Michael currently serves as the Director of Student Learning Services at Missouri State University. In that capacity, he is co-director of the Bear CLAW (Center for Learning and Writing), where he is the Director of the Writing Center, providing support for classes, departments, and organizations on all aspects of creative and academic writing. He is also the Director of the Peer Assisted Study Session Program. PASS is designed to assist students in classes where the D, F, or Withdrawal rate is at or around 30%. His unit supports close to forty classes each semester. He is also the Director and creator of the Absent Professor Program, providing effective workshops which focus on student success. In addition, he is Director of the In-School Players. In-School Players are a small cast of Missouri State University students who travel the local elementary school and Springfield Public Library circuit to bring live theater performances to children. Created in the fall of 1984 by Sharon Ellis, the cast consists of eight to twelve members who present roughly 40 performances of stories, poems, and music per school year. It is estimated that the In-School Players Touring Group has entertained over 500,000 children since it was formed. Michael is the editor of the peer-reviewed journal, The Learning Assistance Review, the official education journal of the National College Learning Center Association. Published twice a year, the journal provides articles from learning professionals around the world whose expertise is teaching students how to learn and acquire the knowledge necessary for future employment post-college. He holds Level 4 Certification for Learning Center Leadership, a lifetime certification granted to those in the field of student learning whose work has contributed significantly to development of learning center scholarship. Michael’s work in education has been showcased at dozens of regional, national, and international conferences, where he has spoken on topics such as publishing, creative and academic writing, learning acquisition skills, literature, and more. He was invited to speak at the University of Scotland in Edinburgh, Scotland on study skills for the classroom using a technique he invented to assist students in anticipating and writing test questions for study.
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Level 4 – Lifetime Certification, Learning Center Leadership: The National College Learning Center Association, 2013. “Outstanding Faculty Member Award.” Missouri State University Fraternity and Sorority Life, 2010. “Outstanding Faculty Advisor.” Missouri State University Greek Life, 2009. “Outstanding Faculty Advisor.” Sigma Kappa Sorority. Missouri State University Greek Life, 2008. “Most Inspirational Teacher,” Missouri State University Pan-Hellenic Council, 2006. “Most Supportive Faculty Member,” Missouri State University Pan-Hellenic Council, 2005. Outstanding Sorority Advisor, The Delta Upsilon Chapter of Sigma Kappa, Missouri State University, 2004 – 2005. College Award for Educational Excellence in Teaching, Southwest Missouri State University, 2004.
MFA Creative Nonfiction MA Creative Writing MA Theatre BSed 9-12 Speech, Theatre, English BA Theatre
As a writer, his work can be seen online in the National Gallery of Writing, in the Red Ink Journal, The Moon City Review, and others. During the summer of 2013 he was commissioned by Bluewater Productions to write comic books based on the lives of famous and infamous celebrities, literary figures, and politicians. To date, he has written close to three dozen books and several books on tape for the company. Recently published books include Tribute: Christopher Reeve (with cooperation from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation), Fame: Ian Somerhalder, Fame: Prince (of Prince and the Revolution), Political Power: Chris Christie, and Tribute: Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. Upcoming books include Tribute: Alice Cooper, Fame: Amy Winehouse, Tribute: Doctor Who, Fame: Miley Cyrus, Political Power: Rand Paul Political Power: Hillary Clinton, Tribute: Jerry Garcia, Fame: Selena, and audio adaptations of Beyond: Edward Snowden, Fame: Michael Jackson, Fame: Justin Bieber, and more.