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HELP Faculty Bios

Dr. Katherine Rose Adams

Program Director

I joined UNG and the Higher Education Leadership & Practice (HELP) program in fall 2018, after working at UGA for 14 years in graduate advising and program development. I happily took on the role of the HELP program coordinator in summer 2019. Like many of our students, I worked full-time while pursuing all of my degrees, and incorporate adult learning strategies, such as practical application and empathy into my course design and program development. I teach coursework on higher education trends, higher education leadership theory, advanced qualitative research, student affairs administration and leadership, and law and ethics in higher education.

I am a quad-dawg from UGA obtaining a BS in Psychology, GC in Interdisciplinary Qualitative Research Methodology, MEd in Human Resources/Occupational Development, and a PhD in Adult Education. My research interests are in the areas of boundary spanning, higher education consolidation, community engagement, Generation Z, college homelessness, and student research communication. I am the book review editor for the Journal of Community Engagement & Scholarship, and enjoy writing for publication and presentations. I have been married for over two decades, and have a 6’6” son who is a Montessori Pre-K teacher. I am an avid trivia player and love horror movies.


Dr. Michael Lanford

Assistant Professor

As a newly hired Assistant Professor of Higher Education at UNG, I teach classes on research methods, globalization, organizational change and reform, and support for underrepresented students. Before arriving at UNG, I earned my Ph.D. in Urban Education Policy from the University of Southern California and was a postdoctoral research associate for two years in the Pullias Center for Higher Education. My research explores the social and cultural dimensions of education, with a specific focus on equity, international higher education, institutional innovation, and the workforce of the twenty-first century. Apart from teaching and researching, I love mentoring first-generation students, playing piano and drums, and traveling to other countries.


Dr. Robert Michael

Dean Emeritus

Bob Michael retired as the Associate Vice Chancellor of Educator Preparation and Policy for the University System of Georgia, working with the public colleges and educational agencies to develop policies and innovations supporting educator preparation programs. Previously, Bob was the Dean of the College of Education at the University of North Georgia, working with colleagues to develop several innovative programs, including the first Early Childhood and Special Education dual major undergraduate degree in Georgia, two-year placement programs for pre-service teachers, an alternative teacher certification program, and international exchanges for students and faculty. Bob also worked at Valdosta State University and Georgia State University; he began his education career as a middle grades language arts and science teacher.

Bob’s research interests include teacher and leader preparation, organizational change, and educational policy and partnerships.

HELP Faculty

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