BSP Staff and Faculty Fellows

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Meet the Bailey Scholars Program Staff

 Dr. Jennifer “Jeno” Rivera
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 Dustin Petty 
 Academic Advisor
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 Karla Loebick
 Faculty Fellow
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Pauline Tobias
 Faculty Fellow
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Jessica Mestre
Faculty Fellow
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Bailey Graduate Fellows

''Shaira Abdul Razak is working towards earning her Ph.D. dual-degree in the Department of Fisheries & Wildlife and the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior (EEBB) program. She is affiliated with Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (National University of Malaysia, UKM) where she will have an academic post at the college level when she graduates at MSU. She enjoys various kind of outdoor activities liking hiking, cycling, canoeing, kayaking, or camping especially when my kids are around! I simply love the breeze of fresh air and green lush of nature.



''Monica List is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Philosophy at Michigan State University, pursuing specializations in Animal Studies and Ecological Food and Farming Systems. Her research focuses on environmental philosophy, animal ethics, animal welfare, and bioethics, but she is also very interested in pedagogy; she hopes to be not only a good researcher in these areas, but a good teacher and communicator as well. Before coming to MSU, she trained and practiced as a veterinarian in Costa Rica, her native country, where she worked at a wildlife rehabilitation center, and later for a non-profit animal welfare organization.



Erin K. Pevin is a second-year graduate student in the Department of Anthropology here at Michigan State University. Her educational and professional background is diverse, and includes degrees in history and information technology, work as a software developer and programmer, and certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language. She holds a special place for language learning, mythology, folklore, and Viking Age history. In her free time, she loves studying the Norwegian and German languages and reading medieval literature, as well as playing the occasional video game smile




Hogeun Park is a second year Ph.D. student in the school of planning, design, and construction. Currently, he works on synthesis study focusing on the urbanization and its impact on the environment under the framework of coupled human and nature systems (CHNS). Before joining MSU, he studied local development project and its social impact as a master thesis. As extracurricular activities, he successfully participated international research workshops as a member of the Asian Program for Incubation of Environmental Leaders (APIEL), and did an internship in the social science division at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI). His first professional career is started from Ecuador at the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA); from 2008 — 2010, he worked in both Pelileo and Saquisili City Hall as a GIS specialist.




Madeline Shellgren is a fifth year doctoral student in Linguistics at Michigan State University. Her research interests lie primarily in linguistics, though she is also invested in the scholarship of teaching. Madeline studies the intersection of personality and sociolinguistic perception and production, as well as the complexities of impression formation. With respect to teaching, she has taught several Linguistics courses at MSU, as well as English and Communication courses at Davenport University. If she is not in the classroom, she is either coaching for MSU’s Varsity Rowing Program, helping train MSU’s medical students as a Simulated Patient, or working as a linguistic consultant.





 Greg Steele is currently a 3rd year PhD student in the Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education program. My two previous degrees – a Master’s in  Student Affairs Administration and a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education – are both from MSU as well. This fall, I plan on running my first full marathon  in Detroit and seeing my 53rd Pearl Jam concert in New York City.





Alyssa Stepter is a second-year graduate student in the Human Development and Family Studies department. She currently works as a Youth Advocate, providing direct support and counseling to children in a residential treatment program in the area. She grew up in Lansing with my parents and her younger sister Alecia; who is a current student at Central Michigan University, where she also completed my undergraduate studies. She is passionate about people and dedicated to lifelong learning. In her spare time she enjoys listening to music, time with friends and volunteering in the community.


Bailey Faculty Fellows

The Bailey Scholars Program (BSP) Faculty Fellowship experience provides an opportunity for MSU faculty and staff to focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) while leading undergraduate students in the journey of self-directed and community learning.  Problems of practice emerge from the classroom and become opportunities for SoTL research.

BSP Faculty Fellows utilize their time in Bailey as a space to develop professionally and academically. By being involved as a member of our multidisciplinary learning community, fellows elevate their teaching and learning styles. These new skills can refresh your academic teaching pursuits within your home department.

Faculty fellows are also involved in a BSP fellow’s learning community. This network annually explores innovative techniques that enhance teaching and learning practices and opportunities. For example, the Office of Campus Sustainability and the Student Organic Farm both began from learning circles convened by the Bailey Scholars Fellows.

The BSP Faculty Fellows rotate in and out of the program on a regular basis. The Faculty Fellows are made up of university faculty members, staff members, student affairs professionals, and adjunct faculty. They do not have to be associated with the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources to apply.

If you would like to serve as a Faculty Fellow in the Bailey Scholars Program, please contact the BSP Director, Dr. Jeno Rivera, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Past Faculty Fellows:

Barbier, M., Fisheries & Wildlife; Biernbaum, J., Horticulture; Bilodeau, B., Director-LBGT Resource Center; Bingen, J., Rural Development; Burton, J., Animal Science; Carlson, P., Lear Center; Carra, C., Director- RISE. Chamblee, M., CANR Office of Academic & Student Affairs; Cooper, D., American Thought & Language; Crawford, P., BSP Director; Dann, S., Fisheries & Wildlife, CARRS; DeRosa, S., CANR Office of Academic & Student Affairs; Doberneck, D., University Outreach & Engagement; Elshoff, D., AEE, ANRECS, CARRS, CSUS; Erickson, R., Animal Science; Fails, B., LPI Associate Director; Farrell, P., ANREC Center for Evaluative Studies; Fear, F., Rural Development, CARRS; Habron, G., Fisheries & Wildlife; Harper, P., Horticulture; Hassoun, R., Anthropology; Herner, B., Horticulture; Hesse, J., Fishers & Wildlife; Hironaka, J., BSP Academic Specialist; Kenney, P., BSP Academic Specialist; Link, T., MSU Libraries; Lucas, J., AEE, ANRECS; Nickle, P., Rural Development; Oehmke, J., Agriculture Economics; Person, H., Agriculture Engineering; Petty, D., BSP Academic Specialist; Rios, T., Associate VP for Student Affairs; Rivera, J., CARRS, CSUS; Robinson, C., BSP Faculty; Schaffer, T., MSU Museum; Sterner, G., BSP Senior Director; Thorp, L., Rural Development; Turner, S., Packaging; Williams, S., Office of Women’s Affairs; Woodard, D., Agriculture Experiment Station; Workman, K., Lyman Briggs.


The following is a list of resources that will aid conveners in their work. Content will be continuously added to inform practice.

Bohm, D. & Nichol, L.  (2003) On Dialogue. New York: Taylor and Francis e-library.
(Note. This is only the first chapter. You can access the whole book electronically at

Bailey Scholars Fellows (2000). Weaving Bailey’s Larger Purpose Into the Bailey Core Courses. East Lansing, MI: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Doberneck, DM, Mitchell, C., Chamblee, M. & Burkhardt, P. (2000). Practice ethic for faculty and student learning conveners in the Bailey scholars program. Retrieved August 13, 2014 from

Duley, J. (1999). The Bailey Scholars Program: It’s Ethos and Ethics. Retrieved August 14, 2014 from

Heierbacher,S. (2007) Dialogue and deliberation in P. Holman, T. Devane, & S. Cady (eds) Change Handbook: The Definitive Resource on Today’s Best Methods for Engaging Whole Systems. pp. 102-117.
(Note. This is only this chapter. You can access the whole book at

Isaacs, W. (1999) Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together. New York: Currency.

Kaner (S). (2014). Facilitator’s Guide to Participatory-Decision Making (3rd ed.). San Francisco: Josseybass

Owen, H. (2008) Open space technology: A User’s Guide (3rd ed.). San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler.
(Note. This is only the first couple of chapters. You can access the whole book electronically at

Rodgers, C. (June, 2002). Defining reflection: Another look at John Dewey and reflective thinking. Teachers College Record 104(4) pp. 842-866.

Rivera, J. and Heinrich, B. (2014). Self-Study of The Liberty Hyde Bailey Scholars Program at Michigan State University. East Lansing, MI: College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Trosset, C. (1998) Obstacles to open discussion and critical thinking. Change 30(5) pp. 44-49.

UTNE (July, 2002). The power of talk.  UTNE reader. pp. 54-65.