Seminar Founders

michelle pacansky-brock

Michelle Pacansky-Brock, Ed.D.

Michelle (@brocansky) is a noted leader in online teaching and learning. She has more than 15 years of experience in California's public higher education system, including teaching and supporting online/blended faculty at community colleges and 4-year universities. She is the author of Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies (in its 2nd edition), a columnist for EdSurge, and currently serves as Faculty Mentor, Digital Innovation for the California Community College Online Education Initiative. Learn more about Michelle at

Steven L. Smith, MA, CPP

Steve has been in teaching / public education since 1988.  In 2013, he created 1st Person Seminars Higher Education Consulting, LLC to host professional learning seminars for teaching faculty, college administrators, and private industry professionals.  Active in the Great Teachers Movement since 1997, he created the NGTM website in 2001 to help keep its practitioners connected. While most of his career was in the community college classroom as faculty/department chair, he also served as a community college vice president.