Derek has been the Assistant Director of UAS since May 2014 after having been the Coordinator since November 2010. Derek is an Illinois State University alumnus who completed a B.S. in Psychology (with Departmental Honors) and an M.S. in Psychology (specializing in both developmental psychology and quantitative psychology); currently, he is a doctoral student in the School of Teaching and Learning. Prior to becoming the UAS Coordinator, Derek spent two-and-a-half years as a Graduate Assistant in UAS and in the Department of Psychology, where he assisted with an undergraduate personality course (PSY 233), taught lab sections of undergraduate statistics (PSY 138) and research methods (PSY 231) courses, and taught an undergraduate course in adult development and aging (PSY 303) twice. After completing his master's degree, Derek became a Lecturer, and now is an Instructional Assistant Professor, in the Department of Psychology and has taught courses on educational psychology (PSY 215), adult development and aging (PSY 303), and research methods in developmental psychology (PSY 331.01). Derek has presented at local, regional, and national/international conferences, including the annual CTLT Teaching & Learning Symposium, the NCA Higher Learning Commission's (HLC) Annual Conference, and the Association for Institutional Research's (AIR) Annual Forum.
Emmalie started as Office Manager for UAS in November 2011. She is an Illinois State alumna who graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and also has an endorsement in Special Education. She lives in Normal with her three children, Brendan, Collin and Danielle, her dog Piglet, and her two cats, Cougar and Joules. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her children and working on her house.
Ryan joined ISU in July 2011, and lives in Bloomington with his wife, Angie (a pharmacist at ISU). He enjoys spending time with his two kids, cycling, and the KC Royals. Ryan's favorite books are My Antonia by Willa Cather, War & Peace by Leo Tolstoy and The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri. Ryan received his B.A. degree in Art History & Archaeology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, M.S.E. from Drake University, and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where his dissertation examined the economic impact of students who attend out-of-state institutions. He also worked as an admissions counselor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, as a graduate assistant in Financial Aid at Drake University, and as a graduate assistant in Financial Aid and in Planning & Budgeting at the University of Illinois-Urbana/Champaign. Ryan’s research has been published in journals such as the Journal of Education Finance and New Directions for Community Colleges. Links of interest: