Meet some of our faculty, students and alumni

Meet some people who make the College of Arts and Sciences the vibrant place it is. We love telling the stories of our faculty and staff, students and alumni. Their experiences are diverse, but they all share a passion for K-State.

Faculty and staff

  • David Auckly: Whether he's having puzzles published in the New York Times, inspiring students, or climbing a mountain, Dr. David Auckly brings a passion for mathematics wherever he goes.
  • Susan Brown: See how this professor is putting K-State on the map in disease prevention thanks to the tiny red flour beetle.
  • Gregory Eiselein: "The people and the culture here are truly remarkable."

  • Sherry Fleming: "To me, the most important aspect of my job is to share the importance of the immune system and make research exciting to everyone."
  • Wayne Goins: This University Distinguished Professor brings the heart and soul of jazz to his music as well as his classroom.
  • Phil Nel: From Dr. Seuss to Harry Potter, one of the world's top literary experts is found in the College of Arts & Sciences. Philip Nel, a university distinguished professor in English, brings his passion to the classroom.
  • Adam Szetela: Meet a young alumnus dedicated to bringing passion to the classroom to help students, "be participants in their own realities."
  • Michael Wesch: "As a small-town kid growing up 90 miles from Manhattan, I longed to see the world, so when I stepped into my first anthropology class at K-State I knew it was the right major for me... Now I am an anthropology professor at the place that inspired it all and I get to travel the world looking for great untold stories."
  • Anna Marie Wytko: This professor brings the world to K-State through her passion for music and performance.


  • Lauren Bruna: Lauren has found balance in her academics (majoring in Life Science, which blends science, math, and humanities) as well as her personal life in Manhattan.


  • Dan Biles: From journalist to state Supreme Court, there’s no limit to where a degree from the College of Arts and Sciences can take you.
  • Rich Jankovich: From physical education to musical theater, Rich Jankovich’s diverse experience at K-State helped shape his professional life in business.
  • Matt King: This former recipient of the Distinguished Young Alumni award earned a Fulbright scholarship, studied at Oxford, launched multiple entrepreneurial endeavors and was chosen to be a Fund Analyst for the World Bank Group all before the age of 30.
  • Yibo Liu: When Liu transferred to K-State from China, he was committed to pursuing an interest in biology. He found much more in Manhattan: “K-State gave me a great life orientation. I met my friends and my wife here, and I discovered my future here.”
  • Jessica Reyes: This English alumna helps students at Towson University in Maryland prepare for a workforce that demands excellent written communication and collaboration skills.
  • Mike Sharpe: From exploring academics to enjoying extracurriculars to meeting his wife, Sharpe shaped the future of his dreams thanks to K-State.