Activation Teams (AcT) are the foundation of the strategic planning process at Wichita State University. Each AcT has been assigned one of the on-goals to critically review. Teams conducted a SWOT analysis, an asset map and hosted critical conversations related to their assigned goal. Teams reported their findings to the Strategic Planning Committee for review and consideration. Those same findings were shared at a Town Hall on May 2, 2019.

Activation Teams (AcT) will continue to meet monthly throughout the academic year. 

AcT Descriptions (PDF)


APPLIED LEARNING: Guarantee an applied learning or research experience for every student by each academic program


Michael Jorgensen, Chairperson and Associate Professor - Chair

John PerryAssociate Dean for Academic Operations & Undergraduate Program & Professor -  Chair-elect

INTERDISCIPLINARY: Pioneer an educational experience for all that integrates interdisciplinary curricula across the university.


Aleks Sternfeld-Dunn ChairDirector & Associate Professor, School of Music - Chair

Mark Vermillion Chairperson and Professor - Chair-elect

COMMUNITY & INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS: Capitalize systemically on relevant existing and emerging societal and economic trends that increase quality educational opportunities.


Debra Fraser , Director and General Manager, KMUW - Chair

Clay StoldtAssociate Dean and Professor - Chair-elect

 INNOVATION: Accelerate the discovery, creation, and transfer of new knowledge.


Gary BrookingChair and Teaching Professor - Chair

Tonya Witherspoon, Director, Commercial Ventures & Applied Innovation - Chair-elect

CAMPUS CULTURE: Empower students to create a campus culture and experience that meets their changing needs.


Bobby Gandu, Director, Undergraduate Admissions - Chair

Bobby Berry, Human Performance Lab Manager & Clinical Educator - Chair-elect

INCLUSION: Be a campus that reflects—in staff, faculty, and students—the evolving diversity of society.


Deanna Carrithers, Director of Operations, Diversity and Community Engagement- Chair

Gery Markova - Associate Professor, Co-chair

ASSESSMENT/INCENTIVES/REWARD: Create a new model of assessment, incentive, and reward processes to accomplish our vision and goals.


Judy EspinozaExecutive Director of Human Resources - Chair

John Dreifort - Professor & Graduate Coordinator - Co-Chair