Sources for Journalists
Covering Baker University

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

Business Strategy

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

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Office phone: 785.594.4516
Best time to be contacted: 2-4 p.m.
Areas of expertise: business strategy, international economics, financial markets

Career Services

Susan Wade, Director of Career Services

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Office phone: 785.594.8435
Areas of expertise: trends in careers, jobs, internships, graduate surveys

Communication

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

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

Diversity & Inclusion

Teresa L. Clounch, Ed.D., Associate Dean of Students, Director of Diversity and Inclusion

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Office phone: 785.594.8473
Best time to be contacted: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Areas of expertise: diversity and inclusion, student conduct, retention, leadership

Economics

Alan Grant, Ph.D., Professor of Economics

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

Educational Leadership

Susan K. Rogers, Ph.D., Coordinator of PK-12 Doctoral Program

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Office phone: 913.344.1226
Best time to be contacted: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Areas of expertise: educational leadership

Verneda Edwards, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Education

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Office phone: 913.324.1227
Best times to be contacted: 9-4 Monday-Thursday
Areas of expertise: curriculum and instruction, leadership

Tes Mehring, Ph.D., Dean of the School of Education

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Office phone: 913.344.1236
Best time to be contacted: Tuesday or Wednesday
Areas of expertise: higher education

Educational Technology

Marcus D. Childress, Ph.D.; Associate Dean, School of Education; Professor, Director, Ed.D. in Instructional Design and Performance Technology

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Office phone: 913.344.1235
Best time to be contacted: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday
Areas of expertise: education technology, online distance learning

Environment

Roger L. Boyd, Ph.D., Education Coordinator at Baker Wetlands, Emeritus Professor of Biology

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Office phone: 785.424.0595
Cell: 785.424.0595
Areas of expertise: birds, wetlands, wetland restoration, plans, trees, prairie

Fundraising

Amy Piersol, Senior Director of Development

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Office phone: 785.594.7866
Best time to be contacted: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday
Areas of expertise: alumni, development

Health Care

Marlene Eicher, Assistant Professor of Nursing

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Office phone: 785.354.5893
Best time to be contacted: 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Wednesday
Area of expertise: medical-surgical nursing, diabetes management, urgent care

Holiday Rituals

Tim Buzzell, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology

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

Media

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

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Office phone: 785.594.7855
Best time to be contacted: 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 & Wellness

Robyn Long, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Psychology, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Coordinator of Study Abroad

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Office phone: 785.594.8437
Best time to be contacted: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.,  Monday-Friday
Areas of expertise: clinical and counseling psychology, human sexuality, mental illness and wellness, international issues

Politics

Brian D. Posler, Ph.D., Professor of Political Science, Dean of the School of Professional & Graduate Studies, Provost

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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

Sociology

Tim Buzzell, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology

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

Sports Medicine

Lynn Bott, Director of Sports Medicine, Assistant Professor

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Office phone: 785.594.8424
Cell: 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, orientation