Advisory Board

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Katherine Frank
Provost and Vice President for Academic and Student Life
Central Washington University

Katherine Frank serves as provost and vice president for academic and student life at Central Washington University.  Prior to joining CWU, Dr. Frank served as dean of arts and sciences at Northern Kentucky University where she led the university’s largest college, with thirteen academic departments and five centers.  She has also served as dean of humanities and social sciences at Indiana University East and as chairperson of English and foreign languages at Colorado State University-Pueblo.  Dr. Frank’s research interests include Romantic and Victorian English Literature, rhetoric and composition, literary theory, the scholarship of teaching, and academic leadership.

HansenChristian K. Hansen
Associate Dean of Computing and Engineering Sciences
College of Science, Health and Engineering
Eastern Washington University

Christian Hansen holds an appointment as professor in the Department of Mathematics and served as the department chair from 2001 to 2009. Before joining EWU in 1993, he worked as a reliability specialist at the International Telecommunications Satellite Organization (INTELSAT) in Washington, D.C. He holds an M.S. in electrical engineering and a Ph.D. in statistics from the Technical University of Denmark.
After publishing more than two dozen scientific articles within his technical discipline, Dr. Hansen has recently focused much of his research on time management and academic leadership. He is the author of Time Management for Department Chairs (Jossey-Bass, 2011) and has led several workshops for department chairs, including presentations at the Academic Chairpersons Conference and the Jossey-Bass Department Chair Leadership Institute. A longtime volunteer with the IEEE he has served in numerous leadership positions, including vice president for publications, secretary, newsletter editor and treasurer of the IEEE Reliability Society.


S. HatfieldSusan Hatfield
Professor, Communications
Winona State University

Susan Hatfield is a Professor of Communication Studies at Winona State University. She served nine years as chairperson in that department and 12 years as the Assessment Coordinator. She is a Visiting Scholar with the Higher Learning Commission and serves as a peer evaluator for that organization. Susan presents numerous workshops on assessment and accreditation at state, regional and national conferences and consults with individual departments and universities on related issues.


LeesN. Douglas Lees
Associate Dean, Planning and Finance
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

N. Douglas Lees served as chair of the Biology Department for 18 years and also holds the title of Adjunct Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He was recently named Associate Dean for Planning and Finance in the School of Science at IUPUI. In this newly created position, Dr. Lees will work with the dean in the allocation of faculty, staff and other personnel lines and financial, facility and program resources. He will also assist with annual budget planning and assessment as well as fiscal policy development.


LicataChristine M. Licata
Senior Associate Provost
Rochester Institute of Technology

Christine Licata has over 40 years experience in the field of education. She joined the National Technical Institute for the Deaf (NTID) in 1979 as chairperson of the Business Department. In 1991, she was named Assistant Dean for Administrative Affairs and Associate Dean four years later. She recently served as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at NTID, supervising 11 academic departments. She was responsible for oversight of curriculum, research, faculty recruitment and development, program review, accreditation and outcomes assessment. She is known for her research in the areas of faculty evaluation and post-tenure review.



Ken Ryalls

President, IDEA Education

Manhattan, Kansas

Ken has expertise in teaching and learning, assessment, faculty development, strategic planning, curriculum and program design, and management at all levels of academic administration. He has won numerous teaching awards from both students and peers, and remains as committed to quality teaching as when he first set foot in the classroom. A consultant-evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association since 2004, Ken has helped many colleges and universities move forward with efforts related to improving educational outcomes through strategic planning, quality assessment, new pedagogies and change management.
Ken has assumed many roles in higher education, beginning as a professor of psychology and quickly moving into more comprehensive administrative roles. He has served as program director, department chair and division chair at College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska, and stepped into the role of Chief Academic Officer in 2004 as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Nebraska Methodist College. After almost eight years in the role of CAO, Ken assumed IDEA Education presidency in 2012.

WheelerDaniel W. Wheeler
Professor Emeritus
Former Head of Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Daniel (Dan) W. Wheeler is Professor Emeritus of Leadership Studies and former Head of the Department of Ag Leadership, Education and Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Previously he was Coordinator of the Office of Professional and Organizational Development at Nebraska. He has degrees from Antioch College, Cornell and SUNYAB. Dr. Wheeler has made numerous contributions to faculty development, chairing departments and leadership. He is author of the the 2012 Jossey-Bass book titled Servant Leadership for Higher Education: Principles and Practices.