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.
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.
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.
Director of Academic Affairs, Colorado Department of Higher Education
Ian Macgillivray is Director of Academic Affairs at the Colorado Department of Higher Education. He coordinates Colorado’s guaranteed transfer pathways to success and the department’s P20 initiatives. Previously he served as the department’s Academic Policy Officer for Educator Preparation; was Assistant Professor in the College of Education at James Madison University where he published two books, numerous journal articles and was awarded the 2007 Provost Award for Excellence in International Beliefs and Values; and was a high school science teacher. Macgillivray received his Ph.D. in Foundations of Education Policy and Practice from University of Colorado Boulder.
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.
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.
Associate Vice President, Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education
Melissa Bell is the associate vice president for academic affairs at the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. Her work focuses on major issues in college readiness and student success, including developmental education, transfer, advising, and assessment of student learning outcomes. Melissa holds a Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Kentucky’s Martin School of Public Policy and Administration and a master’s degree from the school’s Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce. She is the former director of research at The Council of State Governments, a national organization that provides research on trends affecting all three branches of state government, and has worked on a number of research projects dealing with public policy and nonprofit management.
Director of Research and Academic Policy, Montana University System
Janelle Booth is the director of research and academic policy for the Montana University System. In this role, she coordinates statewide research and economic development initiatives and oversees the MUS General Education Council, state authorization, and the systemwide common course numbering program. She is also the director of a statewide agriculture and natural resource leadership program and previously worked for Montana State University Extension. Booth earned a Masters of Public Administration from Montana State University and a Bachelors of Science in Biology from South Dakota State University.
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.
Professor Emeritus, University of North Dakota
Thomas (Tom) Steen is the Past Director of Essential Studies, the University of North Dakota’s program in general education. He was appointed as the first Essential Studies director when the program was implemented in 2008, and he frequently speaks and writes about general education issues such as program design, student learning assessment, and transfer policy. Steen also served as the president of the North Dakota General Education Council in its initial year, co-led the state’s work in the AAC&U’s Quality Collaboratives project, and completed his second term on the Executive Council of the Association of General and Liberal Studies (AGLS). He received his education at Calvin College (A.B.), University of Oregon (M.S.), and the Ohio State University (Ph.D.). Steen’s academic specialty is teacher education for physical education. He is also a Professor Emeritus at UND in Kinesiology and Public Health.
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.
Academic and Student Affairs Policy Specialist, Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission
Sean Pollack is an Academic and Student Affairs Policy Specialist with the Oregon Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC). Prior to joining HECC, Pollock taught and conducted research on early modern and medieval literature while teaching at the community college level, and undergraduate institutions such as Pomona College and Portland State University. Pollock has also worked on consortial initiatives in emerging technologies and study abroad. Most recently, he worked in policy analyst positions at Oregon University System and Clackamas Community College while completing a Masters in Public Administration, a career path that has grown out of his interest in state-level law and policy related to higher education. In addition to the MPA, Pollock holds a Ph.D. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan.
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.
Phyllis "Teddi" Safman
Assistant Commissioner for Academic Affairs Emeritus, Utah State Board of Regents
Phyllis "Teddi" Safman is the assistant commissioner for academic affairs Emeritus at the Utah Board of Regents. Her responsibilities included general education assessment; statewide transfer and articulation; No Child Left Behind; teacher education; and working with Utah’s K-16 Alliance to improve high school to college articulation. In addition, she is the system representative for Lumina’s Tuning process and for the LEAP initiative. Safman received a Ph.D. in continuing education from the University of Illinois and held national, regional, and statewide leadership positions while serving as associate dean of continuing education at the University of Utah. She joined the commissioner’s staff in 1993, with a short break to work in accreditation and strategic planning in Washington, D.C. and Chicago. Safman teaches a graduate class in organization and governance of higher education at the University of Utah.
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.
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.