In this newly created position, Michels will oversee a University-wide assessment committee dedicated to improving teaching and learning continuously through the use of evidence-based assessment tools.
A specialist in political theory with two peer-reviewed books and numerous scholarly articles to his credit, Michels joined the SHU faculty in the College of Arts & Sciences in 2002. He served most recently as an associate professor of political science and also has directed the Thomas More Honors Program, served on several core curriculum implementation committees and attended conferences on teaching and assessment.
Michels won SHU awards for teaching and scholarship in 2013, and he received the 2015 Faculty Excellence Award from University College. He previously held teaching positions at Southern Connecticut State University, Loyola University in Chicago and Concordia University.
Michels’ responsibilities as director include working with all SHU colleges and programs on improving and streamlining their use of evidence; working with other offices and staff around the University that support student learning; documenting assessment efforts and writing accreditation reports. His new office is in the McLeod Center for Interactive Learning in the Martire Business & Communications Center.
“This new position shows how committed the University is to its students,” Michels said as he took on his new role. “I’m excited about the opportunity to work with my colleagues — who are such great teachers — on how we might improve our craft. There is so much good work already going on at the University. My primary task will be to integrate it and make it more efficient.”
Laura Niesen de Abruna, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, said, “I am confident that under Steven’s leadership, the committee will successfully manage our assessment methods across all of our six Colleges.”
Michels completed his doctorate in political science at Loyola University in Chicago. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Eastern Michigan University and his master’s at the University of Georgia, Athens.