Tom Steen is the Past Director of Essential Studies, the University of North Dakota’s program in general education. Tom was appointed as the first Essential Studies director when the program was implemented in 2008, and he frequently speaks and writes about GE issues such as program design, student learning assessment, and transfer policy. Tom 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 is now serving 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.). Tom’s academic specialty is teacher education for physical education; he is also a Professor Emeritus at UND in Kinesiology and Public Health.