Contact Information

Fall 2022:
We will be teaching our gateway and capstone courses in person in Fall 2022, but some of our advising appointments will be virtual.

Advising Appointments:
During the semester we use Nexus to schedule appointments. You can find us under Storrs, “Enrichment Programs,” or search by last name.  When you make an appointment through Nexus, it will send you a link to the appropriate WebEx meeting room or, if in person, provide you with the office location.

During the summer and winter sessions we don’t use Nexus. Please email us to schedule an appointment.

Staff

Ken Cormier, Ph.D.
Director
Rowe 402 | kenneth.cormier@uconn.edu

Ken Cormier earned his Ph.D., M.A., and B.A. in English at UConn, in addition to an M.A. in English/Creative Writing at Eastern Michigan University. He is the author of two books of stories and poems: Balance Act and The Tragedy in My Neighborhood. Ken’s scholarly work is interdisciplinary in nature, focusing on the history of audio recording, multitrack production, life stories, poetry, and performance. He taught English and Creative Writing at Quinnipiac University (2010-22), where he also served as the first director of Creative Writing, building the program from the ground up with a focus on student engagement and diverse voices. Prior to his roles at Quinnipiac, Ken served as Assistant Director and then Associate Director of UConn’s Creative Writing Program and Co-Director of the Writing Center. He joined IISP in 2022.


Michael Cunningham, Ph.D.
Assistant Director
Rowe 406 | michael.cunningham@uconn.edu

Michael Cunningham earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University and a Ph.D. in European History from the University of Connecticut. His main interest is the history of science from the Scientific Revolution to the present, including the work of Charles Darwin and the continuing controversy over the theory of evolution by natural selection. He has taught History of Science and European history, primarily in the context of Western Civilization, at UConn and several other colleges in Connecticut. In the years between graduating from Lehigh and beginning the graduate program at UConn, Michael served as an account manager for Travelers Insurance in Hartford, Connecticut. He joined IISP in 2013.

Michael advises individualized majors and teaches UNIV 4600W Capstone Course and UNIV 2600 Individualized Study Across Academic Disciplines (our gateway course).


Monica van Beusekom, Ph.D.
working on special projects
monica.vanbeusekom@uconn.edu

Monica van Beusekom earned a B.A. in History from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in African History from Johns Hopkins University. Her research has focused on colonial development policy and practice in francophone West Africa, especially Mali. Publications include the book, Negotiating Development: African Farmers and Colonial Experts at the Office du Niger, 1920-60, as well as several articles. She taught African and global history at the State University of New York in Plattsburgh (1994-98) and African history at Trinity College in Hartford (2000-06). Prior to teaching, Monica also worked for several international development NGOs, including four years managing Oxfam-Great Britain’s program in Chad. She joined IISP in 2006.


Krista Rogers
Global Studies Minor Advisor and Pre-Professional Programs Advisor
Rowe 403 | krista.rogers@uconn.edu

Krista Rogers earned a B.A. in Japanese Studies (individualized major) from UConn and an M.A. in TESL from Simmons College. Prior to graduate school, she spent two years teaching English as a Foreign Language at a junior high school in Yamagata, Japan through the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program. In addition, she served as an instructor for an Intensive English Program at UConn for three years and maintains a part-time translation job. She joined IISP in 2008 as a student worker and in 2015 as a professional staff member.

Krista serves as a Pre-Professional Program Advisor and she advises students pursuing the Global Studies Minor.