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At the University of Toledo, being prepared for the future of higher education is key to our long-term success. By advancing and readying our faculty in research, teaching, service, and leadership we advance the mission of the university and ensure UT makes a difference in the lives of people and improves the human condition.  UT has a responsibility to facilitate this by encouraging relevant, accessible, and comprehensive professional development for all faculty around pertinent issues in higher education. The best resources we have, are our own faculty experts.

The Office of the Provost in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and the University Teaching Center is pleased to announce the second year of Future of Higher Education Forums. This program seeks participation and expertise from UT faculty in providing a platform for conversation in various topical areas impacting faculty and student success.

All Sessions are the Third Friday of the Month from 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in Carlson Library, Room 1005, Main Campus


Rapid Response Training: Being Prepared to Respond to Students in Crisis 


NottkeKatrina Nottke

Katrina Nottke is the Interim Director for Title IX and Compliance, a position she has held since November 2018.  Prior to that, Ms. Nottke held the position of Assistant Director, Title IX and Compliance for about 2 years.  Ms. Nottke has been employed at The University of Toledo since February 2012 and has held positions in Finance, Audit and Compliance, and Residence Life.  Ms. Nottke has 15+ years of experience in Internal Audit and Compliance functions, both in the private and public sectors.  Ms. Nottke has received a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from the University of Findlay as well as a Master's Degree in Business Administration, Organizational Leadership from the University of Findlay.

KovachLisa Pescara-Kovach, M.A., Ph.D.

Dr. Lisa Pescara-Kovach is an associate professor of educational psychology at The University of Toledo where she serves as the Director for the Center for Education in Targeted Violence and Suicide and Chair of The University of Toledo Mass Violence Collaborative In addition, she is an advisory board member for the National Behavioral Intervention Team Association (NaBITA) and mass violence-related content creator for the ALICE Training Institute.

Within the community, she has served as the region's Crisis Intervention Team "Fundamentals of Mental Illness" trainer since 2014 and is the co-founder and lead member of the Northwestern Ohio Critical Incident Stress Management team that assists survivors of, and first responders to, critical incidents toward preventing stress- and trauma-related outcomes. She is also on the advisory board of the Lucas County Suicide Prevention Coalition.

She has created and teaches master and doctoral level seminars on: school violence: theories, causes, prevention, and intervention; threat assessment and case management of rampage shootings and suicides; applied child and adolescent development; prevention through recovery for K-12, campus, and workplace interpersonal and intrapersonal violence

Some of her recent publications include "The Contagion Effect as it Relates to Public Mass Shootings and Suicides" in the Journal of Behavioral Intervention Teams as well as a co-authored publication with Dr. Brian Van Brunt titled, "Debunking the Myths: Mental Illness and Mass Shootings" in Violence and Gender. Lisa's work was recently featured on and on the topics of media contagion and female mass killers, respectively.

She was a featured speaker at the 2018 NaBITA annual conference, where she presented "Clearing Up the Confusion: Mental Health and Mass Shootings". She also conducted a presentation on the reality of female mass shooters. Other recent peer-reviewed conference presentations include, but are not limited to, terrorist recruitment of youth, a comprehensive approach to planning for a mass shooting, conducting a behavioral threat assessment, the myth of mental illness and mass shooters, bullying and its link to suicides and homicides, mental health and the student-athlete, recognizing at-risk students, de-escalation with mentally ill students and patients, and PTSD in emergency response personnel.

RominskiDanielle Rominski

Danielle M. Rominski is the Assistant Director of the Center for Student Advocacy and Wellness, a position she has held for the past year.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Communications and Video Production with a specialization in Journalism from Ohio University.  Ms. Rominski has worked in non-profits for more than 20 years; she spent 11 years working in the field of sexual violence in San Antonio and Galveston, Texas.  Ms. Rominski specializes in training professionals about working with victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and facilitating programming on campus.  Ms. Rominski is currently working on her Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

SpannSammy J. Spann, Ph.D.

Sammy Spann has worked in higher education for over eighteen years. Currently, he is the Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at The University of Toledo.  He oversees the Office of Student Conduct, the University Counseling Center, Office of Student Advocacy and Office of Student Involvement and Leadership. He is also the Director of Camp Adventure™, a program integrating learning and service; students serve children of military families overseas. Dr. Spann works closely with several multicultural student organizations on campus as well as mentoring minority students. He holds a Ph.D. in Special Education/Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Toledo, an M. A. in Special Education, Severe Behaviors and Autism from the University of Northern Iowa, and a B. A. in Infant and Child Development from Fort Valley State University. Dr. Spann's publications appeared on Liberian Studies Journal and Focus on Autism and Other Developmental Disabilities. Dr. Spann has traveled to over 60 countries around the globe. Most recently, he was awarded a 2015-2016 Fulbright International Education Administrators grant to Japan.

SullivanLaTasha Sullivan

La Tasha Sullivan, Ph.D. is currently serving as Interim Associate Director at The University of Toledo Counseling Center promoting student wellness. Dr. Sullivan is a recent University of Toledo graduate finishing her doctoral degree in the Counselor Education and Supervision program. Dr. Sullivan has experience in providing mental health counseling and consultation in community and college environments. She is a licensed professional clinical counselor in the state of Ohio and enjoys working with individuals representing various diversity identities.

10/18/19                            Effective Mentorship for Peers and Students 

11/15/19                             Open Source Publishing and Future Directions 

1/17/20                               The Science of Learning: Using Theory to Improve Student Success 

2/21/20                               Gen Z Goes to College: Strategies for Teaching a New Generation 

3/20/20                               Developing Effective Growth Mindset 

4/17/20                               Qualitative Research and Mixed Methods:
                                             Expanding your Research Toolkit for Teaching a New Generation

If you need further information, please contact Dr. Amy Thompson, Interim Associate Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs at























Last Updated: 7/11/19