Learning Specialists

The Learning Enhancement team assists KCU students with the development and strengthening of skills to promote confidence and self-directed learning. Students are encouraged to set goals and work toward accomplishing them through a mixture of individual coaching, identification and utilization of resources and targeted action planning. Learning specialists work with students on any topic related to being successful academically, including study skills, time management, organizational skills and test taking.

Stacie Scrivner, RDH, MEd

Assistant Vice-Provost for Advising and Learning Enhancement  

Joplin Campus, Room 1609




  • Master of Education, William Woods University
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Science, Missouri Southern State University
  • Associate of Science in Dental Hygiene, Missouri Southern State University
  • Registered Dental Hygienist


Stacie’s career began in clinical practice as a registered dental hygienist. She evolved into higher education in 2009 teaching clinical and didactic dental hygiene courses. Her higher education background is in academic support, academic advising, board preparation and assisting students in their progression as a health care provider.

Her passion is to serve others in their educational journey and within her community. Outside of KCU, she is a mamma of drama with two girls. In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking and softball.

Robin Douglas

Learning Specialist – Student Services

Joplin Campus, Room 1609




  • Master of Science in Education, Missouri State University (Springfield)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, Missouri Southern State University (Joplin)


In 1995, Robin began serving students and faculty in higher education. Her career began at her alma mater where she taught courses in television production, instructional video, documentary, speech and the university experience. She was instrumental in the distribution of television courses, hybrid courses, internet courses, as well as the development of the Credit for Experiential/Prior Learning Office, the Office of Online Course Advisors and the Testing Services Office.

She served on Staff Senate for three years, was a First Year Experience Liaison and was an accepted member of the MSSU Leadership Academy. Robin has a passion for serving and acknowledges that every student has an interesting past, as well as an individual desire for their future. In her spare time, she likes to watch documentaries, keep up to date on current events and root for her beloved St. Louis Cardinals!

Jeannie Gilbert, MS

Learning Specialist – Student Services

Joplin Campus, Room 1621




  • Master of Science in Criminal Justice, University of Central Missouri
  • Bachelor of Science in Sociology, Missouri Southern State University
  • Associate of Arts in General Studies, Crowder College
  • Adult/Basic Education Career Certification (Missouri), Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education


Jeannie’s career in higher education started 22 years ago, when she began working as an Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) instructor. In that role, she also collaborated with an area university to help develop a health literacy program that integrated into adult education instruction. Additionally, she has presented sessions focused on learning styles and student outcomes at regional conferences.

Her expertise as a learning specialist stems from her work with AEL, academic advising, career and life planning, teaching courses ranging from basic math to college statistics as well as supervising a National College Testing Association-certified high stakes testing center.

Her passion is people. She truly enjoys helping others achieve success academically and personally. When’s she’s not working, Jeannie enjoys spending time with family and friends, and participating in outdoor activities such as hiking, kayaking and bike riding. She is also an avid reader.

Caleb Bayless, MEd

Learning Specialist - Student Services 

Joplin Campus

Office: Joplin Campus, Room 1619

Email: CBayless@kansascity.edu

Phone: 417.2080720


  • Master of Science in Education in School Administration, Missouri State University
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Business with an emphasis in Spanish, William Jewell College
  • Certified Spanish Educator, Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
  • International Teach English as a Foreign Language Instructor, International TEFL Teacher Training


Caleb’s journey commenced in the jungles of Costa Rica, where he ventured into the world of education by teaching English and bridging linguistic divides. Upon returning home, he began his journey in public education, spanning nearly 15 years. His roles as a teacher, coach, and administrator have left an indelible mark on countless individuals. 

With an unwavering commitment to mentorship, Caleb has guided and advised a multitude of education professionals, illuminating their paths to success and positively impacting innumerable students. Beyond his transformative work within the education sector, Caleb dedicates himself to raising two remarkable daughters. He continues to improve by actively engaging in global travel that broadens his horizons and writing in various media.