Advisory Board


Marilyn J. Amey
Endowed Chair, Professor and Department Chair of Educational Administration
Michigan State University

Marilyn J. Amey is the Mildred B. Erickson Endowed Chair, Professor and Department Chair of Educational Administration who teaches courses in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education programs. Her primary research area is leadership, and the postsecondary governance, administration, organizational change and faculty issues that fall within that larger rubric. She has particular interest in network improvement communities, educational partnerships and interdisciplinary collaboration, the cultivation of new postsecondary leaders including department chairs, and community colleges. Among other publications with colleagues and graduate students, she is co-author of Creating strategic partnerships: A guide for educational institutions and their partners, Positioning Student Affairs for sustainable change: Achieving organizational effectiveness through multiple perspectives, and Breaking out of the box: Interdisciplinary collaboration and faculty work. Amey is Past-President of the Council for the Study of Community Colleges and its 2005 Senior Scholar recipient, and has received several honors for her graduate teaching. She was the inaugural recipient of the Association for the Study of Higher Education Faculty Mentoring Award in 2009 and its Distinguished Service Award in 2015, and the 2014 Robert H. Shaffer Award for Excellence as a Graduate Faculty Member from the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators.

Fred Burrack
Director of Assessment and Distinguished Graduate Faculty
Kansas State University

Fred Burrack is currently the Director of Assessment and Distinguished Graduate Faculty. He joined the K-State music faculty in 2005 as a music education specialist. Dr. Burrack’s research has focused on student learning assessment methods, cross-disciplinary instruction, and instructional thought development. He guides professional development seminars across the country and has numerous publications in education and assessment journals.

Katherine Frank
Vice President for Academic Innovation
Central Washington University

Katherine Frank recently accepted the position of Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout.  She will begin this new role on March 1, 2020.  Dr. Frank currently serves as Vice President of Academic Innovation at Central Washington University, a role which involves research and planning regarding academic innovation relevant to CWU priorities, aligned with future institutional growth plans, and responsive to the rapid changes within higher education. Dr. Frank also served for three years as Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Life at CWU overseeing more than 70% of university operations.  Prior to joining CWU, Dr. Frank held the position of 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.

Portrait of Kristi HaikKristi Haik
Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences
Ferris State University

Kristi Haik holds a Ph.D. in Applied Experimental Psychology with a Neuroscience Concentration from Central Michigan University. In 2005, she became a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Kentucky University where she became Professor and Chair of the Department. In July 2016, she became Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Ferris State University. She has presented invited talks and research on over 100 different occasions including national and international events such as the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting and the American Society for Neural Therapy and Repair. She is author of several peer reviewed journal articles in Experimental Neurology, Journal of Nanomaterials, Journal of Neuroscience Methods, and The Department Chair as well as book chapters. She has also received over 6.8 million dollars in grant funding from agencies including the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

Portrait of Christian Hansen, he has short grey hair and a small beard on his chin. He smiles at the camera, wearing a suit and tie against a grey bakcground.Christian K. Hansen
Professor and Chair
Department of Mathematics
Eastern Washington University

Dr. Hansen is Professor of Statistics and Chair of the Department of Mathematics at Eastern Washington University (EWU). He served in this role from 2001-2009 and since 2017. In between his chair terms, he served six years as Associate Dean of the College of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and three years as President of the IEEE Reliability Society. Since his first term as department chair and through his sabbatical in 2009 he focused much of his research on time management and academic leadership and became the author of the book Time Management for Department Chairs (Jossey-Bass, 2011). He has led several workshops for department chairs, including presentations at the ACC and the Wiley Learning Institute. He also an active researcher in the field of data science and a frequent keynote speaker at technical conferences speaking on such topics as Data Management, Internet of Things and Big Data. 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. He and his wife Kelly lives in the Pacific Inland Northwest.

Portrait of Ethan Krase, he has short, light brown hair and wears thin framed glasses. He smiles at the camera, wearing a light grey button up shirt against a garden background.Ethan Krase
Professor and Departmental Chairperson
Winona State University

Ethan Krase is currently an English Professor and Departmental Chair at Winona State University. Dr. Krase’s research interests center on TESOL, rhetoric and composition, and intersections between language, sociolinguistic interaction, and the politics of access in academic contexts. In addition to teaching courses in linguistics and rhetoric and composition, Dr. Krase also serves as the director of WSU’s Writing Center. When not engaged in academic pursuits, he enjoys running, hiking, fishing, gardening, and spending time with his wife, Jill, and daughters, Willa and Adelaide.

Portrait of N. Douglas Lees. A man with short grey hair and a large mustache smiles, he wears a purple polo shirt while sitting in an office.N. 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.

Domenick J Pinto
Director, MSCSIT Graduate Program
Sacred Heart University

Domenick J. Pinto has been director of The Master’s in Computer Science and Information Technology program at Sacred Heart University since 1998. He has been with Sacred Heart University for almost 44 years and for 29 of them served as Chair of the Computer Science department. In addition, he was the Director of the School of Computing for two years (2016-2018).
In addition, he has been very active in the faculty governance organization (University Academic Assembly) and has twice served as president of the UAA.
Domenick has presented or developed about 50 workshops for conferences since 1987 and published numerous articles in the Department Chair Journal.
He has presented numerous times at the Academic Chairperson’s Conference headed by Kansas State, CIC, SIGCSE, ACM, CAUSE, and Academic Impressions workshops as well as the Academic Leadership Conference . In addition, he has received numerous awards for teaching, technology, and service from Sacred Heart University and Florida State Teaching and Learning conferences.

Portrait of Daniel W. Wheeler. A man with with a short white beard smiles, wearing thin framed glasses and a suit and tie against a white background.Daniel Wheeler
Professor Emeritus
Former Head of Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication
University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Daniel (Dan) 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.


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