2014 Learn Lab Fellows' Biographies

Gloria Barnett

Gloria Barnett, Professor
Developmental Curriculum
Retention and Student Success 

By way of summary, Gloria is an experienced Educator, Academic Advisor, and Faculty Trainer with over thirty-four years of experience in the field of Developmental Education, Computer Application Training, and Business Education. Currently, Gloria is a Professor in the Developmental Curriculum Department within the Retention and Student Success Unit at Ferris State University. She is dedicated to and passionate about educational and career development with a specific focus on Developmental Education and Student Learning.

As a 21st century educator, Gloria is committed to the “student-centered” teaching method in her courses which helps her students become improved learners, and likewise accommodates a variety of learning styles and preferences. From the interaction she has with students, Gloria has wonderful teaching experiences and strives to find new ways to empower them regarding their own learning and engagement. Being a life-long learner, she is a positive role model for her students as she helps them develop important life and academic success skills for maximum performance.

Gloria has continued to find enjoyment in teaching, and has taken advantage of various professional development opportunities which have afforded her the occasion to advance current instructional methods based on the latest educational trends and student needs. She has coordinated many projects and trained numerous faculty members in the area of technology integration and learning management systems. In addition, Gloria is a certified Online Instructor who prefers a blended learning platform to have the best of both worlds (face-to-face and online delivery). 

Nick Campau Nick Campau, Associate Dean
Student Life

Nicholas Campau is a graduate of Ferris State University and currently serves as their Associate Dean of Student Life. Prior to his current role, he has worked in Student Conduct, Student Life and Residence Life. While at Ferris State University, Nicholas has been awarded the Distinguished Staff Award, MLK Social Justice Award and has been a team member that received the Distinguished Team Award. Nicholas is committed to social justice, conflict resolution, student engagement and student success both inside and outside the classroom. Outside of work, he is an American Red Cross Disaster Volunteer and Our Brothers Keeper homeless shelter volunteer. 

Christine Conley-Sowels

Christine Conley-Sowels, Associate Professor
School of Education
College of Education and Human Services

In the Fall 2005 semester Christine joined FSU, School of Education faculty.  Over these last 9 years she has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses in the special education and elementary education programs.  Her area of expertise in special education is Emotional Impairment (EI), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Learning Disabilities (LD). Prior to joining FSU Christine worked in the K-12 public school system for 30 years.  She served as a special and general education teacher, a teacher consultant and administrator in Michigan, Oklahoma and Texas.  All of these experiences have provided her with valuable knowledge and skills as a teacher.  

Roxanne Cullen Roxanne Cullen, Professor
Languages and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences

Roxanne Cullen joined the Ferris faculty in 1983 as an assistant professor of English.  She directed the University's first campus-wide Writing Center from 1984-94.  She also has served as  Administrative Head of the Department of Languages and Literature, Interim Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences, and Associate Vice President for Operations and Assessment.  She has co-authored two books, Leading the Learner-Centered Campus and Learner-Centered Curriculum: Design and Implementation, both published by Jossey Bass. Currently in addition to her duties as Professor of English, she coordinates the Bachelor of Integrative Studies, an interdisciplinary degree program that allows students to design their own academic degree program.

Clay Dedeaux Clay Dedeaux, Associate Professor
College of Business

Clay Dedeaux joined Ferris from the Advertising, Public Relations and Retailing department at Michigan State University where he also earned his doctorate in Media & Information Studies from the College of Communication Arts & Sciences. Clay worked for large international advertising agencies, rising over the course of a nearly 30 year career to the position of Senior Vice President, Management Supervisor at Arnold Worldwide, an integrated communication firm based in Boston, and owned by Havas Communications in Paris. Clay specialized in automotive advertising in service to clients including Bavarian Motor Werks at Ammirati & Puris-NYC, Mercedes-Benz of North America at McCaffrey & McCall-NYC, and Volkswagen of America/Bentley Motors, Inc. at Arnold Worldwide-Boston. Dr. Dedeaux completed his coursework towards the Ph.D. in mass media at Michigan State University while employed. Advertising undergraduate students comment positively on the advertising agency experience that he brings to the classroom.

Dr. Dedeaux's research interest represents a dramatic departure from the profit driven world of advertising for luxury automobiles, and is now focused on creating communication strategies for philanthropic nonprofit organizations. Clay's research is focused on donor's cognitive processing of messages that advocate for recipients who are socially near or distant, as is the case of a charitable appeal for a domestic as compared to international cause. Dr. Dedeaux is particularly interested in sociologically and philosophically grounded communications research that promotes ethnic diversity and open society in which immigrants are allowed to contribute their best skills for the benefit of their host society.
Daniel deRegnier Daniel deRegnier, Associate Professor
Clinical Lab Sciences
College of Health Services

Dan has been in the Clinical Laboratory Science programs since he came to Ferris in 1992. He is currently an associate professor and the program coordinator of the program of our Medical Laboratory Science and Medical Laboratory Technology degrees.  Dan has an MS in Clinical Laboratory Science from the University of Minnesota and am a certified Medical Laboratory Scientist. He splits his time between University and College committees, advising, and teaching Diagnostic Microbiology, Medical Virology / Parasitology / Mycology and Clinical Immunology.
Jerry Emerick Gerald Emerick, Instructor
Information Security and Intelligence
College of Business

Gerald Emerick received his B.B.A. in Business Computer Systems from Eastern Michigan University and his M.S. in Computer Information Systems, Grand Valley State University.  Gerald earned certifications in Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and GIAC GSSP-.NET Secure Software.

After 20 years in the Information Systems business environment and 10 years as an adjunct faculty member, Professor Emerick joined the Ferris ISI program as a full-time faculty member in the fall of 2011.

During his years in Information Systems he held many different positions in both large, international organizations and small organizations.   He has held positions including Management Consultant, Project Manager, Software Design and Development, and Database Administrator.   Professor Emerick actively consults in Internet software design, business intelligence,and database administration.

Outside of the classroom, Professor Emerick enjoys time with his family, biking, water skiing, kayaking, playing the guitar and pretty much any other activity that allows him to appreciate the outdoors in Michigan.
Lucas Hedman

Lucas Hedman, Instructor
Product Design Engineering
College of Engineering Technology

Luke Hedman is a new adjunct faculty member in the Product Design Engineering Technology program, of which he is also a graduate. Prior to starting his collegiate education, he served in the US Marine Corps during operations Iraqi Freedom I & II. After being honorably discharged in 2005, he enrolled at FSU and earned an AAS in CAD drafting & tool design technology and a BS in Product Design Engineering Technology. In 2009 he started his professional career in the aerospace and defense industry, designing custom ground support systems for the United States Department of Defense and contractors such as Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and General Dynamics.

In 2012 he transitioned to the automotive industry, where he operated as a program engineer for a tier-one supplier to General Motors. At this time he also started pursuing a MS degree in Engineering Management from Eastern Michigan University, which will be complete in the spring of 2015. In October of 2013 he was invited by Product Design department faculty to return to Ferris State University as a full-time adjunct professor. He has been an active member of the PDET capstone industry panel since 2009 and an advisory board member since 2012.

Liza Ing

Liza Ing, Professor
School of Education
College of Education and Human Services

Liza Ing has an Ed. D. in Special Education- Early Childhood, which she received from the University of Northern Colorado. Her experience ranges from infants and toddlers with disabilities to adults living in residential facilities, as well as teaching at the University level in the areas of elementary education, early childhood education and special education. She has been a Ferris State University since 2001 and teaches both undergraduate and graduate level classes.

Jennifer Johnson

Jennifer Johnson, Associate Professor
Social Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences

Jennifer joined the faculty at Ferris in Fall of 2006.  She has a B.A. (1998) in geography and mathematics from Carthage College.  She also holds a Master's degree in geography (2000) and a Ph.D. in geography (2003), both from Arizona State University.  Jennifer specializes in climatology and has research interests in lake-effect snow and urban heat islands.  She will begin a research project characterizing the urban heat island of Big Rapids, MI, in Summer 2014 and will be joined by a Student Research Fellow.  Her courses include Geography of the Physical Environment, Weather and Climate, National Parks of the World, World Regional Geography, and Geography Education.  

Bill Koepf

Bill Koepf, Associate Professor
Product Design Engineering
College of Engineering Technology

Bill has his M.S. in Engineering Management from Western Michigan University and is a member of ASME, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing Professional with Technologist level Certification.

Bill has expertise in Product Development, GD&T, CREO parametric modeling and 10 years of experience in the Automotive injection molding industry.
Victor Piercey

Victor Piercey, Assistant Professor
College of Arts and Sciences

Victor Piercey received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Arizona in 2012.  Dr. Piercey also holds a B.A. in Humanities from Michigan State University, a law degree from Columbia University, and a M.S. in Mathematics from Michigan State University.  He practiced law in the New York office of Weil, Gotshal, & Manges LLP for two years before returning to Michigan for a career in Mathematics.  Dr. Piercey began working as an assistant professor in the mathematics department at Ferris State University in the Fall of 2012.  He is interested in using his legal experience to enhance his mathematics instruction and provide students with transformative experiences.  In particular, his work involves project-based learning, inquiry-based learning, quantitative reasoning, linked courses, and the impact of curriculum and instruction on math anxiety and student beliefs about mathematics.  His current project is an inquiry-based sequence of courses entitled Quantitative Reasoning for Business.  Some sections of this course will be linked with sections of freshman writing courses.

Mischelle Stone Mischelle Stone, Associate Professor
Criminal Justice
College of Education and Human Services

Mischelle Stone received her B.S. in Sociology/Psychology from Central Michigan University as well as her M.A. in Sociology.  Dr. Stone received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State University with a concentration in Private Security and Investigations.  Her dissertation was titled "A Situational Analysis of Bounty Hunter Conduct."  She specializes in Private Security and Investigations, Ethics, Corrections, Juvenile Justice, Research Methods, and Online Instruction.

Dr. Stone has worked in both the adult and juvenile justice systems. She has worked as a corrections officer in the adult prison system, and in adult probation. She served as the Executive Director of juvenile day treatment, non-secure detention, and residential facilities. She has been licensed as a private investigator in the state of Michigan, specializing in child custody and medical insurance fraud cases. Before returning to her home state of Michigan in 2009, she taught at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she also served as the Director of Instructional Technology in the Department of Justice Sciences.

Dr. Stone's current research interests include examining the role of private sector actors in public sector criminal justice activities, and researching how criminal justice professionals define and perform their work.  Her works in progress include research that examines the role of bar bouncers in the prevention of date rape, the development and implementation of online pedagogy, and the effectiveness of service-learning in criminal justice.  Her hobbies are flying single-engine aircraft, golf, and shooting.