Academic Affairs Council

The Academic Affairs Council is committed to creating and maintaining a wholesome and effective learning environment where academic excellence is emphasized.

The major responsibilities of the Academic Affairs Council include academic planning and accountability, curriculum development and deployment, academic policies and priorities, articulation agreements, state, national, and specialized accreditations, long-ranging planning and strategic leadership.

Members of the Academic Affairs Council are the Vice President of Academic Affairs, academic department chairs, and the Registrar.


  • Dr. Michelle Schoon

    Vice President of Academic Affairs

    Dr. Michelle SchoonDr. Michelle Schoon has been associated with the college since 1990 and became Natural Science & Mathematics department chair in 1997.

    Dr. Schoon received the Stirnaman Award for Teaching Excellence (2005-2006); Who's Who's Among American College Instructors (2001, 2002, 2004, 2007); Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence (2000-2001); and NISOD master teacher award (1996).

    Dr. Schoon earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology education from Bethany College, her Master’s degree in curriculum and Instruction from Wichita State University, and her Educational Doctorate from Southwestern College.

    Dr. Schoon's office is located in Galle-Johnson 206B.
    Phone: 620.441.6584

  • Janice Stover

    Associate Vice President of Academics and Secondary Partnerships

    Janice StoverJanice Stover began her Cowley College career in 1991 as an assistant to the Endowment Association director when the capital campaign was launched to build the Brown Center. From 1997 to 2015, she served as Director of Academic Enrichment and Director of Continuing Education. She was promoted to AVP of Academics and Secondary Partnerships in 2015.


    Stover provides support and oversight to academic operations within the college.  Concurrent enrollment, scheduling, non-credit enrichment activities, and assisting with hiring and training of instructors are some of her areas of responsibility.


    Janice received the Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development in May, 2000.  During her time at Cowley she has worked on many quality initiative teams and presented at a number of national conferences.


    She holds a Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Wichita State University, a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Kansas State University, and an Associate of Arts degree from Colby Community College.   Her husband, Tad, is an insurance and real estate agent and partner at Samford-Stover Agency in Arkansas City.  They have two adult daughters, Andrea and Stacia.

    Her office is located in Galle-Johnson, 206A.
    Phone: 620.441.5247

  • Chris Cannon

    Department Chair, Health & Human Services

    Chris CannonChris Cannon is the Director of EMS Education and Department Chair for Health and Human Services at Cowley College. Chris graduated from Cowley’s first MICT (Paramedic) program in 1997 and returned as a full-time MICT instructor in 2005. In 2008, Cannon became Department Chair of the Allied Health Department and EMS Program Director. In 2013 he became the Department Chair for the newly formed Health & Human Services Department. In 2017 he became the Academic Grants Director and oversees the annual Perkins grant as well as the Vocational Capital Outlay and Academic Technology grants.

    With over two decades of EMS and fire experience, he brings an intimate understanding of many different EMS and public safety systems to the classroom. Cannon is a strong advocate for alternative course delivery modes and innovative approaches to adult education. He developed the first ever hybrid EMT and Paramedic courses in Kansas and helped move the instructional delivery model of the Paramedic program to an active, engaged learner approach.

    As the Department Chair, he guides and oversees all EMS and healthcare-related courses, the Criminal Justice program, the Cosmetology program, the Early Childcare program, the Education program, and the Paramedic program. He also helps develop academic policy for the college, develops new college academic programs, evaluates and approves curricular changes at the college, and a host of other duties. He is responsible for guiding and ensuring excellence within the department. He has chaired numerous AQIP action teams, including Online Education Delivery, Professional Development and Online Education Quality. Chris received the N.I.S.O.D. Master Teacher award in 2007, the college’s Young Achiever Award in 2007, and the Kansas Council for Workforce Education Inside the Field Leadership award in 2016.

    His office is located in the Winfield Center, 1406 East 8th Avenue, Winfield, KS, 67156.
    Phone: 620.229.5985

  • Marlys Cervantes

    Department Chair, Humanities

    Marlys CervantesMarlys Cervantes has been at the College since 2000 and currently teaches creative writing, literature and composition classes.


    While at Cowley, she has earned the Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence and NISOD Master Teacher Award, as well as the Tiger Booster of the Year 2004.  Cervantes was Cowley’s commencement speaker in 2007.


    Prior to coming to Cowley, she taught composition at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, where she earned her Master’s degree in English, with an emphasis in contemporary Native American literature.

    Her office is located in the Brown Center on the main campus.

    Office: Brown Center, Humanities Office, Room 128
    Phone: 620.441.5560

  • Mark Flickinger

    Department Chair, Visual and Performing Arts

    Mark FlickingerMark Flickinger was appointed department chair in the Spring of 2015. Flickenger has been at Cowley College since 2001 as an instructor of Art History, Painting, and Drawing.


    Flickinger, a California native, earned a Bachelor's degree in Painting and Drawing from WSU, and a Master's in Painting from Indiana University. He has shown his work in many galleries across the country, including Axis in Philadelphia, Browns in Boise, Idaho and Jay-Addington in Chicago, as well as having solo exhibitions at Exhibit A Gallery,  Savannah.

    His office is located in the Kerr Technical Building on the main campus.
    Phone: 620.441.5255

  • Devin Graves


    Devin GravesDevin Graves has been at Cowley College since 2006 as Director of Adult Education Programs. While at Cowley he has secured over $1.2 million in grant awards. He was appointed Registrar of the College in September, 2014.


    Graves also teaches Computer Applications face-to-face and online. Graves holds a Bachelor of Arts in Education from Southwestern College, A Master of Business Administration from Southwestern College, and a Master of Science in Adult Occupational and Continuing Education from Kansas State University.

    His office is located in Galle Johnson, 204C.
    Phone: 620.441.5595

  • Todd Shepherd

    Department Chair, Social Science

    Todd ShepherdTodd Shepherd has been at Cowley College since 1999 as a macroeconomics, microeconomics, math, and astronomy Instructor, and became Department Chair in 2002.
    Shepherd received the NISOD Master Teacher Award 2002 and the Who's Who Among America's College Teachers.
    He has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master’s degree in Economics from the University of Missouri.

    His office is located in the Brown Center Office, Room 103.
    Phone: 620.441.6584

  • Dr. Scott Layton

    Department Chairperson, Natural Science

    Michelle SchoonDr. Scott Layton has been employed with Cowley since 2002 and teaches Principles of Biology, General Biology, Microbiology, and Undergraduate Research. While at Cowley, he has earned the Endowed Chair for Teaching Excellence, NISOD Master Teacher Award, and Stirnaman Award for Teaching Excellence. He currently serves as Phi Theta Kappa co-sponsor.

    Her office is located in Galle-Johnson, #303 D.
    Phone: 620.441.5331