Kurt Lazaroff, Ph.D. is a first-generation college graduate who identifies with the challenges of completing a degree as an adult. Aside from his academic credentials (B.A., Allegheny College; M.Ed. Edinboro University of Pennsylvania; Ph.D. University of North Carolina - Greensboro) his educational experiences include course development, taking, teaching,and creating both face-to-face and online courses, teaching in k-12 public school systems. This combined experience has led to the belief that the difference in modality or school is not as important as the student's relationship with faculty and an understanding of their own learning. Lazaroff thinks that risk is part of all learning but this is offset by a personal vision of goals and positive outcomes. In short, the gain is greater than the pain. As a faculty and staff member, not recognizing or admitting that learning is difficult and hard work is a critical mistake when working with all students. To offset the challenges of coursework, Kurt works with the staff and faculty of BIS to reduce or remove administrative barriers and provide assistance that in other settings might be called "customer service".
Kurt is a self-described "non-sporting" person and sees his personal life as a series of projects. Most recent projects include replacing a convertible top on a BMW E30 325ic and swapping engines in an '03 E39 with 296,000 miles on it. Some things just "have to be done." Previous projects include renovating a couple different houses and a few landscape projects. To sum up the scope of a "project", it can be anything but an automatic transmission or an air conditioner.
In earlier jobs Dr. Lazaroff has picked apples, sold magazine ads for regional publishers and food to restaurants, owned a couple of restaurants, managed a John Deere dealership, taught in public alternative schools, advised in two different colleges, and taught special education or academic skill coursework at five institutions of higher education.
Job responsibilities in BIS include performing the 2nd tier transfer credit evaluations, monitoring the graduation audit process, maintaining the BIS website, advising, collaborating with Julie Allstrom on enrollment, assessing the student learning outcomes from the BIS courses, and teaching.