Craig Laker is Associate Professor and Dean of the Jannen School of Arts and Sciences at Trine University. He joined Trine in 1999 serving as a faculty member in the Department of Criminal Justice, Psychology and Social Sciences. He became chair of the department in 2002 and served in that capacity for 10 years. He has provided outstanding leadership to his department and school, excellent instruction to his students, and countless hours of guidance to his advisees. He is a four-time teaching award winner at Trine and was recognized by the American Criminal Justice Association (ACJA) with the Jim Hooker Outstanding Adviser Award in 2008. Lastly, he has coached the handgun and CSI teams of Trine’s chapter of the ACJA to several regional and national titles.
Dr. Il-Hee Kim is currently an Assistant Professor at the IPFW College of Education and Public Policy. He teaches a reading methods course to undergrad education majors. Through his teaching, he helps pre-service teachers develop knowledge and skills for teaching reading and writing to elementary school children. He enhances students’ engagement and motivation for learning by modeling and in-class demonstrations. Effectiveness of his teaching was recognized by winning the IPFW Leepoxy Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in 2012.
Jack W. Phlipot has been an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering (BME) at Indiana Tech since 2005. In addition to teaching he is also the Academic Advisor to the students in this program. Prior to joining Academia, Jack spent almost twenty years in Warsaw working in the medical devices manufacturing industry in the fields of engineering and marketing; honing his communication skills and, unknowingly, developing his teaching philosophy. Teaching a wide variety of courses and continuously striving to improve the growing BME program keeps him very connected with his students. He credits his extensive use of “relationship-based education” as the reason why his program retains a high percentage of students through graduation.
Kent Eilers is assistant professor of theology at Huntington University (IN) where he teaches classes in theology, the Bible, ethics, and contemporary Christian thought. He has been with Huntington University since 2009. Dr. Eilers’ first book, Faithful to Save: Pannenberg on God’s Reconciling Action, was published last year. He is currently editing a volume on the theology of the Christian Life and coauthoring a book that explores the role of Christian tradition in contemporary theology. Married to his wife since 2000, he and Tammy have two daughters, Hannah and Abigail. They enjoy doing just about anything that gets them outdoors.
Mary Kay Solon is a Professor and Department Chair of the Physical Therapist Assistant Program at the University of Saint Francis and has over 18 years of teaching experience at USF. She received the 2012 Teaching Excellence and Campus Leadership Award at USF for her outstanding contributions as a teacher, scholar, and leader. Thanks in large part to Prof. Solon’s leadership and teaching successes, the PTA program at USF has been nationally recognized for its quality and for producing outstanding graduates who gone on to careers and advanced degrees in physical therapy. Prof. Solon has also been an innovator in the area of service learning through her teaching and efforts in co-founding a Center for Service Engagement on campus. Prof. Solon was granted a sabbatical in Fall 2012 to conduct a research project on academic integrity that will benefit all instructors at the university.
Patrick McCormick is an Associate Professor and Program Chair of the College for Working Adults Program in Business Administration and has been with Ivy Tech Community College for over 15 years. Prior to joining Ivy Tech Community College in 1997, he spent several years in the hospitality industry with organizations including Focus Group, White Lodging Services, AmPak Hospitality and Walt Disney Company. Patrick has a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership & Supervision from Purdue University, an MBA from Indiana Tech and is an alumni of the Disney Institute. In addition to his academic responsibilities, he oversaw recent Disney Institute events hosted in Fort Wayne and the foundation of Ivy Tech’s new INSPIRE Academy. Patrick is one of five Ivy Tech faculty selected to represent the Northeast region as a Distinguished Faculty member for the current academic year.
Timothy Ogden received a BA in 1987 from Manchester University and an MBA in 1989 from the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at the Claremont Graduate University. In 1996 he received the Doctor of Jurisprudence, summa cum laude, from Indiana University. Professor Ogden came to Manchester University in 1990 and left for a short time to practice law in Indianapolis with a firm concentrating in complex business litigation. After returning to Manchester, he and his father opened the law firm Ogden & Ogden, LLP in Warsaw where he practiced part-time until his father’s retirement in 2009. He is chair of the department and teaches courses in business law, marketing, and management.