: PhD and MA in English Literature, Boston College; MA in Developmental Psychology in Education, Columbia University Teacher's College; BA in Comparative Literature, Columbia University.
Publications: Goodness, Exceptionalism, and Sense: Theological Layering in Contemporary American Literature. Journal of Religion and the Arts 25.2 (2021).
Edwidge Danticat’s Immigration Triad. Heather Ostman and Howard Tinberg, Eds. Teaching Writing through the Immigrant Story. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2021.
Rejection and Disaffiliation in Contemporary American Immigrant Narratives. New York, Palgrave Macmillan: 2018.
Review of Bridges to Memory: Postmemory in Contemporary Ethnic American Women’s Fiction, by Maria Rice Bellamy. Multiethnic Literature of the United States (MELUS) 43.2 (2018): 235-237.
Reimagining the Ethnic Bildungsroman through Contemporary American Immigrant Literature. Timothy Lanzendoerfer, Ed. The Poetics of Genre in the Contemporary Novel. Lanham: Lexington Books, 2015.
Rewriting Master Narratives: Julia Alvarez’s In the Time of the Butterflies. Rebecca Harrison and Emily Hipchen, Eds. Inhabiting La Patria: Identity, Agency, and Antojo in the Work of Julia Alvarez. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2013.
Honors and Achievements: Certificate of Teaching Excellence, Harvard University, 2021; United States Army Civilian Superior Civilian Service Award, 2020; United States Army Civilian Medal for Meritorious Service, 2018; NeMLA Book Prize for best unpublished manuscript in English language literature, 2017; Phi Kappa Phi Scholastic Achievement Award, 2017; Morrissey College of Arts & Sciences Dissertation Completion Fellowship, 2014-2015; Donald J. White Teaching Excellence Award, Boston College, 2011-2012 and 2008-2009; Columbia University Alumni Key Award, 2002-2003.
Memberships: Phi Kappa Phi, 2017 – Present; Northeast Modern Language Association Member, 2013 – Present; New England American Studies Association Member, 2009 – Present; Modern Language Association Member, 2008 – Present; American Studies Association Member, 2006 – 2013
Research Interests: The intersection of contemporary literature, culture, and American politics.Katie Daily Link
Peggy Hohensee is the chair of the Purdue Global Math Department. She leads a team of approximately 100 faculty members, including an assistant chair, full-time faculty members, and adjunct faculty members. She has more than 20 years of experience in education, beginning her teaching career with the Lafourche Parish School System and later joining Nicholls State University and eventually Fletcher Technical Community College in 2005, where she was promoted to dean of arts and sciences and later dean of student affairs.
Education: PhD, Louisiana State University; MEd, Nicholls State University; MS, Nicholls State University; BA, Nicholls State University
Memberships: Virtual Difference MakersPeg Hohensee Link
Michael Keathley has been the chair of composition and writing across the curriculum (WAC) since May 2010. A former monthly columnist for over a decade in four international newspapers, he is the author of more than 500 articles and 5 books published in at least 33 countries and multiple languages. His specializations include global and virtual leadership, writing across the curriculum/writing across the globe, classical rhetoric and humanities, and Macedonian studies. Keathley has been the recipient of leadership and teaching awards (including two for inspiring at-risk learners to persist) and has been a keynote speaker at several international conferences.
Education: Ph.D. in Global Leadership (Higher Education Administration) from the Indiana Institute of Technology; MA, BA; Michigan State University, Wayne State University; Post-master’s, Indiana University, Fort WayneMichael Keathley Link
At Purdue Global, Celine Santiago Hall (formerly Bass) manages daily operations within the science department in the School of General Education. She is responsible for the coaching and mentoring of nearly 100 multidisciplinary science faculty and FT staff and also oversees and helps shape an inventory of 13 courses and labs in a variety of scientific disciplines and formats. Dr. Hall began teaching as an adjunct instructor for Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) in the science department of the School of General Education in 2008, and was promoted to Academic Chair shortly thereafter. Before Purdue Global, Dr. Hall worked in the environmental consulting field as a wetland scientist—ultimately becoming the vice president, senior ecologist at a small ecological consulting firm in New York City. She has decades of applied experience in the sciences conducting research in both laboratory and field settings, with several of her research projects having been published as first-author in various peer-reviewed, high-impact scientific journals. Dr. Hall has taught a number of different science courses including ecology, biology, environmental science, and other non-major sciences, both on ground and online, for various colleges and universities.
Education: PhD, Ecology & Evolution, Rutgers University; MS, Environmental Science, New Jersey Institute of Technology; BS, Environmental Science, Rutgers University
Publications: A variety of publications related to leadership and biology
Certifications: Six Sigma Whitebelt
Memberships: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Research Interests: Ecological interactions and human impacts in wetland ecosystems, both natural and restored; topics that cultivate leadership, diversity, and inclusionCeline Hall Link
Kathleen Scarpena serves as the Department Chair of Humanities and Social Sciences, a unique department comprised of courses and faculty from multiple disciplines that extend across the Arts & Humanities as well as the Social Sciences. The mission of the Purdue University Global Humanities and Social Sciences Department is to support life-long learners who appreciate the complexity and diversity of human societies as well as the artifacts and ways of living which reflect the human experience. Scarpena worked as a secondary social studies teacher and history professor before joining the School of General Education leadership team full time. Her experience includes teaching, course design and implementation, curriculum development, program development, student teacher candidate placement and certification, as well as educational administration in both K-12 and higher education settings.
Education: EdD, Northeastern University; MSEd, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global); MA, University at Buffalo; BA, University at Buffalo
Publications: Scarpena, K. R. (2020). Online Doctoral Programs: Breaking Down Barriers for Women. In Socioeconomics, Diversity, and the Politics of Online Education. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-7998-3583-7 Scarpena, K., Riley, M., & Keathley, M. (2018). Creating successful professional development activities for online faculty: A reorganized framework. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, 21(1), 1- 11. Scarpena, K. R. (2016). Women in online doctoral programs: An inductive exploration of academic and non-academic factors influencing college choice. Boston, MA: Northeastern University. Scarpena, K.R. (2012). Tudor fashion: Separating reality from pop culture. Selected proceeding from: 37th Annual European Studies Conference. Omaha, NE: University of Nebraska at Omaha.
Honors and Achievements: 2013 Academic Excellence Award (Northeastern University, 2010 Outstanding Curriculum Development and Subject Matter Expertise (Kaplan University), 2010 Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence (American Medical Student Association), additional teaching and research honors
Memberships: American Association of Colleges for Teacher, Association for General and Liberal Studies Education, College Reading & Learning Association, American Historical Association
Research Interests: Educational Research: Experiential learning and collaborative external learning for distance education, access and equity, non-traditional learners, underserved student population, the relationship between consumer culture and higher education, general education: programs, reform, student success, curriculum design and implementation for adult learners, impacts of online learning in education.
Historical Research: 20th Century American History focusing on the intersection of Environmental History, Labor Law, Women’s History, and the impacts of consumerism on society as viewed through a diverse historiographical lens.
Kathleen Scarpena Link
Barbara Green helps oversee a full-time and adjunct faculty in the composition department at Purdue Global. Before moving into a full-time position as assistant chair of the department, Green was as an adjunct faculty member for many years. Additionally, she served as new faculty mentor for the School of Health Sciences within Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University). Green started her academic career at Columbus State Community College and Pima Community College.
Education: MA, Northern Arizona University
Publications: Editor-in-chief of Purdue Global employee literary journal Capstone, various academic and professional articles
Honors and Achievements: Owl Mentor (Pima Community College), Outstanding Online Faculty (Purdue Global); several presentations at virtual and traditional conferences
Membership: Co-chair of Virtual Literary FestivalBarbara Green Link
Tyra Hall-Pogar joined the University in 2009 as an adjunct faculty member in the General Education Science Department. For the past 6 years, she has served as a full-time faculty member, where she taught a wide range of undergraduate science courses. She has been involved in curriculum revisions and served as a faculty mentor and course lead. She has demonstrated her commitment to Purdue Global with her work on various committees, including serving on the Institutional Review Board and as the chair of the General Education Science Literacy committee. She previously worked as a medical writer focusing on antibiotic resistance and disease states such as Alzheimer’s disease. Her experience also includes editing and collaborations on various research projects, textbooks, and book chapters.
Education: PhD, Rutgers University Graduate School of Biomedical Science
Honors and Achievements: Full-Time Faculty Star of the Year (School of General Education)
Memberships: Journal of College Science Teaching Advisory Board
Research Interests: Anxiety-reducing strategies in the classroom, RNA molecules, 3’ end processing and polyadenylationTyra Hall-Pogar Link
Leslie Johnson began her career at Purdue Global as a part-time instructor of mathematics in 2008 and became assistant department chair of mathematics in 2011. She began her academic career at the University of Missouri as a lecturer. After moving to Alabama, Johnson became the developmental mathematics lab coordinator at Calhoun Community College, and she also served on the Alabama state committee for standardizing developmental mathematics curriculum.
Education: MS, Southeast Missouri State University
Publications: Proceedings of the 2017 DLA Conference
Honors and Achievements: 2004 Excellence in Teaching Award for Graduate Assistants (Southeast Missouri State University), 2005 Excellence in Research Award for Graduate Students (Southeast Missouri State University), 2013 General Education Outstanding Leadership Award (Kaplan University), national and international conference presentations (NADE, AMATYC, TCTP, TICAL, DLA, OLC)
Memberships: Mathematics GEL Chair
Research Interests: Micro-learning and its impact in workforce training and higher educationLeslie Johnson Link
Nikki Williams assists the chair in managing the Science Department’s daily operations and provides classroom support and feedback to nearly 100 science faculty. In addition, she focuses on building and strengthening connections through various community building activities. With over 16 years of experience teaching mathematics online and face-to-face, she has dedicated most of her career to improving the retention and recruitment of underprivileged students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. In addition, Williams has taught at Georgia Perimeter College, Darton College (now Albany State University), and Florida State College at Jacksonville. Williams also designed and implemented a summer program funded by local Florida government and community sponsors.
Education: MS, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global); MA, Rice University; BS, Spelman College
Honors and Achievements: 2017 General Education Leadership Award; 2007 Darton College Service Award; written STEM grants totalling nearly $775,000Nikki Williams Link
Purdue Global Full-Time Faculty
Laura Allison teaches a variety of undergraduate courses in mathematics, including algebra and statistics. She became a full-time adjunct at Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 2015. Allison has taught college mathematics for over 30 years, first at AT&T, then online, and brings her experience in a Fortune 100 company and as an entrepreneur to the classroom.
Education: MS, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Memberships: American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, InfraGard
Laura Baggett teaches undergraduate mathematics courses in the School of General Education. Previously, she taught at the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith and several community colleges in Washington, Florida, and Tennessee. She has presented talks on mathematics education at local, state, and regional homeschool conferences around the southeastern United States.
Education: MS, Georgia Institute of Technology; BS, Auburn University
Publications: Making Room for Jesus: Getting Rid of Mental, Emotional, Spiritual, and Physical Clutter (2016)
Research Interests: The effect of physical clutter and disorder on productivity, best practices for in-home education
Melissa Bahle currently teaches composition courses at Purdue University Global. She also serves as Poetry Editor for "The Gauge" Literary Journal and serves on the LGBTQIA2S+ Task Force Committee. Bahle is also an active member of the SBS DAIC. She previously taught literature, critical thinking, and business communication courses for California Aeronautical University.
Education: MA, English Language Learning, Western Governors University; BA, English Literature, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania
Publications: “Morning Dew, Photography.” Winter 2021-2022 issue of The Gauge Literary Journal
“Unsub, Microfiction.” Winter 2021-2022 issue of The Gauge Literary Journal
“Stages, Photography.” Fall 2019 issue of The Gauge Literary Journal
“This Is Not Who I Am, Poetry.” September 2011 issue of Mused- the BellaOnline Literary Review
Certifications: AZ Teaching Certification, Rio Salado College, Mesa, AZ, 2002
PA Teaching Certification, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA, 1998
Honors and Achievements: Recognition of FT/FTA Faculty Excellence, Composition Department, Purdue University Global, First Quarter, 2022; Recognition of FT/FTA Faculty Excellence, Composition Department, Purdue University Global, Third Quarter, 2020; Volunteer of the Year, 2017, Corry Area Chamber of Commerce; Parthenon Instructor of the Year, 2010-2011; Certified Israeli Self-Defense (Krav Maga) Instructor, 2005; Certified Employee of the Month, 2004
Memberships: Association of Writers and Writing Programs 2022/2023; Corry Area Arts Council 2017-2019
Research Interests: Specially Designed Academic Instruction in English (SDAIE) Strategies; differentiated instruction, learning modalities, cultural learning preferences, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
Brook Bernhardt began teaching part time as an adjunct instructor in 2010 and was promoted to full-time adjunct instructor for Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 2015. Bernhardt teaches undergraduate courses in mathematics, focusing primarily on introductory courses. She provides consistent student outreach and high-quality feedback, and she supports her department with shared resources and teamwork.
Education: MA, University of Missouri at Columbia
Honors and Achievements: Several teaching awards
Christiana Bevier is a full time faculty member at Purdue University Global in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences within the School of Education. Bevier has been with Purdue University Global (formerly Kaplan University) since 2004, where she has taught a variety of undergraduate courses, served as a course lead, and mentored new faculty members. Previously, Bevier taught at Western Illinois University, Moraine Valley Community College, Saint Xavier University, and Concordia University. Bevier also has higher education experience in management, advising, tutoring, broadcasting, career coaching, disability services, and event planning. Bevier is a current member of Sigma Beta Delta, and NOSS (National Organization for Student Success) and has previously directed the honors society Lambda Pi Eta. Bevier has a passion for engaging students, educating with practical application, and encouraging lifelong learning.
Education: MA, Western Illinois University; MBA, Kaplan University
Publications: Hample, D., Thompson-Hayes, M., Wallenfelsz, K., Wallenfelsz, P., & Knapp, C. (2005). Face-to-face arguing is an emotional experience: Triangulating methodologies and early findings. Argumentation and Advocacy, 42, 74-93.
Certifications: TES Administrator Certification
Honors and Achievements: “Peer Excellence Award”, “Most Team Spirit Award” (Colorado Technical University)
Memberships: National Communication Association
Research Interests: Gender and communication, social media influence, change management, and ethics in educationChristiana Bevier Link
Michelle Bianco teaches undergraduate courses in composition, and participates in outreach programs and curriculum discussions. A professional public speaker and professional development educator, she joined Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) as a full-time adjunct faculty in the Composition Department. Previously, Bianco taught for twelve years before going into administration as a director of curriculum and instruction. Bianco was an active member of the Education Consortium at College of the Desert and an adjunct professor.
Education: MA, National University
Honors and Achievements: Presentation at National Association of Developmental Education Conference, Rising Star teaching award
Memberships: Educator’s Exchange Program
Research Interests: Connections between vocal communication and written compositionMichelle Bianco Link
Sheryl Bone began her Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) career in 2008 and became a full-time faculty member in 2010. She currently teaches first-term composition students, facilitates online student orientation courses, and spent time in the Department of Student Success teaching underprepared students. Sheryl began her career in the Chicago Public School system teaching middle school and serving as a Language Arts department chairperson. She also worked as a literacy consultant in the Chicago Public School system.
Education: MAT, National College of Education; BA, Albion College
Honors and Achievements: Outstanding Full Time Team Member Award, Full Time Kaplan Way award
Memberships: Editorial Review Board of the College Reading and Learning Association Journal, College Reading and Learning Association
Research Interests: Nontraditional college students, student success and persistence, global literacySheryl Bone Link
Heather Booth teaches various math courses, such as quantitative analysis and a survey of mathematics and business statistics. She began teaching at Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 2008, becoming a full-time adjunct instructor in 2015. Prior to joining Purdue Global, Booth worked in technology services for a railway and as a railway project manager for 10 years and taught at Tarrant County College for 2 years.
Education: MS, Texas A&M UniversityHeather Booth Link
Kimberly Bracey teaches various undergraduate courses in mathematics at Purdue Global. She has served as a subject matter expert and participated in curriculum innovations including modularized curriculum. Prior to joining higher education, she taught mathematics at the high school or college level for 30 years.
Education: MS, Southeast Missouri State University
Memberships: AMATYC, NCTM, OLCKimberly Bracey Link
Mary Bruce teaches undergraduate and graduate mathematics courses at Purdue Global. She joined the University in 2010 and has been teaching math online since 2002. Bruce started her education career teaching secondary students in Atlanta. She has also taught undergraduate and graduate business and math classes for DeVry University, Georgia Perimeter College (now Georgia State University), and Gainesville College.
Education: PhD, University of Georgia; MAT, Georgia State University; BA, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Publications: Johnson, T., Bruce, M., Graham, P., Oliver, S., Oppong, N., Park, S., & Mansberger, D. (2005). Giving Tree Teachers: Women and the National Board Certification Process. Feminist Teacher, 15(3), 234-249.
Honors and Achievements: Students’ Choice Awards, Outstanding Teacher, Teacher of the Year finalist, STAR Teacher
Memberships: GenEd Electives Committee
Research Interests: Statistics educationMary Bruce Link
Mark Burlingame currently teaches composition and has also taught interpersonal communication. His background includes teaching subjects such as composition, non-Western literature, business writing, and public speaking at Washtenaw Community College, Cleary University, and Strayer University. Burlingame is a member of the Faculty Curriculum Committee.
Education: MS, Eastern Michigan University
Publications: Dolor (novelette)
Honors and Achievements: Service Excellence as Purdue Global Faculty Senate President, third quarter 2020
Memberships: National Council of Teachers of English
Research Interests: Literary fiction, rhetoric and composition, Writing Across the CurriculumMark Burlingame Link
Daniel Burrello is a full-time adjunct instructor at Purdue Global, teaching classes in social sciences and humanities. His research has involved study into the connections between collective apocalyptic thinking, competitive mythology, and modern cultures. He has lectured at science fiction conventions and provided interviews on this topic.
Education: MFA, Queens University of Charlotte; MS, University of West Alabama
Honors and Achievements: Featured in nationally released book Halloween Nation: Behind the Scenes of America's Fright Night
Research Interests: Effects of growing decentralization in human endeavors, effects of blockchain technologies upon world culturesDaniel Burrello Link
Jonathan Cardew has taught composition, creative writing, ESL, and technical communication on three different continents. He currently serves as a full-time faculty member in Purdue University Global’s Composition Department. Cardew is the author of the short story collection, A World Beyond Cardboard (ELJ Editions), and his creative work can be found in numerous journals and anthologies across the globe. Originally from the UK, he now lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife and two daughters.
Education: MA, Sheffield Hallam University (UK); BA, University of East Anglia (UK)
A World Beyond Cardboard, ELJ Editions; “Supernumerary,” Passages North (University of North Michigan); “Yes, Mike,” Cream City Review (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee); “The Story of the Elephant,” Superstition Review (Arizona State University)
Certifications: TESOL Certificate (Trinity College, Cambridge, UK)
Honors and Achievements: Fractured Lit Anthology Prize (2020); Finalist, Annual SmokeLong Quarterly Award for Flash Fiction (2019); Finalist, Passages North Neutrino Prize (2018)
Memberships: Southern Humanities Council
Research Interests: Intersection of creative writing and composition, mentorship, student persistence in the online classroom
Caseldine-Bracht teaches ethics, bioethics, critical thinking, humanities and culture classes at Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University). She spent three summers in France studying human rights and holds an international law certificate from the International Institute of Human Rights René Cassin at the University of Strasbourg, France. In Jakarta, she presented a paper for an ethics and development conference and has presented papers for international development conferences in Costa Rica, Canada and the United Kingdom. She has published chapters in two books and has published articles in journals about human rights and issues in feminist bioethics.
Education: PhD, Michigan State University; MA, Purdue University
Research Interests: Global ethics, human rights, feminist philosophy, bioethics, social and political philosophy, and engaged learning projects.Jennifer Caseldine-Bracht Link
David Chicoine currently teaches anatomy and physiology and has taught a variety of other biology and health sciences courses. He stays actively involved with simulation training for medical school residents at multiple venues throughout Maine. Previously, Chicoine served as a research associate for the Department of Biological Sciences and chairman of the Department of Health Sciences at the University of Southern Maine.
Education: DC, New York Chiropractic College; BS, University of Southern Maine
Publications: Genetics, Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, The Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development, Plant Disease, Military Medicine
Honors and Achievements: Adjunct Teacher of the Year, Frank E. Dean Memorial Award, Clarence N. Flick Research Award, Distinguished Service Award, Excellence in Clinical Diagnosis Award, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal
Research Interests: Ways to utilize media technologies to augment the learning experience focusing on gamificationDavid Chicoine Link
Stuart Collins joined Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) as a full-time faculty member in 2012. He currently oversees courses on American government and community engagement within the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. He teaches a number of career, history, and political science courses. Collins has received a number of awards during his time at the University, including commendations for curriculum design and leadership. He also helms the Faculty Interdisciplinary Roundtable, a quarterly symposium that hosts University faculty who discuss a wide variety of academic topics.
Education: MA, Villanova University; MS, University of Florida; BS, University of Florida
Research Interests: How individualized video content within online courses increases student retention and gradesStuart Collins Link
Pamela Cox currently teaches various undergraduate courses in mathematics at Purdue Global. She brings over 17 years of online teaching experience and has served in a variety of roles including instructor, instructional designer, and technical editor. Prior to Purdue Global, Cox developed complete online courses and course modules for the Mississippi Virtual Public School, the Mississippi Virtual Community College, and Pearson Publishing Company. She was a-full time instructor at East Mississippi Community College for 15 years and served as president of the Faculty Association and vice president of the Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics, representing the Community Colleges of Mississippi.
Education: MS, Loyola University of New OrleansPamela Cox Link
Elliott Crozat is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences. Crozat teaches courses in philosophy and the humanities. Crozat has developed and written courses in moral philosophy, applied ethics, introduction to philosophy, logic, and the philosophy of work. He also worked in the field of applied epistemology for the U.S. federal government in the Washington, D.C. area.
Education: PhD, Philosophy; MA in Humanities, California State University, Dominguez Hills; BA in History, San Diego State University
Publications: Philosophia Christi, Free Thinking Ministries
Honors and Achievements: Faculty Leadership Award, Western Governor's University, 2018; recipient of 2012 Stephen Shank Recognition for teaching excellence
Memberships: Evangelical Philosophical Society
Research Interests: Epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, philosophical theology, the meaning of lifeElliott Crozat Link
Josh Dalessandro teaches various undergraduate courses in the Science Department. He joined Purdue Global as a part-time adjunct in 2018. Previously, Dr. Dalessandro taught for three years as an Associate Professor at Odessa College. Prior to his academic career, he worked as an upper cervical chiropractor in Wilmington, NC.
Education: DC, Sherman College of Chiropractic; MS, Clemson University
Linda Deaver teaches various general education courses at Purdue Global, with an emphasis on bioethics, ethics, and professional presence. She has helped pilot several of the University’s innovations in technology and curriculum. Deaver brings a diverse background to the University, including developing online and traditional curriculum for both the classroom and corporate settings. She began her academic career in secondary education, where she sponsored an award winning journal and developed an SAT prep course. Deaver later transitioned into adult education as a corporate trainer and curriculum developer. She then returned to the academic classroom, teaching online for a number of universities before becoming a full-time adjunct at Purdue Global. She is currently working on a collection of short stories and exploring the use of media and text as a methodology of making philosophical concepts more immediate for students.
Education: PhD, University of TexasLinda Deaver Link
Susan Deno teaches various undergraduate courses in the Science Department at Purdue Global, including courses focusing on anatomy and physiology, general biology and histology, and embryology. She has been highly involved in faculty service and governance as well as overseeing student awareness events for public health and other student organizations. Prior to Purdue Global, Deno taught at Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles, where she worked for almost 15 years as an assistant professor. There she developed, designed, and taught lecture courses in systemic anatomy, public health, and embryology. She also taught many labs in the department.
Education: MA, Boston University; BS, Loyola Marymount University
Honors and Achievements: Staff of the Year (Cleveland Chiropractic College), Outstanding Course Lead (Kaplan University); Outstanding New Faculty Honorable Mention (Kaplan University), Outstanding Course Lead Honorable Mention (Kaplan University), Outstanding Curriculum Revision/Innovation Honorable Mention (Kaplan University)Susan Deno Link
Paige Erickson joined Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 2008, becoming a full-time faculty member in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2010. She teaches undergraduate courses such as humanities and culture, arts and humanities, critical thinking, and ethics. She serves as a subject- matter expert in curriculum revisions for traditional Purdue Global courses, open learning courses, and ExcelTrack® courses. Erickson has been teaching at the college level for 18 years and previously taught philosophy and communications at Hastings College.
Education: MA, University of Colorado at Boulder; MA, Kansas State University
Publications: The Nice Thing About Strangers blog and book
Honors and Achievements: 2013 Outstanding Full-Time Team Members, 2014 Outstanding Curriculum Revision/Innovation Award
Memberships: Chair of the Professional Competencies Graduate Problem Solving and Critical Thinking committee, Arts and Humanities General Education Literacy committee, Executive Board for Southern Humanities Council
Research Interests: Philosophy and literature, creative writing, virtue ethicsPaige Erickson Link
Russell Fail serves as a professor of humanities and social sciences and is the course lead instructor for ethics. He also serves as a subject matter expert in curriculum design and serves as a faculty advisor. He joined Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) as an adjunct instructor in 2006 and soon joined the full-time faculty teaching in the Humanities Department for the School of General Education. He spent 17 years in small business management and began teaching ethics in 2001.
Education: PhD, Capella University; MDiv, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Honors and Achievements: 2012 Outstanding Full-time Team Member; several journal publications and presentations at academic conferences
Memberships: Chair of Ethics General Education Literacy Committee, Multiculturalism and Diversity Professional Competency Committee
Research Interests: Applied ethics including child marketing, cultural competency, and adult learningRussell Fail Link
Allen Farina began his career with Purdue Global University in 2020 where his first taught orientation classes for incoming students before transitioning to adjunct faculty status covering academic courses for the School of General Education. In 2022, Farina transitioned to a full-time role in Professional Studies teaching graduate and undergraduate courses. His experience includes over 20 years of teaching, with a focus of the last 15 years teaching adult learners in online education settings.
Education: EdD, Lynn University; MEd, Lakeland University; BA, Marquette University
Certifications: Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction – Lifetime Teaching License for grades 9-12 in Sociology, Psychology, History, and Broadfield Social Science
Memberships: Supporting educational institutions with a focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder
Research Interests: Autism spectrum disorder, diversity and inclusion, teaching and learning best practices, and leadership
Annissa Furr is a residential faculty member in the General Education Department at Purdue Global. She teaches courses on microbiology, immunology, and general science.
Education: PhD, South Dakota State University; MS, Arizona State University; BS, Arizona State University
Publications: Journal of Bioterrorism and Biodefense article discussing the immunology of prion disease
Honors and Achievements: Co-founder and COO for Kids Play Safe
Memberships: LEED Green Associate, U.S. Green Building Council, United Nations Global Compact
Research Interests: Prion immunologyAnnissa Furr Link
Galia Fussell teaches undergraduate and graduate courses at Purdue Global, including academic and professional writing for graduate students, professional development in technical writing, introduction to legal analysis and writing, and college composition.
Education: PhD, State University of Pedagogy and Humanities in Kazan; MS and Graduate Certificate in Online College Teaching, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global); MA, Elabuga State University of Pedagogy and Humanities; Paralegal Certificate, Tarrant County College
Publications: English Lexicology, more than 100 articles in scholarly journals
Honors and Achievements: 2015 Outstanding Professional Development and Scholarship Award (School of General Education), 2006 Best Scholarly Work Award (State University of Pedagogy and Humanities in Kazan), presentations at national and international conferencesGalia Fussell Link
Nicole Garland started with Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) as an online adjunct faculty member in 2008, becoming a full-time adjunct faculty member in 2015. She teaches a variety of undergraduate mathematics courses including survey of mathematics, college algebra, and business math and statistical measures. She began her academic career as an associate instructor at Indiana University and became an adjunct instructor for Ivy Tech Community College in 2006.
Education: MAT, Indiana University; BS, Marian College (now Marian University)
Honors and Achievements: Excellence in Mathematics Award (Marian College), Rothrock Teaching Award (Indiana University)Nicole Garland Link
Alvaro Genao teaches various undergraduate courses in the Science Department of the School of General Education. He joined Purdue Global as a faculty member and and serves as a course lead. Genao worked for several years managing the internship program of medical assistants in training. He is a practicing gastroenterologist at an academic teaching hospital in New York City. His work has focused on addressing health disparities in underserved populations.
Education: MS, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (in progress); MD, New York University School of Medicine; BA, Harvard University
Publications: Cancer; Nutrition in Clinical Practice; Laboratory Animal Science
Honors and Achievements: Honorable mention 2014 Students Choice Award (Kaplan University), honorable mention 2014 Outstanding Faculty Award (Kaplan University), 2013 Outstanding New Faculty Award (Kaplan University)
Research Interests: Addressing health disparitiesAlvaro Genao Link
Shama Grimmage began her career with Purdue Global in 2020 as professor in new student orientation, taking great satisfaction in guiding new students to the university's resources as they get ready for their first term and welcoming them to their online campus. As of 2022 Grimmage teaches in the professional studies department in the College of General Education. Previously she taught first year seminar and courses at her previous institution where she also served as a first year advisor, and she also brings 10 plus years of experience in higher education administration. Her goal is to help students reach their full potential by promoting a supportive and nurturing environment that highlights best practices in teaching effectiveness, support and that is conducive to student success.
Education: EdD Higher Education Leadership and Organizational Leadership, Nova Southeastern University; MEd, Florida A&M University; BS, Florida A&M University
Certifications: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate, University of South Florida Muma College of Business. Certified Professional Life Coach
Honors and Achievements: Presenter, Talent Strong Florida Summit (2022). “Impact Over Obstacles: Partnerships Providing Support”
Memberships: New Leaders Council, Orlando
Research Interests: Student success, student retention and persistence, and diversity, equity and inclusion in Higher Education
Shelly Gussis teaches a variety of undergraduate composition courses at Purdue Global. He began his academic career at the University of Economics in Prague. Returning to the United States, Gussis taught at various colleges and universities before joining Purdue Global.
Education: MFA, MA, Roosevelt University; MS, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global)Shelly Gussis Link
Christian Hampson teaches various mathematics courses in the School of General Education at Purdue Global. Hampson comes from a widely varied career in information technology and data science that includes small businesses, federal agencies, and Microsoft.
Education: PhD, Colorado State University; MS, University of Dayton
Publications: Using Network Properties to Predict Disease Dynamics on Human Contact Networks, Proceedings of the Royal Society B; Multidecomposition of the Complete Graph Into Graph Pairs of Order 5 With Various Leaves, Ars Combinatoria; Multipacking and Multicovering of Kn-F With Graph-Pairs of Order 5 Where F is a Hamilton Cycle or (Almost) 1-Factor, Congressus Numerantium
Certifications: Graduate Statistician (American Statistical Society), Certified Information Systems Security Professional
Honors and Achievements: Internal agency awards for implementations of data science algorithms
Memberships: American Mathematics Society, American Statistical Society, Mathematics Association of America, International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium
Research Interests: Applications of graph theory and probability to widely disparate areas such as information security, ecology, disease spread, and historyChristian Hampson Link
Jennifer Harrison teaches various undergraduate courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences department, with a special emphasis on American women’s history and culture. She is the course lead for the University's American Women and Founding Fathers courses. She has taught first-year experience and humanities courses for Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) for over 15 years. She started her academic career as a Disabilities Coordinator and American History instructor prior to joining Purdue Global.
Education: MA, University of Richmond
Publications: Articles on American history and pop culture, ranging from the experiences of Mary McLeod Bethune to the presentation of parent-child relationships in the films of Robert Downey Jr. and gender in Downton Abbey
Memberships: Chair, Arts and Humanities GEL Committee; Member, Library Committee
Research Interests: Presentation of women and children in advertisingJennifer Harrison Link
David Healey teaches college composition for the School of General Education at Purdue Global. He began teaching classes in journalism and composition at Washington College and Cecil College before joining the Purdue Global faculty. Previously, Healey was a news reporter and editor for 21 years.
Education: MFA, University of Southern Maine
Publications: articles in publications including the Washington Times and American History, three nonfiction books on regional history, several novels, co-author of accounting textbook
Honors and Achievements: 2011 Chaney Scholar (St. Mary’s College of Maryland), Best Editorial of the Year (Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association), other journalism awards
Memberships: Professional Competencies in Graduate Communications Committee, Eastern Shore Writers’ Association, International Thriller Writers
Research Interests: Intergenerational communication in the workplaceDavid Healey Link
Michael Heeren has taught a variety of mathematics courses, including business math, statistics, and business statistics and quantitative analysis. He joined Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) as a part-time instructor in 2003, was promoted to department chair in 2007, and became course lead and a full-time faculty member in 2018. Prior to joining Purdue Global, Heeren taught at the junior high and high school level, including Yuma High School from 1996 to 1999. In 2003, he began teaching at Hamilton College.
Education: MA, University of Northern Iowa
Honors and Achievements: Presented at 2017 MAA conference
Memberships: General Education Literacy committee for mathematics, several campus committeesMichael Heeren Link
Eric Holmes is a full-time faculty member in the composition department at Purdue University Global. He currently teaches college composition courses and is course lead for technical communication courses.
Education: MS, Portland State University; MS, University of South Dakota
Publications: Articles in The International Journal of Comic Art and The Oregon English Journal; a chapter in Dexter and Philosophy
Memberships: Teamwork Professional Competency Committee
Research Interests: Rhetoric, folklore, public speaking, horror as a genreEric Holmes Link
Kerrie Houchens joined Purdue University Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 2009, and has served in a variety of support roles including academic advisor, assessment specialist, and department chair. She has served as project lead for various University projects including the development of open courses, management and best practices of portfolios, and virtual employee engagement initiatives. She teaches new student orientations and takes great pride in welcoming students to their online campus, guiding students to the University resources as students prepare for their first term.
Education: MS, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global); BS, University of Florida
Publications: New Degrees of Opportunity at OC@KU: Addressing the Needs of Today's Learners With Affordable, Flexible, Competency-Based Educational Options. Daniels, E., Houchens, K., Whipple, D., & Stevenson, C. IGI Global (2018).
Research Interests: Adult and community education, opportunities and challenges for adult learners in the virtual classroom, flipped learning, microlearningKerrie Houchens Link
Jacob Kaltenbach currently teaches college composition within the School of General Education. He has taught in both humanities and composition and served for several years on the University Assessment Committee. He previously served in teaching and administrative capacities with Nottingham University, the University of Colorado at Denver, and the University of Washington in Seattle, among other institutions.
Education: Phd, MA, Cardiff University (then University of Wales, Cardiff)
Honors and Achievements: Creative Course Award (Kaplan University)Jacob Kaltenbach Link
Teresa Marie Kelly currently teaches composition in the Writing Across the Curriculum Department at Purdue Global, focusing on technical and learning tools and strategies to enhance writing skills and build habits for future course success. She serves as the composition contact for the School of General Education Speaker’s Series and volunteers with the annual Literary Festival. In 2007, she became one of the founding faculty in the Student Success Department, which focused on the needs of underprepared and at-risk learners. Kelly actively pursues professional development and scholarship. She brings diverse experience to Purdue Global, formerly serving as a high school English teacher, dean, adjunct faculty, and early adopter of distance learning.
Education: MAT, BA, Agnes Scott College
Honors and Achievements: 2004 Kaplan Spirit Award (Kaplan University); additional teaching, scholarship, and professional development honors
Research Interests: Skills-focused and interdisciplinary nature of teaching and learning, the unique impact social media and online communities have on educator training and professional developmentTeresa Marie Kelly Link
Mary Laska is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the School of General Education. She currently teaches career development strategy courses, social science survey courses, and introduction to sociology. She has taught extensively in the Huntsville area, including an appointment as a visiting professor at the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She has also been involved in local research and program evaluation, working as a research assistant at the National Children’s Advocacy Center.
Education: PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham; BA, University of Alabama in Huntsville
Research Interests: Pedagogy of online teachingMary Laska Link
Beth Lee is a full-time faculty member at Purdue Global who teaches undergraduate composition courses and has been a dedicated part of the University since 2013. She recently served as part of the faculty curriculum committee, which examines and evaluates course updates to ensure they align with University and accreditation requirements. During her time in the faculty senate, Lee was a part of the creation of the late policy for students as well as milestone anniversary acknowledgements and faculty scholarship awards. Previously, she assisted in the development and innovation of the Student Center for Academic Achievement at California State University.
Education: MBA; MA, California State University, East Bay; BA, San Diego State University; Postgraduate Certificate, Kaplan University (now Purdue Global)
Publications: CRLA, Dissertation on Mindfulness: Organizational Investment for Employee Performance
Certifications: Project Management (Purdue Global)
Honors and Achievements: Outstanding New Faculty, Virtual Difference Maker (Outstanding Team)
Memberships: CRLA, MLA, Cengage Learning, TCC, NCTE, PMI
Research Interests: Diversity, multiculturalism, mindfulness, motivationBeth Lee Link
Laurie Leet teaches undergraduate courses in science and nutrition at Purdue University Global, and she serves as course lead for the principles of nutrition course in the School of General Education Science Department. Leet started her online academic career in 2004 while working full time in health care.
Education: MS, University of Wisconsin-Stout; MBA, University of Nebraska at Kearney
Certifications: Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist (Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics)Laurie Leet Link
Ashley Leininger started her academic career in 2006 at Iowa State University in the field of Sociology, earning her MS in Sociology in 2009. Leininger has since taught at multiple institutions as a sociology and criminology instructor. Her research is focused on sociology of religion, sacred moments, civic engagement, and learning social structures within video games. Leininger presents work at various conferences focusing on inclusion, civic engagement, and religious influence.
Education: MS Sociology, Iowa State University
Publications: Leininger, A. B. (2004). “The Influence of Clergy on Traditional Gender Roles”. Paper presented at the Annual Sociological Conference, Indianola, IA.
Leininger, A. B. (2009). “Conceptualizations of God by Lutheran laypeople.” Master thesis, Iowa State University.
Leininger, A. B. (2017). “Engaging Students Through the Weird.” Presentation at the Annual General Education Conference, Purdue Global University.
Leininger, A. B. (2021). “Wandering the Four Quadrants: Teaching to a Multitude of Learners.” Presentation at the Annual General Education Conference, Purdue Global University.
Leininger, A. B. (2022). “Community Civic Engagement and the Impact in Purpose Driven Education.” Presentation at the Purdue Global Village Conference, Purdue Global University.
Honors and Achievements: 2004 Horizon Award, Simpson College
Memberships: American Sociological Association; Society for Personality and Social Psychology-American Psychological Association
Research Interests: Sacred Moments, research methodology, civic engagement, social capital, attitude and attitude change, learning within video-gaming cultureAshley Leininger Link
Love teaches undergraduate courses in composition and undergraduate psychology courses. She started her career at the University of Northern Iowa where she worked in the Department of English. Love’s scholarship has been published in magazines, journals, and books with her research on human rights literature being recognized by the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. She was awarded attendance at the 52nd Commissions of the Status of Women at the United Nations headquarters in New York City.
Education: MA, University of Northern Iowa; MS, Kaplan University
Honors and Achievements: 2014 Outstanding Faculty Member
Memberships: Academic Appeals Committee
Research Interests: A literature textbook, a study on using bibliotherapy as complementary treatment for trauma, and a study on using Google tools in the writing classroom.Jessica Love Link
Sharon Marusiak teaches various undergraduate courses in science as well as anatomy and physiology to pre-health science majors. She has also been involved in helping to better design and implement the curriculum at Purdue Global for the health science majors. Her teaching experience includes Kent State University, Cuyahoga Community College, Lakeland Community College, and Stark State College.
Education: MS, Kent State University; BS, John Carroll University
Honors and Achievements: “Apple Award” for teaching at high school level, nominated for course lead and adjunct faculty award (Kaplan University)Sharon Marusiak Link
Jeff Messinger teaches various undergraduate courses in the Professional Presence program. He started his teaching career at Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) as a part-time adjunct faculty member before becoming a full-time adjunct. He continues to be a portfolio evaluator for the Professional Presence program. Previously, Messinger has worked in multiple industries including information technology, finance, and health care as both an engineering manager and project manager.
Education: MBA, University of Phoenix; BS, Brigham Young University
Certifications: Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Scrum Master (CSM)
Memberships: Project Management Institute (PMI)
Research Interests: How social media influences one's professional image in society and industryJeff Messinger Link
Kirsten Meymaris joined Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) as an adjunct in 2009 with 10 years of experience in online education. In 2014, she became a full-time faculty member in the Mathematics Department in the School of General Education. Meymaris teaches undergraduate mathematics courses, and she also manages the upper-level discrete mathematics and business statistics with quantitative analysis courses, emphasizing the integration of technology for deeper mathematical interpretation of data.
Education: MS, University of Colorado at Boulder; BS, University of Minnesota Institute of Technology
Publications: Contributions to scientific journals for innovative citizen science work, mathematics and educational texts
Honors and Achievements: 2017 Course Lead Rock Star Award (School of General Education), 2016 Honorable Mention FT Faculty Super Star, 2012 Outstanding FT Adjunct Honorable MentionKirsten Meymaris Link
Kevin Muir became an adjunct instructor for Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 2008, becoming a full-time adjunct in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in 2015. Muir teaches a variety of undergraduate classes for the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, particularly about history and social sciences, as well as in the ExcelTrack® program. Previously, he taught at Oak Valley Country Day, a private high school, where he became principal; he later taught at Brown Mackie College and the Kansas City campus of DeVry University.
Education: MA, Oakland University; BA, Oakland University
Honors and Achievements: Faculty Performance Award for outstanding teaching (DeVry University Online), 2017 KUVillage conference presentation, 2014 General Education Conference presentation
Memberships: History Learning Committee, Capstone literary journalKevin Muir Link
Jesse Munoz teaches online undergraduate composition courses for the School of General Education. He joined Purdue Global as an adjunct faculty member in 2018 and now serves as a full-time adjunct. Previously, Munoz served as an adjunct faculty member for Kaplan University, New Mexico State University, and other post-secondary institutions. He has been teaching composition, English, and literature courses since 2012.
Education: MA, New Mexico State University
Memberships: Modern Language Association
Research Interests: Teaching composition in an online environment, Gothic literatureJesse Munoz Link
Larry Musolino teaches a variety of math and statistics courses. He has worked in the semiconductor industry as an electrical engineer including statistical analysis of semiconductor failure rates. He has taught mathematics and statistics at the college level for approximately 15 years. Musolino holds a Professional Engineering license in Pennsylvania.
Education: Graduate degrees in electrical engineering, computer science, mathematics, and statistics; undergraduate degree in electrical engineeringLarry Musolino Link
Vanessa Myers has taught undergraduate courses in science and chemistry at Purdue University Global since 2020, and she serves as course lead for the principles of chemistry course in the School of General Education Science Department. Previously, Vanessa Myers was a faculty member at Houston Community College since 2011 and currently also a Research Chemist for the global leader in water recycling and restoration. In her spare time, Myers is an advocate for her community and volunteers multiple hours a month supporting various causes. As a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., she is also engaged in the advancement of her community in the field of education.
Education: MS in Analytical Chemistry from Illinois Institute of Technology; BS in Chemistry from The University of Texas at San Antonio
Certifications: Certified Office Ergonomic Evaluator
Publications: Pucatena-Poly[[bis(O,O'-diisopropyl dithiophosphato-[kappa]2S,S')zinc(II)]-[mu]-1,2-bis(3-pyridylmethylene)hydrazine-[kappa]2N:N']
catena-Poly[[bis(N,N-diethyldithiocarbamato-κ2S,S′)cadmium(II)]-μ-trans-1,2-di-4-pyridylethane-κ2N:N′]. Acta Crystallographica Section E Structure Reports Online, 62 (6)
Honors and Achievements: Robert Welch Recipient 2007
Memberships: National Professional Science Masters Association; Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Research Interests: Refinery specialty chemicals for the reduction of depositionVanessa Myers Link
Miya Nelson began her career with Purdue University Global in 2021. Nelson is currently a professor of orientation where she helps incoming students acclimate to life as a PG campus student. She also responsible for implementing DEI & B initiatives within the Orientation/Student Entry Department. Her professional experiences include over 15 years of counseling, consulting, and academic advising. Nelson’s teaching experiences have centered around student success, career and life decision making, and cultural diversity.
Education: PhD, Capella University; MS, Minnesota State University, Mankato; BA, Southern University at New Orleans
Publications: Perceptions of conflict within Christian leadership: A generic qualitative inquiry study
Certifications: School Counselor Certification - Louisiana
Memberships: Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology; Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
Research Interests: Organization development in religious settings, training and development, career coaching, conflict management
Christine O’Neal teaches numerous science classes at Purdue Global, including microbiology, genetics, cell biology, immunology, and general biology. She served as the genetics course lead for 2 years and was in charge of a major revision of the course. Prior to teaching for Purdue Global, O’Neal taught chemistry, biology, microbiology, biotechnology, and anatomy and physiology at multiple community colleges. She also taught high school AP biology for 2 years.
Education: PhD, Baylor College of Medicine; MPH, Kaplan University (now Purdue Global); Composite Science Certification, ERT Texas Secondary
Publications: Journal of Virology, Vaccine
Honors and Achievements: Arnold O. Beckman Award for Academic Excellence; Ninth Annual Graduate Student Symposium (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas); Texas Children’s Hospital Pediatric GI Training Grant
Memberships: Phi Sigma - National Biology Honor Society, Medical Reserve Corp
Research Interests: The impact of climate change on emerging virusesChristine O'Neal Link
Kathrine O’Neil is a Purdue Global composition instructor and the co-course lead for CM107: College Composition I. She joined the University in 2005 and originally taught courses for the student success department. Prior to joining the University, O’Neil taught high school English.
Education: PhD, The Ohio State University; MEd, The Ohio State University; BA, The Ohio State University
Publications: National and state education conference presentations: NOSS, NADE, and OCTELA
Certifications: Teaching license for ELA, grades 7–12
Honors and Achievements: Innovations in Curriculum Award, numerous hours of service to her department and community
Memberships: International Literacy Association
Research Interests: Impact of case studies on teacher efficacy, motivation strategies, writing instructionKathrine O'Neil Link
January Pearson teaches English composition in the School of General Education. She began teaching online for Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 2005 and was promoted to full-time adjunct faculty in 2014. Pearson also taught as an English instructor at Concordia University in Irvine, California. Before instructing at the college level, Pearson began her career as a technical writer, writing and editing software books for a worldwide computer training company. She also gained experience designing and teaching writing classes, both online and in person, for public relations professionals.
Education: MA, California State University in Fullerton
Publications: Gargoyle Magazine, Atlanta Review, Pittsburgh Poetry Review, American Journal of Poetry, Watershed Review, Summerset Review, Capstone literary journal, Four Chambers Press, Timberline Review, The Chiron, Valparaiso Poetry Review
Honors and Achievements: General Education Conference and Literary Festival presentations (Kaplan University)
Memberships: General Education Conference Review TeamJanuary Pearson Link
Jonathan Racster is a is a full-time faculty member in the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences in the School of General Education. Racster teaches various undergraduate courses in sociology, social sciences, professional studies, and the humanities. He started his academic career in 2001 at the Ohio State University in the field of Anthropology, transitioning to Sociology in 2013. Racster has since taught at multiple institutions and served on numerous panels and committees related to curriculum and best practices. Racster’s anthropological and sociological research has taken him around the world and spans topics from ethnobotany to primate reproductive ecology to gender equity in the workplace. Racster frequently presents at various colleges, universities, and academic societies on topics such as diversity, equity, and inclusion; sex, sexuality, and gender; and best practices in teaching.
Education: MA, New Mexico State University; MA, The Ohio State University
Research Interests: Evolution and iterations of sex, sexuality, and gender
Honors and Achievements: 2021 (Q1) FTA Faculty Excellence Award (Purdue University Global); 2020 (Q4) Outstanding Faculty Award FT/FTA (Purdue University Global); 2014 Spirit of Kaplan Award (Kaplan University)
Memberships: Lifetime Member, American Association of Biological Anthropologists
Research Interests: Evolution and iterations of sex, sexuality, and gender; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Barry Regan began his career with Purdue Global in 2020 and became a professor in the professional studies department in the College of General Education in 2021. Prior to Purdue Global, he served as a professor of communication at Central Arizona College and as the director of the speech and debate team at Grand Canyon University.
Education: EdD, Grand Canyon University; MA, University of Arkansas; BA, University of Nevada - Las Vegas
Research Interests: Intercollegiate speech and debate, sports communication, leadership communication, and organizational communication
Publications: Regan, B.J. (2022). Leadership Practices in Speech & Debate Coaches: Applying Full-Range Leadership Behaviors to Coaching Intercollegiate Forensics. Lexington Books: Lanham, MD.
Regan, B.J. & Danaher, J.D. (2017). Building new IPDA communities: Using the full-range leadership model to grow IPDA in the Pacific Southwest Collegiate Forensics Association. Journal of the International Public Debate Association, 9(1), 1-10.
Honors and Achievements: Presenter at the 2019 TEDx Central Arizona College Conference; 2016 Pacific Southwestern Collegiate Forensics Association’s Wyman-Howe Coach of the Year Recipient
Memberships: Association for General and Liberal Studies; International Association for Communication and Sport; Southern Humanities Council; Southern States Communication Association; Western States Communication Association
Dr. Rice joined the science department in 2009 as a PT adjunct and then moved into a FT adjunct role in 2015. In addition to teaching Fundamentals of Science for Purdue University Global, she also teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II and will be the new course leader for SC131 starting in January 2021. She has served as a team lead and subject matter expert for SNHU and taught Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, and Introduction to Health Care for Bryant & Stratton College, for whom she also led and participated in committee redesigns and mentored numerous new adjuncts. Before teaching full time, she established and ran a solo chiropractic office, where she practiced for over 20 years.
Education: Doctor of Chiropractic, MS in Teaching, BA in Biology
Certifications: Licensed chiropractor
Honors and Achievements: Recognition of Full Time Faculty Excellence (2019), Full Time FT Adjunct Trailblazer Award (2018), Full Time Adjunct Rock Star Award (2017), Full Time Adjunct Superstar Award (2016), Outstanding Full Time FT Adjunct (2015)
Memberships: Science Club Advisor
Research Interests: Higher education trends, STEM education, multiculturalism in higher educationCatherine Rice Link
Laura Ruiz is a full-time adjunct faculty member in the School of General Education at Purdue Global and has been working for the University since 2004. She has taught courses in academic strategies, professional presence, career development strategies, portfolio development, orientation, and college and career pathways. Ruiz serves as the course lead for CS100.
EDUCATION: MS, Nova Southeastern University; BS, Florida State UniversityLaura Ruiz Link
Fred Sakon teaches undergraduate math courses, including college algebra, discrete mathematics, and statistics. He began teaching at Purdue University Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 2009, becoming a full-time adjunct instructor in 2019. Before joining Purdue Global, Sakon worked in data analytics at Tulane University and The University of New Orleans, and he taught at Tallahassee Community College and Florida State University.
Education: MS, Tulane University; MS, Florida State University; BA, Clemson University
Certifications: Applied Measurement and Statistics (Florida State University); Academy of Teaching, Learning, and Success (Tallahassee Community College); Program for Instructional Excellence (Florida State University)
Honors and Achievements: Interdisciplinary Research Training Fellow (Florida State University); Palmetto Scholars Fellow (South Carolina Department of Education); TJX Employee Scholar (TJX Companies)Fred Sakon Link
Brad Sauls started with Purdue Global in 2020 as an adjunct faculty and was promoted to Full Time Faculty in 2022. Sauls teaches in the science department in the School of General Education, and specializes in environmental science and sustainability courses. Sauls has over 10 years of teaching experience, both on campus and online. His career focus is in the research of the decline of shark species in the Atlantic Ocean. Prior to Purdue Global, Sauls also worked as a Park Ranger for the National Park Service and also worked at several zoos across the country developing animal conservation programs.
Education: PhD, Environmental and Social Sustainability, Colorado Technical University; MBA, Human Resources & Marketing, Colorado Technical University; BA, History/Geography, University of Tennessee
Publications: The effects of salinity on crop species in the Colorado River Basin
Research Interests: The decline of shark species in the Atlantic OceanBradley Sauls Link
Jennifer Schott currently teaches orientation courses in the School of General Education at Purdue Global. Schott previously taught first year seminar and career planning courses at her previous institution where she also supervised academic and career development staff and oversaw career development services, programs, and events for the past 17 years. She has presented at local, state, and national conferences on a variety of academic and career development topics.
Education: MS, Indiana University; BA, Indiana University
Honors and Achievements: Outstanding First-Year Student Advocate Award 2018; Distinguished Career Award 2016
Research Interests: Student success; career developmentJennifer Schott Link
Melissa Scranton started with Purdue University Global (formerly Kaplan University) as an online adjunct faculty member in 2010, becoming a course lead and full-time faculty member in 2018. She teaches a variety of graduate and undergraduate mathematics courses including applied statistics for psychology, business statistics with quantitative analysis, and survey of mathematics. Scranton began her career as a middle and high school teacher, focusing on the mathematically at-risk, and serving as a parent resource coordinator. She creates an atmosphere where students can gain a deeper understanding of mathematics, so that they can experience it as a useful and creative tool that helps them make sense of the world they are a part of.
Education: PhD, Illinois State University; MS, Missouri State University
Publications: Community College Journal of Research and Practice, Journal of Applied Sport Psychology
Certifications: Lifetime certified as state of Missouri teacher of mathematics 7–12
Research Interests: Mathematics intervention programs, statistics educationMelissa Scranton Link
Currently a full-time adjunct at Purdue Global, Rita Sharma teaches various undergraduate courses in composition. She has extensive experience in online, blended, and hybrid facilitation and has been a professor of composition for 25 years. She is also an active member of University committees. Sharma started her academic career in India and later taught English in Dubai and Jakarta before teaching at Houston Community College in 2002. She moved on to Lake Erie College in Ohio as a professor and was the SAGES leader at Case Western Reserve University. Her research has been shared in a variety of conferences and books, and she has been cited for her expertise on diversity and world literature.
Honors and Achievements: Numerous teaching, research, and service honors, including three Professor-of-the-Year awards
Publications: Capstone literary journal reviewer, Quest for Self (forthcoming)Ritu Sharma Link
Amy Smith is a faculty member in the Science Department, teaching general and environmental science. She is also the course lead for the fundamentals of science course, serves as a Virtual Difference Maker, and is the STEM Faculty Journal Club coordinator. She frequently presents on both science research and teaching topics. Prior to higher education, Smith was a home-improvement retail manager, owned a small interior remodeling company, and worked as a laboratory technician in water quality.
Education: MS, Colorado State University; MS, Kaplan University (now Purdue University Global); BS, Western Washington University
Honors and Achievements: Spirit of Kaplan Award and Kaplan Way Awad (Kaplan University)
Research Interests: Urban forestry, sustainable living and energy issues, watershed/forest interactionsAmy Smith Link
Carolyn Stevenson teaches the bachelor’s capstone in the professional studies degree program and also serves as a faculty advisor. She oversees numerous innovations in curriculum, including competency-based degree programs. Stevenson serves on several Purdue Global committees. She previously worked in publishing for 5 years before going into higher education teaching and administration. She has been cited for her expertise in online learning, open educational resources, and prior learning. Stevenson is also a reviewer for conference papers and has served on various offices and committees for the American Education Research Association.
Education: EdD, Roosevelt University
Publications: Editor for Enhancing Education Through Open Degree Programs and Prior Learning Assessment
Honors and Achievements: 2016 Bruce Chaloux Scholarship (Online Learning Consortium), 2008 Best Paper Award (Distance Learning Administration), additional teaching, research, and service honors
Memberships: American Education Research Association (AERA)Carolyn Stevenson Link
Tami Tacker currently teaches undergraduate courses in mathematics at Purdue Global, conducts preterm online workshops to ease student anxiety as they prepare for math class, serves on committees within the University, and is the course lead for Survey of Mathematics. She began her online journey with the University in 2003 as an adjunct faculty member. Over her career, Tacker has shared her love of numbers with middle school, high school, and college-level mathematics students at several institutions. Her goal is to make all students, no matter their skill level, comfortable while learning mathematics.
Education: MS, Stephen F. Austin State University; MS, Purdue University Global
Honors and Achievements: Outstanding Full-Time Adjunct and Outstanding Curriculum Revision/Innovation nominee (Kaplan University)
Memberships: American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges, National Organization for Student SuccessTami Tacker Link
Lisa Teitler has been teaching online since 2007. In 2015, she became a full-time adjunct in the Composition Department at Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University). She currently teaches college composition and the competency based program, ExcelTrack™. Teitler has been recognized for her dedication to student learning and innovative approaches to the classroom.
Education: MA, Virginia Commonwealth UniversityLisa Teitler Link
Stephanie Thompson teaches undergraduate courses in composition and serves as a course lead, where she develops course curriculum and faculty resources. Thompson began teaching at Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 2007 and became a full-time faculty member in the composition department in 2009. She has served on numerous committees, including the Faculty Curriculum Committee. Previously, Thompson taught English and advised students in the education program at Peace College in Raleigh. She has presented at numerous academic conferences such as NADE, NCTE, and CRLA.
Education: PhD, University of Tennessee; MA, University of Tennessee
Publications: Influencing America’s Tastes: Realism in the Work of Wharton, Cather, and Hurst; articles related to film and pedagogy in books and journals
Honors and Achievements: 2013 Above and Beyond Award, 2012 Outstanding Course Lead, 2011 Outstanding Full-Time Faculty Award Nomination (Kaplan University)Stephanie Thompson Link
Jamie Thornton began her career with Purdue Global (formerly Kaplan University) in 2000. Thornton teaches many English-related courses in the School of General Education and she also serves on many committees – as well as being chair of the Academic Appeals Committee for over 4 years. Thornton also served as Chair on Information and Digital Technology task force to develop CLA’s for Purdue Global.Jamie Thornton Link
Julissa (Julie) Torres-Roman teaches various undergraduate courses in biology, anatomy and physiology, and general science. Her work as a full-time adjunct faculty and course lead earned her recognition by the School of General Education and by her peers in the science department. Previously, Torres-Roman was a faculty member at her alma mater, Montclair State University, and at Essex County College, where she taught various science courses and helped underprivileged students pursue their academic goals. Her goal is to make science more approachable by ensuring that students relate to the concepts they are learning about in the classroom. In her personal time, Julie volunteers as an Envirothon instructor for intermediate and middle school students, as well as a judge for local and virtual science fairs for elementary, middle, and high school students, and she is also a trained climate reality leader.
Education: MS, Montclair State University
Honors and Achievements: PG Service Excellence Recognition, Science Teachers Achieving Results (STAR) Award, Curriculum & Revision/Innovation Superstar Award
Memberships: PG Faculty Senate, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), Pennsylvania Science Teachers Association, The New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS), Phi Kappa Phi, New Jersey Academy of SciencesJulissa Torres-Roman Link
Robert Vaughan currently teaches ethics, critical thinking, world religions, and humanities at Purdue Global and is the course lead for a course in bioethics. He owns a private company that meets the educational needs of organizations and corporations. Vaughan is actively researching management principles in higher education and applies his research to the classroom.
Education: DMin, George Fox University; MDiv, MSM, MEdRobert Vaughan Link
Josef Vice is a faculty member in the School of General Education at Purdue Global. He currently teaches composition and serves as a course lead. Vice has taught at the university level for the past 30 years, including 15 years of online teaching, and taught high school at the beginning of his career. His published works include articles on W.H. Auden, as well as various articles and book chapters on the teaching of writing, and he is currently working on a series of articles on Southern culture. Vice has completed doctoral coursework in rhetoric and composition and modern literature.
Education: Doctoral coursework, Auburn University; MA, Jacksonville State University
Honors and Achievements: Dissertation Fellowship to study Rhetoric and Composition at Auburn University.
Memberships: Association of Writing Across the Curriculum, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Auden Society and Georgia Society of Teachers of English.
Research Interests: The relationship between student confidence and academic success
Jan Watson, full-time composition faculty member, brings a college writing teaching background from Columbia University and several private and state universities in Maine. Watson is currently at work on a third novel for Penguin Random House. She has presented several academic presentations on subjects ranging from virtual literary festivals to innovations in writing instruction to research-based studies in andragogy. In recent years, she has served as an orientation facilitator, a GEL committee member, an Academic Appeals committee member, and a poetry editor for Capstone, the faculty literary magazine.
Education: MFA, Columbia University
Publications: Asta in the Wings (2009), What Has Become of You (2014)
Honors and Achievements: 2014 Kaplan University-Maine Faculty Excellence Award; starred book reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and The New York Times Book Review
Memberships: Association of Writers and Publishers AllianceJan Watson Link
Sara Wink has been teaching college composition since 2004 where started as a part-time adjunct for institutions such as Carroll University of Wisconsin and Bay de Noc Community College in Michigan. Wink transitioned to teaching online in 2009 and has been with Purdue University Global ever since. She now teaches full-time and enjoys helping students develop their critical reading and writing skills. Wink also supports the creativity of her colleagues as co-editor of The Gauge and co-creator of the Creative Salon. One never stops learning how to write!
Education: MFA, Minnesota State University; BA Wisconsin Lutheran College
Publications: “The Boy Who Conquered Goose Island.” The Gauge. [Purdue University Global.]
“Blue House Dare.” The Gauge. [Purdue University Global.] Summer 2022
“The Final Tampering of Madame Midsomer.” The Gauge. [Purdue University Global.] Winter 2020/2021
“Love with Sincerity.” The Gauge. [Purdue University Global.] Winter 2020/2021
“The Hungry Mother.” Pen Name: Jean Lee. Mobius: The Journal of Social Change 32(1). Spring 2021
Fallen Princeborn: Chosen. Pen Name: Jean Lee. October 2020
Night’s Tooth. Pen Name: Jean Lee. August 2019
Fallen Princeborn: Stolen. Pen Name: Jean Lee. Publisher: Aionios Books. October 2018.
“A Letter to My Father this Eastertide.” The Gauge. [Purdue University Global.]
“Together We Walk into the Sky.” The Gauge. [Purdue University Global.] Summer 2020
“Pinched Pennies of Time.” The Gauge. [Purdue University Global.] Winter 2019
“Tonight Doesn’t Need to Be Like That.” Capstone [Kaplan University]. Winter 2017
“As My Sons Turn Three.” Capstone [Kaplan University]. Summer 2016
“As My Daughter Turns Five.” Capstone [Kaplan University]. Summer 2015
Honors and Achievements: Recognition of FT/FTA Faculty Excellence, 2022; Recognition of PT Faculty Excellence. 2019; Outstanding PT FT Adjunct, 2015
Research Interests: WAC (Writing Across the Curriculum); Podcasting uses in online education; Neurodivergent student needs in online learning