Staff Directory

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Nick Williams

Nick Williams became the director of the Individualized Major Program in fall 2010. Nick is an associate professor of English who specializes in British Romanticism, especially the poetry of William Blake. He has been on the IMPís Faculty Committee for over a decade and has served on the IMP Advisory Committee. The imaginative breadth of IMP students and their willingness to strike out into new areas has been his main inspiration for working with the program.

Nick consults with students in the initial stages of deciding whether their proposed course of study coheres and also helps students think of faculty whom they might want to approach as sponsors. He convenes the Advisory Committee in its consideration of the overall direction of the program and serves as a committee member for many admission interviews and final project reviews.

Paul Aarstad
Assistant Director

Paul Aarstad has been the IMPís assistant director since spring 2003. His previous experience includes stints advising for the College of Arts and Sciences and the Kelley School of Business. As assistant director, Paul talks with students about their interests and how the IMP can help. He also works with faculty sponsors and committee members, and consults with the director on procedural and policy issues.

Paul enjoys helping students discover ways their college education can be tailored to suit their abilities, goals, and passions. He welcomes inquiries about the IMP from students at every stage of the exploratory process.

Kristen Murphy
Student Services Assistant

Kristen Murphy handles the day-to-day operations of the IMP office, such as scheduling appointments, processing applications, and event planning. She also maintains the IMP Web site. Kristen holds a masterís degree in higher education and student affairs from Indiana University and has worked at IU since 2002 in positions involving student recruitment, event planning, Web design, writing, and editing.