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Transformative Learning Staff

Dr. Molly Reynolds

Executive Director of Transformative Learning

Multimodal Communication (MCXC), Areas of Research Interest and Expertise:
  • Instructional & Interpersonal Communication
  • Professional and curriculum development, support, & design
  • First year student retention
  • Tutor training (CRLA)
Molly A. Reynolds is the Executive Director of Transformative Learning and Director of Presentation U!  Before serving as the Executive Director, Molly served as the Faculty Fellows & Student Tutoring coordinator and a faculty lecturer in the Division of Instructional Communication and Research.  Molly completed her PhD in 2013 and has focused her teaching and research on interpersonal and instructional communication. 
 

Rachael Deel

Assistant Director for Presentation U!

Multimodal Communication (MCXC), Areas of Research Interest and Expertise:
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Gender & Education
  • Higher Education Policy
  • Peer tutor training
  • Academic Coaching
Rachael Deel is the Assistant Director for Presentation U!. Prior to this position she served as the Marketing Director for Transformative Learning beginning in 2014. Rachael is a doctoral candidate currently working on her dissertation in the College of Education, Educational Policy Studies and Evaluation Department. Both her Bachelor and Masters Degrees are in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication. 

 

Penny Robinson 

Assistant Director for Academic Preparation and Placement

Areas of Research Interest and Expertise:
  • Developmental education
  • Utilizing an adaptive learning system for math instruction
  • Math anxiety
  • Implementation of emporium model in developmental math program
Penny Robinson is the Assistant Director for Academic Preparation and Placement in the division of Transformative Learning.   Penny brings to  the Transformative Learning  team over 25 years of experience  in various capacities of higher education, including having served as an instructor and coordinator for the Math Academic Preparation Program since its inception in 2011. In addition to her background in developmental education and years of experience teaching mathematics, she also advised undecided and pre-professional students at the University of Kentucky. Penny received her BA in Mathematics from Maryville College in Tennessee and her Master of Science  degree in Mathematics Education with a concentration in Higher Education from the University of Kentucky.

 

Christie Maier

Assistant Director for Peer Tutoring

Peer Leadership, Areas of Research Interest and Expertise:
  • College Student Development
  • Program Administration
  • Peer Tutor Training
  • Academic Coaching
Christie Maier currently serves as the Assistant Director for Peer Tutoring, overseeing the administration of The Study’s Peer Tutoring Program.  Christie joined the team in January 2015, starting as the Program Coordinator, and brought with her extensive experience in peer leadership and a passion of student success.  Christie holds a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Colorado State University and a M.Ed. in Student Affairs and Higher Education from the University of South Carolina.
 

Chance Davenport

Assessment Coordinator

Areas of Research Interest and Expertise:
  • Programmatic Student Learning Outcomes
  • Program Assessment
  • Research Methodology
  • Statistical Analysis
  • Rubric Development and Implementation
  • Instructional Communication; Interpersonal Communication
Chance Davenport is the Assessment Coordinator of Transformative Learning.  Chance joined the Transformative Learning team in May 2015, and is responsible for the assessment of Transformative Learning’s programming and services.  Chance holds an M.A. in Communication (foci in Interpersonal and Instructional) from the University of Kentucky and a B.A. in Communication, minor in Spanish, from the University of Kentucky.
 

Heidi Morrow

Business Officer

HR Policy & Procedures, Areas of Expertise:
  • Organizational Change
  • Business Procedures
  • Payroll
Heidi Morrow is the Business Officer/ HR Specialist for Transformative Learning. Heidi has over 10 years of business and human resource management experience at UK. She received her BBA from UK Gatton College of Business and Economics, in 2004. Her professional interests are organizational change and employee engagement.
 

Morgan McGlynn

Program Coordinator

Morgan McGlynn is the Program Coordinator for Transformative Learning. Morgan has worked various positions within Transformative Learning since January 2014 such as a peer tutor, a marketing intern, and a Student Program Coordinator. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Kentucky in May of 2017.

 

Michael Vallon

AE Web Content Manager (TL LMS/Web Support)

Areas of Research Interest and Expertise:
  • Web Administration and Development
  • Multimedia in Video and Audio
  • Learning Management System Support
Michael Vallon is the AE Web Content Manager under the Office of Strategic Communication and Marketing, and acts as the current LMS Support & Website Admin for Transformative Learning. Mike has also worked with UK ITS, The Graduate School, and Distance Learning. He received his bachelors degree in Philosophy and German from UK in 2013.  
 

Dr. Kathi Kern

Dr. Kathi Kern, an Associate Professor from the Department of History, is an innovator in her own classrooms and brings energy and enthusiasm to the teaching enterprise at UK. She has won UK's Chancellor's Award for Outstanding Teaching (1995), the Alumni Great Teacher Award (2003) and the College of Education's "Teachers Who Make a Difference" Award (2001, 2004). She has authored several successful grants funded through the Teaching American History Grant program of the US Department of Education with awards totaling nearly four million dollars. Professor Kern served as the Stanley Kelley Jr., Visiting Associate Professor for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University in the 2009-2010 academic year.