About the Presenters
Matt Bergman, Ph.D.
Matt Bergman, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and program director in the College of Education and Human Development. He teaches adult students in the Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership and Learning program. Dr. Bergman’s research is focused on adult learner persistence, prior learning assessment, leadership, and degree completion programs. He recently won a national competition for Innovation in Educational Attainment from the Gheens Foundation based upon local implementation of his research. His program was the recipient of the 2016 ACHE South’s Distinguished Program Award and the 2013 AAACE Malcolm Knowles Award for Adult Education Program of the Year. The program was also acknowledged as a 2014 National Program of Distinction in the American Public and Land Grant Universities’ MVP Awards for Campus Based Strategies for Student Success. Dr. Bergman was awarded the Metroversity Outstanding Faculty for Adult Learners in 2015. He is a teacher, administrator, and ambassador of adult degree attainment both locally and nationally.
Marie Kendall Brown, Ph.D.
Marie Kendall Brown, Ph.D., is Associate Director for Teaching, Learning, and Innovation at the Delphi Center. As a faculty developer, she designs and administers programs, services, and events to support faculty professional development with respect to teaching. She also oversees day-to-day operations of the center’s new Teaching Innovation Learning Lab (TILL). Her research interests include faculty learning and development, teaching and learning topics in STEM, strategic partnering with academic units, and factors that influence innovation and creativity in the classroom. She is a recipient of UofL’s 2015 Outstanding Performance Award.
Kimberly Cherry, LMFT
Kimberly Cherry, LMFT, (She/Her/Hers) is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and has a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Abilene Christian University. Kimberly has previous work experience in contexts of community mental health, foster care organizations, school systems and university counseling clinics. She is committed to supporting individuals with an array of emotional difficulties and beginning therapy by building a healthy and supportive therapeutic relationship. Her clinical interests are in the areas of trauma, identity development, gender and sexuality, LGBTQ issues, relationships, mood, and anxiety. Her integrative approach to therapy includes specialized training in mindfulness practices as well as trauma-focused treatments such as EMDR and Cognitive Processing Therapy. Kimberly’s approach to therapy is collaborative with the goal of supporting clients toward thriving by providing a safe space for self-exploration, awareness, acceptance, healing and wellbeing.
Henry R. Cunningham, Ph.D.
Henry R. Cunningham, Ph.D., is Director of Community Engagement, UofL Office of the Vice President for Community Engagement. He is involved with various aspects of engagement, including policy and protocol, assessment and data analysis, and professional development. Dr. Cunningham is also an adjunct professor of Caribbean Studies and incorporates community-based learning in his course. He has numerous presentations as well as publications on community engagement. He is a co-founder of UofL’s International Service Learning Program, which won two national awards as the best program in international education and learning. Dr. Cunningham also served at the United Nations where he worked on educational issues for sustainable development in developing countries.
Darcy DeLoach, Ph.D., MT-BC
Darcy DeLoach, Ph.D., MT-BC, earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy, Master of Music in Music Therapy and Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education with Emphasis in Early Childhood and Medical Music Therapy from the Florida State University. Before joining the University of Louisville faculty, Dr. DeLoach taught at Florida State University. Her research focuses are neonatal intensive care unit music therapy interventions, music therapy for procedural support, and early childhood development including children with autism spectrum disorders. She presents and lectures nationally and internationally to music therapy, music education, and medical audiences.
As Associate Director for the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning, Virginia Denny leads the Professional Development and Event and Conference Services units of the Delphi Center. As a trainer and facilitator, she brings three decades of training experience and a passion for learning to her work. Her training methods rest on the conviction that adults learn best in a fast-paced, solution-oriented, interactive environment. As a consultant and trainer for large companies, small businesses, non-profit organizations, and government agencies, she helps identify and address learning system and organizational development needs. Degrees in psychology, communication, and human resource education bring a human-potential focus to her work and research.
Laura M. Frey, Ph.D., LMFT
Laura M. Frey, Ph.D., LMFT, is an assistant professor in the Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) Program within the Kent School of Social Work. She recently completed the Delphi Center’s Seminar on Teaching for New Faculty, and she was nominated as a Faculty Favorite for the 2015-2016 year. She currently teaches family assessment and treatment, CFT supervision, and research methods for the Kent School. Additionally, her research focuses on the role of disclosure and family reaction on treatment for suicidal behavior.
Nisha Gupta, Ph.D.
Nisha Gupta, Ph.D., is the Ideas to Action Specialist for Culminating Experiences (CUE) which is part of the university’s Quality Enhancement Plan. She has been teaching women’s and gender studies, philosophy, peace studies, and critical theory for over 15 years, previously at Syracuse University. Since coming to UofL in 2009 as part of the Ideas to Action (i2a) team, Nisha has been developing a knowledge and research base in critical thinking, assessment of student learning, and reflective writing.
Jeffrey L. Hieb, Ph.D.
Jeffrey L. Hieb, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering Fundamentals and has been a faculty member since 2008. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, cum laude from Furman University with bachelor degrees in computer science and philosophy, and completed his Ph.D. in computer science engineering at UofL. Since completing his degree, he has been teaching engineering mathematics courses to first and second year engineering students and continuing his research in the area of high assurance security solutions for industrial control systems. Jeff is also interested in educational technology, and is working to develop and evaluate effective uses of Tablet PCs for classroom instruction.
Vicki Hines-Martin, Ph.D., RN, FAAN
Vicki Hines-Martin, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, is Professor of Nursing and Director, Office of Health Disparities and Community Engagement, U of L School of Nursing; and Director, Office of Community Outreach, U of L Health Sciences Center. Dr. Hines-Martin teaches undergraduate and graduate nursing students. She has numerous publications and presentations focused on engaged research, teaching and, most recently completed the Global Mental Health Nursing (Yearwood & Hines-Martin, 2016) text, which is a collaboration with international nurses focused on mental health needs of global populations. Dr. Hines-Martin is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and the 2016 recipient of the U of L Distinguished Faculty Award for Service to the Community and the Commonwealth.
Susan Diana Longerbeam, Ph.D.
Susan Diana Longerbeam, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the Department of Counseling and Human Development at the College of Education and Human Development. She served as a university health services director and interim dean of students at Oregon State University, and she holds a Ph.D. in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, a master’s degree in Health Services Administration from Antioch University, and a bachelor’s degree in Community Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She served on the ACPA Commission on Professional Preparation and the NASPA Faculty Fellows Council. Dr. Longerbeam’s scholarship focuses on culture and college teaching, campus climate, and student success in higher education. Her publications include co-authored and co-edited books on culture and college teaching, Teaching Across Cultural Strengths (Stylus, 2016) and Going Inward: The Role of Cultural Introspection in College Teaching (Peter Lang, 2016).
Jennifer Middleton, Ph.D., LCSW
Jennifer Middleton, Ph.D., LCSW, is an assistant professor at the Kent School of Social Work. She recently completed the Delphi Center’s Seminar on Teaching for New Faculty and currently teaches graduate-level social work practice courses at the Kent School. She co-directs the UofL Human Trafficking Research Initiative, holding membership on human trafficking initiatives nationally and internationally. In addition, Dr. Middleton is fully trained in the Sanctuary Model®, a trauma-informed culture and systems change intervention, and has worked with sexually exploited and trafficked youth.
Patty Payette, Ph.D.
Patty Payette, Ph.D., is Executive Director of “Ideas to Action,” the Quality Enhancement Plan at UofL, and senior associate director of the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. Patty provides leadership on a number of university-wide teaching programs and has expertise in a variety of teaching and learning topics, including instructional design, critical thinking, and active learning. She has forthcoming publications on teaching for critical thinking and organizational change. She earned a Ph.D. in 2001 from Michigan State University where she also helped lead the growth and development of the Office of Faculty & Organizational Development.
Michelle Rodems, Ph.D.
Michelle Rodems, Ph.D., is associate director for graduate student professional development for the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS). Michelle manages all interdisciplinary professional development for more than 4,000 UofL graduate students, including coordinating the PLAN professional development framework of academies, workshops, learning communities, and reading groups, as well as conducting individual consultations. Michelle’s research and professional interests include teaching, learning, and student development in higher education, educational technology and social media, and productivity and professional development in personal and professional settings.
Brad Shuck, Ph.D.
Brad Shuck, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership and Learning in the College of Education and Human Development. His primary areas of research include the application, meaning, and measurement of employee engagement, emerging areas of positive psychology, and leader development. His research has appeared in refereed journals such as Leadership and Organizational Studies, the Journal of Happiness Studies, Human Resource Management, Human Resource Development Quarterly, Group and Organizational Management, Journal of Children’s Health Care, and his work highlighted in international media outlets including Forbes, The Washington Post, and TIME. Shuck was recently named the 2016 Early Career Scholar by the Academy of Human Resource Development, a 2016 finalist for UCWHRE’s Assistant Professor of the Year, and has received several awards for his research including the AHRD Excellence in Scholarly Practice (2016), the Child-Life Council Research-to-Practice Award (2015), the E F Holton III Outstanding Article of the Year (2013 and 2015) and the Advances in Developing Human Resources Outstanding Issue of the Year (2011). Shuck was recognized as a Faculty Favorite at UofL in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and named one of the Top Four Faculty Favorites in 2016.
JoAnne Sweeny, Ph.D.
JoAnne Sweeny, Ph.D., is an associate professor at the Brandeis School of Law where she teaches Lawyering Skills and Writing For Practice. After graduating Order of the Coif from the University of Southern California Law School, she clerked for the Honorable Ferdinand F. Fernandez at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, practiced as an employment litigator, and completed her doctorate in law at Queen Mary, University of London. Professor Sweeny has presented at numerous conferences and published several articles regarding implementing effective in-class exercises designed to teach essential legal writing and other lawyering skills.
Angela B. Taylor, Ph.D.
Angela B. Taylor, Ph.D. is Assistant Provost for Student Affairs and Assistant Dean of Students at the University of Louisville. In this position, she has oversight of student conduct, care, crisis, advocacy, and compliant procedures and processes. She chairs the Student Care Team and serves as a resource to faculty and staff when dealing with difficult student situations. Dr. Taylor serves as the University’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator for students. She has also held an adjunct faculty role in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville teaching the College Student SubCulture course.
Aesha L. Tyler, PsyD, HSPP
Aesha L. Tyler, PsyD, HSPP is a licensed clinical psychologist and the Director of the Counseling Center at the University of Louisville. She has also held adjunct faculty status at UofL and Spalding University, teaching courses related to the clinical applications of multicultural psychology. Dr. Tyler’s is responsible for all program areas and activities of the UofL Counseling Center, and her clinical interests in include multicultural/diversity issues, LGBTQ concerns, anxiety & depression, health psychology, and stress management. She uses Cognitive Behavioral, Interpersonal, and Multicultural theories and interventions in her clinical work.
Marian R. Vasser
Marian R. Vasser is Director of Diversity Education and Inclusive Excellence, which is a new functional area designed to support campus-wide diversity education and training and is based on recommendations from the 21st Century Culture of Excellence and the President’s Diversity Steering committees. With nearly 23 years of diverse service at the university, Marian is professionally and personally committed to creating environments that are more inclusive and equitable for all. As Director of Diversity Education and Inclusive Excellence, Marian will continue to develop and deliver diversity and inclusion training opportunities and workshops. Marian is an advocate for equity-focused education, and is committed to life-long learning. Her ability to successfully complete her BA in Sociology and MA in Higher Education Administration, while working multiple jobs and single-parenting is a reflection of this commitment.