Below is the personal communication plan I share with students.

Office Hours (Eastern Time)

How to Reach Me

I love to meet with students face-to-face, so feel free to drop by my office during office hours—or make an appointment if those times don’t work for you.

The easiest way to reach me is through email ( I will respond with 36 hours—and usually much sooner than that, especially if your message arrives during office hours. (Keep in mind that I do not open any attachments. All assignments must be posted through Ivy Learn.)

For those of you who prefer chatting, I’ll keep my Google Hangouts open during Advising hours. As long as I’m not meeting with another student, I’ll chat back.

Phone calls are always welcome. My number is 765-651-3100 X3438.

PS: You are welcome to use messaging through Ivy Learn; those messages go directly to my email. (I recommend setting up your notifications to do the same.)

If You Can’t Reach Me

I’ll be sure to let you know if I’m away for any extended amount of time, but you can count on not hearing from me on Sundays and holidays.

If all else fails, please contact Prof. Tom Chester (765-651-3100 ext. 3415), who is my department Chair. He may or may not be able to take care of your question immediately, but he will let me know the urgency of your request when I return.

Our Formal Communication

We will use Ivy Learn for most of our formal communication.


Every time I have a message for the whole class, it will be posted to the Announcement page, and it will also automatically be emailed to you.

Discussion Boards

I will read all discussions, but I will not always participate. My desire is to make the discussion board a safe place for students to share ideas openly and freely.

Course Calendar

Please view the course calendar every day. I will not be sending email reminders of your tasks. It is your responsibility to keep track of upcoming deadlines and assignments as you move through the term.

If I Can’t Reach You

If you are not participating in the course and if I can’t reach you by email, I will use Ivy Advising to communicate my concerns. These notes will flag your adviser so you can have even more support.