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Tom Walker


Wm. Thomas Walker is the Dean of the School of Professional & Continuing Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. In his capacity as dean he oversees all professional and continuing education activity for the university. A native of Mobile, AL, his educational background includes degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of North Texas, and a Doctor of Arts in music performance from the University of Northern Colorado.

Prior to his appointment at UMSL, Walker had been at Oklahoma State University where he served as Associate Dean for continuing education in the College of Arts & Sciences and held a faculty appointment in the Department of Music. Continuing education programming flourished under his leadership and included a wide variety of credit and non-credit activity. A notable contribution was the development of an online course creation program which recruited faculty, provided technical and instructional design assistance, and a broad array of services for students. This program led to exponential growth in enrollment and course offerings of the unit.

Walker’s doctoral research (The Effects of an Epoxy Resin Surface Coating on the Characteristic Sound of the Trombone) inspired his continuing interest in music technology. He developed a series of four courses in music technology and analog and digital recording technology. He also provided digital editing and mastering services for music department faculty and ensemble recordings.

Walker has also worked extensively as a trombonist, arranger, and conductor. While serving as Music Director for the Oklahoma Hall of Fame awards show he worked with such luminaries as Steve Allen, Vince Gill, Reba McEntire, and others, for which on three occasions he received an Angel Award by Excellence In Media. His musical arrangements have been widely performed and broadcast and as a conductor he has worked with some of the world’s most notable jazz musicians. Walker has also performed and recorded widely as a trombonist, including a U.S. State Department tour of Portugal and the former Soviet Union with the University of North Texas One O’clock Jazz Band. His work with Spiritual to the Bone (a jazz trombone ensemble) included five CD’s, U.S. and European tours, and an invitation to perform at the International Trombone Festival in 2003.  

Prior to joining the music faculty at Oklahoma State University Walker served on the faculty at the University of Central Florida and as a graduate teaching assistant at the University of Northern Colorado. His articles and reviews have appeared in professional music journals and he has presented at both music and continuing education professional meetings. He is a member of the University Professional Education Association and the Association for Continuing Higher Education.

Deborah Baldini


Dr. Deborah Baldini serves as the Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences and as the Associate Dean for the College of Fine Arts and Communication, School of Professional & Continuing Studies. She provides leadership for the Advanced Credit Program, the Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education, the Foreign Language Connection, the Gateway Writing Project, the Next Chapter Book Club, and the continuing education programming for the departments within both Colleges.

A member of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, Dr. Baldini has taught Spanish at UMSL since 1980. She has published software for college-level Spanish, has served as a reviewer of college-level Spanish textbooks and multimedia projects, and has served as a consultant to high schools, community colleges, and universities. Dr. Baldini is a member of the Board of Program Reviewers for the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), is a member of the National Screening Committee for the U.S. Student Fulbright Program, and is the Chair of the Liberal Learning Community of Practice for the University Continuing Education Association. She has presented papers at numerous state and national conferences and is a member of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, the American Translators Association, the Foreign Language Teachers Association, the University Continuing Education Association, and the American Council on Education Missouri Network for Women in Higher Education.

Dr. Baldini received a BA cum laude in Spanish Language and Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, an MA in Spanish Language and Literature from Washington University in St. Louis, and a PhD in Educational Psychology from the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Dr. Baldini also completed the Management Development Program at Harvard University.

Perry Drake


Perry is the Digital Media Marketing Program Director & Assistant Professor for the School of Professional & Continuing Studies and the College of Business Administration.

Perry comes from New York University where he taught and created leading edge classes and curriculum including Social Media Analytics & Measurement, Advanced Web Analytics using Adobe SiteCatalyst, and SAS Data Mining for Marketers Certification. He forged unique relationships with various vendors such as Adobe (using their SiteCatalyst product for Webtracking), Netbase (a major social listening tool) and SAS (the premier data analytics tool). He also regularly involved his students in the Google Paid Search Challenge (an international university competition) and the Adobe Web Analytics Competition. He taught at both the graduate and undergraduate level. He also received two outstanding teaching awards during his 14 years at NYU. In addition, Perry also does various training programs for the Direct Marketing Association located in New York City.

Melissa Hattman


Melissa is the Director of Community College Relations. Among her other responsibilities as director , Melissa provides direction and oversight for the PCS Outreach program, a program for degree completion of select undergraduate and graduate degrees on community college campuses in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

Melissa joined the University of Missouri  Office of Admissions in 1996 and has more than 20 years of combined experience in secondary and post secondary education, both as a teacher and an administrator. In her 13 year tenure ,she has served UMSL as Director of Admissions and Director of Transfer Services. She is currently serving a six year term as a board trustee for St. Louis Community College. Melissa is an UMSL graduate with a master’s degree in Adult and Higher Education.

Clark Hickman


Clark J. Hickman is Associate Dean for the School of Professional & Continuing Studies and Associate Research Professor of Educational Psychology, Research and Evaluation in the College of Education. 

He earned his doctorate in educational psychology and adult education in 1993. His teaching area is research methods, and his research area is teacher efficacy and program evaluation in distance education. He is a 2002 alum of the UM President’s Leadership Institute and a co-recipient of a 2001 Award for Excellence for a Continuing Education initiative by the University Continuing Education Association. In addition to his teaching and administrative duties, he is a manuscript reviewer for two international journals and, in 2007-2008, led a national committee on distance education. He is also a Commission on the UPCEA Learning, Instruction and Technology Commission, running through 2011.