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Sources for Journalists
Covering Baker University

The following Baker University faculty and staff members are available as sources for the media. Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , director of public relations, at 785.594.8330 to arrange an interview:

Adult Education & Academic Technology

Brian Messer, Ph.D., Vice President and Dean of the School of Professional and Graduate Studies

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Office phone: 913.344.6020
Areas of expertise: adult education, academic technology

Athletics Media Relations

Tyler Price, Assistant Director of Athletics - Communications

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Office phone: 785.594.8495
Cell: 913.645.4111
Best time to be contacted: after 10 a.m.
Areas of expertise: athletics media relations, public relations, photography, web development

Behavioral Science

Rand Ziegler, Ph.D., Vice President for Institutional and Faculty Development, Professor of Psychology

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Office phone number: 785.594.7880
Best time to be reached: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Areas of expertise: institutional research, faculty development, records and registration, undergraduate academics, psychology

Business

Lowell Jacobsen, Ph.D., Elizabeth Harvey Rhodes Professor of International Business

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Office phone: 785.594.4516
Best time to be contacted: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Areas of expertise: global economy, business strategy, financial investments

Career Services

Susan Wade, Director of Career Services

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Office phone: 785.594.8435
Areas of expertise: career services, career choices
Website: www.bakerU.edu/CareerServices 

Communication

Kimberly Schaefer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication

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Office phone: 785.594.4539
Areas of expertise: communication technologies and interpersonal communication

Computer Crime

Tim Buzzell, Professor of Sociology

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Office phone: 785.594.4598
Best time to be reached: after 2:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Areas of expertise: computer crime, extremist groups, political culture/political sociology, holidays and holiday rituals

Crisis Response

The Rev. Dr. Ira DeSpain, Minister to the University

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Office phone: 785.594.4553
Best time to be contacted: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday
Areas of expertise: religious services, campus crisis response

Economics

Alan Grant, Ph.D., Professor of Economics

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Office phone number: 785.594.8498
Best time to be reached: mornings
Areas of expertise: lottery finance, general economics, inflation forecasting

Education

Jim Foil, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education

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Office phone: 785.4594.8368
Areas of expertise: secondary content methods, social studies methods, middle-level education

Environment

Roger L. Boyd, Ph.D., Director of Natural Areas

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Office phone: 785.594.3172
Cell: 785.424.0595
Best time to be contacted: 8 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday-Friday
Areas of expertise: wetlands, wetlands restoration, birds, trees, prairie, wildflowers

Fundraising

Patrick Mikesic, Senior Director for University Advancement

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Office phone: 785.594.8447
Best time to be reached: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Areas of expertise: fundraising, major gifts, annual giving, corporate and foundation giving, alumni relations

Health Care

Diane Bottorff, MS, CNE, Assistant Professor of Nursing

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Office phone: 785.354.5862
Cell: 785.231.0379
Best time to be contacted: Monday and Wednesday mornings, Tuesdays after 1:30 p.m., Fridays after 2:30 p.m.
Area of expertise: elder care

Cindy Light, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor of Nursing

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Office phone: 785.354.5877
Cell: 913.302.5339
Best time to be contacted: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in office, after 5 on cell
Areas of expertise: emergency and critical-care nursing

Kay Osinski, MS, RN, CMSRN, CNE, Assistant Dean of School of Nursing

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Office phone: 785.354.5867
Best time to be contacted: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday
Areas of expertise: critical-care nursing, medical surgical nursing, legal issues in nursing and nursing education

Institutional Assessment

Peggy Harris, Ph.D., Vice President and Dean of School of Education

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Office phone: 785.594.8492
Best time to be contacted: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Areas of expertise: course, program and institutional assessment; syllabus development

Media

Joe Watson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Mass Media

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Office phone number: 785.594.7855
Best time to be reached: daytime and early evenings
Areas of expertise: electronic media, broadcasting, mass media, effects of mass media on society, role media plays in our lives, ways in which media shape society and culture, ways in which individuals use mass media

Mental Health

Tim Hodges, Psy.D., Director of Counseling Services

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Office phone: 785.594.8365
Cell: 785.764.6912
Best time to be contacted: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday in office, cell in evening
Areas of expertise: college mental health, cognitive behavior therapy, Adlerian theory, mental health disorders, the integration of psychology and Christian spirituality

Music

Ray James, Director of Bands, Professor of Instrumental Music Education and Low Brass Studies

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Office phone: 785.594.4579
Best time to be contacted: 2-4 p.m.
Areas of expertise: band, instrumental music education, conducting, low brass (trombone, euphonium, and tuba) studies

J.D. Parr, Ph.D., Professor of Music

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Office phone number: 785.594.4507
Best time to be contacted: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Areas of expertise: instrumental music and jazz history, improvisation, theories of composing music

Politics

Brian D. Posler, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs

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Office phone: 785.594.8312
Best time to be contacted: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Areas of expertise: Congress, the U.S. presidency, elections

Soccer

Nate Houser, Director of Soccer, Head Soccer Coach

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Office phone: 785.594.8444
Areas of expertise: soccer coaching and development

Sports Medicine

Lynn Bott, Director of Sports Medicine, Assistant Professor

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Office phone: 785.594.8424
Cell number: 785.979.4882
Best time to be contacted: 11:30 a.m.-noon Monday-Friday.
Areas of expertise: athletic training, sports medicine, exercise exercise

Student Leadership

Randy Flowers, Director of Student Life

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Office phone: 785.594.8304
Best time to be contacted: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Areas of expertise: leadership, student organizations, student activities, community service