Interstate Passport® State Facilitators

The Passport State Facilitators (PSFs) serve as the point of contact for all faculty and stakeholders in each state with Interstate Passport Network member institutions or institutions exploring membership.

The PSFs are responsible for convening and facilitating conversations within and across institutions. They are integral in communicating with faculty about the Passport Learning Outcomes and Proficiency Criteria, and they oversee requests for feedback from institutions and other stakeholders. The PSFs provide valuable feedback and analysis and work closely with staff to ensure the smooth implementation of the project.

Arkansas

Ann Clemmer
Ann Clemmer

Senior Associate Director, Academic Affairs, Arkansas Department of Higher Education

Ann Clemmer has served as Senior Associate Director for Academic Affairs since January 2015. Her department works with higher education institutions on academic matters, making policy recommendations to the state’s Higher Education Coordinating Board. She served as a state legislator for three terms, which included a chair and vice-chairmanship on the higher education and education committees, 23 years teaching political science at the University of Arkansas-Little Rock, and eight years as a program director and faculty member at Mississippi County Community College (now Arkansas Northeastern College.) Clemmer received her B.A. and M.A. in political science at Arkansas State University, then returned to graduate school for a second college teaching area in history.

California

Thomas Krabacher
Thomas Krabacher

Professor of Geography, California State University, Sacramento

Thomas Krabacher has been a faculty member in the Department of Geography at the California State University, Sacramento for over 25 years. His academic interests are in the areas of population/demographics and climate change, particularly as they apply to Sub-Saharan Africa, where he has conducted fieldwork in Sierra Leone, Mali, and South Africa. For the past decade Krabacher has also served on the statewide Academic Senate of the CSU, with responsibility for monitoring higher education legislation at the state level. He received his BS and MA from Michigan State University and Ph.D. in Geography from the University of California, Davis.

Hawai'i

Richard Dubanoski
Richard Dubanoski

Dean Emeritus, College of Social Sciences, University of Hawaii at Manoa

Richard Dubanoski is former dean of the College of Social Sciences and professor of psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He received a B.A. from Wesleyan University and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota. During his tenure as dean he introduced a number of innovative teaching and learning programs to the Manoa campus, including the Commitment to Liberal Education, which is based on the LEAP model. This project draws from past educational programs developed at the college – for example, service learning and learning communities – and introduces new programs such as street science, a critical thinking course for freshmen.

Idaho

Sherry Simkins
Sherry Simkins

Division Chair, Communication and Fine Arts, North Idaho College

Sherry Simkins has served as Division Chair for Communication and Fine Arts at North Idaho College since 2012. As chair, she oversees programs in Communication, Journalism, Fine Arts, Music, and Theatre. She has been an instructor of Communication since 2005. She also serves as a faculty discipline representative for the Idaho Statewide General Education. Simkins received her B.S. and M.A. in Communication at Southern Utah University. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership at Idaho State University.

Indiana

Ken Sauer
Ken Sauer

Senior Associate Commissioner and Chief Academic Officer, Indiana Commission for Higher Education

Ken Sauer has been with the Indiana Commission for Higher Education since 1985 and holds the position of senior associate commissioner for research and academic affairs. His duties as chief academic officer for the commission include: making recommendations on proposals for new degree programs; reviewing existing degree programs; analyzing programs with few graduates or low enrollments; overseeing commission student data systems; representing the commission with various external constituencies, such as the Indiana General Assembly; collaborating with other units of state government on inter-agency projects; and undertaking applied research and policy studies. Prior to joining the commission, he served with the Illinois Board of Higher Education and the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS) in Boulder, Colorado. While at NCHEMS, Sauer developed the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP codes), a classification system that is still used annually by all colleges and universities in the United States for reporting degree data to the federal government.

Montana

Joe Thiel

Director of Academic Policy and Research, Montana University System

New Mexico

Ryan Goss
Ryan Goss

Associate Professor, New Mexico State University

Ryan Goss is an associate professor at New Mexico State University where he specializes in turfgrass science and urban horticulture. His teaching duties include leading the turfgrass science undergraduate and graduate programs, and supporting the horticulture undergraduate program. Goss’ service duties include serving on several assessment related university committees, chairing the general education assessment committee, and chairing several department committees (assessment, curriculum, and scholarship committees). He received a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture degree from the Ohio State University, a Master’s of Science degree from Michigan State University, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Goss received the 2015 North American Colleges & Teachers of Agriculture Award of Merit for NMSU.

North Dakota

Karyn Plumm
Karyn Plumm

Faculty Fellow, Office of the Provost & VPAA/Associate Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, University of North Dakota

Karyn Plumm is the Associate Dean for Academic Success in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) and is also serving as a Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Her responsibilities include directing programs within CAS for student success, such as advising, the probation and at-risk programs, and the peer mentoring program. In her role as faculty fellow she also oversees curricular and programmatic change, development, and assessment. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology (2000), her Master of Arts degree in General Psychology (2004), and her Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (2006) from the University of North Dakota. She was a faculty member in the Department of Psychology for 10 years, during which she directed the Undergraduate Programs, prior to joining the Dean’s Office in 2015.

Ohio

Paula Compton
Paula Compton

Associate Vice Chancellor/Executive Director of Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network(OATN), Ohio Department of Education

Paula Compton has served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Articulation and Transfer at the Ohio Department of Higher Education since 2009. In 2010, Compton also became the Executive Director of the Ohio Articulation and Transfer Network. She provides leadership and direction for all aspects of Ohio’s comprehensive articulation and transfer system. Prior professional positions include enrollment management roles at the Ohio State University and the University of Toledo. Compton earned a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration and a Mather’s Degree in Guidance Counseling and Student Personnel Work from Ohio State University. She was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Speech Secondary Education from Miami University.

Oregon

Patricia Flatt
Patricia Flatt

Professor of Chemistry, Western Oregon University

Patricia Flatt’s educational background includes a M.S. in Plant Ecology from the University of Denver and a PhD in Biochemistry from Vanderbilt University, where she conducted research on the molecular mechanisms of cancer biology. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Marine Natural Products Chemistry in the College of Pharmacy at Oregon State University. She currently holds the rank of Professor of Chemistry at Western Oregon University where she has developed a new Chemistry Emphasis Degree option in Medicinal Chemistry and Pharmacology.

South Dakota

Paul Turman
Paul Turman

System Vice President for Academic Affairs, South Dakota Board of Regents

Paul Turman is the System Vice President for Academic Affairs for the South Dakota Board of Regents. His responsibilities include oversight of the Regental system common course catalog, research and economic development, institutional research, new programs, and state scholarship programs. Turman received his Ph.D. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2000), and prior to joining the South Dakota Board of Regents staff, Turman taught as an associate professor at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), and was recognized for outstanding teaching and service at the institutional and national levels. Throughout his academic career he has published 34 peer reviewed research articles at the national and regional levels, as well as co-authored four books.

Utah

Greg Benson
Greg Benson

Assistant Commissioner for Academic Affairs Utah System of Higher Education

Greg Benson is assistant commissioner for academic and student affairs at the Utah System of Higher Education. He previously served as a vice chancellor and dean at Utah State University Eastern and was an associate professor of music in the USU Caine College of the Arts. His experience also includes middle school, high school, and college teaching positions in Michigan and Arkansas. Benson earned degrees in music from Central Michigan University and Bowling Green State University, and a PhD in education from Michigan State University. His current work in Utah focuses on academic programs in the liberal arts and sciences, articulation and transfer, general education, residency, and student affairs.

Virginia

Paul Smith
Paul Smith

Associate for Student Mobility Policy and Research, State Council of Higher Education for Virginia

Paul Smith serves as the associate for student mobility policy and research for the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). In this role, he works with public institutions of higher education and other state agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of transfer in Virginia. Prior to his position with SCHEV, he held several positions at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) where he worked as a researcher, instructor, and safety inspector. Smith received his B.S. in biology from the University of Maryland, College Park and both a M.S. in biology and a Ph.D. in education from VCU.

Wyoming

Kari Brown-Herbst
Kari Brown-Herbst

Director, Center for Teaching and Learning, Laramie County Community College

Kari Brown-Herbst is the Director for the Center for Teaching & Learning at Laramie County Community College (LCCC) in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Her responsibilities include faculty development and support and student learning assessment. Kari currently serves as faculty representative to the LCCC Foundation Board and is also a member of the Peer Review Corps of the Higher Learning Commission. Before arriving at LCCC, she received her Master's in Education Technology from Marian University (Wisconsin) and her Bachelor's in Sociology with an Education endorsement from Kalamazoo College (Michigan). Kari has 18 years of K-12 teaching experience in Alaska and Wisconsin, and began her teaching career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Republic of Kiribati. She is currently studying for her Ed.D. in Instructional Technology at the University of Wyoming. Her research interests include investigating the impact of purposeful faculty development on student retention in the online environment.