Seminar Founders

michelle pacansky-brock

Michelle Pacansky-Brock, Ed.D.

Michelle 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. Currently Michelle is a Teaching and Learning Innovations Specialist at California State University - Channel Islands, is a columnist at EdSurge, and is writing the second edition of her book, Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies.

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.  Active in the National 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 has also served as a community college vice president, criminal investigator, and justice agency administrator.