Design Teams 2020


In the spring of 2020, campus leaders were asked to chair Design Teams that addressed both the challenges arising from the global pandemic’s impact on higher education, as well as challenges identified during the early stages of KU’s strategic planning process.

The Design Teams were comprised of approximately 200 faculty, staff and students. Each team was assigned to a specific area to help the university address the pandemic but also develop objectives and key results to help define the university’s upcoming strategic plan. Through the summer of 2020, Design Teams submitted their recommendations for both the re-opening of campus for the fall ’20 semester and their prioritized objectives for the strategic plan. At the end of 2020 and into 2021, the institutional objectives were finalized and the Design Teams concluded. A FY’22 Strategic Plan Implementation Process is now underway and more information may be found under the “About” menu in the “Process” section


Student and Faculty Success: Learning and Teaching

Michelle Carney, Dean of the School of Social Welfare, Co-Chair

Stuart Day, Dean of the School of Professional Studies and Edward Campus, Co-Chair

Vicky Keling, Staff Assistant

Student and Faculty Success: Learning and Teaching

  • Emily Arsenault, Graduate Student Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Corinne Bannon, Assistant Director for Analytics and Institutional Research
  • Jamie Bashham, Professor of Special Education, School of Education and Senior Director of Learning and Innovation; Founder UDL Implementation and Research Network
  • Jill Becker, Assistant Librarian / Head of the Center for Undergraduate Initiatives & Engagement KU Libraries
  • Rob Caffey, Applications Team KU Information Technology
  • Michelle Carney, Dean of the School of Social Welfare
  • Sarah Crawford-Parker, Director of the University Honors Program
  • Stuart Day, Dean of the School of Professional Studies, KU Edwards Campus
  • Laura Diede, Director of the Center for Online and Distance Learning
  • Randall Fuller, Herman Melville Distinguished Professor of American Literature, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Faculty Senate
  • David Gaston, Associate Vice Provost of Career & Experiential Learning, Office of Academic Success
  • Dea Greenhoot, Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Chris Gregory, Senior Director of Strategic Alignment and Marketing, KU Edwards Campus
  • Vicki Keling, Executive Assistant for the dean of the School of Social Welfare
  • Neal Kingston, Distinguished Professor of Educational Psychology and Director of the Achievement and Assessment Institute
  • Susan Klusmeier, Vice Provost for Student Academic Success
  • Kristine Latta, Assistant Vice Provost for the Office of Graduate Studies and College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Sam Montague, Education Program Manager, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Kim O'Bryon, Systems Analyst Office of University Registrar
  • Brittney Oleniaz, Graduate Student Representative, Student Senate
  • Shannon Portillo, Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration and Assistant Vice Chancellor, Edwards Campus
  • Jean Redeker, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost
  • Tiffany Robinson, University Registrar, Enrollment Management
  • Holly Storkel, Professor of Speech-Language-Hearing and Associate Dean College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • John Symons, Professor of Philosophy
  • Nick Syrett, Professor and Chair Women, Gender and Equity Studies
  • Robert Tonnies, IT Analyst Senior KU Information Technology
  • Doug Ward, Associate Professor and Associate Director School of Journalism and the Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Susan Williams, Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical & Petroleum Engineering, School of Engineering
  • Ben Wolfe, Director of the Center for Faculty and Academic Administration - KU Edwards Campus
  • TBD, General Council Representative  

Student and Faculty Success: Student Life

Ann Brill, Dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Co-Chair

Tammara Durham, Vice Provost for Student Affairs, Co-Chair

Collin Cox, Staff Assistant

Student and Faculty Success: Student Life

  • Charlie Bankart, Associate Vice Provost for International Programs
  • April Blackmon Strange, Director Military-Affiliated Student Center
  • Ann Brill, Dean of the School of Journalism
  • Chris Brown, Graduate Student and Former Student Governance Vice President
  • Paul Buskirk, Associate Athletic Director, Student Athletic Support Services
  • Marsha Carrasco, Director of Student Organizations and Leadership Center
  • Misty Chandler, Director of Student Services, KU Edwards Campus
  • Abby Coffin Director, Director of Undergraduate Advising Center and Interim Director of First Year Experience
  • Collin Cox, Administrative Associate and Graduate Intern, Office of the Provost
  • Tammara Durham, Vice Provost for Student Affairs
  • Lisa Friis, Professor and Chair of Mechanical Engineering
  • Angela Karlin, Director of Financial Aid and Scholarships
  • Rob Karwath, General Manager Jayhawk Media Group (University Daily Kansan)
  • Addison Keegan-Harris, Administrative Associate, Office of Diversity and Equity
  • Apramay Mishra, President Student Senate
  • JJ O'Toole-Curran, Senior Associate Director and Director of Engagement and Strategy KU Memorial Unions
  • Melissa Peterson, Associate Director University Academic Success Centers - TRIO
  • Saralyn Reece-Hardy, Director of the Spencer Art Museum
  • Allison Schultz, Program Coordinator, Sorority & Fraternity Life, Student Involvement and Leadership Center
  • Andrew Shoemaker, Executive Director University Academic Success Centers
  • Jennifer Wamelink, Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs
  • Sarah Waters, Director of KU Student Housing
  • Stacey White, Director and Professor of the School of Public Affairs & Administration
  • TBD, General Council Representative

Student and Faculty Success: Faculty Success

Chris Brown, Vice Provost for Faculty Development, Co-Chair

Rick Ginsberg, Dean of the School of Education, Co-Chair

Jenny Mehmedovic, Staff Assistant

Student and Faculty Success: Faculty Success

  • Mahasweta Banerjee, Professor of Social Welfare, Director of the Bachelor of Social Welfare Program
  • Mary Banwart, Associate Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Center for Leadership Studies
  • John Bricklemyer, Professor of the Practice and Assistant Director Engineering and Project Management, Edwards Campus
  • Chris Brown, Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Science, Environmental Studies Program and Vice Provost for Faculty Development
  • John Brumberg, Associate Professor of Speech-Language-Hearing and Chair of the University Core Curriculum Committee
  • Sarah Deer, Distinguished Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration
  • Ken Fischer, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Biomechanics lab, School of Engineering
  • Rick Ginsberg, Dean of the School of Education
  • Kim Grunewald, Deputy General Counsel, Office of General Counsel
  • Connie Hu, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
  • Ann Lindbloom, Instructional Designer, Center for Online and Distance Education
  • Erik Lundquist, Professor of Molecular Biosciences and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Office of Research
  • Jenny Mehmedovic, Assistant Director for Faculty Development
  • Sara Morris, Librarian and Content Development Librarian, KU Libraries
  • Nancy Muma, Professor and Chair of Pharmacology and Toxicology, School of Pharmacy
  • Jennifer Ng, Professor School of Education and Vice Provost for Diversity and Equity
  • Alison Olcott, Associate Professor of Geology and Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research
  • Uma Outka, William R. Scott Professor of Law and Associate Dean for the School of Law Faculty
  • Bob Parsons, Professor of Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering and Director of Construction for the School of Engineering
  • Michael Peper, Head of the Center for Faculty and Staff Initiatives, KU Libraries
  • Rosemary Peterson, Student
  • Scott Reinardy, Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Journalism 
  • Colin Roust, Assistant Professor of Music and Faculty Development Liaison
  • Paola Sanguinetti, Professor in the School of Architecture and Design, President-elect, Faculty Senate
  • Susan Scholz, Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Business
  • Michael Swann, Professor and Associate Dean of the School of Architecture and Design
  • Marie Taylor, Senior Associate General Counsel, General Counsel
  • Julie Thornton, Director of Employee Relations, Human Resource Management
  • Nilou Vakil, Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture and Design
  • Suzanne Valdez, Clinical Professor School of Law and Past-President of University Senate
  • Doug Ward, Associate Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications and Associate Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence
  • Kim Warren, Incoming Associate Dean for Diversity & Equity in the School of Social Welfare
  • Jomella Watson-Thompson, Associate Professor of Applied Behavioral Psychology and Director of the Center for Service Learning
  • Lisa Wolf-Wendel, Professor and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies, School of Education
  • Jie Zhang, Professor and Acting Chair of Linguistics and Lead Facilitator Peer Mentor Groups

Healthy and Vibrant Communities: Employee Success

Mike Rounds, Vice Provost for Operations, Chair

Kimberly Grosse, Staff Assistant

Healthy and Vibrant Communities: Employee Success

  • Kathleen Ames-Stratton, Associate Director of Human Resource Management
  • Wendy Bridges, Functional Systems Analysist Senior, Events Management and Protocol
  • Mike Broadwell, Executive Director of Human Resources for KU Libraries
  • Jeff Chasen, Associate Vice Provost and Director Compliance
  • Addison Henson, Undergraduate Student, Student Senate Representative
  • Angie Loving, Associate Director of Human Resource Management
  • Linda Luckey, Chief of Staff, Office of the Provost
  • D. A. Graham, University Ombuds, Ombuds Office
  • Kimberly Grosse, Administrative Associate, Human Resource Management
  • Jennifer Ng, Professor in the School of Education and Vice Provost for Diversity & Equity
  • Mahbub Rashid, Dean of the School of Architecture & Design
  • Mary Jo Reiff, Professor and Graduate Student Advisor in the Department of English
  • Mike Rounds, Vice Provost for Operations
  • Katelyn Shirley, Graduate Student, KU Libraries employee
  • Tim Spencer, Shared Service Center Manager, O'leary SSC and President-elect Staff Senate
  • Melissa Smith, Project Manager, KU Operations
  • Zachary Thomason, Undergraduate Student, Student Senate Representative
  • Lori Wade, Director of Business and Human Resources for KU Edwards Campus
  • Madi Vannaman, Associate Director of Benefits, Human Resource Management
  • Sheha Verma, Student, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Healthy and Vibrant Communities: Open Community

Derek Kwan, Director of the Lied Center, Co-Chair

Bob Walzel, Dean of the School of Music, Co-Chair

Maria Thompson, Staff Assistant

Healthy and Vibrant Communities: Open Community

  • Saevheon Alcorn, Student
  • Stephonn Alcorn, Alumnus and Former Student Body President
  • Henry Bial, Professor and Chair of the Department of Theatre and Dance
  • Julie Boydston, Director of the Children & Family Services Clinic and Courtesy Professor, Clinical Child Psychology Program
  • Casey Cook, Assistant Athletics Director for Events, KU Athletics
  • Sharon Graham, Vice Provost Life-long learning
  • Shawn Harding, Director of Facilities Services
  • Chris Keary, Chief of Police, Office of Public Safety
  • Lisa Kring, Associate Director of Kansas Memorial Unions
  • Derek Kwan, Director of the Lied Center of Kansas
  • Bill Lacey, Director of the Dole Institute of Politics
  • David Mucci, Director of the Kansas Memorial Unions
  • Charlie Persinger, Director of Ceremonies and Events, Events Management and Protocol
  • Kathy Pryor, Director of the University Theatre
  • Saralyn Reece-Hardy, Director of the Spencer Museum of Art
  • Mary Roach, Executive Associate Dean of KU Libraries
  • Jennifer Sanner, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs for KU Alumni Association and Editor of the Kansas Alumni Magazine
  • Lori Schlenker, Collections and Facilities Coordinator for the KU Natural History Museum
  • John Stipetich, Assistant Director of Emergency Management
  • Maria Thompson, Office Manager, Office of the Provost
  • Bob Walzel, Dean of the School of Music
  • TBD, General Counsel Representative

Healthy and Vibrant Communities: Jayhawk Cloud

Chris Gregory, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Edwards Campus, Co-Chair

Mary Walsh, Chief Information Officer, Co-Chair

Suzie Johannes, Staff Assistant

Healthy and Vibrant Communities: Jayhawk Cloud

  • Megan Belaire, Graduate Advisor in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Executive Committee of Staff Senate
  • Adrian Cisneros, Undergraduate Student  
  • Grant Daily, Student Senate Vice President
  • Michael Eckersley, Professor of Design Management & Strategy, School of Architecture and Design
  • Ada Emmett, Librarian and Director of the KU Libraries Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communications and Copyright, and Faculty Ombuds, Office of the Ombuds
  • Matt Garrett, Assistant Director, KU Information Technology
  • Samantha Ghali, Student
  • Teresa Girolamo, Doctoral Candidate Child Language, and Student Equity & Inclusion Workgroup Member, Graduate Student Advisory Board
  • Angela Gist-Mackey, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies
  • Marilu Goodyear, Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration
  • Chris Gregory, Senior Director of Strategic Alignment and Marketing, KU Edwards Campus
  • Olivia Hansen, Graduate Student
  • Kylie Helm, Graduate Student
  • Suzie Johannes, Associate Director of KU Information Technology
  • David Johnston, Senior Vice President of Strategic Communications & Digital Media for KU Alumni Association
  • Sanjay Mishra, Professor in the School of Business and University Senate President
  • Sharon Riley, Organizational Development Coordinator for KU Libraries
  • Tom Roderick, Associate Director IT Governance and Strategy, Information Technology
  • Karina Saechao, Graduate Student
  • Hyunjin Seo, Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Director of the KU Center for Digital Inclusion
  • Sean Smith, Professor of Special Education
  • Mary Walsh, Chief Information Officer, KU Information Technology
  • Jennifer Wamelink, Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs
  • Scooter Ward, Associate Athletics Director, KU Athletics

Research and Discovery

Simon Atkinson, Vice Chancellor for Research, Chair

Robin Lehman, Staff Assistant

Julie Popiel, Staff Assistant

Research and Discovery

  • Simon Atkinson, Vice Chancellor for Research, KUCR
  • Sara Baer, Professor and Director of the Kansas Biological Survey
  • Chris Beard, Distinguished Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • John Colombo, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Tamara Falicov, Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • Scott Hanrath, Associate Dean for Research Libraries, KU Libraries
  • Robin Lehman, Project Director, Office of the Provost
  • Ron Ragan, Dean of the School of Pharmacy
  • Jen Roberts, Professor of Geology and Vice Provost for Graduate Studies
  • Yssa Rodriguez, PHD Candidate, Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Tricia Bergman, Industry Liaison Officer, Office of Research
  • Julie Popiel, Executive Associate, Office of Research
  • Anna Wallisch, Post Doctoral Researcher, Life Span Institute
  • TBD, General Council Representative       

Safety

Andrew Foster, Director of Emergency Management, Chair

Stacey Rinnert, Staff Assistant

Safety

  • Diane Goddard, Chief Financial Officers, Office of the Chancellor
  • Mike Rounds, Vice Provost for Operations
  • Tammara Durham, Vice Provost for Student Affairs
  • Charlie Bankart, Associate Vice Provost for International Programs
  • Joe Monaco, Director of Strategic Communications, Office of Public Affairs
  • Andy Hyland, Assistant Director of Strategic Communications, Office of Public Affairs 
  • Jill Hummels, Communications Manager, Provost Office
  • Kim Grunewald, Deputy General Counsel, Office of General Counsel
  • Carl Taylor, Director of Office of Global Operations & Security 
  • Diana Malott, Director of Watkins Health Services
  • Pavika Saripalli, Physician at Watkins Health Services
  • Mary Walsh, Chief Information Officer 
  • Chris Brown, Vice Provost for Faculty Development
  • Kimberly Connolly, Senior International Officer
  • John Stipetich, Assistant Director of Emergency Management
  • Sarah Waters, Director of KU Student Housing
  • Jennifer Wamelink, Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs
  • Julie Murray, Chief of Staff, Chancellor’s Office
  • Chris Keary, Chief of Police, Office of Public Safety
  • Angela Perryman, Director of Study Abroad and Global Engagement
  • Jason Hornberger, Senior Associate Vice Provost for Finance
  • Linda Luckey, Chief of Staff, Provost Office
  • Melissa Smith, Project Manager, KU Operations
  • Chris Wilson, Associate Head Coach
  • Jean Redeker, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost
  • Nicole Corcoran, Executive Associate Athletics Director/Senior Woman Administrator, KU Athletics
  • Andrew Shoemaker, Executive Director University Academic Success Centers

Fiscal Recovery

Barbara A. Bichelmeyer, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Chair

Diane Goddard, Chief Financial Officer and Vice Provost for Finance, Co-Chair

Jason Hornberger, Senior Associate Vice Provost for Finance, Co-Chair

Stacey Rinnert, Staff Assistant

Fiscal Recovery

  • Barbara Bichelmeyer, Provost & Executive Vice Chancellor
  • Paige Fields, Dean of the School of Business
  • Diane Goddard, Chief Financial Officers, Office of the Chancellor
  • Jason Hornberger, Senior Associate Vice Provost for Finance
  • Kathleen Lane, Professor of Special Education in the School of Education and Associate Vice Chancellor for Research
  • Robin Lehman, Director of Special Projects, Office of the Provost
  • Stephen Mazza, Dean of the School of Law
  • Matt Melvin, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
  • Jean Redeker, Assistant Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Office of the Provost
  • Mark Reynolds, Director of Finance and Planning for the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Kevin Smith, Dean of KU Libraries
  • Nick Stevens, Chief Data Officer, Analytics and Institutional Research
  • Lori Wade, Director of Business and Human Resources for KU Edwards Campus
  • Lua Yuille, Associate Professor in the School of Law and Faculty Senate President
  • TBD, General Counsel Representative

KU Advocates and Champions

David Cook, Vice Chancellor for Public Relations and Economic Development, Co-Chair

Heath Peterson, President, KU Alumni Association, Co-Chair

Dale Seuferling, President, KU Endowment Association, Co-Chair

Theresa Woolley, Staff Assistant

KU Advocates and Champions

  • Arvin Agah, Dean of the School of Engineering
  • Ann Brill, Dean of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • David Cook, Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs 
  • Abby Ehling, Assistant Director for Graduate Admissions, Enrollment Management and Staff Senate Representative
  • Chris Freet, Deputy Athletics Director, KU Athletics
  • Jessica Gardiola, Student Alumni Board Past-President and Recent Graduate
  • Kristi Lacle, KU Alumni Association
  • Christy McWard, Executive Director of the Office of Communications and Advancement, KU Libraries
  • Jim Mechler, KU Endowment
  • Julie Murray, Chief of Staff Chancellor’s Office
  • Jessica Palm, Alumna and KU Alumni Association Life Member
  • Achal Patel, Student, Aerospace Engineering
  • Heath Peterson, President of KU Alumni Association
  • Janet Rose, Professor of the Practice School of Journalism and Mass Communications and Director of The Agency
  • Dale Seuferling, President KU Endowment
  • Gavin Wade, Student Representative
  • Kelly Whitten, Director of State Relations, Office of Public Affairs
  • Theresa Woolley, Executive Assistant, Office of Public Affairs 

Implementation Team

Collin Cox, Administrative Assistant, Provost Office

Jill Hummels, Communications Manager, Provost Office

Robin Lehman, Director of Special Projects, Provost Office

Linda Luckey, Chief of Staff, Provost Office

Joe Monaco, Director of Strategic Communications, Office of Public Affairs

Julie Murray, Chief of Staff, Chancellor’s Office

Nick Stevens, Chief Data Officer and Director of Analytics and Institutional Research