AIU Faculty Offers Real-World Experience

Among our AIU faculty are recognized industry specialists, many of whom have served as executives, entrepreneurs, IT engineers, intelligence specialists or crime scene investigators.

Experience Education for the Real World

Lori Wilcox, Master of Education, 2013

Amanda Schmeichel, Bachelor of Business Admin., 2015

I completed my Bachelor's degree in 22 months with the credits that transferred over. It was awesome.

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AIU's faculty bring a wealth of experience directly into your coursework. Class sizes are kept small, enabling a collaborative, focused environment. Meet a few of our faculty members below.

Patrice Nybro
Business Faculty Member

Patrice Nybro worked her way through undergrad and grad school on her way to a 20-year career as a Wall Street executive. Her passion for teaching brought her to AIU, where her flair for storytelling helps her share her experience and connect with students in our business degree programs.

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Dr. Belinda Smith
Business Faculty Member

Belinda Smith, Ph.D., is an entrepreneur and consultant as well as a mother, grandmother and U.S. Army veteran. A longtime advocate of online learning, she has taught in the AIU School of Business for more than a decade. "I don't have lectures," she says, "I have conversations with my students."

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Dr. David Lounsbury
Criminal Justice Faculty Member

Dr. David Lounsbury served as a special agent for the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Command with a specialty in counter narcotics and counter-narcotics terrorism. Today, he imparts the experiences of his life to AIU criminal justice students in the online classroom.

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Daniel Rinehart
Criminal Justice Faculty Member

Daniel Rinehart has 30+ years' experience in law enforcement and crime scene investigation and now teaches courses in criminal justice at AIU. Of his students, he says, "I give them things that I've been through, real-world situations that they can relate to in today's life. So when you take that CSI moment from TV, I'm going to show you what it really involves."

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Andrew Mahaney
IT Faculty Member

In addition to teaching information technology courses at AIU, Andrew Mahaney is currently a lead software engineer for global security and defense technology company Northrup Grumman, where his experience includes work on the new PATRIOT Missile Interceptor Defense System. As part of his nearly 30-year IT career to date, he also spent 15 years working in the defense industry, including the FBI and National Security Agency (NSA), and 10 years as an intelligence specialist for the U.S. Marine Corps. and U.S. Army.

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Classes Start January 16, 2019