Workshop Leaders

At each workshop, presenters will include an attorney who has experience with the legal issues that department and division chairs at independent colleges and universities face, chief academic officers who are knowledgeable about the work of chairs, experienced department/division chairs, and a CIC staff member with perspective on the issues faced by chairs. The following individuals will lead sessions and make presentations at the workshops.

 

Natasha Baker is an attorney with Curiale Hirschfeld & Kramer, LLP in the firm’s San Francisco office. Baker represents private and public institutions of higher education in a broad range of legal matters, including student discipline, FERPA compliance, disability accommodation for students and employees, faculty discipline, and employment matters such as tenure denial and dismissal, harassment, discrimination, and wrongful termination. She has made presentations at CIC’s Workshops for Department and Division Chairs and Presidents Institute.
 

Claudia DeVries Beversluis is provost of Calvin College, where she has served as a faculty member and administrator since 1991. A clinical psychologist, Beversluis has made numerous presentations at CIC’s Institute for Chief Academic Officers and Workshops for Department and Division Chairs on conflict management and degotiation skills.

 

Jerry Bockoven is associate professor and immediate past chair of the psychology department at Nebraska Wesleyan University. He served as a faculty mentor and led a student trip to Great Britain and France as part of a course in the history of psychology. He received Nebraska Wesleyan’s Exemplary Teaching Award in 2008 and the Prouty Award for excellence in teaching in 2002. Bockoven is also in private practice with ORR Psychotherapy Resources, and is professionally active in the Nebraska Psychological Association.
 

Mark J. Braun is provost of Gustavus Adolphus College, where he also served as associate dean and as department chair in communication. From 2007 to 2011, Braun was senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Augustana College (SD). He has made presentations at CIC’s Workshops for Department and Division Chairs, is a frequent reviewer for mass media professional journals, and has published widely on media issues, particularly ethics in the media.
 

Mary Ann Coughlin is assistant vice president for academic affairs and professor of research and statistics at Springfield College (MA). She has supervised academic support services and provided leadership for outcomes assessment initiatives, academic progress reviews, and the development of a data infrastructure for institutional research. Coughlin served as faculty member and leader of the highly successful Association for Institutional Research (AIR)/CIC Data and Decisions Workshops. She has been an active leader in the institutional research community and held leadership positions in the AIR and the Northeast Association for Institutional Research (NEAIR). She was awarded NEAIR’s Distinguished Service Award in 2007. In 2011 Coughlin was appointed as CIC senior advisor for CIC’s Engaging Evidence Project, which is supported by a grant from the Teagle Foundation.
 

William C. Deeds is vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Morningside College. He came to Morningside from Moravian College, where he served as dean for academic affairs, associate dean, and chair of the department of psychology. Deeds has made presentations at CIC’s Workshops for Department and Division Chairs and Institute for Chief Academic Officers. His interests include liberal education, gender issues, and faculty hiring.
 

R. Joseph Dieker is vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Cornell College in Iowa. Prior to coming to Cornell he served in a similar position at Culver-Stockton College. At Culver-Stockton he was professor of music and chair of the fine arts division. Dieker has made presentations at CIC’s Workshops for Department and Division Chairs. He is a conductor and clarinetist, and he continues to find performance opportunities within his busy schedule.
 

Daniel Ebeling is associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and chair of the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences at Wisconsin Lutheran College. Previously he served for eight years as chair of the physical sciences department. Since 2007 he has served as senior research scientist at KWJ Engineering in Newark, California. He is the recipient of several grants to fund undergraduate research experiences, including a 2011 National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates to pursue research with KWJ Engineering.
 

Sherilyn Emberton is provost and vice president for academic affairs at East Texas Baptist University. Prior to her current position she held similar positions at Lincoln Memorial University and LeTourneau University, where she served as a faculty member, department chair, dean, and associate academic vice president. She has made presentations at CIC’s Workshops for Department and Division Chairs and serves as coordinator of CIC’s annual Workshop for CAOs in their Third and Fourth Year of Service.
 

David R. Evans is vice president for academic affairs, dean of the faculty, and professor of English at Buena Vista University. He served as dean of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma City University and as a faculty member and chair of English at Georgia College and State University. At Buena Vista he has responsibility for over 500 adjunct faculty members. Evans writes the “On Hiring” blog in the Chronicle of Higher Education and has a particular interest in faculty careers at small colleges.
 

Eric Fournier is professor and chair of the geography department at Samford University. While trained as an urban geographer, most of his recent work involves the study of teaching and learning in undergraduate geography with a particular interest in active and problem-based learning. He has published extensively in both of these areas. His teaching has been recognized with awards from the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers and the National Council for Geographic Education. He is currently serving as president of the National Council for Geographic Education. His research focuses on spatial thinking and the infusion of technology in multidisciplinary general education courses.
 

Mary Ann Gawelek is provost and dean of the faculty at Seton Hill University, where she is professor of psychology and teaches a senior integrative seminar. Before coming to Seton Hill, Gawelek served as dean of Lesley University’s counseling psychology and expressive therapies division and interim dean of the graduate school. Her interests include exploration of the effects of gender on teaching and learning, educational equity issues facing undergraduate women, and multiculturalism. Gawelek has served as coordinator for CIC’s annual Workshop for New Chief Academic Officers and in 2011 received CIC’s Chief Academic Officer Award.
 

Walter Hunter is an attorney with Littler Mendelson in Providence, Rhode Island and serves as co-chair of the firm’s Higher Education Practice Group. He came to Littler from Brown University, where he served as vice president of administration for eight years. His areas of expertise include compliance, ethics, leadership, discrimination, and harassment. Hunter has extensive experience in employment law matters, including comprehensive improvements in human resources programs and administration and was a creative force behind enhancements to reward and recognition programs for staff.
 

Cheryl Johnson-Odim is provost and vice president for academic affairs at Dominican University (IL). Prior to her present position she held faculty and administrative positions at Loyola University Chicago and Columbia College Chicago, where she served as department chair in history and dean of the school of liberal arts and sciences. Johnson-Odim has made presentations at CIC’s Workshops for Department and Division Chairs and Institute for Chief Academic Officers. Her most recent book is Women and Gender in the History of Sub-Saharan Africa (2007).
 

Keith T. Jones is associate professor and chair of the psychology department at Central College (IA). Jones served in a similar position at the University of Sioux Falls. At Central he supervises student research and conducts research on educational assessment. Jones has received multiple Central College faculty research and development grants. In addition to receiving Central’s Outstanding Teaching Award in 2008, he received the David Crichten Memorial Award for Exemplary Teaching and Scholarship in 2011.
 

Susan Kline is a partner with Faegre Baker Daniels LLP in Indianapolis. She focuses her practice in the area of employment law. Kline has given a variety of presentations to employers and trade groups on topics such as employment law compliance for supervisors, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, workplace harassment, employee privacy, workplace violence, and other topics in employment law. She served as a law clerk to Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard from 2000 to 2002.
 

Rita E. Knuesel is provost of the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. She has served the joint institutions as chair of the music program and Saint Benedict as dean of the college. She is a frequent presenter on topics such as collaborative approaches to improving teaching and learning, faculty governance, and administrative reporting structures. She has served as a mentor in CIC’s Workshop for New Chief Academic Officers and has presented at CIC’s annual Institute for Chief Academic Officers.
 

Charles McCormick is provost and vice president for academic affairs at Schreiner University. He previously served in faculty and administrative positions at Cabrini College. His scholarly work focuses on folklore studies, and he has made presentations to higher education associations on the assessment of student learning, undergraduate research, and civic engagement. McCormick is a member of the honors advisory committee of The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars and served as an organizer of the state capital programs for undergraduate research in both Pennsylvania and Texas.
 

Victoria A. McGillin is provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of psychology at Otterbein University. She held a similar position at Linfield College and served as associate provost of Texas Woman’s University. McGillin also was dean of academic advising at Wheaton College (MA) and associate dean and director of advising and coordinator of the family therapy program at Clark University. She has published in Academic Advising Today and wrote the forward to the National Academic Advising Association’s monograph, Scholarly Inquiry in Academic Advising.
 

Carolyn Newton is provost of the College of Wooster. Previously, she served as academic vice president and provost at Berea College and associate provost at Kalamazoo College, where she also was a faculty member and chair of the biology department. At Berea she worked with department chairs to reinvigorate the departmental self-study process. In 2000–2001 she was an American Council on Education Fellow at Gettysburg College. Her research interests include immunology and cell biology.
 

Marc M. Roy is provost and professor of biology at Goucher College. Earlier he served as academic vice president at Coe College and associate academic dean of Beloit College. Roy has served as a National Science Foundation grant review panelist and has received grants from the W.M. Keck and Sanger Foundations, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and the Carver Charitable Trust. He is the vice chair of the American Conference of Academic Deans.
 

Elizabeth Rudenga is provost and professor of education at Trinity Christian College. She is coauthor of the book, Journeying: Integrating Literacy Instruction, as well as numerous book chapters and articles on teacher education. As a faculty member at Trinity she served as director of faculty development and chair of the education department. Rudenga has made presentations at CIC’s Workshops for Department and Division Chairs and Institute for Chief Academic Officers.
 

Nayef Samhat is provost and professor of political science and international studies at Kenyon College. Prior to coming to Kenyon he served as associate dean of the college and chair of the division of social studies at Centre College. Under his leadership, Kenyon College received support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for a program in Critical Languages and Innovative Pedagogy in 2010. With the aid of another grant from the Mellon Foundation, Samhat led the initiative on the development of innovative pedagogy in the general education curriculum for Kenyon’s Center for Innovative Pedagogy.
 

Leanne Shank is general counsel of Washington & Lee University. She regularly conducts information sessions and workshops for supervisors, deans, and others on employment matters, including faculty and staff hiring, performance reviews, and federal civil rights laws directly affecting university operations. A longtime member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA) and past member of its board of directors, she chairs the investment committee and serves as vice chair of the finance committee. She has made presentations at CIC’s Workshops for Department and Division Chairs.
 

Stuart J. Sigman is provost of American Jewish University. Prior to his current position, he served as vice president for academic affairs and dean of the faculty at Naropa University. Sigman also served as founding dean of the School of Communications at Emerson College. He has made presentations on using data at CIC’s Workshops for Department and Division Chairs and Institute for Chief Academic Officers and on program review and academic planning at the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.
 

Jeanine Stewart is vice president for academic affairs at Hollins University. Before coming to Hollins, she served as interim dean of the college and professor of psychology and neuroscience at Washington & Lee University. She has made presentations at CIC’s Workshops for Department and Division Chairs and Institute for Chief Academic Officers. Stewart served on several SACS accreditation and QEP review committees, and she currently serves on the board of the Roanoke Higher Education Authority.
 

Helen J. Streubert is vice president for academic affairs at Our Lady of the Lake University (TX). Prior to assuming her present position, she served as associate vice president for academic affairs and professor and chair of the department of nursing at Misericordia University. She is a member of the Nursing Education Hall of Fame at Teachers College, Columbia University, as well as a fellow of the Academy of Nursing Education. She has made presentations at CIC’s Workshops for Department and Division Chairs and Institute for Chief Academic Officers.
 

C. Reynold Verret is provost of Wilkes University. Verret came to Wilkes from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, where he served as dean and professor of chemistry. His research interests include the cytotoxicity of immune cells, biosensors, and biomarkers. Verret currently serves on the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and in the Enabling Bioanalytical and Biophysical Technologies and Experimental Immunology study sections of the National Institutes of Health.