Workshop Leaders

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

Natasha Baker is a partner with Hirschfeld Kraemer 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 Title IX, 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.
 

Jeffrey H. Barker is vice president for academic affairs and dean of the school of humanities and sciences at Converse College, where he has served since 2002. A philosopher by training, his scholarly work focuses on bioethics and includes books, book chapters, and essays in philosophy journals and law reviews. Barker serves as vice chair of the institutional review board for the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, as a member of the institutional biosafety committee of the Biomedical Research Alliance of New York, and as a consultant member of the bioethics committee of the South Carolina Medical Association. He also is past coordinator of CIC’s Workshop for New Chief Academic Officers.
 

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, has served on the national board for communication studies, and is currently on the board of directors of the American Conference of Academic Deans.
 

Kenneth P. Carson, provost of Geneva College, has held faculty and administrative positions at Geneva since 1999. He previously served as a faculty member at University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, in the School of Business at Arizona State University, and at California Polytechnic State University at Pomona. Carson earned a PhD in organizational psychology from the University of Akron in 1985. He has published and presented on many topics in human resource management, organizational psychology, and statistics. He is a frequent presenter at the CIC Institute for Chief Academic Officers.
 

William C. Deeds is vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Morningside College and has served in this role since 2000. Previously, he served Moravian College as dean for academic affairs and professor and chair of the department of psychology. Deeds has presented at CIC’s Workshops for Department and Division Chairs and Institute for Chief Academic Officers. His interests include liberal education, assessment of student learning, faculty hiring and development, and using data effectively for planning and decision making.
 

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 presented 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.


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.
 

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.
 

Jonathan D. Green, provost and dean of the faculty at Illinois Wesleyan University, served in a similar position at Sweet Briar College. Green is an award-winning composer, conductor, and scholar of choral and orchestral music and is the author of seven music reference books. His professional activities also include service on the boards of the Illinois Symphony Orchestra and the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. He has made numerous presentations on higher education topics for the Council of Independent Colleges, the Annapolis Group, and the American Council on Education and is a current coordinator of CIC’s Workshop for New Chief Academic Officers.
 

Beth Tyner Jones is a partner with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP in the firm’s Raleigh, North Carolina, office. Jones practices primarily in the areas of employment and education law and uses her experience as a human resources professional and in-house legal counsel to assist both public and private institutions of higher education. She has experience in representing these colleges and universities in a broad range of issues such as tenure denial, faculty discipline and dismissal matters, discrimination and harassment, program closures, wrongful termination, student discipline, FERPA compliance, accommodation requests, investigations, and governance matters. She is a frequent presenter at regional and national meetings on legal issues in higher education.
 

Lori J. Joseph is chair of the communication studies department and associate professor of communication studies at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia. In addition to two terms as department chair, Joseph has been elected by her peers as chair of the division of social sciences as well as chair of the faculty. Her academic interests are organizational communication and health communication. She presents at scholarly conferences on a variety of topics, including work/life balance and effective patient/provider communication. Her current research focuses on the narratives of women in nontraditional occupations.
 

James F. Kirkley is associate professor of religion and ethics and chair of the department of religion and philosophy at Shaw University, where he has been on the faculty since 1993. Kirkley’s interests include American Christianity, ethics and public policy, religion and society, world religions, and professional ethics. He currently leads the campus-wide effort to review and update the general education program.


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 also has served the joint institutions as chair of the music program and the College of 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. Knuesel was the recipient of the 2013 CIC Chief Academic Officer Award.
 

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.


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.
 

Monica McCoy is professor of psychology at Converse College where she has served as department chair for 14 years. McCoy’s training is in experimental psychology with an emphasis on developmental issues, and her research focuses on child abuse and neglect. She recently published a textbook, Child Abuse and Neglect, second edition. McCoy currently serves on the board of directors for the local child advocacy center. She received the Kathryne Amelia Brown Award for excellence in teaching in 1999 and the O’Herron Award for faculty excellence in 2004. In 2009, she was selected as the South Carolina Governor’s Distinguished Professor of the Year Award, and in 2010 she was named the South Carolina Professor of the Year by CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education) and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
 

Catharine O’Connell, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college at Mary Baldwin College, previously served as 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.
 

April Oettinger is associate professor of art history and chair of the art and art history department at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. Prior to her arrival at Goucher in 2005, she taught at the University of Delaware, the University of Hartford, and for the Colgate University Study Abroad Program in Venice. At Goucher College, she teaches a broad range of survey and thematic courses that address Western visual culture before 1800. She is founder and director of Goucher’s new book studies program, an interdisciplinary minor that explores the past, present, and future of the book. Oettinger’s research interests include Italian Renaissance art and literature, 16th-century Venetian painting, the history of landscape, and the history of the book.


Elizabeth L. Paul, provost and vice president for academic affairs and professor of psychology at Stetson University, previously served as vice provost and professor of psychology at The College of New Jersey, a public residential college. While at The College of New Jersey Paul also served as interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, chair of the department of psychology, and interim vice president for student life. Her academic experience also includes service as a faculty member at Wellesley College and as a research associate at Harvard University. Paul served as president of the Council on Undergraduate Research in 2010–2011 and has made presentations at the CIC Institute for Chief Academic Officers.
 

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 and Therapy (2012), Praeger Handbook of Sports Medicine and Athlete Health (2010), and several articles on athletic training in professional journals, and is the author of three books on athletic training practice and leadership. Ray has presented at the CIC Institute for Chief Academic Officers.
 

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.


Stuart J. Sigman is provost of American Jewish University. Prior to his current position, he was provost and vice president for academic affairs at Naropa University. Sigman also served as founding dean of the school of communication 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 provost at McDaniel College. Before coming to McDaniel, she served as vice president for academic affairs at Hollins University and interim dean of the college and professor of psychology and neuroscience at Washington and Lee University. She has made presentations at CIC’s Workshops for Department and Division Chairs and Institute for Chief Academic Officers. Stewart is a current coordinator of CIC’s Workshop for New Chief Academic Officers. She also serves on the board of Target, Inc., a 501c3 organization in Westminster, Maryland.
 

Marilyn Sutton-Haywood has been professor of biology and vice president for academic affairs at Shaw University since 2009. Prior to her work at Shaw she served as a faculty member and vice president for academic affairs at Bethune-Cookman University and Johnson C. Smith University. Sutton-Haywood is a current coordinator of the CIC Mentoring Program for new chief academic officers and has strong interests in faculty development and academic leadership.
 

Susan Traverso is provost and senior vice president and professor of history at Elizabethtown College. Prior to coming to Elizabethtown, 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). She has made presentations at CIC’s Workshops for Department and Division Chairs and CIC’s Chief Academic Officers Institute, and she has participated in CIC’s Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE).