Dr. Mark Curtis, a distinguished teacher, author and consultant to industry, is currently serving as the Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Alpena Community College. His career, now spanning over 39 years, has included over a decade of industrial experience, in design and manufacturing with Eaton Corporation and tenured full professorships at Ferris State University, Northern Michigan University and Purdue University which included fourteen years in executive level administrative positions. Building on the solid foundation of an Associate degree in Drafting and Design Technology from Kellogg Community College, he went to work full time while continuing his studies in drafting, metalworking, industrial education and leadership at Western Michigan University earning Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degrees there. As a community college graduate himself, he believes deeply in access to higher education for all who can profit.
Sandy Gholston works in the News Services department of the University Advancement and Marketing division of Ferris State University as interim assistant director of News Services and Social Media Public Relations. He has been an employee at Ferris since 2007 when he started as Marketing Specialist.Sandy is a 2009 graduate of Ferris' Bachelor of Integrative Studies program.In addition to his full-time work at Ferris, he also serves on a number of campus committees, maintains several Ferris Athletics blogs and serves as a radio voice for Ferris Bulldog basketball and football.
Dr. Gary L. Hauck serves as the Dean of Instruction and Faculty at Montcalm Community College, where he also teaches humanities and religion. He is the author of 16 books, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the 2011 MCC Leadership Award. Hauck engaged in general studies at Penn State University, is a graduate of the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, and received both the B.R.E. and Th.B. degrees from Baptist College of Pennsylvania, a Th.M. degree from Dallas Theological Seminary, a D.Min. and Ph.D. degree from California Graduate School of Theology, and a Ph.D. from Michigan State University, where he received the Richard L. Featherstone Award in Leadership and Scholarship, and the Donald O. Tatroe Award in Scholarship. He also completed graduate studies at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Eastern Washington University, and the National Chair Academy under the auspices of the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. He is the co-chair of One Book One County-Montcalm, and serves on the boards of the Flat River Historical Society, and the World Affairs Council of West Michigan. He has taught college in Russia, China, and Ecuador, and has participated in archeological digs in the Middle East. He has also engaged in international field studies in 46 countries throughout the world.
Dr. Fred Heck has a PhD in Geology from Northwestern University and has taught various geology and earth science courses at Ferris since 1988. He has also served as the coordinator of the General Education Program at Ferris since 2008."
Dr. Reinhold R. Hill is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Governors State University. He was
previously Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Science at Ferris State University,
where he formerly served as the Associate Dean, in which role he worked on expanding
the BIS Program, and as the Department Head of Languages and Literature.
A self-proclaimed Army brat, Reinhold lived abroad in Austria, Germany, and Italy, even graduating from High School there. Upon graduation from High School, Reinhold worked for several years before enrolling in Drury College courses at the military education center on Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. After a semester there, he transferred to Brigham Young University, where he earned his B.A. in Communication Studies with a minor in English. His M.A. is in English with a folklore emphasis from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. He earned his Ph.D. in English with emphases in folklore and composition studies from the University of Missouri.
His recent book project, completed with Roxanne Cullen and Michael Harris, and published by Jossey-Bass explores developing learner-centered programs that move beyond an emphasis on individual courses to help students develop their independence, creativity, and critical thinking.
Reinhold has regularly taught a full range of courses, including World Folk Literature, Introduction to American Folklore, Composition Theory, American Religious Traditions, Introduction to Literary Studies, and all levels of writing, including a proposal writing course, in both the traditional classroom and online. He was a Fulbright Senior Lecturer at the University of Debrecen in Hungary in 2004.
Dr. Ric Underhile holds degrees in music, counselor education, and health education. In addition to teaching in all three of those disciplines, Dr. Underhile has consulted with over 200 colleges and universities on matters of assessment of student learning and institutional planning. He is currently the Associate Dean for Instructional Support and Interdisciplinary Studies at Grand Rapids Community College. In addition to his work in higher education, he is an avid runner.