The Distance Education TeamUnity College Distance Education
Dr. Amy Arnett
Dr. Amy Arnett is the Chief Distance Education Officer and Professor of Ecology at Unity College. Dr. Arnett has been a professor at Unity College since 1999. She received a BS in Biology from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Vermont. She conducted Postdoctoral Research at the University of Nebraska on the impact of invasive species on native communities.
Dr. Arnett studies insect ecology and has published widely in ecology and entomology journals. She was a 2009 Fulbright Scholar and studied with colleagues in Slovenia. Recently she was the recipient, along with colleagues, of a large National Science Foundation grant to study the impact of invasive pests in hemlock forests. Dr. Arnett brings a depth of ecological knowledge to the MS program along with years of teaching experience connecting with students and helping them work toward their career goals.
Dr. Rana Johnson
As Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer at Unity College, Dr. Rana Johnson is first among equals with regard to campus diversity and inclusion, international relationships, internal trainings, and establishing and maintaining a welcoming community culture.
Dr. Rana Johnson comes to Unity College from The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education where she served as Senior Associate for Diversity Outreach and Special Programs. At the CPE, Rana’s primary responsibilities included guiding efforts to increase access, retention, and the success of students that have been historically underrepresented in undergraduate and graduate education.
Prior to her position as Senior Associate, Dr. Johnson assisted with the development of the Partnership Agreement with the United States Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, as well as the management of the Kentucky Plan for Equal Opportunities in Postsecondary Education. Rana Johnson is a graduate of Spalding University, a 4-year private liberal arts institution in Louisville, Kentucky, earned a master’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University, and her PhD from the University of Kentucky. Dr. Johnson’s dissertation research focused on adaptation strategies to retain and graduate diverse students from traditionally white institutions.
Dr. David Rogers
David Rogers is the Dean of Distance Education Undergraduate Programs. He received his Ph.D. in English from the University of North Carolina Greensboro, an M.A. in English from The University of Massachusetts Boston, and a B.A. in English from the University of West Florida. David’s research interests include political rhetoric, critical pedagogy, and cultural studies. Specifically, David is interested in the role affect and emotion play in political discourse. David has received research grants and teaching awards. He loves teaching, has taught a wide range of humanities and communications classes, and has developed and taught Study Abroad short courses. David brings a depth of experience to the BS program, and he enjoys providing support to students and faculty.
Dr. Brent Bibles
Dr. Brent Bibles is Distance Education Professor of Wildlife Biology. He received a Ph.D. and M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the University of Arizona and BS in Fisheries and Wildlife from Utah State. Brent has been involved in wildlife management since the 1980’s and is a well-respected expert in the field. Besides working in academia, he has worked for state wildlife and federal land management agencies. He is primarily an ornithologist but works with all taxa. He has worked with several threatened or endangered species, most recently the Mexican Spotted Owls and black-footed ferrets.
Dr. Bibles is an excellent teacher and works at delivering courses using question-driven instruction. His contribution to the Sustainable Natural Resource Management track of the MS in Professional Science is to add his management experience, quantitative abilities, and student-focused teaching style to the curriculum.
Director of Distance Education Enrollment Management, Christopher Vigezzi
Distance Education Concierge Heather Stetkis comes to Unity College with a background in higher education and communications. She holds a B.S. in Communications from the New England School of Communications and an M.S. in Management from Kaplan University. Her experience includes academic advising, recruitment, and student support.
Heather works as the Distance Education Concierge for Unity College. From admissions to student services, she offers a unique and highly supportive experience for the Distance Education students.
Distance Education Concierge Jason Aylmer enjoys working with students and finding the right fit for their interests. He has a B.A. in English from the University of Maine Orono and completed a certificate program in screenwriting at UCLA. He comes to Unity College with a background in workforce programming and human resources recruitment. He also managed an AmeriCorps grant that focused on improving job rates and making a livable wage for residents of the greater Bangor area.
Distance Education Concierge Nichole Clark returns to Unity College as an alumna with her B.S. in Captive Wildlife Care and Education. During her time at Unity, Nichole took a keen interest in Conservation Law Enforcement. As a non-traditional student, Nichole has firsthand knowledge of the struggles that a working professional, parent, and student will experience while obtaining their education. As a graduate from Unity College, Nichole has unique insight and understanding of the college’s sustainability principles to help guide and support Distance Education students.
After she graduated, Nichole implemented an Animal Care Technician Internship program at The Humane Society Waterville Area, which has since accepted a Unity College student. With her real-world experience, Nichole can also speak to how our degrees can apply in a professional setting within today’s workforce.
Distance Education Advisor Carol Jacobs comes to Unity with over 25 years of experience as a Dean, Instructor, Adult Education Director and Campus Director in a variety of venues. Her passion is in helping students achieve their dreams. She has a BS in Secondary Education – Business and Social Sciences from the University of Maine in Presque Isle and an MBA from Columbia College. She has 2 grown sons, lives on a farm and has black cat named Max.
Distance Education Instructional Designer Corey Butler is an instructional designer who collaborates with subject matter experts to deliver intuitive, engaging, and rigorous online curriculum. His background in instructional and information technology assures digital tools are effectively and meaningfully integrated into courses and assessments. He holds a B.A in New Media and an M.Ed in Instructional Technology from the University of Maine. Corey’s professional interests include competency-based education, assessment best practices, and adult learning theories.