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Michael Abelson

Associate Chair

Associate Professor

Harris Hall 5186

Office hours: Monday, 1 p.m.-2 p.m.; Wednesday, 3 p.m.-4 p.m.


Dr. Michael Abelson began teaching Focused Inquiry in 2007. He served as GTA Coordinator for the department from 2009-2017 and in 2018 he was elected Associate Chair. He teaches UNIV 111, 112, 200 and 299. Previously, Dr. Abelson taught English at the University of Ostrava and Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. He earned an interdisciplinary B.A. in Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Iowa, an M.A. in Educational Policy Studies, specializing in Comparative Education, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an Ed.D. in Higher Education Leadership at VCU.


  • Ed. D.- Higher Education Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.A. Educational Policy Studies, Comparative Education, University Wisonconsin
    at Madison
  • B.A. in  Literature, Science, and the Arts, University of Iowa


  • UNIV 111
  • UNIV 112
  • UNIV 200
  • UNIV 299