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Dr. Michalec received his PhD from the University of Colorado-Boulder. He is the recipient of the University of Denver's 2015 Distinguished Teaching Award and the former director of student teaching at Skidmore College. He serves on editorial boards for the newsletter EnCouragement and the journal Democracy and Education, leads professional development for religious communities, and is a founding member of Colorado Courage and Renewal. His research interests include teacher education, effective instruction in higher education, spiritual dimensions of teaching, and teacher renewal/formation. Dr. Michalec enjoys biking, baking, drawing, nature study, pursuing a MA in Theological Studies, and reading in the areas of theology, poetry, philosophy, identity, and educational-spiritual reform. Portfolio.