Request A Speaker

Request A Speaker

The Friends University faculty are interested in connecting with students and local businesses. The table below outlines examples of topics our faculty are uniquely qualified to share with your group. If you would like to request a faculty member to speak in your class, at an upcoming meeting, or for a specific event please fill out the form below. We will contact you regarding your request and will discuss faculty availability. Thank you for reaching out to Friends University.

Request a Speaker

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Possible Topics

Speaker NameDegreesTopics to Speak AboutRelevant Experience
Bill AllanMA Counseling PsychologyCognitive Psychology, Psychology Theory, Marriage/Family Topics (Parenting, Communication, Human Growth and Development), Urban Issues and Solutions16 years of ministry, 38 years at Friends, 12 years as a therapist trainer
Sean CashBA, MBABusiness Management and General Buisness Topics, Leadership and Cultural Change, Entrepreneurship 25+ years of business and entrepreneurial experience
Justin EichornBBA Computer Information - Emphasis Computer Security System Design; MSC Cyber SecurityCyber Security, Cyber Law and Policy, System Design, Security EngineeringUS Army Reserve - Civil Affairs Specialist, IASO, Koch Pipeline, Pitsco Education, Instructor at WATC, Instructor at Pittsburg State University, Assistant Professor of Cyber Defense
Janet EubankBA Elementary Education - Wichita State University; MAT, Friends University; Administrative Endorsement, Newman UniversityAll Teachers Teach Reading, Active Learning - Deeper Thinking, Why Teaching MattersClassroom Teacher (Grades 1,2)-USD 259 - Title I and Non-Title Schools, Reading/Language Arts Teaching Specialist (Served all Wichita Elementary Schools), Executive Director Curriculum and Assessment (All Wichita Schools)
Russell Arben FoxBA Political Science; MA, International Studies - Brigham Young University; PhD., PoliticsElections, State and National Politics, American and Kansas History, Local and Community Politics, Environmentalism and Sustainability, Food and Urban Justice IssuesExperience commenting on local and state affairs on KWCH, KAKE, KSN, KPTS, etc., several years service on the Wichita Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, member of the ICT Food Circle, published multiple columns in The Wichita Eagle on local affairs, multiple publications in scholarly journals on community, education and related issues
Jeremy GallegosPhD., Philosophy (Ethics, Applied Ethics, Existentialism)Medevil Ethics, Critical ThinkingVice Chair of the Ethics Committee at Wesley Medical Center, Published Truth Telling to Patients with Dementia
Joan GriffingBM; MM; DMACareers in Music, Violin Masterclass, Arts at FriendsProfessional Violinist, Master Teacher, Fine Arts Chair at Friends
Christopher M. Habben PhD. Virginia Tech - Child & Family Development - MFT Program; MS - Fuller Seminary - Marriage & Family Therapy; MA - Fuller Seminary - TheologyFamily Functioning, Mantal Relationships (Pre-initial, Dating, Marriage, Affairs and Divorce) Intersection of Faiths PracticeLicensed Clinical MFT, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Program Director of MFT program in Kansas City
Josh HalonenB.A.; M.A.; PhD.Psychology, Research, Pharmacology, Neurodegenerative Disorders, Neuroscience, Behavior, AudiologyPost-Doctorate and Graduate School Experiments, Published Research
Stan HarstinePhD. Biblical StudiesGospel of John, Biblical Interpretation
Ana Jurcak-DetterBioloical Sciences BS, Ms, PhD.Ecology, Animal Behavior, Conservation Education Topics, Scientific MethodSpeaking at National and Regional Conferences, STEM activities for children and general public, Interned at wildlife conservencies doing conservation education to general public
Jim MaddoxPhD.Change Management, Mindfulness, Change Leadership, Strategic Planning, Emotional Intelligence20+ years consulting practice, 24 years professor at Friends,
Patrick MathewsPhD. In EntomologyBugs, The Environment, Global Climate Change, Evolution, Science Education, Animals, Zoos and AquariumsProfessor for 20 years, Director of Zoo Science and Field Biology Programs, Researcher
Teresa (Terri) MillerBA - Physics; MS - Aerospace Engineering; PhD. - Aerospace EngineeringEngineering, Women in STEM30+ years in industry as an engineer and manager (New airplane design and test), 1 year at Friends teaching science
John W. RhodesBS - Biology - Florida State University; MS - Foundations of Education - Troy State University; PhD. C & I, Education Leadership - University of FloridaCareer Paths in Education, History and Natural Sciences Collection at the Fellow-Reeve Museum, Standards - Based Instruction and Assessment, Higher Education Accreditation for Teacher PrepHigh School science and math teacher - Florida, Assistant Department Head, Pensacola State College, Consultant Florida Panhandle area Education Coop, Consultant Georgia Professional Standards Commission, Assistant/Associate Professor Georgia Southwestern State University/Friends University
Vicki RonnPhD. EnglishFantasy/Sci Fi, Fiber Arts, Fairy Tales/ Mythology, TolkienSteward of Mythopoeic Society
Matthew SchlonegerPhD. Vocal Pedagogy, MM Voice PerformanceVoice Health and Care for Professional Voice Users or Students, To Teachers and Professors, To Middle School Choirs, To Theatre StudentsDissertation and published research on voice use and health
Andrea Vazquez-AguirreBFA; MFASematic Training Applied to Ballet Technique, Movement Analysis as a Pedagogical Tool, Improvisation as a Spiritual Practice, The Work of Female Ballet ChoreographersPrevious participation in community events, Radio/Newspaper interviews
Kassia WaggonerPhD. In English; M.A. English; B.A. English EducationWomen and Gender Issues, Film, Disability (Social vs. Medical Models), Southern Literature, Harry PotterConference presentations, MLA SAMLA PAMLA, Event and speaker coordinator for WAST at TCU
James LongPhD. In business with emphasis in leadership - Capella University; MBA - University of Mary; Graduate work in finance, mergers and acquisitions, and economics - Harvard UniversityLeadership, Business Concepts, Human Resources, Ethics, Internal Auditing, FinanceMember of North Dakota State's Information Technology Advisory Committee - Provided legislative oversight for all state IT projects with budgets greater than $25,000. Member of North Dakota's Investment and Retirement Board - Provided legislative oversight for all state investments and retirement accounts. Overall budge of approximately $40 billion. Member of North Dakota's Investment and Retirement Board - Provided legislative oversight for all state investments and retirement accounts. Overall budge of approximately $40 billion. C-Level executive of North Dakota's workers' compensation fund - oversaw all support functions (finance, human resources, information technology, records management, training, and facilities) for North Dakota's monopolistic agency. Claims balance of approximately $5 billion. Board Member of Finance Council for the Catholic Diocese located in Bismarck, ND. Senior Professional in Human Resources. Senior Competency Professional.