Director, AU Core and University College
Brad G. Knight serves as the Director of the AU Core and University College at American University. He provides leadership, direction, and oversight for a wide spectrum of initiatives related to undergraduate education, including the university-wide general education program, AU Core, and residential living-learning programs, University College, AU Cornerstone, and Sophomore Living-Learning Communities. In this role, he focuses on curriculum design, student experience, institutional assessment and continuous improvement, and faculty development programs and events. Brad has also taught as an Adjunct Instructor at The George Washington University.
Senior Coordinator, AU Cornerstone
Ashley Barnes is the Senior Coordinator for the AU Cornerstone program while also working closely with University College Living-Learning Community. Ashley has worked in higher education administration for nine years. Ashley has a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Howard University and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Nevada Las Vegas. She also holds a graduate certificate in Leadership for Organizational Change from American University School of Public Affairs. Ashley enjoys running half/full marathons and hanging out with family and friends.
Faculty Director, Complex Problems
Adam has been with the College Writing Program since 2004. He graduated from the University of Dayton in 1999 with a BA in English, then came to AU's MFA Program. His poetry recently appeared in the anthology Singing in the Darkness, as well as in the journals The Delmarva Review, The Cold Mountain Review, and the Innishfree Poetry Journal.
Program Assistant, University College
Kyrsten is a first year Graduate Student with SPA. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she double majored in French and Francophone Studies and Criminology, Law and Justice. Before her time at AU, she worked with attorneys in a variety of offices, from personal injury to immigration law. She likes finding new places to eat, crafting and is excited to see what DC has to offer.
Program Assistant, AU Cornerstone
Paul is a first year graduate student at the School of International Service. He completed his undergraduate degree at George Fox University, studying History and Politics. His interests include hiking, playing guitar, and creating all sorts of baked goods.