About Grantham University

Full-time Faculty

Grantham University’s mission is to provide accessible, affordable, professionally relevant degree programs in a continuously changing global society. The University’s programs prepare graduates for a variety of career fields.

A key component to student success and the University’s overall curriculum is the faculty, comprised of full-time staff, who focus on teaching, curriculum development and design, and student advising; and adjunct instructors, whose primary responsibility is teaching.

Academic Deans

Nicole Buckley

Niccole Buckley, D.B.A.
Dr. Niccole Buckley is the assistant chief academic officer as well as the dean of the Mark Skousen School of Business. In addition to a Doctorate of Business Administration, she also holds a Master of Business Administration from Webster University, a Bachelor of Science from Park University and several certifications, including CAEL prior learning assessor, Six Sigma Green Belt and Criteria Reference Instructional Development. Dr. Buckley has experience in the financial and legal industries as a corporate trainer, publishing several training sessions before joining Grantham University as a faculty member.

Currently serving as IACBE Region V's Board Vice President, Dr. Buckley has a long history of presenting at IACBE conferences, board meetings and events, as well as the National IABPAD conference. She recently published "Employer Perceptions of Military Members with Online Degree” through IABPAD. She's been on Cambridge Who’s Who Among Executive & Professional Women since 2007. While at Grantham, Dr. Buckley served as faculty and chair of the Mark Skousen Business School before transitioning into her current roles.

Paul Illian Ph.D.

Paul Illian, Ph.D.
Dr. Paul Illian, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, holds a Ph.D. in Adult Education from Capella University, as well as a Master of Science in Adult Education and a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education/History, both from Kansas State University. Dr. Illian comes to Grantham University with a well-developed background in education administration and instruction. In addition to a distinguished 21-year military career, his background includes administering remote college campuses, teaching ground and online courses, and serving as an academic dean.

Nancy Miller, Ph.D.Nancy Miller, Ph.D.
Dr. Nancy Miller, dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science, has taught in three countries, online and on the ground, and had dean, chair and program director experience. She worked as a civilian in an Air Force research lab investigating telescope control and managing the design and implementation of systems for a large telescope. Her Doctor of Philosophy is in Electrical Engineering with a specialty in Control Systems from the University of New Mexico. She also holds a Master of Business Administration in Finance, a Master of Science in Applied Physics and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Physics from Texas Tech University.

Mike Erwin

Michael Erwin, M.A.
Michael Erwin, dean of curriculum and publishing, holds a master’s degree in Adult Education with emphasis on Distance Education from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Aided Design with emphasis on Virtual Reality. He is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Business Administration with emphasis on E-Commerce. Mr. Erwin comes to us with an extensive background in educational facilitation and leadership, recently working as the executive dean of an online and graduate school. His background in teaching and administration for online and on-ground campuses spans 15 years and includes subject matter expertise in a variety of technological areas. Mr. Erwin also co-wrote an online self-study for the Higher Learning Commission that was recently showcased as a best practice at the higher learning conference. His in-depth knowledge of digital delivery and andragogy complements our curriculum model.

Steve Turner

Steve Turner, MBA
Steve Turner, dean of Faculty and Student Services, is a retired Marine Corps Officer. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Averett University. Mr. Turner is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt and a registered representative with FINRA.


Charles Cookson

Charles Cookson, MBA
Charles Cookson, chair of the Mark Skousen School of Business, holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Grantham University and dual bachelor’s degrees in political science and anthropology from the University of Kansas. Mr. Cookson teaches a variety of business courses, including business and society, introduction to operations and quality management, leadership in organizations, and training and development.

Tina Freestone

Tina Freestone, M.A.
Tina Freestone, chair of the criminal justice programs, holds a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York at Albany. Ms. Freestone teaches in the criminal justice programs and works closely with other criminal justice faculty to update and enhance courses in that area.

Jennifer Shreckengost

Jennifer Shreckengost, M.A.
Jennifer Shreckengost, chair of faculty development and education training, holds an educational specialist degree in Educational Technology from the University of Missouri, Columbia, a Master of Arts in Teaching - Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Saint Mary, and a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from William Jewell College. Ms. Shreckengost's experience includes curriculum and faculty development, Web 2.0 technologies, and adult and online learning. She serves as Grantham University's faculty specialist, facilitating new faculty orientation, faculty mentoring and coaching, overseeing the Teaching and Learning Center, as well as faculty professional development for online teaching and learning.

Margareta Smith Knopik, Ph.D.

Margareta Smith Knopik, Ph.D.
Margareta Smith Knopik, chair of general studies, received her Ph.D. in Education Studies from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She also holds a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska, as well as a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. Dr. Smith Knopik has experience in multiple training and teaching environments – online and in traditional classroom settings – in a number of subject areas. Currently, she develops outcomes assessment plans for general education, works on curriculum improvement, as needed, and manages more than 130 adjunct faculty.


College of Engineering and Computer Science

Robert Brent Tracy, M.S.   

College of Arts and Sciences

Alexander Ames, Ph.D. John Lyon
Cory Cannon William Neville
Theresa Connolly Melia Pfannenstiel
Matt Diggs, M.A. Stephanie Phillips
Gregg Gildersleeve Sarah Powell
Timothy P. Goss, M.A. Carol Pugh
Dane Howard Michelle Sodaro
Colby Keslar Michael Turner

Mark Skousen School of Business

Faith Bell Eric Hughlett
Archuleta Chisolm Julius Leary
Tabitha Davis Lorchi Lo
Keri DeVrieze Craig Sandusky
Elhan Durguti Christina Taylor
Anthony Houchin  
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