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 who has experience with the issues chairs face. The following individuals will lead sessions and make presentations at the workshops.
 

Natasha Baker is a partner with 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, Institute for Chief Academic Officers, and Presidents Institute.
 

Mark J. Braun is provost of Gustavus Adolphus College, where he also served as associate dean and department chair in communication studies. 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.
 

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.
 

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 more than 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.
 

Ann H. Franke is an attorney and president of Wise Results, LLC. She has worked with clients nationally to revise and update faculty handbooks, improve shared governance, shape faculty tenure practices, and deliver effective training to administrators, faculty, and staff. In February 2011, she received the national Facilitator Award from the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy, Stetson University College of Law.
 

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 that face 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.
 

Patrick L. Holt is chair of the department of chemistry and physics and professor of chemistry at Bellarmine University. He has served as chair of several faculty committees, including those on rank and tenure, information literacy, academic computing and technology, and science facilities. He also served as secretary of the Louisville chapter of Sigma Xi. In 2012 he received Bellarmine’s Pursuit of Excellence award. He has published in the Journal of Chemical Physics and the Journal of Chemical Education and has received grants from the American Physical Society and the American Chemical Society.
 

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.
 

John Kolander, provost of Wisconsin Lutheran College, has served as the college’s chief academic officer since 2004. Prior to his current position, he was an upper grade teacher and administrator for Lutheran schools in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Kolander’s research interests include campus and organizational culture, curriculum development, and learning communities.
 

Louis J. Liotta is chair of the department of chemistry and professor of chemistry at Stonehill College. He served on several college committees, including the long-range planning subcommittee on enrollment and the enrollment management, faculty academic vision, and neuroscience steering committees. Liotta was named a Stonehill College distinguished faculty scholar, was awarded Stonehill College’s diversity and social justice award (2009), and in 2010 was named Residence Life Community Associate Stonehill Star. Liotta is an active advisor for undergraduate research projects. He also is a frequent book reviewer for Choice and has published articles in the Journal of Organic Chemistry and the Journal of Chemical Education. He serves on the Cumberland (MA) School Department Technology Task Force.
 

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.
 

Lily McNair is provost and vice president for academic affairs at Wagner College. She previously served as associate provost of research, division coordinator for science and mathematics, and professor of psychology at Spelman College, as well as in administrative and faculty positions at the University of Georgia. Her research on the development and evaluation of community-based interventions targeting substance abuse and early sexual behavior of African-American youth has been funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. McNair is co-editor of the multicultural anthology, Women: Images and Realities, 4th edition (2007). She was a participant in CIC’s 2010–2011 Senior Leadership Academy.
 

Leanne M. Neilson is provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of psychology at California Lutheran University. A licensed clinical psychologist, Neilson has published and presented on the psychological issues that affect college students and other topics pertinent to higher education administration. She has made presentations at CIC’s Institute for Chief Academic Officers.
 

Steven D. Nimmo is dean of the school of arts and sciences at Piedmont College. Prior to his current appointment, he served as associate dean for academic affairs, chair and professor of mathematics, and a member of several faculty committees at Morningside College. As dean, Nimmo coordinates the academic programs and instructional activities in the school of arts and sciences. As associate dean he was responsible for tracking course enrollment data, approving departmental offerings for each term within the limits of the annual budget, and the contexts of planning for majors and general education requirements. He is a frequent participant in CIC’s Institute for Chief Academic Officers.
 

Catharine O’Connell, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Mary Baldwin College, previously served as the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Defiance College, dean for academic affairs at Cabrini College, and chair of the English department at St. John Fisher College. Her scholarly work focuses on 19th century American literature and issues in contemporary higher education. O’Connell has been a frequent presenter at regional and national meetings on topics including global learning and citizenship, community-based research, outcomes assessment, and faculty-student learning communities.
 

R. Richard Ray, Jr. is provost and professor of kinesiology at Hope College. Prior to his current position he served as the college’s dean for social sciences and chair of the kinesiology department. As chair he oversaw a department that was home to majors in athletic training, exercise science, and physical education. He directed the major in athletic training and coordinated the distinguished lecture series in sports medicine. He holds certification as an athletic trainer, was elected to the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame in 2006, and received the career achievement award from the University of Michigan School of Kinesiology in 2009. He was a contributor to Core Concepts in Athletic Training (2012), Praeger Handbook of Sports Medicine and Athlete Health (2010), and several articles on athletic training in professional journals.
 

Kathleen A. Rinehart serves as general counsel for Saint Xavier University (IL). Prior to her position at Saint Xavier, she led the education law practices at two large law firms in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Rinehart developed a general counsel model for use on campuses that did not have an established, in-house general counsel office. She has served as counsel to boards, presidents, and other administrative leaders regarding matters of governance; strategic planning; legal compliance; drafting and implementation of institutional documents, policies, and procedures; management of student issues and education records; campus safety; prevention of legal exposure; and litigation management. Rinehart presents lectures and workshops for regional and national professional associations on supervisory best practices, the application of dispute resolution in higher education, and other substantive issues of concern to colleges and universities.
 

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 chair of the American Conference of Academic Deans.
 

Elizabeth Rudenga is provost and professor of education at Trinity Christian College. She is co-author 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.
 

Lisa M. Sethre-Hofstad is the newly appointed associate dean of core and student advising, professor of psychology, and past chair of the psychology department at Concordia College (MN). She also has served in administrative positions at Concordia’s Language Villages program. Her teaching and research focus on child development and aspects of Norwegian society for which she received an American-Scandinavian Foundation postdoctoral research award (2003). She also received the Norwegian Marshall Fund research award from the Norway-America Association (2010) for an investigation of daily routines among healthy retirees in northern Norway. More recently she conducted assessment research for Concordia’s LeadNow, a leadership development program.
 

Timothy A. Sherwood is chair of the chemistry department and associate professor of chemistry at Westminster College (PA). He has received two grants from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection—for Westminster’s Sustainability in Motion project to develop lab kits, resources, and workshops related to solar energy, wind energy, fuel cells, and biofuels. Sherwood is a frequent presenter at regional and national professional meetings. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, division of chemical education and division of biological chemistry, and he has served on the committee for the American Chemical Society, division of chemical education examinations institute.
 

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 effectively 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.
 

Susan Traverso is provost and senior vice president and professor of history at Elizabethtown College. Prior to her present position she served as dean of the college of arts and sciences at the University of Redlands and as associate professor and chair of the history department at North Central College (IL). At North Central, she oversaw the department’s participation in interdisciplinary programs, including the first-year seminar program, gender and women’s studies, history of ideas, and the graduate programs in liberal studies. She was co-chair of the strategic planning process and founding chair of the assessment committee. She is the author of Welfare Politics in Boston, 1910–40 (2003) and has made presentations at regional and national professional meetings. Traverso held several administrative positions in the U.S. Peace Corps as well.