The University of Olivet welcomed one of its largest incoming classes in history this fall, with 425 new students joining the student body. Along with the student growth Olivet is experiencing, seven new faculty members were also added to the exceptional instructional staff at the college.
Faculty Curriculum Developer
Professor Katherine Jones joins the The University of Olivet faculty as the curriculum developer for a nursing program that is currently under development. Professor Jones has more than 17 years of nursing experience in orthopedic, medical-surgical and geriatric care, as well as experience in direct care and management, patient education, mentoring and teaching in clinical and classroom settings.
Professor Jones earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Lansing Community College after serving as a childcare provider for 12 years. She then transitioned her career to the Martin Luther Holt Home where she worked with dementia patients. Next, Professor Jones joined the nursing staff at McLaren Greater Lansing and later, served as a charge nurse and clinical mentor at Eaton County Medical Care Facility. In 2015, she earned a master’s degree in nursing education at Walden University in Baltimore, Maryland, and has since served Lansing Community College as a nursing clinical instructor.
Professor Jones joins the faculty at The University of Olivet eager to tackle a new, exciting challenge with her extensive experience in the nursing field.
Assistant Professor of Accounting
Professor Jackie Looser has served The University of Olivet since 2014, first as chief financial officer for three years before transitioning to assistant professor of business. Professor Looser’s teaching focuses on accounting, combining her two biggest passions, mentoring young minds and finances.
Professor Looser has always especially enjoyed the leadership aspect in her roles. She finds encouraging others to strive for success and playing a part in helping them reach their goals rewarding and fulfilling. It was that love of growth that helped Professor Looser realize teaching was something she would truly thrive in. Her favorite moment is seeing a struggling student’s eyes light up when he or she finally understands a complex concept. Professor Looser believes her extensive professional experience assists her in connecting with students who have no background in accounting. She uses real-world examples to help students relate to coursework, and even throws an accounting song into the classroom now and then to engage students.
Professor Looser earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Illinois. She is a native of Illinois, but has a love for traveling and was fortunate to travel the world during her husband’s military career.
Andrina Morence, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Social Sciences
Professor Andrina Morence, Ph.D., brings extensive experience in psychology and criminal justice to her role as assistant professor of social sciences at The University of Olivet. Her passion for teaching developed when she recognized the influence she has to encourage students to live a healthy and safe lifestyle.
Professor Morence has served the Ingham County Sherriff’s Office since 1996 in a variety of positions, including lieutenant and sergeant. In her roles, she gained extensive leadership skills, as well as a deep understanding of Michigan’s criminal justice system and the way it operates. She exceptionally enjoyed opportunities to teach students of all ages about drunk driving awareness, police procedure, alcohol abuse prevention, laws of arrest and more. These opportunities gave Professor Morence the push to pursue the next leg of her career journey in teaching, and in 2016, she began an adjunct position at Baker College instructing criminal justice courses. In her full-time faculty role at OC, Professor Morence will teach a variety of subjects, including criminal justice, sociology and psychology courses.
Professor Morence holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Siena Heights University, a master’s degree in science administration with an emphasis in leadership from Central Michigan University, and a Ph.D. in psychology from Capella University.
Assistant Professor of Media Studies
Professor Daine Pavloski’s love for The University of Olivet began during his time as a student. Graduating in 2013, Professor Pavloski focused his studies in journalism and mass communication (JMC) with a minor in sports psychology, before earning a master’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University. In 2016, he joined the Olivet faculty in an adjunct position, teaching photography and video production in the JMC program. In 2017, Professor Pavloski moved from adjunct instructor to assistant professor of media studies.
During his time at OC, Professor Pavloski developed his passion for writing and broadcasting with an emphasis on sports. Also while a student, he wrote a wide range of sports and opinion articles for Bleacher Report. Upon completing his undergrad, Professor Pavloski transitioned to reporter with the Big Rapids Pioneer where he covered sports for eight area high schools and three Division I and II Ferris State University teams. He transferred his skills to a position as a graduate assistant with Spartan Vision and Athletic Communications while earning his master’s degree from Michigan State University.
Professor Pavloski recognized the impact of the private, liberal arts education paired with individualized attention and personal relationships and was eager to return to OC to give current students the same opportunities.
Assistant Professor of Writing
Professor Sarah Peterson serves as assistant professor of writing and also the director of distance education and online learning at The University of Olivet. Her passion for teaching stems from the ability to work one-on-one with students to help them develop and grow into successful, clear-communicating writers. She began teaching in 2013 after working in publishing, and has fallen in love with her role as professor.
Professor Peterson launched her teaching career at Kirtland Community College, which is where she began to experience the power of online learning. After four years in that role, Professor Peterson transitioned to Northwood University. Prior to joining the OC faculty full-time, she served Davenport University and The University of Olivet in adjunct roles. At OC, Professor Peterson even led the first online O2 writing course as part of the Olivet Opportunity that provides students an opportunity to demonstrate they are ready to become college students.
Professor Peterson earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature with a minor in WWII history from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in English composition and rhetoric from the University of Indianapolis, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in education technology and online learning from Regent University.
Assistant Professor of Health and Human Performance
Professor Ben Reed has shaped his career around the ability to work with students, fostering their personal growth and development. His most prominent passion in life is basketball, and he strongly enjoys relating to students and players through that love. As a professional basketball coach, Professor Reed developed exceptional leadership and mentoring skills, always with a goal-oriented outlook on success.
Professor Reed has served as the head men’s basketball coach since 2015 and was the associate head basketball coach from 2012-2015 at Kellogg Community College. He transferred his interpersonal skills to a role as a substitute teacher in Battle Creek where he focused on creating a structured learning environment while building relationships with students and fellow teachers. Most recently, Professor Reed served as an adjunct professor at The University of Olivet where he began focusing on interactive and collaborative learning.
Professor Reed holds a bachelor’s degree in recreation and social work and a master’s degree in sport management from Western Michigan University. In addition, he played seven years of professional basketball in Portugal.
Sarah N. Storey ’11
Assistant Professor of Biology
Professor Sarah N. Storey ’11 gained an appreciation for the mission and vision of The University of Olivet during her time as a student. Professor Storey focused her undergraduate studies in biology with a pre-medical concentration.
Professor Storey continued her studies in anatomy upon graduating from Olivet, earning a master’s degree from Des Moines University. During her graduate studies, Professor Storey began developing her teaching pedagogy, delivering lessons in many subjects with a focus on anatomy, embryology and histology. While attending medical school, Professor Storey realized her passion for teaching was something she couldn’t ignore, and was quick to accept the opportunity to join the faculty at The University of Olivet.
Professor Storey has always recognized the opportunities a small liberal arts school is able to provide students, and how far faculty can take students in pursuing their goals, the fuel that has pushed her to return to The University of Olivet. She is most excited to be on the other side of the classroom, and to provide a relationships-based education to students through small class sizes.