Michelle Morgan is Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the Student Experience in the Faculty of Media and Communications at Bournemouth University. Previously, she was creator and PI/Project Lead of a £2.7 million 11 university collaborative HEFCE grant looking at the expectations and attitudes towards postgraduate taught (PGT) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) study, and post study outcomes from the perspective of students, universities and employers to support and sustain PGT growth in the UK’. The project report has received praise from across the sector including UKCGE, OFFA, the HEA and the Engineering Professor Council. Before that, she was L+T Coordinator and Student Experience Manager at Kingston University. During her career, Michelle has been a Faculty Manager, Researcher and Academic. She describes herself as a student experience practitioner who develops initiatives based on pragmatic and practical research. Michelle is extensively published in the area and as a result of her experience has developed a detailed practical student transitions model to help guide colleagues who are at the coal face improve the experience of students across academic and non-academic activities. In 2005, she was recipient of a special award from the University of Sussex’s Students’ Union for Outstanding Achievement and Excellence. In 2009, she was made a Fellow of the AUA and she is a National Associate and Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She was nominated for Teacher of the Year in 2011 and in 2015 she received a Student Led L&T from the Students Union at Kingston University. She co-wrote and co-presented a 5 part Radio series for BBC China in 2011 on the student experience. Michelle has presented over 80 national and international conference papers (12 keynotes and 25 invited papers), has had 12 book chapters published and has 5 national and international published peer reviewed journal articles focusing on the UG and PG student experience. She is editor and substantive contributor to two books that revolve around her new Student Experience Practitioner Model which is designed to help colleagues support UG and PG students. She has developed a free portal for staff which provides a range of information and links for anyone interested in improving the student experience in Higher Education.
Dr Maxine Fawcett-Yeske is a musicologist, ethnomusicologist, and college professor, who earned a PhD in Music from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Dr Fawcett-Yeske has taught in higher education for over twenty years, designing classes for music majors and general education students alike. A passionate educator, Fawcett-Yeske received the campus Award for Teaching Excellence at Nebraska Wesleyan University (NWU) in 2003. In 2006 she was named Professor of the Year for the State of Nebraska by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation. While Associate Professor at NWU, Fawcett-Yeske served as Fine Arts Division Chair and Director of Global Studies. Dr Fawcett Yeske is currently on the faculty at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA) in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she teaches world music, music history, and world history. She is also Lead Academic Advisor and the Director of First-Year Programs at USAFA, guiding the nearly 1,200 first-year cadets who matriculate to the Air Force Academy every year. She is part of a four-person team that was awarded the Outstanding Institutional Academic Advising Program designation by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) in 2014. She actively participates in diversity and inclusion initiatives at USAFA and is the Officer-in-Charge of the Cadet Native American Heritage Club. In 2014 she was awarded the SAIGE (Society of American Indian Government Employees) Meritorious Service Award at USAFA, which honors a Department of Defense employee who has “demonstrated role model qualities and the core values of Integrity, Service, and Excellence.” Fawcett-Yeske’s research interests are diverse. She has presented extensively on facets of student success in higher education, including the benefits of liberal arts education, the pedagogy of academic advising, design of first-year experience programs, and strategies for the retention of first-generation college students. Within her academic discipline she has published and presented on American sacred music, traditional music of Greece and Montenegro, ethnomusicological study of the music of Native Alaskans, music of immigrant and refugee communities, and music by women composers. Her admiration of the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright led her to discover the music composed by Olgivanna Lloyd Wright (Wright’s third wife), a topic about which she has presented both nationally and internationally. Her first book on Mrs Wright, From the Black Mountain to the Shining Brow: The Life of Olgivanna Lloyd Wright, co-compiled and edited with preeminent Frank Lloyd Wright scholar the late Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, was published in 2017 by ORO Editions (New York). Dr Fawcett-Yeske devotes hours of service to professional and community organizations. She is active on the Executive Boards (local and state) of Delta Kappa Gamma: Women Educators International. As President of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the College Music Society, she will in 2020 oversee a conference for the largest geographical region of that organization. She is President of the Air Force Academy Chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. Fawcett-Yeske is a multi-instrumentalist and also sings in the Colorado Springs Celebration Multicultural Ensemble, a group whose focus is gospel and spirituals of the African American tradition.
Dr Carol L. Russell, Professor of Early Childhood Unified at Emporia State University, has taught higher education for nearly 40 years. Russell has served on local/national committees and boards and received numerous grants/awards. She is Co-Creator and Co-Coordinator of Emporia State University’s Children Inspire Glass Project and the ESU’s Children’s Art Gallery. Russell has authored articles, chapters, and presented regionally, nationally and internationally on various topics, including: artistic creativity, inclusion, inclusive creative movement, inclusive arts, children with special needs and their families, SIBSHOPS and sibling issues of children with special needs, Nonverbal Learning Disability, ADA and accessibility, Person First Philosophy, the “Sandwich Generation”, curriculum adaptations / modifications, public policy, and advocacy. Russell’s most recent book, Integrating Art into the Inclusive Early Childhood Curriculum, was published by Common Grounds Publishing in 2018. Other books include: Sandwiched! Tales, Tips, and Tools to Balance Life in the Sandwich Generation; co-authored a children’s book, I Like Rocks! and a chapter entitled Understanding Nonverbal Learning Disorders in Post-Secondary Students with Spina Bifida, chapter in Medical and Educational Perspectives on Nonverbal Learning Disability in Children and Young Adults, edited by Dr Barbara Rissman, published by IGI Global Publishing.