Personalized Support for Your Educational Journey
At Rasmussen College, you can confidently pursue your degree knowing our diverse and experienced team of faculty are dedicated to your success. Not only do our faculty teach as instructors, but they are professionals in their field who collaborate with you and help you along your educational journey.
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Surgical Technology Program Coordinator Krista Vylasek, CST, BS
In 2019, Vylasek received the Chris Keegan Memorial Educator Scholarship Award for her commitment to the advancement of the surgical technology and surgical assisting fields. Vylasek uses her firsthand student experience to help support and encourage her students.
- General Education
- Education: Arizona State University, M.A. in English Literature; Oklahoma State University, B.A. in English, University of South Florida, significant coursework in American Film Studies
Assistant Professor Phillips is passionate about teaching and has taught as a college professor for over 20 years in General Education, English and Humanities, and she also has an extensive administrative background. In 2010, she was awarded the Innovative Educator Award from Austin Community College. She also received the honor of Educator of the Month from VoiceThread in 2012. Previously, she was a contributing author in the Classroom 2.0 Anniversary Book Project and has been published in Faculty Focus magazine.
Dr. Joyvina Evans
- Graduate Education
- Education: Walden University, Ph.D. in Public Health, M.S. in Public Health; Central Michigan University, M.S. in Administration; Baker College, B.B.A.
For over a decade, Dr. Evans has been deeply involved in higher education and public health, including clinical, academic and administrative research. Dr. Evans is dedicated to producing an interactive and collaborative teaching environment that helps give students a voice. She has co-authored multiple articles, presented at the state and national levels and participated in various health-related research projects and trials. Dr. Evans is also a member of the American Public Health Association (APHA) and Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA).
- School of Business
- Education: North Central College, M.S. in Business Administration; Northern Illinois University, B.S. in Marketing; Waubonsee Community College, A.S. in Business
Since 2009, Assistant Professor Samuelson has been working with Rasmussen College to improve teaching innovation, learning outcomes and comprehensive student support. He is one of the leaders in Rasmussen College’s Flex Choice® Competency-Based Education (CBE), a modality that helps students balance work and college life. In 2017 and 2018, he presented at the CBExchange conference to help maintain Rasmussen College’s quality standards and faculty engagement with CBE. He is scheduled to attend again in 2019.
- School of Health Sciences
- Education: Capella University, pursuing her Doctorate, M.S. in Human Services; Clark Atlanta University, B.S. in Community Health and Preventive Medicine; Purdue University Global, M.P.H.
Ms. Gilmore-Byrd is passionate about improving the overall health and human services offered to those who are most susceptible to disparities. She also serves Brevard County, FL, as a Guardian Ad Litem and Certified Mediator. In addition to her faculty work and dedicated volunteering, she has served on Rasmussen College’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and conducts all the Cultural and Diversity trainings for incoming Guardian Ad Litems in the county.
- School of Design
- Education: Kennesaw State University, M.S. in Information Design; University of Wisconsin-Stout, B.F.A. in Graphic Design
Not only has Mr. Mindiola worked as a Rasmussen College instructor since 2008, but he comes to his classroom with an abundance of real-world experience in graphic design and production art. With technical skills in Mac, PC, Adobe® Illustrator®, Adobe Photoshop®, Adobe InDesign®, QuarkXPress, Adobe Acrobat®, Microsoft® Office, Adobe Flash®, Adobe Dreamweaver®, Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Audition, HTML and CSS, he approaches instruction with a deep desire to help students succeed. Previously, he won awards for vita.mn magazine cover contest and best designed booth from Shepherd Incorporated. He also contributed his expertise in the field of graphic design as part of a lecture at Loras College.
Dr. Mary Muhs
- School of Education
- Education: Walden University, Ed.D. in Early Childhood Education (candidate); National Louis University, M.Ed. in Early Childhood Admin; University of Illinois, B.A. in Speech Communication and Certificate in Child Development and Child Care Admin
Dr. Muhs has spent years dedicated to enhancing the training of future educators. Her time at Bright Horizons Family Solutions gave her firsthand knowledge of child development and administration. Dr. Muhs has years of experience presenting, publishing and developing early childhood education curriculum for both online and on-campus programs. She has also won awards and recognition for her work as an instructor, and is a member of various national education associations, such as the National Association of Early Childhood Teach Educators (NAECTE), National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC & MNAEYC).
- School of Justice Studies
- Education: University of Minnesota Law School, J.D.; University of Minnesota College of Liberal Arts, B.A. in Political Science
Professor Olson has over 25 years of law experience, both in solo practice and partnership. His wealth of real-world law and business experience is applied directly in the classroom, where he has been teaching since 2005. Professor Olson develops his online and on-campus curriculum using his extensive knowledge of legal work and problem solving in areas such as real estate, probate, estate planning, civil and criminal appellate cases. He serves on the board of several local community organizations, including as president of Long Prairie Rotary.
Dr. Tami Rogers
- School of Nursing
- Education: Capella University, Doctorate of Philosophy in Nursing Education; University of Phoenix, M.S.N.; Florida State University, B.S.N.; Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine
From registered nurse and veterinarian to lead nursing instructor and curriculum consultant, Dr. Rogers has spent over 20 years in health sciences and nursing. In turn, she uses her breadth of knowledge and expertise as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) to teach current and future nurses. Dr. Rogers is also the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program chair at Rasmussen College. Her passionate work as a nursing faculty member has earned her a collection of esteemed awards and scholarships. She has both authored and contributed to numerous publications and is a member of nursing and faculty societies, including the Southern Nursing Research Society, International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, Society for Simulation in Healthcare and American Association for Critical Care Nurses.
- School of Technology
- Education: Fairfield University Dolan School of Business, M.B.A. in Information Technology and E-Business; B.S. in Information Systems
I can honestly say the instructor made all the difference in my experience. He took the time to engage students and reach out at every level. The instructor made the class feel inclusive and encouraged a lot of conversations.
School of Business Graduate
What Sets Our Faculty Apart?
There’s no better way to learn than from industry-experienced faculty who are experts in their field.
Rasmussen College invests in faculty development preparing them to teach today’s learners.
Whether on campus, online or through competency-based education (CBE), our focus is to maximize student learning and success.
Empowering Students with Qualified Faculty
Every student has a unique story and unique needs. Our faculty are qualified in their field of study, bringing practical and professional experience to the classroom to support student learning.
Graduate faculty guide and support student learning through activities enhancing independent thinking, research skills and the application of knowledge. Our full-time graduate faculty are actively involved in scholarly work with deep educational and industry experience. As experts in their field, they are equipped to help students manage their unique experience and complete a rigorous program of study.
Whether students want to move forward in their current career or are ready for a change, faculty teaching undergraduate students have the curriculum and resources to help. Combining their academic and professional experience, our faculty are committed to helping students attain the advanced skills and knowledge needed to meet their career goals.
There are a lot of factors people face when deciding to go back to school. What I’ve learned is that when you feel down and are having a hard time—befriend the experts. Your professors are your experts and they will guide you to the next phase of your life.
School of Design Graduate
Collaborating Beyond the Classroom: Graphic Design Instructor and Alumnus for the Win
The Rasmussen College Mankato campus provided the platform for Eric Melhorn, a Graphic Design instructor, and Doug Monson, a Graphic Design graduate, to build their futures on. Little did they know, their paths would stay connected outside of the classroom, too.
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My goal is to make sure each student enrolled in my course feels valued, encouraged and motivated from start to finish.
General Education Faculty Member