Phase II Passport Interstate Faculty Team Members:
Mark Van Selst
Mark Van Selst is a Professor of Psychology at San Jose State University with a specialization in Cognitive Psychology. He has been engaged in, and supportive of, shared governance within the California State University at the system and state level, principally through the aegis of the Academic Senate CSU, on topics of transfer, general education, graduate education, university admissions (including Common Core) and on degree attainment. He has a BA in Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and MA and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Waterloo. Low-cost education and appropriate professional and scholarship support allowed completion of his education with minimal (~$3,000) debt.
Olivia George is an assistant professor of biology at the University of Hawai`i – West O`ahu (UHWO). Since joining UHWO in 2014, George has taught introductory courses in biology for both majors and non-majors and an inquiry-based microbiology course. Previous to this appointment, she was at the Academic Science Education and Research Training program (ASERT) at the University of New Mexico where she did research studying a transcription factor, c-Myb, which regulates the expression of lineage-specific genes in differentiating blood stem cells. George earned her PhD in molecular biology from New Mexico State University and did post doctoral work at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
James A. West
Arts & Humanities D
Leeward Community College
James West has served as chair of the Arts & Humanities Division at Leeward Community College since 2001. He is also chair of Leeward's General Education Committee. Previously, he has served as faculty senate chair. West received his BA and MA in philosophy from the University of Hawai'i.
Alan Church is a professor of English at Dickinson State University with twenty years of experience teaching college courses in composition and rhetoric, literature, and language studies. An AAC&U campus representative and a board member for the North Dakota General Education Council for five years, Church has participated in national, state, and campus projects for general education assessment and reform. He is currently the College Representative for the North Dakota Council of Teachers of English. Church received his BA and MA from Arizona State University and his PhD from the University of Washington.
Paul Disney (CHAIR)
Paul Disney is currently teaching business management as an adjunct instructor at Western Oregon University. Previous to this position he served as a U.S. Army Aviator and retired after 30 years of active service with the rank of Colonel in 2010. He is a 1980 graduate of Elizabethtown College, Pennsylvania, and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Boston University. Paul attended the Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania, and graduated with a Masters of Strategic Studies in June 2002. He is currently teaching business management as an adjunct instructor at Western Oregon University.
Jacquelyn Ray currently serves as the director of library and media services at Blue Mountain Community College. She directs the college’s information literacy instruction curriculum and serves on the college’s assessment team, distance education council, and core team for facilitating open educational resources usage on campus. Prior to her current position, she has been a professor in information literacy and access services librarian. Ray received her BA in liberal studies: comparative international studies from the University of Washington, Bothell, and an MLIS from the University of Washington, Seattle and an MA in English from Southern New Hampshire University.
Western Oregon University
Ryan Hickerson is associate professor of philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Western Oregon University. He specializes in phenomenology and 19th Century philosophy, and teaches classes in logic, ethics, and the history of philosophy. Previously, he worked as an editorial assistant for Inquiry and the Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy. Hickerson received his BA from Carleton College and a PhD in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego.
Lynn Dilivio is an assistant professor at Northern State University and teaches courses in education and psychology. She collaborates with the Director of Assessment at NSU to help maintain NCATE accreditation and authors the annual NCATE reports on the Teaching and Learning Master’s Program. She represented South Dakota in a multi-state validity study conducted by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, NJ to develop the Praxis Psychology Test and helped to develop the C.L.E.P test in Educational Psychology. DiLivio earned BA’s in art history, English, and psychology and a MA and PhD in psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Tyler Miller has served as assistant professor of psychology at South Dakota State University since 2012. His research on the educational applications of cognitive psychology aims to improve student learning and education at all levels. Previously, he served as a Regent’s fellow in research and teaching at Texas A&M University. Tyler received his BA in psychology from Buena Vista University, an MS in experimental psychology from Emporia State University and a PhD in psychology from Texas A&M University.
Assistant Professor, English
Salt Lake Community College
Kati Lewis has served as Salt Lake Community College’s ePortfolio Coordinator since 2010. In this position, she works with faculty, students, administrators, and staff to develop curricula that encourages experiential, authentic, reflective, and multimodal teaching and learning with the use of ePortfolio pedagogy (critical and creative thinking, communicating effectively across modalities, High Impact Practices, and reflection). Lewis also teaches composition, creative writing, critical theory, and diversity in literature courses for the English department at SLCC. She has a BA in History and English at Weber State University and a MS in Literature and Writing from Utah State University.
Ryan Thomas currently serves as Associate Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Weber State University. Past positions include: President of the College of Eastern Utah, Vice President for Administration and Student Affairs at Utah Valley University, Associate Dean of Student Services at Brigham Young University and General Counsel and Assistant to the President at Ricks College. He has taught Education, Law, Philosophy and Religion. He served for six years as a member of the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities and has chaired thirteen accreditation visits. In the late 1990’s he was a consultant to colleges and universities in the country of Mongolia and assisted in setting up their system of accreditation. Thomas received his BS in Sociology, a JD, and a PhD in Higher Education Leadership from Brigham Young University.
Eric Quade is an Instructor of Mathematics at Laramie County Community College, Albany County Campus. He earned an AS from Eastern Wyoming College, a BS and PhD from the University of Wyoming.