College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


Online and Professional Education

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Dr. Paul AtchleyPaul Atchley

Associate Dean for Online and Professional Education

Atchley received his doctorate from the University of California, Riverside, in 1996 and completed postdoctoral training at the Beckman Institute at the University of Illinois in 1998. Atchley has been teaching in the online environment for a decade and has been part of efforts at KU to use online education to improve student success.

As a cognitive scientist, Atchley has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and chapters on issues of vision and attention and their relationship to driving. He has received awards for his research, teaching, and student advising. His work has also been featured by national and international media outlets and programs, including the BBC, “Car Talk” on NPR, “Katie” with Katie Couric, and the New York Times.


Denise FarmerDenise Farmer

Academic Success Coach

Denise is responsible for advising students in the College’s online program as well as advising on campus students pursuing the BGS Liberal Arts & Sciences degree.  Her role includes working with online students from the point of inquiry to graduation and assisting them with achieving their educational goals.  She is responsible for developing and teaching the online program’s version of LA&S 150 “Academic Success Seminar”.  She also provides support to the Assistant Director for Academic Outreach & Online Programs.

Prior to Denise’s current role, she worked for the College as a Graduation Advisor and also for the KU Law Registrar’s Office.  She has a BA in History from UCSB and an MA in Russian and East European Studies from KU.


Samantha MontagueSamantha Montague

Assistant Director for Academic Outreach and Online Programs

Samantha Montague is the Assistant Director for Academic Outreach and Online Programs in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Samantha was previously a graduation advisor in Student Academic Services. She has been with KU in various roles since 2003, and with the College since 2010.

Samantha has been recognized for her service to the College in her various roles. She regularly wins praise from students for going the extra distance for their success. One student wrote, "You let me know how close I was to finishing my degree and gave me that final push to finish. I know you were just doing your job but I am forever grateful."


Center for Online and Distance Learning

The KU Center for Online and Distance Learning was established in the summer of 2011 as a faculty service organization and campus resource for hybrid, online, and distance teaching and learning. Since then, CODL has worked with faculty from across campus to support KU’s online learning presence and bring you innovative pedagogy and teaching and learning technologies. They also provide media production services for online delivery, exam proctoring, and can answer your questions about KU online courses.



Career Center imageUniversity Career Center

The University Career Center (UCC) offers a wide range of quality services that support and challenge you at all points on your career development and implementation path. To guide you as you prepare for post-graduate career success, three separate yet interdependent functional service teams are in place — Career Education, Career Networks, and Administration. Collectively, these teams offer individualized advising services, quality career planning courses, and outreach programs. We also offer numerous opportunities to help you connect with leading employers from around the country and the world, on campus, and online.

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