Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs

The Office of Academic Affairs provides administrative oversight and academic leadership essential to achieving excellence in teaching and learning, innovative instruction, and resource allocation.

Serving as the chief academic officer, the senior vice president works closely with the deans of the colleges/schools on the planning, developing, implementation, and evaluation of ATSU’s programs. The senior vice president also has the responsibility of making final recommendations to the president with regard to the establishment of new academic programs, academic policies and procedures, and educational standards for both faculty and students.

The office oversees faculty and student resources such as the A.T. Still Memorial Library, Continuing Education, Interprofessional Education and Collaboration, Teaching and Learning Center, the National Center for American Indian Health Professions, and Aging Studies.

Should you have questions, please email academicaffairs@atsu.edu.

  • Administration and staff +

    • Norman Gevitz Norman Gevitz, PhD
      Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs

      ​Norman Gevitz, PhD, is A.T. Still University’s senior vice president, academic affairs. Dr. Gevitz earned a BA and an MA in political science from New York University and a PhD in sociology from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining ATSU, he was professor of history and sociology of medicine, Department of Family Medicine, at New York Institute of Technology, New York College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he also served as director of the Academic Medicine Scholars program and associate director of the Health Policy Fellowship certificate program.

      Dr. Gevitz served as co-director of the undergraduate Rehabilitation Counseling program at the Illinois Institute of Technology and as director of the Medical Humanities program within the Department of Medical Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. He served for 12 years as chair of the Department of Social Medicine at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

      Dr. Gevitz is the author of the book entitled “The DOs: Osteopathic Medicine in America,” published by John Hopkins University Press. He is the editor of two other books.

      Dr. Gevitz has obtained grants from the National Institutes of Health (Library of Medicine), the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the U.S. Department of Education. He has received seven honorary doctorates and public service awards for his activities related to the osteopathic medical profession.

      Ann M. BoyleAnn M. Boyle, DMD, MA
      Associate Vice President for Academic Innovation

      Ann M. Boyle, DMD, MA, is associate vice president for academic innovation for A.T. Still University (ATSU). Dr. Boyle received her DMD degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University after completing her BA in English at Case Western Reserve University. Immediately following dental school she completed a general practice residency at Hackensack Hospital in New Jersey and later earned an MA in educational psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

      Prior to joining ATSU, Dr. Boyle served as interim provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Southern Illinois University (SIU) Edwardsville from 2011-14 and as dean of the SIU School of Dental Medicine from 2002-11. She’s also held appointments at Case Western Reserve University School of Dentistry and Fairleigh Dickinson University College of Dental Medicine.

      Over her teaching career, Dr. Boyle received six awards for teaching excellence. She was awarded fellowships in the American College of Dentists, the International College of Dentists, and the Pierre Fauchard Academy. She is an elected member of three honor societies and was selected as the 2007 recipient of the Thaddeus V. Weclew Memorial Award by the Illinois Section of the International College of Dentists.

      Dr. Boyle has received research grants; published a variety of chapters, articles, and abstracts on dental topics; and presented numerous continuing education courses, workshops, and presentations on restorative dentistry, dental ethics, and dental education issues across the United States. She served as a dental accreditation site visitor for 14 years and as a consultant on dental accreditation, curricular, and clinical issues for a large number of U.S. dental schools. In addition to her educational and administrative activities, she also maintained a private practice in general dentistry for more than 20 years

      Leonard Goldstein Leonard B. Goldstein, DDS, PhD
      Assistant Vice President for Clinical Education Development

      Leonard B. Goldstein, DDS, PhD, serves as A.T. Still University’s assistant vice President for clinical education development. Dr. Goldstein earned his doctor of dental surgery degree from Case Western Reserve University and his PhD from the City University of Los Angeles. Immediately following dental school, Dr. Goldstein served in the U.S. Army as a captain in the Dental Corps during the Vietnam conflict.

      Prior to joining ATSU, Dr. Goldstein was the director of clinical education and associate professor of family medicine at the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine from 2005-2014. He was the co-author of NYITCOM’s Accelerated Family Medicine/DO Residency Continuum program, as well as the co-author of the HRSA grant that supported the program. He also wrote and ushered four master’s degree programs for NYITCOM through the NYS Education Department for approval. Prior to that, he was the assistant dean for graduate program development at the Touro College School of Health Sciences from 2000-2005. At Touro, he wrote and directed the nation’s first Master of Science in Forensic Examination program.

      Dr. Goldstein has been awarded Fellowship in the International College of Dentists, the Pierre Fauchard Academy, and the American College of Acupuncture. He is a Diplomate of the American College of Forensic Dentistry, and the American Academy of Pain Management. He has authored or co-authored over 60 published scientific articles in peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Goldstein maintained a private dental practice for over 30 years, as well as directing a hospital-based multi-specialty facial pain center.

      Rebecca Richardson Rebecca Richardson
      Senior Executive Assistant, Arizona campus

      Rebecca “Becky” Richardson joined A.T. Still University in May 2007 as the executive assistant to the dean of the new School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. She joined the University’s newly formed Office of Academic Affairs in July 2010 as the senior executive assistant on the Mesa campus. Becky has a bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix.

      Dawn Shaffer Dawn Shaffer
      Senior Executive Assistant, Missouri campus

      As senior executive assistant, Dawn assists Dr. Norman Gevitz, senior vice president, Academic Affairs; Matthew Heeren, vice president and general counsel; Dr. Michael McManis, vice president of planning and assessment; and Clint Normore, director of diversity.

      Dawn attended Drake University and Coe College and has a bachelor of arts in English. Her background includes 11 years as a paralegal, and four years in the president’s office at Truman State University working with the university general counsel.

  • Reporting units +

    • Aging Studies Project – A University-wide program that provides outreach to community elders and service agencies to enhance knowledge and understanding of care of older adults.

      A.T. Still Memorial Library – Available to residential and online students, the library’s online full-text collections include tens of thousands full-text journals, more than 6,000 online reference works and textbooks, and several of the top point-of-care products.

      Continuing Education – Supports each ATSU school, its students, and the professional community to fulfill their potential throughout their careers to improve patient care and well-being.

      Interprofessional Education and Collaboration – Develops educational opportunities for students across the University to work collaboratively with other health professions and to improve teamwork skills and quality of care for patients.

      National Center for American Indian Health Professions – Works to help Native students become healthcare professionals and leaders within American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

      Teaching and Learning Center – Currently under development, the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) will further the academic goals specified in the Strategic Plan to develop ATSU as a “learning-centered” university. The director will work collaboratively with the university library, academic technologies, the interprofessional education and collaboration center, and the writing center to promote new pedagogical methods and supporting technology to enhance both residential and online teaching and learning.

      Schools and Colleges

      Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health – Prepares dental students with a strong foundation of critical inquiry, evidence-based practice, research, cultural competency, an orientation to prevention, and interdisciplinary healthcare experiences.

      Arizona School of Health Sciences – Offering a variety of accredited master of science, doctoral, and online programs, the School is committed to educating and preparing its students to practice at the forefront of a dynamic healthcare system.

      College of Graduate Health Studies – Educates and prepares healthcare professionals with management and administrative online healthcare degrees for a variety of settings.

      Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine – Educates students to become osteopathic physicians and related health professionals and to preserve and advance osteopathic principles, practice, and philosophy.

      Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health – Prepares students to become leaders in dentistry who have an in-depth understanding of and a desire to serve populations in need.

      School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona – Unique curriculum and teaching methods emphasize cutting-edge technology and individualized, active, and self-directed learning. In addition, students spend three of their four years training in community health centers located across the country.

  • Reporting unit leaders +

    • Michael Creedon, DSW, MSW, BA
      Chair, Aging Studies Project​

      Michael Creedon, DSW, MSW, BA, is chair of A.T. Still University’s Aging Studies Project. He also serves as a visiting professor of social work and gerontology at the National University of Ireland in Cork, Ireland, and president of The Creedon Group in Vienna, Va. He earned his DSW from the University of Maryland, MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University, and BA in philosophy and theology from All Hallows College, Dublin, Ireland.

      Prior to his current role at ATSU, Dr. Creedon served as professor and chair of geriatric health management through the School of Health Management. He also served as a coordinator for the Certificate Program in Aging Studies and then chair for the Odyssey Certificate in Aging Studies advisory board at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md.

      Dr. Creedon is a member of the Gerontological Society of America, Age Action Ireland, and Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Additionally, he is a board member for the Ireland Educational Foundation. He has authored and edited several publications, articles, and reports regarding aging, elder care, and education.

      Michael Kronenfeld Michael Kronenfeld, MBA, MLS
      University Librarian, A.T. Still Memorial Library​

      Michael Kronenfeld works with the residential faculty to weave instruction and use of the ATSMLib AZ’s resources into their curriculum in order to teach the students to adopt an evidence-based approach to their practice. He is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and has been a practicing medical librarian since 1975.

      Lloyd CleaverLloyd Cleaver, DO, DERM
      Assistant Vice President, Continuing Education

      Lloyd Cleaver, DO, is A.T. Still University’s assistant vice president of continuing medical education and is also professor of dermatology at ATSU’s Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine (KCOM). Dr. Cleaver is a graduate of ATSU-KCOM, and completed his internship and residency at the Navy Regional Medical Center in San Diego, Cali.

      Dr. Cleaver is a board certified in Mohs surgery and dermatology, and is a Fellow of the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology.

      Currently, Dr. Cleaver serves as secretary to the American Board of Dermatology and secretary to the American Osteopathic Board of Dermatology.

      He previously served as president of the Kirksville Osteopathic Alumni Association and American Osteopathic College of Dermatology. Dr. Cleaver was also the vice chair for the certification committee of the American Osteopathic Association.

      Barbara Maxwell ​Barbara Maxwell, PT, DPT, MSc, Cert THE, FNAP
      Director, Interprofessional Education and Collaboration

      Barbara Maxwell, PT, DPT, ’06, MSc, Cert THE, FNAP, is professor and director of interprofessional education & collaboration at ATSU. She holds a BSc (Hons) in physiotherapy from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland; a master of science degree in research methodology from King’s College, London University, England; a certificate in teaching in higher education from Oxford Brookes University, England; and a doctor of physical therapy degree from ATSU.

      Working within both the British National Health Service and the U.S. healthcare system as a cardiopulmonary and neurology clinical specialist, Dr. Maxwell has more than 20 years of experience as a physical therapist. She was awarded a National Health Service Research Fellowship and studied as a research fellow in social policy and administration at the Centre for Health Service Studies at the University of Kent, Canterbury, England. She was also named as a Vice-Chancellors Scholar at the University of Bournemouth and has successfully attained research grant funding including funding from the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and the National Health Service.

      Dr. Maxwell has held numerous administrative positions both within healthcare services and higher education. She served as superintendent of the Physical Therapy Department at the MidKent Healthcare Trust, England, and as field chair and program lead for the physiotherapy programs at Oxford Brookes University. In 2003, she joined the Physical Therapy department at ATSU’s Arizona School of Health Sciences where she served as vice dean in 2007 and dean from 2010-12.

      Dr. Maxwell was named by Arizona Women Magazine, as one of the top 10 women in business in the category of colleges and universities in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012. In 2013, she helped establish the National Academy of Physical Therapy within the National Academies of Practice and was recognized as a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow of the Academy.

      Carol Grant, DM, MA, NCC
      Director, National, Center for American Indian Health Professions

      Carol Grant, DM, serves as A.T. Still University’s director for the National Center for American Indian Health Professions. Dr. Grant is a member of the Cultural Competence in Education Committee; the University-wide Diversity Committee; and she facilitates the University-wide Organizational Culture study; University focus groups; and the ATSU Student Society of American Indian Dentists.

      Dr. Grant holds a doctorate in management in organizational leadership; a graduate degree and national certification in psychological counseling; a degree in communications; as well as specializations in culture and diversity, trauma work, ESL, online education, and mediation. Her work earns her recognition as a distinguished researcher and as a national presence for social justice issues.

      Prior to moving to Arizona, Dr. Grant established a child sexual assault hospital wing for Washington State’s Pediatric Trauma Center; the Klamath Tribes’ first Behavioral Health Clinic in Oregon; and operated a private practice specializing in childhood trauma and violence for preschool and adolescent youth.

      ATSU Deans

      Jack Dillenberg ​Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH
      Dean, Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health

      Jack Dillenberg, DDS, MPH, is the inaugural dean of the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health. Dr. Dillenberg received his master’s degree in public health from Harvard School of Public Health and completed his dental education at New York University, College of Dentistry. He received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University in New Orleans.

      Prior to joining the Arizona dental school, Dr. Dillenberg was associate director for public health programs in the California Department of Health Services and prior to that was area health officer serving the west area of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. Dr. Dillenberg also is president of Dillenberg & Friends Health Services Consulting providing a full scope of health service consultations.

      During most of the 1990s, Dr. Dillenberg served in several capacities in the Arizona Department of Health Services, including director for more than four years and assistant director in the Division of Family Health Services. Dr. Dillenberg has also served in numerous positions on health-related boards and associations and is the recipient of a great number of honors and awards, including the U.S Public Health Service Chief Dental Officer’s Service Award and the Harvard School of Public Health Alumni Award of Merit.

      Dr. Dillenberg is recognized at the local, state, and national levels as an expert in the area of public health leadership, health program development, social marketing, oral health issues, health center design, training of community health workers, community organizing, and lecture presentations.

      Randy Danielsen Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, DFAAPA
      Dean, Arizona School of Health Sciences

      Randy Danielsen, PhD, PA-C, is dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences (ASHS). Since graduating from the University of Utah Physician Assistant (PA) Program in 1974, Dr. Danielsen has distinguished himself as a clinician, physician assistant educator, author, and editor.

      He received his bachelor of science in health science (cum laude) from the University of Utah in 1978, his master’s in physician assistant studies (MPAS) from the University of Nebraska with an emphasis on internal medicine in 1997, and his PhD from the Union Institute & University in 2003 with an emphasis on medical education.

      He completed 16 years with A.T. Still University as academic coordinator (1995-1997), chair of physician assistant studies (1997-2004), and as dean of the Arizona School of Health Sciences (2004-2010) and recently returned as dean of ASHS. He was honored in 2010 by A.T. Still University with Emeritus Professor status. He has served on the board of directors of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) and as a board member and chairman for National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

      Earlier in his career, Dr. Danielsen served as president of the Utah Academy of Physician Assistants, the Arizona State Association of PAs, and as chair of the Arizona Regulatory Board for PAs. Retired after 28 years of service in the U.S. Air Force and Army National Guard with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, Dr. Danielsen also is a former president of the Veterans Caucus of the AAPA and was honored with the Caucus’ Civilian PA of the Year Award in 2003.Dr. Danielsen was named Outstanding PA of the Year by the AAPA in 1993 and by the Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants in 2011.

      He currently serves as PA editor-in-chief for Clinician Reviews. Dr. Danielsen has published over sixteen peer-reviewed articles, eighteen journal editorials, two book chapters, and most recently his first book, entitled The Preceptor’s Handbook for Supervising Physician Assistants, published by Jones & Bartlett Learning. Recently he was selected as a senior consultant with the Academy for Academic Leadership.

      Don Altman ​Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, MPH, MBA, MA
      Dean, College of Graduate Health Studies

      Don Altman, DDS, DHSc, MPH, MBA, MA, is the dean for the College of Graduate Health Studies as well as professor and chair, Department of Public Health (SHM) and director,Public Health & Research at the Arizona School of Dentistry & Oral Health. He has been with the University since October 2006.

      Dr. Altman graduated from the University of Texas Dental Branch (DDS) in 1983. He completed his master of public health degree at the University of Texas School of Public Health in 1989 and became board certified in dental public health in 1999. Dr. Altman completed his master of business administration at the University of Phoenix (2002) and a master of arts in bioethics from Midwestern University (2004). He graduated with a doctor in health science degree in March 2012 from the Arizona School of Health Sciences at A.T. Still University.

      Dr. Altman has worked for the city of Houston, the state of Texas, the state of Arizona, as well as The Principal Financial Group. Dr. Altman’s public health experience includes: serving as president of the Arizona State Board Dental Examiners; serving as president of the Arizona Public Health Association; volunteering with Health Volunteers Overseas (Cambodia and Vietnam); director of the National Oral Health Leadership Institute; and serving as the Consumer Representative to the Dental Products Panel for the Food and Drug Administration. On May 1, 2012 he was appointed as a director to the American Board of Dental Public Health.

      Dr. Altman’s research interests are currently centered on public health and higher education. He has published articles in the Journal of Dental Education, Journal of the American Dental Association, Public Health Reports, Special Care in Dentistry, and Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology.

      Margaret Wilson ​Margaret Wilson, DO
      Dean, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine

      Margaret Wilson DO, ’82, dean and professor in the department of family medicine, preventive medicine and community health, has been with the University since 1985.

      Dr. Wilson graduated from Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1982 and completed her post-graduate training at Grandview Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. She is board certified in family practice. Dr. Wilson served in the National Health Services Corp in Mound City, Kansas before her return to Kirksville.

      Prior to her role as dean, she served as chair of the department of Family Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Community Health from 1995. During her time as chair she developed and served as course director for The Complete DOctor course, which teaches communication and physical exam skills and clinical skills.

      Dr. Wilson has been the project director for numerous HRSA PreDoctoral education grants over the years and a prestigious George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health grant award.

      Dr. Wilson still serves as a staff physician at the Northeast Missouri Health Council community health clinic where she was medical director for over twenty years.

      Dr. Wilson has received the Governor’s Award For Excellence in Teaching in 2000, the KOAA Living Tribute Award in 2009, the Missouri Primary Care Association Samuel Rodgers Achievement Award in 2010 and the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award in 2012.

      Christopher Halliday Christopher Halliday, DDS, MPH
      Dean, ​Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health

      Chris Halliday, DDS, MPH, is the inaugural dean of the Missouri School of Dentistry & Oral Health, A.T. Still University’s new dental school located on the Kirksville, Mo., campus.

      Dr. Halliday, a rear admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS), served as assistant surgeon general and chief of staff to the surgeon general of the United States (Dec. 2008-May 2012). His experience includes serving as director and chief dental officer of the Indian Health Service and chief professional officer of the dental category. During his term as chief dental officer of the USPHS, Dr. Halliday coordinated the delivery of oral health services by the Commissioned Corps Dental Officers from the Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice, and Department of Homeland Security.

      He received his doctor of dental surgery from Marquette University School of Dentistry (1987) and his master of public health from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Public Health (2002).

      Dr. Halliday has dedicated his professional life to serving underserved populations. He worked in diverse areas such as Barrow, Alaska, for three years and on American Indian reservations in New Mexico and Arizona for seven years. Dr. Halliday held policy-making positions in Washington, D.C., for 13 years, bringing dental and medical services to people who would otherwise not receive them.

      Dr. Halliday is the recipient of numerous awards and honors from the Public Health Service and Indian Health Service, including an Isolated Hardship Award, a Commendation Medal, an Outstanding Service Medal, and the Surgeon General’s Exemplary Service Medal.

      He is also a member of the Commissioned Officers Association, American Dental Association, American Association of Public Health Dentistry, American Dental Education Association, and a fellow in the American College of Dentists.

      Kay Kalousek ​Kay Kalousek, DO, MS, AAHIVE, FACOFP
      Dean, School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona

      Kay Kalousek, DO, MS, AAHIVE, FACOFP, is dean of A.T. Still University’s School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona. Prior to joining ATSU, she served as associate dean for academic affairs at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific (COMP).

      Dr. Kalousek has a bachelor of arts from Loma Linda University; master of science from California State University, San Bernadino; master of health professions education and doctor of osteopathic medicine from COMP. She is board certified in family medicine and is a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians. Additionally, she is credentialed by the American Association of HIV Medicine as an HIV medicine expert.

      An active community volunteer, Dr. Kalousek has provided free medical care for multiple underserved groups as well as being instrumental in establishing a clinic site in California for medical students to provide services to homeless patients. She has been a student community service project mentor and has assisted in projects such as the Health Awareness Outreach Program for fifth-grade schoolchildren, the Getting Help Project for neglected and abused children, and the Vital Pre-Natal Supplement Education program. She has held leadership roles in several non-profit organizations including Board Chair for Foothill Aids Project.

      Dr. Kalousek has received numerous recognition awards including American College Osteopathic Family Physicians-CA Physician of the Year (2010), COMP Lifetime Fellow of Excellence award (2012), City of Montclair Volunteer of the Year, and many other honors from students and faculty as a facilitator and educator.

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