Leadership Washburn

Class of 2013-2014

portrait of jennifer armourJennifer Armour

Jennifer Armour has been with Washburn University’s Financial Aid Office since 2005 serving first as Assistant Director and as Associate Director since 2009. During her time she has helped navigate the office through a number of major regulatory changes including leading the successful transition of the University to the Federal Direct Loan program. In her current role as Associate Director, Jennifer oversees the administration of federal grant programs as well as efforts to maintain overall compliance with Title IV programs. She has been an active member of the Kansas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators serving in multiple board positions and presenting at a number of conferences. Prior to her employment at Washburn University, she served as Assistant Director of Admissions at Kansas Wesleyan University, Program Representative at Friends University, and Assistant Director of Leadership Southwestern at Southwestern College. Jennifer has actively participated in the communities in which she has worked through her involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Salina, Winfield United Way, Leadership Cowley County and Junior League of Topeka. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management from Kansas Wesleyan University and a Master of Business Administration from Southwestern College.

portrait of jessica neumann

Jessica Neumann Barraclough

Jessica Neumann Barraclough is the Director of Student Activities & Greek Life and started at Washburn University as the Assistant Director in 2007. As Director, she works with students and staff to help develop more civic-minded leaders and alumni, as they manage the student organization registration process of over 130 organizations, student recognition programs like Washburn’s Who Who and the SOAR Awards reception, and training programs for both the students and advisors of these organizations. Jessica also works directly with the Washburn Student Government Association and Campus Activities Board to help them create a positive campus environment for the students of Washburn. During Jessica’s tenure at Washburn the Greek community has seen a 60% increase of membership, an increase in campus programming through Campus Activities Board, and a shift of organizational management with Washburn Student Government Association to focus on the needs of the students. She serves on many campus committees such as the Quality Assurance committee, Career Services Advisory Board, United Way Campaign committee, Ally’s Advisory Board, and the Diversity Initiative committee. She serves her community as Co-Chair of the Educational Programs and Steering Committee member for Fast Forward, and as a United Way Community Impact Volunteer. She has served on multiple conference planning committees regionally and locally. Jessica received a Bachelor of Science in General Biology and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater and a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from North Dakota State University.

portrait of karen camardaKaren Camarda

Karen Camarda has been a faculty member in the Department of Physics and Astronomy since 2002. Her research involves computer simulations of astrophysical systems, and she has a general interest in the use of computing in scientific research and teaching. She was one of the proposers for the Innovation Grant which was awarded to create Washburn's High Performance Academic Computing Environment (HiPACE), and serves on the HiPACE steering committee. She served on Washburn's Technology Strategic Planning Task-Force, and has also been a member of the Faculty IT Advisory Council. Recently, she participated in a computer programming camp for middle school students, for which she was an organizer. Karen also has an interest in lowering barriers to participation for underrepresented groups in the sciences. She has been on the steering committee for Washburn's Women in Science Day since its inception. She has also served as the treasurer and web master for the Sunflower (Topeka) chapter of the Association for Women in Science. At Washburn, Karen has also served on the College Faculty Council and the Faculty Senate, and has been faculty advisor for the Physics and Engineering Club. Karen earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from the University of California at San Diego, and a Master of Science and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

portrait of annie collinsAnnie Collins

Over the past forty-years, Annie Collings has enjoyed varied nursing roles.  She has been a clinician, educator, and community leader. For the past twelve years, she has been an assistant professor at Washburn University, teaching in didactic and clinical courses.  She has chaired and been an active member of multiple committees within the School of Nursing. Internationally, she has worked with faculty and students in the School of Nursing Transatlantic Dual Degree program and other international events. She has arranged learning opportunities, cultural events and tours for visiting international students and faculty. She continues to work with the Kansas National Guard and USAID to promote educational and cultural exchange between the Washburn School of Nursing and nurses in Armenia. Currently, she is a member of the Shawnee County Medical Reserve Corps and is working to establish a clinic for clients and staff at Let's Help in Topeka to increase their access to healthcare.  Supplies for this clinic were obtained through donations and the small clinic office has been rearranged to provide better services.  In the past she has served as the secretary and the president of the local chapter of the Kansas State Nurse Association.

portrait of tim collinsTim Collins

Tim Collins enters his 11th year as the head women's soccer coach at Washburn. In that time he's twice been named MIAA coach of the year, won one conference championship, and coached one all-American and numerous all conference players. In addition, the soccer program has produced three of the last eight student-athletes of the year and enjoys 20 consecutive semesters of having a 3.0 or above gpa. Tim led the Washburn soccer program into a partnership with Cornerstone and the local Kiwanis to annually conduct a community service project to improve Cornerstone housing projects. In 2011 and 2012 the soccer program worked in conjunction with Sunflower Soccer Association to begin a TOPsoccer program to provide soccer opportunities for disabled youth. He has worked closely with the Kansas Youth Soccer Association, twice serving as interim Director of Coaching. He has coached and was director for the Olympic Development Program on a state and regional level, and in 2008 led the 92 age group girls' team to Kansas' first ever regional championship.  Prior to Washburn, Tim taught high school English and coached soccer for thirteen years. While at Topeka West High School he was named city coach of the year three times and state coach of the year. In 2011 he was entered into the Topeka West Hall of Fame and the KSYSA Hall of Fame.

portrait of kelly erbyKelly Erby

Kelly Erby joined the faculty at Washburn in 2011 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of History. She received her Ph.D. and Master of Arts from Emory University and her Bachelor of Arts from Ohio State. Kelly teaches courses in early national U.S. history at Washburn. She is completing a book about the rise of commercial dining in nineteenth-century Boston that examines restaurants as spaces of class- and ethnic-identity formation. At Washburn, her service activities include committee work for Women’s and Gender Studies, Diversity Initiative, and the Lincoln Lecture.

portrait of michael gleasonMichael Gleason

Michael Gleason recently began as the Director of the Leadership Institute. In this role he oversees the curricular and co-curricular elements of the Institute and teaches courses within the Leadership Studies Minor/Certificate Programs. Prior to coming to Washburn Michael worked at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa, where his primary role was facilitating mentoring and experiential education programs, as well as advising students and providing professional development opportunities for faculty and staff.  In addition to these responsibilities, Michael served as the Director of the High School Leadership Institute, was a Leadership Fellow, taught numerous courses in the Institute for Leadership Education, and served on the Leadership Working Group. He also worked for Camp Adventure™ Child & Youth Services, an international leadership development program for college students.  In this role he coordinated the recruitment and training of students attending colleges and universities across the United States. Michael earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education from Iowa State University. He has a Master of Arts in Education in Post-Secondary Education Student Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics, both from the University of Northern Iowa.  His research interests throughout his graduate coursework related to mentoring and leadership development.

portrait of kevin halgrenKevin Halgren

Kevin Halgren has served with Washburn Information Technology Services since 2007 in the role of ITS Assistant Director – Systems and Network Services.  Since 2012 Kevin has also acted as Washburn’s IT Security Officer.  He holds an MBA with an emphasis in Information Technology from the University of Kansas and holds or has held a number of technical certifications as well. Prior to coming to Washburn, Kevin progressed through several technical or technical/managerial IT positions at KU, the last being Assistant Director for School of Engineering Computing Services from 2001 to 2007.  Kevin was elected to an at-large position on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Research and Education Network (KanREN) for the 2011-2013 term, has participated as an IT representative on many strategic and operational committees and task forces both at Washburn and KU, and has presented on IT topics at many state and national conferences. Kevin professional interests include effective enterprise IT design, implementation and operation; ensuring clients can realize the promise of technology; effective management of IT personnel; and he has maintained a long-standing complementary focus on issues related to IT security.

portrait of marta hautMarta Haut

Marta Haut joined Washburn in February, 2013 as the Assistant Director of Human Resources.  She has assumed accountability for criminal background checks, workers compensation, new employee orientation and staff training/development.  Upon earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and Marketing from Kansas State University, Marta embarked upon a 20-year career in retail management that included leadership, human resources and facilitation experience.  After serving ten years as a District Sales Manager, she was promoted to Regional Human Resource Director and then to Director of Field Training where she created and implemented leadership development and customer service programs. Prior to joining Washburn, Marta also held roles of Patient Care Coordinator and HR Director for a local physical therapy organization.  

portrait of terri hearellTerri Hearrell

Terri Hearrell has been the Associate Registrar in the University Registrar’s Office since 1990. Previously she held positions in the Scheduling Office and the Law School Library. She attained a Bachelor of Arts from Washburn and a Master of Library Science from Emporia State University. In the Registrar’s Office, she participated in the conversion of academic transcripts from hard copy records to the “homegrown” student information system in the AS 400 and then again to Banner. Terri supervises six positions within the University Registrar’s Office and assists them with everyday responsibilities. Her other duties include evaluation of military transcripts, Advanced Placement credit, CLEP credit; determining NCAA Division II eligibility for student athletes; and reporting student enrollment status to the National Student Clearinghouse to assure that student loans are appropriately deferred and that the University remains in compliance for federal financial aid. Terri has served on various University committees and special projects, including the residency committee to review and implement resident tuition waivers, a committee to select the electronic transcript vendor, and she led the recent implementation of a new online transcript ordering system. Currently, Terri is working on the development of a PDF transcript based on an anticipated enhanced integration of Ellucian and the National Student Clearinghouse. She has served on of the United Way committee and has presented FERPA information at the faculty development workshop and new student orientations. 

portrait of jennifer jenkinsJennifer Jenkins

Jennifer Jenkins joined Washburn as an Academic Advisor in the Center for Student Success in August 2012. Jennifer works with undeclared first and second year students and teaches IS 100 The College Experience. Prior to coming to Washburn, Jennifer earned her M.S. Ed. in Higher Education Administration - College Student Personnel from Southern Illinois University. While at SIU, Jennifer worked with New Student Programs organizing New Student Orientation, Saluki Start Up, and Family Weekend events for new students and their families.  She also spent a year mentoring underprepared students during their first year at SIU and teaching several sections of UNIV 100 Freshman Success Seminar.  Jennifer also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Illinois at Springfield. 

portrait of mark kaufmanMark Kaufman

Mark Kaufman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work, where he has been teaching since 1998. He is currently department chair, having been appointed in August, 2012. Previously he served as Graduate Program Director. A graduate of the Joint Degree Program in Law and Social Work (JD/MSW) at Washington University in St. Louis, he also earned an MBA at St. Louis University and a PhD in Family Studies of Kansas State University. Mark practiced law for 7 years with federal government agencies, and worked as a clinical social worker and social work administrator for 11 years, before beginning his academic career. His leadership experience in social work administration included serving as Director of Employee Assistance Programs at the Menninger Clinic from 1990 to 1992, and Director, Persian Gulf Family Support Programs, at the Topeka VA Medical Center, from 1992 to 1994. Mark has authored or co-authored 7 academic articles and 5 book reviews in various academic journals. He has presented research at 15 national or regional academic conferences.

karl kleinKarl Klein

Karl Klein is the Regional Director for the Washburn University Kansas Small Business Development Center. He began his Washburn career in 2009 consulting out of the Outreach Center located in Manhattan, Kansas, covering Geary, Riley, Pottawatomie and Marshall counties. Before arriving at Washburn he owned and operated hardline retail stores selling and servicing a wide variety of products in western Kansas. During his twenty years of small business ownership Karl served two terms as a member on an owner’s representative council with fifteen individuals to represent the national interests of more than one thousand owners in the United States. After successfully transitioning the stores in 2007 and 2008 he oversaw operations as a District Sales Manager for independently operated Hometown Dealer Stores in Kansas. Karl received his Masters in Liberal Studies in Organizational Leadership from Fort Hays State University, and his Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from Stephen F. Austin State University. In his current role he overseas operations of a nine county area serving Kansas entrepreneurs with consulting and training that helps businesses start up and grow. Karl's past service includes the Hays Area Chamber of Commerce Board, Fort Hays State University Leadership Committees, and Hays Optimist Club. He is currently involved with Youth Entrepreneurs, USD 501 Marketing Committee, Kansas River Trails, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Topeka Independent Business Association.  

shwan liesinger portraitShawn Leisinger

Shawn Leisinger currently serves as the Executive Director of the Centers for Excellence at Washburn where he coaches the American Bar Association Client Counseling and Negotiation competition teams, teaches the Interviewing and Counseling course in an adjunct capacity, and serves as the Director the Externship Program. Prior to coming on board full time in 2010, he served as an adjunct coach and professor at Washburn for seven years and has over a decade of experience as a governmental lawyer for state and local governmental entities. He has served as Assistant General Counsel with the Oil and Gas Conservation Division of the Kansas Corporation Commission and as an Assistant Shawnee County Counselor.  Shawn is actively engaged in non-profit work and community service, regularly teaches a course on the legal issues of non-profit board management for those interested in serving on non-profit boards in partnership with our regional United Way organization, serves on the Continuing Legal Education committee of the Kansas Bar Association, and provides pro bono legal work for the Helping Hands Humane Society.  He currently serves as the Vice–chair of the Topeka Civic Theater and Academy as well.  Shawn holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology from Wichita State University (1993) and a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law (1999). 

john lemon portraitJohn Lemon

John Lemon has been the Cabinetmaking and Millwork instructor for Washburn Tech since 2008; he is also a student at Washburn University. John is a certified Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety trainer, a National Council for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) craft instructor and a member of the Woodwork Career Alliance and WoodLinksUSA which are devoted to advances in curriculum for wood products manufacturing.  He was the 2012-2013 Phi Theta Kappa Treasurer, and is a current member of Phi Kappa Phi where he was the recipient of the School of Applied Studies Scholarship. He has served on Washburn University Endowment Committee and was co-chair for Washburn Tech last year. John is the Co-Student Government Advisor for Washburn Tech and serves on the curriculum committee. He served on the committee and helped plan for the development of the rocket float in the 2012-2013 Washburn Homecoming Parade. John was a 2012 nominee for Shawnee County United Way Volunteer of the Year for work done at the Villages in Topeka; has worked with the NOTO Arts District on various projects; serves the construction advisory advisory boards for several area high schools, including Topeka 501school district where he served from 2009-2012 as chairman of the board. In the summer he is involved in teaching 7th through 10th grade summer camp sessions. He participates in the Boy Scouts learning at Washburn Tech where they can earn their Cabinetmaking badge and regularly speaks to grade and high school students about setting goals and continuing education at career fairs.

tiffany mcmanis portraitTiffany McManis

Tiffany graduated from Baker University School of Nursing in 1995. She began her nursing career at Stormont-Vail Regional Medical Center on an adult post-surgical unit. From there, she became the regional director for Heartland Home Care. Tiffany then returned to Stormont-Vail to take a position in the operating room and eventually became the Neurosurgery Coordinator and completed her training to become a Registered Nurse First Assistant. During this time, Tiffany also served on the patient flow, call, and H-Works committees. Tiffany then entered travel nursing working as a traveling RNFA. She partnered with other first assistants to begin their own medical staffing agency and then assisted in the class and curriculum development for the Elite School of Surgical First Assisting. Tiffany worked as a didactic instructor along with serving on the core curriculum committee and the acceptance review board. Tiffany attended Washburn University where she completed her Master’s in Nursing in 2010 specializing in family practice. Tiffany was employed with Kansas City Vascular for two years before coming to Washburn University to be a provider in Student Health Services in 2012. She is a member of the Etta Kappa at Large chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the Topeka-Lawrence chapter of Association of peri-Operative Registered Nurses, and she is nationally certified as a Family Nurse Practitioner and a surgical first assistant.

mindy rendon portraitMindy Rendon

Mindy Rendon is the Director of Residential Living at Washburn University. Mindy has worked in higher education for four different institutions over the last 17 years. This upcoming year Mindy will celebrate her fifth year at Washburn University. As Director, Mindy oversees the day-to-day management of four residence halls and the Phi Delta Theta Greek fraternity house, as well as develops goals for the future.  In Residence Life, Mindy works with professional and student staff to help build strong, positive communities within the halls. She works to create and support connections between academics and residence life, which has helped to build programs such as Here to Live, Here to Learn. She serves on several campus-wide committees including the Diversity Initiative, Welcome Week, New Student Orientation and the University Retention Committee. Mindy is a member of the Leadership Empowerment and Development program that works with high school students to help teach them goal-setting strategies, introduce them to different ways to finance college, and provide them with an opportunity to work and create their own service project. Mindy has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and a Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from West Texas A&M University and she is currently finishing an EdD in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas. 

dan schmidt portraitDan Schmidt

Dan Schmidt completed his MBA studies with Washburn University in May 1994 and joined Washburn’s Division of Continuing Education as Program Coordinator in 2000.  With the affiliation between Washburn University and Washburn Institute of Technology in 2010, the Division of Continuing Education became the Office of Academic Outreach and Dan moved the base for Continuing Education programming to the technical campus.  He has expanded training opportunities to include more technical business and industries and has initiated programs to produce continual growth in the Continuing Education area. Dan’s scope of responsibility increased in 2011 to include supervision and expansion of short term pre-nursing courses.  He has managed the growth of these Certified Nursing Aide, Certified Medical Aide and Home Health courses, as well as refresher courses, working with state licensing agencies, local nursing homes, hospice programs and other institutions to identify employment opportunities throughout the region.  He has been an adjunct instructor for the Washburn School of Business since 2007. Dan is a veteran of the United States Air Force, retiring as a Master Sergeant after twenty-one years of service. He held a number of command positions supporting aircraft maintenance needs around the world, finally serving as Quality Assurance Manager supervising four fighter jet squadrons. After separating from the service, Dan held a series of management positions for the government and business organizations.

courtney sullivan portraitCourtney Sullivan

Courtney Sullivan, Associate Professor of French, has been a member of the Modern Languages Department since August 2003. As President of the Alliance Française, she represented the University at the Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Kansas State Department of Education and the Académie d’Orleans-Tour on March 29, 2013, and organized the welcome luncheon for the French representatives. She chaired the Fine Arts Committee of Apeiron in 2012-2013 and in 2011-2012 and served as a member of Faculty Senate for two years (one of which she was Secretary of the Senate). As Faculty-in-Residence from 2003-2005, she organized several events for students living in the LLC and won the “Achieving Excellence Award” in September 2004 for her work. She served on the Graduate Committee the past two years and has also served of the Faculty Development Steering Committee. This fall she will serve as one of the three members of the CAS Pedagogy Excellence Team. She has lectured about her French travels at a Brown Bag lecture in the International House as well as at the Alliance Française and the Topeka French Literature Interest group. She led a group of Washburn students abroad on a Best of France study tour in the summer of 2005 and an International Media Seminar in Paris in March 2012. She is a member of Phi Beta Delta.

sharon sullivan portraitSharon Sullivan

Sharon Sullivan is a faculty member in Theatre and chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies minor.  Areas of teaching include Dramatic History and Literature, Costume Design and Construction, Introduction to Women’s Studies, and Human Trafficking.  Research interests include violence against women, incarcerated women, LGBT equality, human trafficking, theatre of social justice and feminist performance art.   Sharon is particularly interested in the intersections between art and activism.  She is faculty advisor for several student organizations and an advocate for students.  Sharon is a cofounder of STARS (Stop Trafficking and Reject Slavery), an organization that educates our community about human trafficking,  and Sisters of Survival, a creative writing group at Topeka Correctional Facility.  She is also on the Board of Directors for Topeka Center for Peace and Justice.   Most recently, Sharon was honored by the Topeka YWCA Women in Leadership with the inaugural Dream Builder Award.   She has degrees from Smith College, Washington University and the University of Kansas.   

amber traphagan portraitAmber Traphagan

Amber Traphagan recently accepted a position in Washburn University’s School of Applied Studies as an Academic and Transfer Coordinator.  In this position, she will be working extensively with 2 + 2 PLAN online students and assisting with the new student orientation program.  Previously, Amber worked in the University Registrar’s Office for ten years and with Information Technology Services for two years. Amber represented the University Registrar’s Office on the Information Systems Advisory Council and was also the Morgan Hall Building Emergency Coordinator. Currently, Amber is serving as Chair of Staff Council, an advisory body to the office of the President concerning matters affecting eligible administrative and classified employees. As Chair of Staff Council, Amber has participated in the Campus Master Plan Advisory Committee and the Vision 2022 process.  Amber is also an active participant in Fast Forward, a young professionals program of the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce. Amber received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2008 at Washburn and is an active member of the Washburn Alumni Association.   

cynthia waskowiak  portraitCynthia Waskowiak

Cynthia Waskowiak is the Compliance Officer in the University Counsel's office at Washburn University.  She has been with Washburn for two and a half years, first serving as a Law Clerk before being hired to her current position.  Serving as an attorney for the University, she is responsible for the University's compliance with applicable laws and regulations.  She conducts research, writes policy, answers questions, and advises administrators on compliance matters.  She also assists the University Council with other legal matters, like contract review and employment issues.  She serves on various committees, including Policies, Regulations, and Procedures; Faculty Handbook Revision Committee; the University Behavioral Assessment Team; and Ichabods Around Town.  Along with the University Counsel Lisa Jones, she has presented training on sexual harassment and FERPA to faculty and other outside groups. Cynthia earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Psychology from the University of Nebraska at Kearney in 2005 and a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University School of Law in 2008.  She is licensed to practice law in Kansas and Nebraska.  After graduation, she worked for the Shawnee County District Attorney's office and the Kansas Highway Patrol prior to coming to Washburn.  She currently serves as President of the Board of Directors for Florence Crittenton, a local non-profit.

brenda white portraitBrenda White

Brenda White is the Assistant Director of Instructional Services at Washburn University in the Information Technology Services department.  She provides leadership and vision for the areas of Web development, Online Course Support, Multimedia Production, Video/Web Conferencing, Mediated Classroom Support, Instructional Design, Educational Television, and the campus security camera system.  She has been a Washburn University employee since 1983; first as a Production Assistant in Media Services, a director of the Media Services department, and then became an Assistant Director in Information Technology Services when the departments (Academic Computing, Administrative Computing, Telephony, and Media Services) merged in 2000.  Brenda is a member of Colleague to Colleague-(C2C) an organization for members in Kansas and Missouri interested in sharing their expertise in instructional technology, online instruction, and distance education.  She is also a member of KCREACHE-The Kansas City Regional Access Consortium for Higher Education and CCUMC-Consortium for College and University Media Centers.  Within CCUMC she has served on the election committee, awards committee, and as moderator for conference sessions. Brenda has served on a variety of campus committees and grants including Online Education, IT Strategic Planning, Web Advisory, DART-Digitally Accessible Resources for Teaching, Staff Council, and Benefits Committee.  In 2006, Brenda received an Administrative Outstanding Service Award from Washburn University for her contributions.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from New Mexico State University and a Master of Science degree in Educational Technology from Kansas State University.  

gwen wilson portraitGwen Wilson

Gwen Wilson is the Health Sciences Librarian at Washburn University. She is the liaison librarian for the School of Nursing, Allied Health, and Kinesiology Departments. Gwen also teaches a section of the library research strategies course and the information literacy section in the First Year Experience course. Prior to coming to Washburn she served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Newman Division of Nursing Library where she hired, trained, and supervised student workers. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Resource Studies and a Masters in Library Science from Emporia State University. Gwen has been with Washburn University since March 2012.   

margaret wood portaitMargaret Wood

Margaret is an archaeologist whose primary interests lie in dynamics of social inequality focusing on gender, ethnicity and race in the past.  Since joining the faculty of Washburn University in 2002 she has led students in archaeological research at Nicodemus (Graham County), Fool Chief’s Village (Shawnee County), and Quindaro (Wyandotte County).  Margaret teaches almost all of the archaeology courses that are offered at Washburn including: Mesoamerican Archaeology, Classical Archaeology, North American Archaeology, and Historical Archaeology.  This past summer she embarked on an excursion to the Southwestern United States in order to plan a travel learning experience for students focusing on Ancestral Puebloan (Anasazi) culture that she will offer in the summer of 2014. In addition to teaching, Margaret is currently working with the VPAAs office on the University accreditation process. She serves as the Quality Assurance Coordinator and is responsible for organizing and drafting the Assurance Argument that will be submitted to the Higher Learning Commission in 2018.  Margaret is also independently working on developing a Course Design Institute – an intensive multiday workshop in which instructors are led through a structured process that allows them to create or substantially recreate a course and assessment plan from scratch.  Margaret has served on the Institutional Review Board, Transformational Experience Scholarly and Creative Grant, Program Review, and Retention Committees.  She was appointed to the Historic Sites Board of Review for the State of Kansas by Governor Kathleen Sibelius in 2003 and has served on this body since.