The Faculty Advisory Network provides valuable insight to CPE’s president on state-level priorities.
The Council of Postsecondary Education announced the creation of the Faculty Advisory Network in October 2019. A group of 13 members from both public universities and community and technical colleges were selected to serve two-year terms. They will play a pivotal role in identifying and promoting innovative solutions to promote student success.
The purpose of the Faculty Advisory Network is to convey their perspectives on state-level policies and initiatives and advise CPE President Aaron Thompson on matters of interest to the faculty. The group will share information from their respective institutions and provide valuable insight to CPE’s president on state-level priorities. Members will also serve as a conduit of information between CPE and their institutions.
In the 2019-2020 academic year, the network will focus on promoting the value of higher education.
Luke Bradley is an associate professor in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Kentucky. He completed his undergraduate studies and received his doctorate in biochemistry from Ohio State University. He is also affiliated with the UK’s Lewis Honors College, Neuroscience Major Executive Committee, Brain Restoration Center, and Academic Preparation and Placement Advisory Board. Bradley also founded the UK's NIH-fundedSTEM Through Authentic Research Training Program, a university-community partnership focused on the student success of first generation and underrepresented populations in STEM. He formerly was a Council of Science and Technology Postdoctoral Research and Teaching Fellow at Princeton University, where he received training in STEM educational and mentoring approaches. Bradley was named the UK's Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year in 2018, as well as the Chellgren Endowed Professor for his excellence in teaching and research.
Rhonda Creech is a professor of mathematics at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. She has an associate degree in education from Southeast Community College, a bachelor's degree in secondary mathematics education from the University of Kentucky, and a master's degree in secondary mathematics education from Morehead State University. Creechs leadership roles include serving on the KCTCS Curriculum Review Committee, System Math Curriculum Committee and as division chair of the natural sciences and mathematics . Her work also includes piloting new co-requisite statistics courses as part of CPE's Quantitative Reasoning Pathways grant. Creech has also served on several state and national committees, as well as been pivotal in grant work related to bettering teaching in the Appalachian region.
James Christopher Foreman
James Christopher Foreman is an assistant professor in engineering fundamentals at the University of Louisville's Speed School of Engineering, and previously served as assistant professor at Purdue University. Prior to his academic career, Foreman was a control systems engineer for approximately 15 years in various industries, primarily power generation. He has taught courses in renewable power generation and energy conversion systems, industrial control systems, and more recently calculus for engineering students. His research includes the development of a bio-metric system to measure student engagement in the classroom by automated, objective means, as well as other research on improving student outcomes in STEM learning.
Diane Gibson is a professor at Hazard Community and Technical College, teaching a wide variety of biology courses including microbiology, medical microbiology, anatomy, physiology, and ecology. She is actively involved on numerous academic committees related to faculty evaluation, course development, and the statewide college curriculum review committee.
Shannon Hankins is currently serving as the Program Coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program at Ashland Community and Technical College in Ashland, KY. Before entering higher education, she served as a teacher, instructional coach, and early childhood specialist. Shannon is passionate about innovative approaches to teaching and learning and educational leadership.
Flint Harrelson is an associate professor of animal science in the Department of Agricultural Sciences at Morehead State University. Harrelson has credentials in ruminate nutition; a masters degree from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and his doctorate from New Mexico State University. He teaches at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and has conducted applied research with the MSU beef and swine herds. His leadership experiences includes service on a number of departmental, college and university committees. Harrelson has worked extensively with undergraduate students to identify and secure internships, supervised hands-on learning projects/independent studies, and has supervised numerous students as undergraduate research fellows through his applied research program.
Tyra F. Henderson is an associate professor of English at West Kentucky Community and Technical College and serves as Director of Accelerate U!, a partnership program between WKCTC and Murray State University. Henderson has worked with WKCTC’s dual-credit partners as English department liaison, having nine years teaching experience at the secondary level; she contributed to the writing, implementation, and oversight of WKCTC’s current Quality Enhancement Plan. She has also served on KCTCS’s General Education Curriculum Committee.
Kyle Mahan is an assistant professor and the academic clinical coordinator of the respiratory therapy program for Jefferson Community and Technical College. He is working on his doctorate on utility value intervention, relevancy, and expectancy value. Prior to becoming an educator, Mahan gained experience as a practicing respiratory therapist. Mahan serves as President Elect of the Kentucky Society for Respiratory Care, where he advocates and helps in advancing the practice of respiratory care in Kentucky.
Becky Lee Meadows
Becky Lee Meadows is an adjunct professor representing Northern Kentucky University. Meadows has a masters degree in English and a doctorate in humanities from the University of Louisville. With 22 years of experience, she teaches humanities, English, philosophy, and theatre, as well as serving as an academic and creative writer.
Andrew Mienaltowski is an associate professor of psychological sciences representiing Western Kentucky University. He teaches and serves as a mentor to both undergraduate and graduate level students in his courses of general psychology, cognition, statistics and the psychology of aging. Mienaltowski earned his doctorate in experimental psychology with an emphasis on cognitive aging from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Joe Moffett is an associate professor of English at Kentucky State University. and also serves as a Faculty Regent. His past experience includes teaching at Northern Kentucky University and Kentucky Wesleyan College, among other institutions. Moffett has published several books, journal articles, and book chapters in his primary field of research: twentieth-century poetry. In 2018 he was a Fulbright Scholar at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
Beth Polin is an associate professor of management at Eastern Kentucky School of Business. She has Bachelor of Arts in Economics from DePauw University and a doctorate in labor and human resources from Ohio State University. Polin teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses in organizational behavior and human resources management, as well as is a researcher, author and presenter. Beyond the classroom and research lab, she is active in numerous university, college, and department committees, as a faculty advisor to the Patterson Scholars student organization, and as a peer mentor to faculty as a Faculty Innovator. Polin has been recognized for her accomplishments in teaching, research, and service, most recently as the New Educator Award recipient.
Melony Shemberger is associate professor of journalism and mass communication in at Murray State University and serves as faculty regent. She holds a a doctorate of education from Tennessee State University, and is pursuing a master’s in instructional systems design at the University of Kentucky. Shemberger was a 2019 Bluegrass Academic Leadership Academy Fellow, a 2017 Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy Fellow, and a 2014 Reynolds Journalism Institute Business Journalism Professors Seminar Fellow. A lifetime member of The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi and chapter president, Shemberger served on the national board of directors. At Murray State, Shemberger was a faculty teaching fellow from 2015-17 and was interim director of the Faculty Development Center in 2016. She also teaches in the Governor’s Scholars Program.