Dr. Jelena Ozegovic is the founding Faculty Director of the KCKCC Center for Teaching Excellence. The founding of this center results from an interest and commitment to faculty professional development with evidence-based, high impact practices that are consistent with the research in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. The Center strives to provide these services for all KCKCC faculty. Additionally, Dr. Ozegovic is a scholar/practitioner of psychology. She earned her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University Chicago and she is a licensed Psychologist in the State of Missouri. Dr. Ozegovic has over 20 years of experience as both an educator and clinician. She has served in both academic and administrative roles at Kansas City Kansas Community College and Robert Morris University-Illinois. While at Robert Morris University-Illinois, Dr. Ozegovic was an Associate Professor of Psychology and the Coordinator of Academic Assessment for the College of Liberal Arts. She also served as the Associate Dean of the College of Liberal Arts.
Dr. Ozegovic clinical experience includes working in diverse treatment settings such as community mental health, university counseling centers, substance abuse treatment centers, a juvenile detention center, as well as a Veteran’s Administration in-patient hospital. Dr. Ozegovic completed her post-doctoral work at The Center for Behavioral Medicine, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. This facility provides comprehensive psychiatric care and is associated with the Missouri Department of Mental Health. Dr. Ozegovic has published articles in the following journals: Journal of Counseling Psychology, Journal of College Student Development, as well as Training and Education in Psychology.
Tom Grady, MS
Faculty Assistant Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Instructor of Psychology
Tom Grady joined the Psychology department as a full-time faculty member in spring 2017. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Emporia State University. As an undergraduate, Tom was a member of the cross country/track and field teams and served as the co-captain of the cross country team at Emporia State when he was a senior.
Tom has also earned a Master of Science in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from Emporia State University and a Master of Science in Adult, Occupational and Continuing Education from Kansas State University. He has also earned 18 graduate hours in psychology courses. In addition to teaching psychology courses, he serves as the Faculty Assistant Director, Center for Teaching Excellence. Tom is not completely new to the department as he had been an adjunct faculty member since 2008.
Prior to coming to Kansas City Kansas Community College, he was a full-time psychology faculty member at Allen Community College and Neosho County Community College. While at Allen Community College, he earned the institution’s Outstanding Faculty Award and in 2004 earned the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence in Teaching Award. Most recently, Tom was the faculty development coordinator at Johnson County Community College from 2007 until December 2016. Serving in this role, he planned and organized the professional development opportunities for the full-time and adjunct faculty. Tom was also an assistant cross country/track & field coach at Emporia State University from 1996-1998 and at Allen Community College from 1998-2000.
Tom serves on the board for the Kansas City Professional Development Council and the Kansas Council for Workforce Education. Currently, Tom is authoring a book titled, “On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!.....Designing and Launching a Comprehensive Professional Development Program for Adjunct Faculty”
Julián González, MA
Coordinator of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Adjunct Instructor Philosophy
Julián González is a Blackboard Certified Trainer who joined KCKCC fall of 2016. He's earned a Master's in Applied Philosophy and Ethics from Texas State University, where he wrote his thesis on Martha Nussbaum's theory of human development. He was the vice-president of Phi Sigma Tau, the philosophy honors society and a graduate teaching assistant for Ethics & Society. Eventually earning in an instructor position after graduation.
His academic accomplishments include summer research programs at the University of Notre Dame, Princeton University, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, St. Olaf College, and Yale University.