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Michele Vancour is the director of Faculty Development and professor of public health at Southern. She has been studying work-life issues affecting academic faculty development for over 15 years. Her research has been shared through publications, presentations, and used to create support initiatives in higher education. Michele is recognized nationally and in Canada for her leadership and scholarship related evidence-based initiatives that support faculty, staff and student success. In 2014, she was named the SCSU point-person for workplace flexibility in response to the ACE National Challenge for Higher Education. She is the chair of the Work-Life Advisory Committee, which is comprised of leaders, faculty, and staff who provide guidance to help make Southern a great place to work and learn. E-mail Dr. Vancour at

Jennifer Hudson is the associate for Faculty Development at Southern. She holds over a decade of experience in higher education, including faculty development and part-time teaching in Women's Studies and English. One of her specific passions in faculty development is new faculty mentoring. Jennifer holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in writing and has published several scholarly essays, short stories and poems. Her research interests include women writers and women's literary production, feminist theory, sexualities and genders, women and spirituality, utopian fiction, popular culture, and composition. She has presented in these areas at several regional, national, and international conferences. E-mail Ms. Hudson at

Michele Salamone is the secretary for Faculty Development at Southern. She has over 15 years' experience in various administrative positions within the field of education. She is an active volunteer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Her passion is the JDRF Walk to Cure Diabetes, where she serves as a committee chairperson and co-captain of team "Ry's Guys." E-mail Ms. Salamone at

Kayla Benedetto is the graduate assistant for Faculty Development at Southern. She holds a Bachelor's degree from SCSU in Communication Disorders, and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology. She has a particular passion for working with children and young adults with various intellectual disabilities. She has worked professionally in special education programs, and has also volunteered with programs such as Best Buddies and Special Olympics. Kayla completed an undergraduate thesis focusing on social communication and college students with high-functioning autism. She hopes to service this population as a future clinician. Email Ms. Benedetto at