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2021 Faculty Retreat Schedule

University of Louisville Founders Union Conference Center
450 N. Hurstbourne Pkwy, Louisville 40222

Dress & Masks
Dress is business casual, but attendees who bring a can of food for the food drive or make a $2 donation may wear jeans.  Masks will be required indoors and during the sessions but will not be required outside for the Faculty Showcase. For those who forget, masks will be provided onsite.

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2021 Faculty Retreat Schedule





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Welcome and Opening Remarks

Ballroom A/B

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9:00 - 9:50

Session 1A

Retention Effort for 2020 and Beyond

Tim Swenson and Nina Martinez


Ballroom A/B

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9:00 - 9:50 

Session 1B

How We Move Forward: Faculty Collaboration and the Library

Amie Baltes, Jody Ford, and Kandace Rogers


Ballroom C

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9:00 - 9:50

Session 1C

Building Better Assessments

Sarah Rake, Kimberly Daugherty, and Ben Stephens


Room 201

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10:00 - 10:50 

Session 2A

The PEACE Model of Conflict Management, Compassion, and Forgiveness

Kimberly Castle, Becky Sams, and LaVena Wilkin


Ballroom A/B

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10:00 - 10:50

Session 2B

Copyright for Sullivan Classrooms

Jackie Young


Ballroom C

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10:00 - 10:50

Session 2C

Delivering Peer Feedback to Learners with Microsoft Power Automate

Ben Stephens, Kimberly Daugherty, and Sarah Raake


Room 201

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11:00 - 11:50

Showcase of Faculty Talents and Interests

Various Locations

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12:00 - 1:30


Remarks by Chancellor Sullivan, President Marr and Provost Lawrence

Faculty of the Year Presentation


Ballroom A/B

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1:30 - 2:00

RISE to the Top with Articulate

Jeff Corkran, Peggy Muller, and Anthony Piña


Ballroom A/B

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2:00 - 2:30 

Cannabis, Hemp & CDB: Dispelling the Myths

Kathy Sanders and Jodi Scholes


Ballroom A/B

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2:30 - 2:45


2:45 - 3:45

All Faculty Discussion: That STILL Works for Me

Ballroom A/B

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Closing Remarks 

Ballroom A/B

Session Abstracts



Amie Baltes

Amie Baltes joined Sullivan University in 2012. Her primary liaison responsibilities are to the College of Nursing and College of Allied Health. She earned her Master of Library Science at Indiana University Bloomington and her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Cornell College. Her professional interests include health literacy, evidence-based practice, public health, information literacy, and curriculum-based instruction. Librarianship is Ms. Baltes’ second career. She uses knowledge and skills gained from working in the social services field for nearly a decade to enhance and inform library services and resources. When not at the library, you can find Amie hiking, birding, consignment shopping, practicing yoga, and petting all the dogs. She also volunteers with the Kentucky Refugee Ministries and Louisville Metro Animal Services.  


Dr. Kimberly Castle

Dr. Kimberly Castle is the owner, director of The Appalachian Peace Center, a mediation, and consulting Center since 2008. She is a full time Graduate School Faculty member at Sullivan University. Previously, she taught at three universities--The University of Pikeville, University of the Cumberlands, and Sullivan University, where she taught management and conflict management courses for their Graduate programs.

She specializes in conflict management, mediation, high conflict divorces, and domestic violence. Dr. Castle has authored “Motivation of a Workplace Bully” (2017) and “Divorce Bullying – An Epidemic” (2018) (the latter using the penname Twiggy Bean, PhD). She has written articles for her local newspaper, The Winchester Sun, and she writes and hosts various trainings. In addition, she is available as a keynote speaker for many topics. She recently contributed two chapters in two edited books as a guest author (one published in 2020 and one to be published later in 2021).

Dr. Castle focused her doctoral research on the motivation of a workplace bully and works professionally with perpetrators of bad behaviors in a variety of situations, personal and professional. She conducts seminars and workshops, and she teaches the skills to change and motivates clients to seek change. Her philosophy is that “Our mistakes do not define us – it is our changes that will be remembered.”


Jeff Corkran

Jeff Corkran has been an Instructional Designer with Sullivan University since May of 2012. Prior to joining SU, he spent 20 years in the US Army, primarily in training and development, followed by 11 years as a trainer and coordinator with KCTCS, and operated his own training and consulting company. Jeff earned his BA in Psychology at the University of Alabama and his M.Ed. in Occupational Training and Development at University of Louisville.


Dr. Kimberly K. Daugherty

Dr. Kimberly K. Daugherty obtained her B.S. degree from Milligan College in 1995 (magna cum laude), and her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Kentucky in 2000 (summa cum laude). Dr. Daugherty previously was faculty with the School of Pharmacy at Ferris State University. She has been very active in areas of publication, presentation and research, where she has over 40 publications. Dr. Daugherty has been involved in national leadership serving as the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy (AACP) Assessment Sig Chair as well as several state leadership positions such as Education Committee chair for the Michigan Pharmacists Association and Kentucky Society of Health System Pharmacists board member.

Her awards include the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary’s Award in 2004, the 2006 National Associates Competition of the American College of Physicians, and the AACP Assessment SIG Collaborative Publication Award for 2019 and 2020. 


Jody Ford

Jody Ford is the Electronic Resources Librarian at Sullivan University Louisville campus. She has worked in the Sullivan Library since September 2017. She earned her Master of Science in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and her undergraduate degree in English Literature at Taylor University.


Nina Martinez

Nina Martinez, the Vice President of Enrollment Management, earned her MBA from Sullivan University. In her role, she oversees the operations of Admissions, Financial Planning, Marketing and Student Success Center and partners across the university to lead and support the overall enrollment strategy and execution. She has been with Sullivan University since 2000 and is passionate about student success, inclusive leadership, and talent development.


Peggy Storm Muller

Peggy Storm Muller has been an instructional Designer with Sullivan University since November of 2008. Before joining Sullivan, Peggy worked for Kindred Health Care, Savanah College of Art and Design, the Kentucky Department of Adult Education, and the University of Louisville. It was her background as an entrepreneur along with her experience in training and project management that led her to Louisville KY, where Peggy earned her BS in Occupational Training and Development and her MEd in Instructional Technology from the University of Louisville. She also earned a Master's in Conflict Management from Sullivan. In addition to creating courses, Peggy is also an adjunct faculty member. 


Dr. Anthony PiƱa

Dr. Anthony Piña is Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning. He received undergraduate and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University, did post-graduate work at Arizona State University, and completed his doctorate at La Sierra University. He also earned a post-doc master’s from Sullivan University. Tony has taught at middle and high schools, community colleges, and public and private universities. He has been a consultant to Fortune 500 corporations, small businesses, local government agencies, non-profit organizations, the U.S. Department of Defense, and numerous educational institutions across the country.

Tony has published 6 books and more than 75 academic publications on online/distance education, educational technology and management education. He is co-editor of a book series on educational technology leadership with Brill Publishing. Tony serves as one of 14 members of the Peer Review Advisory Board for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). 


Dr. Sarah E. Raake

Dr. Sarah E. Raake obtained her Bachelor of Science in secondary education from Indiana University Southeast (New Albany, IN) and her Doctor of Pharmacy from the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (Louisville, KY). Upon graduation with her Doctorate, she completed a PGY-1 Pharmacy Practice Residency with a focus in ambulatory care. Given a passion for instructional design and evaluation, Sarah continued her education, attaining a Master’s in Education with a focus in Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University (Bloomington, IN).

Sarah currently practices in ambulatory care pharmacy at the Center for Health & Wellness at Sullivan University. Her professional interests include authentic clinical assessments and instructional design. Sarah’s clinical interests include general ambulatory care with a focus on primary disease prevention and diabetes. On a personal note, Sarah lives on a working, 80-acre family farm in Southern Indiana.


Kandace Rogers

Kandace Rogers is the Library Director at Sullivan University’s Lexington campus.  She obtained her Master of Library Science degree from the University of Kentucky and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Centre College.  Her library career began at the Lexington Public Library and has included service for two private law firm libraries, University of Kentucky Libraries and two years at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies & Research in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Ms. Rogers is a past President of the Kentucky Library Association and is currently serving a three-year appointment as Treasurer.  She is also a member of the American Library Association and the Association of College & Research Libraries.  She is a past member of American Association of Law Librarians, Special Library Association and is a graduate of the Bluegrass Higher Education Consortium Academic Leadership Academy.   


Kathy Sanders

Kathy Sanders, has over 28 years of experience, dedicating her life to promote community health for individuals, families and communities throughout Appalachia and the US.  In 2018, Kathy left her position at the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KY DPH) to work on the family farm. At the KY DPH she led the Adult Viral Hepatitis Program, a statewide program that focused on the coordination of activities directed toward the prevention of infectious diseases in adults.  She was instrumental in working with leaders to change KY laws and regulations, establishing the KHAMP and US-HAMP programs, the Kentucky Annual Viral Hepatitis Symposium, and HCV-related public health announcements featuring national experts from across the country. 

Kathy has been successful in her prevention work in policy, programming and collaborating. Kathy is a partner at Green Sunshine LLC, a company that specializes in education on the therapeutic benefits of CBD Massage Therapy and offers a monthly subscription of specially formulated CBD massage oil/ essential oil combinations with weekly massage instructions/ techniques to members.  

She is the President of Port Royal Plants, LLC. the family-owned hemp farming, manufacturing and processing company located on Carpenters Lane in Port Royal, Kentucky.  In addition, she currently serves as the Secretary of the Kentucky Hemp Farmers Association. Kathy holds a BSN from the University of Nebraska and a MSN in Community Health Nursing from the University of Kentucky.


Jodi Scholes

Jodi Scholes is an expert on massage therapy with over 28 years-experience. Jodi’s expertise with a focus on healing pain and the biopsychosocial connection; public speaker, educator and workshop leader able to effectively communicate with a variety of audiences including healthcare professionals. Jodi is a successful entrepreneur with a demonstrated track record of establishing strategic business and community partnerships.


Chef Becky Sams

Chef Becky Sams, CWPC, CHE, is the Program Director for the Baking and Pastry Arts department within the College of Hospitality Studies. She has been with Sullivan University since 2003 and currently specializes in Artisan Breads. Before returning to Sullivan as a faculty member, Chef Sams created, owned and operated Divinity Catering, specializing in fine desserts. She has spent over 25 years in the hospitality industry. Highlights of her career include representing Sullivan University during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, China and 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada as the lead pastry chef. Chef Sams is a member of The American Culinary Federation, The Bread Bakers Guild of America, Women Chefs and Restaurateurs and Les Dames d’Escoffier. She is a new student mentor and a member of the Baking and Pastry Advisory Board. 


Ben Stephens

Ben Stephens is an educator with over a decade of experience incorporating technology into the learning process. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Mild Interventions from the University of Indianapolis. He has taught with Carmel Clay Schools in Indiana and Jefferson County Public Schools in Kentucky. While, teaching with JCPS he earned a master’s degree (M.Ed.) at the University of Louisville in Instructional Technology. He is now working as the Instructional Support Specialist for the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, while working on his Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) in Instructional Systems Technology through Indiana University.


Dr. Tim Swenson

Dr. Tim Swenson, the Associate Provost and Executive Dean of the College of Business and Technology, earned his Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from Bellarmine University and completed his Doctorate from Argosy University. He is also a Certified Management Accountant and is in his 27th year with Sullivan University. In addition to Sullivan University, Dr. Swenson has taught at Virginia Commonwealth University and Bellarmine University. He has been the Associate Provost since 2012 and is passionate about helping students pave their path for success.


Dr. LaVena Wilkin

Dr. LaVena Wilkin is the Dean of PhD Programs at Sullivan University. Before joining Sullivan, she spent twenty-six years in the construction industry, and three of those years she co-owned a masonry sub-contracting company. Dr. Wilkin has facilitated workshops on communication, conflict, emotional intelligence, forgiveness, P.E.A.C.E. from Conflict, and workplace bullying for the Center for Non Profit Excellence, The Archdiocese of Louisville, Integrating Women Leaders, FireKing, Governor's Equal Employment Opportunity Annual Conference, the Academic Leadership Academy, the Society for Strategic Human Resources Managers, Unity of East Louisville, Duke Energy, and several other organizations. She also created a basic conflict management course for the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

Dr. Wilkin contributed a chapter in The Handbook of Mediation: Research, Theory, and Practice. She is also co-editor of a book entitled Organizational Conflicts: Challenges and Solutions. She is the Editor for the Journal of Conflict Management, a scholarly journal that publishes research in many of the multidisciplinary areas of managing conflicts. She co-edited a book, entitled From Discord to Harmony: Making the Workplace Hum, which was published in March 2020. In addition, her latest project, The Handbook of Organizational Conflict Management, should be available through De Gruyter Publishing in February 2022. She is a certified mediator, conflict coach and employee engagement facilitator.

She earned her PhD in Conflict and Analysis and Resolution from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, and her dissertation topic was workplace bullying in academe. She is the Vice-President emeritus for the Board of Directors at Unity of East Louisville. Additionally, she previously served on the Board of Directors for the Society for the Prevention and Aggression Among Adolescence (SPAVA).


Dr. Jackie Young

Dr. Jackie Young is the Sr. Director of University Libraries and has been with Sullivan since January 2020. She has been in the library biz for 26 years with previous positions at Stephens College and Spalding University. She received B.S. and M.A. degrees in history from Northwest Missouri State University, a master’s degree in Library and Information Science from University of Missouri-Columbia and earned her doctorate in Leadership Education from Spalding University.