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IMAGE: image: Susan Iverson

Susan Iverson

Associate Professor 411 White Hall

Area: FLA - HIED

siverson@kent.edu

vita [pdf]

Susan Iverson is Associate Professor of Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel, and holds affiliate faculty status with both women's studies and LGBT studies. Prior to joining the faculty in 2006, Iverson served as adjunct faculty in both Higher Educational Leadership and Women's Studies at the University of Maine, where she also worked as Associate Director of Safe Campus Project, a federally grant-funded initiative to address interpersonal violence on campus. Prior to UMaine, Iverson worked as a student affairs administrator at colleges in Massachusetts and Virginia. Iverson's research interests focus on: equity and diversity, status of women in HIED, service-learning and critical pedagogy, and feminist and post-structuralist approaches to inquiry. 

IMAGE: image: Mark Kretovics

Mark Kretovics, Ph.D

Associate Professor 411 White Hall

Area: FLA - HIED - EDAD

mkretov1@kent.edu

vita [pdf]

Mark Kretovics is an Associate Professor of Higher Education Administration and Student Personnel at Kent State University. He received his Ph. D. from Colorado State University and his research interests include the assessment of student learning, business practices in higher education, distance education, and pedagogical issues in compressed courses. Mark had over 20 years of administrative experience within higher education before transitioning into his current faculty role.

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Tracy Lara, Ph.D

Assistant Professor 411-D

Area: FLA - HIED

tlara2@kent.edu

Tracy Lara is an Assistant Professor of Higher Education and Student Personnel at Kent State University. She earned her Ph.D. at Idaho State University. Her research interests relate to career development, student development, community colleges, and international student services. Tracy is also a licensed professional counselor and a trained distance career counselor. Previously she coordinated the Student Affairs program as well as the International Student Services Certificate program at Western Kentucky University.

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Martha Merrill, Ph.D

Associate Professor 411 White Hall

Area: FLA - HIED

mmerril@kent.edu

vita [pdf]

Martha C. Merrill, who worked on higher education reform in the Kyrgyz Republic in Central Asia from 1996 to 2001, has been involved in college-level international education since 1982. Currently Associate Professor of Higher Education at Kent State University and Coordinator of the program's International Education Certificate, Dr. Merrill previously was the Dean of Academic Programs at the International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership (www.ipsl.org), on whose Board she had served for seventeen years. From 2002-2006, she taught master's students at the School for International Training (Vermont) in the fields of intercultural communication and international education. In 2001-2002, she was a Visiting Scholar at the Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center at Indiana University. Before she went to Kyrgyzstan, she was a founding faculty member of the (planned) New College for Global Studies at Radford University (Virginia) and Director of Programs and Resident Life at International House in New York City, which houses 700 graduate students from 100 different countries. She has published several articles and book chapters and given many conference papers on intercultural issues, international education, and Central Asia. Her degrees are in Russian literature (BA, Michigan), Creative Writing (Master's, Boston University), College and University Administration (Master's and Ph.D., Michigan) and Islamic Studies (Master's, Columbia University). She has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of the Alliance of Universities for Democracy (www.audem.org), which links US and Eurasian universities, since 2001. Her current research interests focus on the globalization of quality assessment standards in higher education and, in particular, the effect of such globalization in Central Asia.

IMAGE: image: Stephen Thomas

Stephen Thomas, Ed.D.

Professor 401K White Hall

Area: FLA - HIED - EDAD - SPED

sbthomas@kent.edu

vita [pdf]

Stephen Thomas received his B.S. degree in 1971 and M.S. in 1972 from Oklahoma State University, and his doctorate in 1974 from the University of Florida. While attending UF, he was a fellow with the National Educational Finance Project, where he had the opportunity to work with many of America's leading scholars in Education Finance and Law. Upon graduation, he served as an assistant professor at Madison College for two years, Texas Tech University for five, and St. Johns University for four. He then came to Kent State University in 1985 and has been here for the past 28 years.  He teaches most of the law courses in the College, including those in higher education, special education, K-12 administration, and school psychology. Additionally, he teaches courses dealing with education finance, higher education disability, and faculty roles and responsibilities. During his 39-year career, Dr. Thomas has authored or edited 30 books, over 100 articles, and dozens of additional publications in newsletters, proceedings, reporters, and other sources. He has received virtually all major awards within his field (Education Law Association), including the President’s Award, McGhehey Award, Outstanding Service Award, Distinguished Service Award, Bolmeier Award, and Publication Award. Over the years, he served as a member of ELA’s Board of Directors, President, and Executive Director. He was selected as a founding member of West’s Education Law Reporter’s Authors Committee; served as the Executive Editor for the premier school finance journal, The Journal of Education Finance, for six years; and received multiple awards for both teaching and research. Moreover, he was identified by Ohio Magazine in 2008 as one of several selected professors exhibiting Excellence in Ohio Education. Of most relevance to Dr. Thomas, however, are the role he played in increasing the number and quality of Graduate Assistantships in the Higher Education Program (currently at approximately 80) and his receipt of the KSU Distinguished Teaching Award in 2007.

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