About Us

Our current membership stands at approximately 275 and includes educators and education professionals around the world (we have members on at least 3 different continents). We have been around for about 10 years now, and are happy to share the story of those first 10 years, as published in the IJPE article, "25 Years of Process Education"; CLICK HERE to read the section about the Academy.

We have a strong board and are justifiably proud of the dedication and passion for Process Education these members show. It is our pleasure to share a bit about them. So, without futher ado, here is your current Academy board!

Academy Board Members

  • Joyce Adams



    Joyce Brasfield Adams, a forty plus year veteran educator, ten year neophyte in Process Education, promotes PE as THE tool to increase student success and retention. The belief in process education principles is evident as she teaches student success courses, provides tutoring and supplemental instruction, facilitates Learning to Learn Camps, and mentors faculty and students at Hinds Community College. As a process educator she is a “recovering enabler”!

    Joyce is a former vice president of the National Association for Developmental Education (NADE), a former president of the Mississippi Association of Developmental Education (MADE) and expresses her life’s mission as “making a difference for students in developmental education”. She continues to be very involved in developmental education at the local, state and national level. Joyce holds an ED.S in Education from Mississippi State University and a MA and BA from the University of Alabama...ROLLLLLL TIDE!

  • Mary Moore



    Mary Moore is a Professor of Sociology and Associate Vice President of Accreditation at the University of Indianapolis who holds a PhD in sociology from York University in Canada. Her current areas of administrative experience include assessment of academic and general education programs, program reviews, and institutional accreditation. Her academic expertise includes knowledge of international educational systems beginning with experience as an international student in a Canadian University.

    Mary's research interests are focused on poverty and homelessness, including management of the homeless count for Indianapolis in 1999; service learning in cross-cultural context with international presentations and publications; ethnic studies, including study of the Hispanic community in Indianapolis. As a process educator, her teaching interests include social problems, the family, and sociology of religion.

  • Dan Cordon

    Past President


    Dan Cordon, AKA: Dr. Dan, Clinical Faculty at University of Idaho, Mechanical Engineering. My discipline-specific research area is in the field of internal combustion engines and alternative fuels. However, my deeper passion revolves around teaching, and specifically developing active-learning courses that are interesting and challenging for students, but also creating materials that allow the course to be transferrable to other teachers as well. I was first introduced to Process Education back in 2001 at a Teaching Institute at Western Michigan University. Since then I have been a student and practitioner of PE principles. Two of my favorite PE takeaways that I implement multiple times a semester include: “Exploring the Syllabus” Activity, and Mid-Course Assessment.

  • Matthew Watts



    Matt Watts is an Assistant Professor in Mathematics, at Tidewater Community College. His research and areas of interest focus on the learning process, activity design, OERs, and computational mathematics. Having been a process educator for two years now, Matt counts assessment and team roles among his favorite teaching tactics.

  • Elizabeth Mahaffey

    Finance Officer


    Dr. Elizabeth (Libby) Mahaffey is Dean, Nursing and Allied Health, at Hinds Community College in Jackson, Mississippi. Libby has worked at Hinds for 33 years, teaching for 22 years in the Associate Degree Nursing program. Dr. Mahaffey has administrative responsibility for twelve nursing and allied health programs, and for the operation of the Jackson Campus – Nursing/Allied Health Center.

    Dr. Mahaffey received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Mississippi College, a Master of Science in Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing with a Cross-Cultural Emphasis and Teaching Role from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Adult Education from the University of Southern Mississippi.

    Dr. Mahaffey is active in numerous professional organizations. A previous president of the National Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, Dr. Mahaffey remains active in the state and national organization, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the N-OADN Foundation. Dr. Mahaffey is a program evaluator for the Accreditation Commission on Education in Nursing (formerly National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission) where she served on the Board of Commissioners from 2006-2012 and was chair of the Board of Commissioners from 2009-2012. Dr. Mahaffey serves on several governing boards including foundation, long-term care, hospital and professional organizations. Libby has also served on several national consortiums involving nursing education, practice, and regulation.

    After her initial introduction to Process Education, Dr. Mahaffey led in the pilot of a Learning to Lean Camp for students who were unsuccessful and ineligible to return to their nursing or allied health program of study. This program has been very successful with more than 60% of participants returning and completing their program of study.

  • Peter Smith



    Peter Smith, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Science, Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, IN. I retired from teaching in 2002, but continued to write modules for the Faculty Guidebook and articles in IJPE on facilitation, quality learning environments, challenging students, and reflection vs. self assessment. I first attended a teaching institute in 1992 and immediately converted all my courses to align them with the Process Education philosophy of education. Things were rocky at first, but after a couple of years I was successful in getting the students to read the material before class and engage in enrichment activities during class.

  • Teressa Taylor



    Teressa Taylor is the University Liaison for the Early College High School program located on the campus of North Carolina Central University. She is the academic advisor and registrar for the high school students enrolling in college courses. Ms. Taylor is one of the First Year Seminar instructors. Teressa holds a Master's in Education from Arkansas State University and is currently working on an Instructional Leadership (higher education concentration) doctoral degree.

  • Bob Wieman



    Dr. Robert Wieman, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Math & Computer Science at Virginia State University. His areas of scholarly interest include games, granular materials, and pedagogy.

  • Arlene King-Berry



    Arlene King-Berry is Professor of Special Education at University of the District of Columbia, where she also serves as Chair of the Faculty Senate and of the Institutional Review Board. She is a dynamic educator, lawyer, writer, Principal Investigator for federal and local grants, with 25+ years of organizational, instructional, business management experience. A seasoned conference presenter, King-Berry has made national and international presentations in venues such as the Oxford Roundtable, Oxford England; the Howard University Scientific Symposium, Bahia, Brazil; and the USDOE Special Education Conference, Washington DC. She is actively engages in scholarly publication: Allyn and Bacon published her Special Education Law Manual and she has published in peer reviewed journals (e.g.,Journal of Negro Education and Black History Bulletin).

  • Josh Hill



    Josh Hill has been teaching at what is now Middle Georgia State University for the past eight years. Initially, he was solely teaching Learning Support classes in Reading and English, but as our institution grew and merged with another, he has transitioned into traditional freshman composition courses as well as my LS classes. He volunteers several hours a week at the campus Writing Center, and maintains an active presence at a variety of student athletic events, musical performances, and art showings at the local gallery. When not teaching, he enjoys time with his wife (who also teaches at MGA) and their two daughters. He is a passionate reader, a huge science fiction and fantasy nerd, and an excellent cook.

  • Masila Mutisya

    Membership Chair


    Philliph "Masila" Mutisya holds an Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership in Education, with a concentration on Curriculum and Development in Multicultural/Bilingual Education, from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. The courses he currently teaches include: Human Growth and Development, Diversity, Pedagogy and Social Change, Multiculturalism & practice of Schooling, Applied Research Techniques, Introduction to Educational Psychology, and Foundations of Educational Psychology.

    His current research focuses on Integrating Culture and Identity in Teaching and learning, Academic Freedom as Empowerment Process to Reclaim Professorship Prestige, shared governance as a Tool to Empower Faculty in Higher Education, and application of Process Education Philosophy in teaching and learning.

    Masila's areas of specialty include research in Diversity and Multicultural education/Character Education, and Training and Development in Domestic and International Education.

    He was the recipient of the Fayetteville State University Teacher of the Year Award for 1998/99. It is his belief that future of our nation and of the world, rests with the teachers of tomorrow, and the teachers of tomorrow need to support, guide, and challenge students in a way that will ensure their ability to apply and transfer their knowledge to ever-changing challenges. For teachers to be able to do this they must be well-grounded in their educational philosophy, which is the basis for educational theory.

  • To Be Appointed

    Marketing Chair


    Content coming soon!

  • Patrick Barlow

    Professional Development Director


    William Patrick Barlow recently retired as director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning for Madison Area Technical College. While there, he supported 3000 full and part-time faculty in their person pursuit of professional development and advised the college leadership to develop college-wide training. He continues to teach as an adjunct faculty member and present workshops on teaching and learning.

    He has been a faculty member in Speech and Theater at Madison College for 13 years. He has produced and directed over 175 productions serving as the artistic director of the theater production program. Before that, he was a high school theater/speech teacher and director and forensics coach in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

  • Dan Apple

    2017 PE Conference Co-Chair


    Dan Apple, president of Pacific Crest, has spent the last 25 years visiting more than 1,000 college campuses, facilitating more than 700 workshops and institutes with nearly 20,000 faculty. He has worked to help colleges transform their culture to increase student success.

    The cornerstone of this effort is to help Process Education to become the predominant educational philosophy and through Learning to Learn Camps, illustrate what is possible for helping all faculty and students to excel. The publishing that Pacific Crest has done produced models of learning to learn, self-growth, and best practices for learner-centered education.

  • Steve Beyerlein

    2017 PE Conference Co-Chair


    Dr. Steve Beyerlein is professor and chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Idaho. He is also the coordinator of the interdisciplinary capstone design program in the College of Engineering which annually involves 25 to 30 external sponsors and approximately 150 students from biological engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. His reserach focuses on design pedagogy and assessment of professional development embedded within project learning. He was one of the directors of the Faculty Guidebook project, is a past president of the Academy and is an active contributor to the editorial board of the IJPE.

  • Tris Utschig

    Conference Assessment


    Tris Utschig joined Kennesaw State University in July of 2016 as Associate Director for Learning Sciences in CETL and also Associate Professor of Nuclear Engineering. He is located on the Marietta campus where he develops workshops, facilitates learning communities, and consults with faculty about bringing a scholarly approach to their teaching and learning innovations. He also brings significant expertise in helping faculty to assess the impact of their pedagogical choices on student learning outcomes. From 2006-2014, he served as Assistant Director for the Scholarship and Assessment of Teaching and Learning in the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at Georgia Tech. From 2014-2106 Tris served as Assistant Director for the Office of Assessment at Georgia Tech. Throughout his time at Georgia Tech Tris taught courses for nuclear and mechanical engineering. As an instructor Tris twice won the Class of 1940 Course Survey Teaching Effectiveness Award, and in 2015 he won the Georgia Tech Curriculum Innovation Award for his implementation of the Team-Based Learning approach in a senior-level nuclear engineering course. Tris is the former President of the Academy of Process Educators, and current President of the US Monitoring Committee for the International Society for Engineering Pedagogy. He has regularly published and presented work on a variety of topics including assessment instruments and methodologies, using technology in the classroom, faculty development in instructional design, instructor-to-instructor peer coaching, universal design for learning, and more.

  • Kathy Burke

    Editor, IJPE


    A past president of the Academy of Process Educators, Kathy Burke holds a PhD in Economics from Stony Brook University and is currently a Professor of Economics and the Economics Department Chair at SUNY Cortland. Her professional interests include salary inequity and gender issues, regional economic development, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. As a process educator, Kathy implements many PE practices in her courses on economic statistics, mathematical economics, economics of the firm, and econometrics.

  • Denna Hintze



    With a B.A. in Linguistics and an M.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies (Philosophy of Science), but academic burnout from teaching long before even thinking about a PhD (she started working as a TA while still a sophomore), Denna Hintze is a self-taught web and graphic designer who lucked into a career in pedagogy and Process Education by working as a publishing contractor for Pacific Crest. She has had the fantastic fortune to have been taught by and exposed to some of the finest minds out there (including one of Noam Chomsky's ex-TAs) and as a result of this, plus her natural inclination, tends to see the world as her intellectual smorgasbord. She is currently considering getting a second Master's -- in mathematics. She loves football (the European kind that Americans call "soccer"), science fiction, wandering through nature, and stirring up killer Tikka Masala. Nowdays, she lives in Kolbu, Norway, a small town about 120 km north of Oslo.

Process Education integrates many different educational theories, processes, and tools in emphasizing the continuous development of learning skills through the use of assessment principles in order to produce learner self-development.