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Michael Key

Learning Initiatives Coordinator, Office of Learning Resources

Part-Time Faculty, Staff

Academic Affairs and Learning Initiatives: Ryan C. Harris Learning Teaching Center (LTC)


Email: Michael Key
Phone: 937-229-2066
Website: Visit Site
Roesch Library, LTC Room 023A, +1302


Michael Key grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of Georgia. He has worked in higher education for over ten years; areas include Housing, Financial Aid, Alumni Relations, Writing Center, Service Education, and Academic Support. Michael also worked in Business for three years in the hospitality industry. He currently coordinates the University of Dayton's Tutoring center and the Becoming a Mindful Learner course for students in academic distress.


  • M.A. in Teaching English from the University of Dayton
  • B.A. in English Literature from Georgia College & State University

Courses Taught

  • UDI 055: Becoming a Mindful Learner
  • UDI 175: The Art & Science of Learning

Facilitated Reading Groups

  • 2019, Spring. Becoming a Learner by Matthew Sanders. Forthcoming.
  • 2016, Fall. Curious by Ian Leslie.

Journal Publications

Furterer, S., Schneider, K., Key, M., Zalewski, D., & Laudenberger, M. (2019). "Implementing Lean Six Sigma and Discrete-Event Simulation for Tutoring Operations in Higher Education Institutions." International Journal of Lean Six Sigma (Special Issue), 10. (Pending Review).

Furterer, S., Schneider, K., Key, M. B., & Zhang, Y. (2017). "A Lean Six-Sigma Approach for Improving Utilization of Walk-In Tutors." Quality Approaches in Education, 8(2), 24-34.

Zhang, Y., Schneider, K., Furterer, S. & Key, M. (2017). "A Lean Six Sigma Approach for Improving Utilization of Walk-In Tutors." A Fourth International Conference on Lean Six Sigma for Higher Education.

Chapter Publications

Key, Michael B. (2015) "The Anxiety of Disappearance." Neil Gaiman in the 21st Century: Essays on the Novels, Children's Stories, Online Writings, Comics and Other Works.  McFarland, 19-28.


Furterer, S. & Key, M. (2018, October). "Improve Your Organization’s Processes to Build a Roadmap for Student Success" (Yellow Belt Certification). Presented at the College Reading & Learning Association, Albuquerque, NM.

Key, M., Furterer, S., Schneider, K., (2017, November). Interdisciplinary Assessment and Development of Walk-In Tutoring Processes. Presented at the 50th Annual College Reading and Learning Association Conference. Pittsburgh, PA.

Zhang, Y., Schneider, K., Furterer, S. & Key, M. (2017, May). "A Lean Six Sigma Approach for Improving Utilization of Walk-In Tutors." Presented at the Lean Six Sigma in Higher Education Conference, West Lafayette, IN.

Key, M. (2014, October). "Disabling Disability Studies: Curious Incidents of Alterity in Postmodern Literature." Presented at the 45th Annual NeMLA Conference. Harrisburg, PA.

Key, M. (2014, November). "The importance of the Lop-sided: Asymmetrical Masculinity in DeLillo's Cosmopolis." Presented at the 1st University of Dayton's Graduate Conference in English Studies. Dayton, OH.