Mr. Terry Michaels

Mr. Terry Michaels

Title: Adjunct Military History Professor
Dept/Program: Army ROTC
Phone: 330-972-7454


Terry P Michaels, a native of Ohio, graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Akron in 1986 and a Master’s Degree in Administration from Central Michigan University in 2000.  He is also a graduate of the US Army’s Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, KS.

 Following his commissioning through The University of Akron’s Army ROTC in 1986, he served in the active duty Army for 23 years and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2010. His service included duty with the 101st Airborne Division in Fort Campbell, KY; the 3rd Infantry Division, and 7th Army in the Federal Republic of Germany and Iraq; the 1st and 24th Infantry Divisions in Fort Riley, Kansas and the 10th Mountain Division in Iraq.  Mr. Michaels completed his active service as an instructor at the Command and General Staff College. Following his active service, he began teaching ROTC at the University of Mount Union and Kent State University, before returning to the University of Akron Army ROTC as the Enrollment and Scholarship Advisor in 2012.  He retired again in 2023 from the Advisor position and currently works as an Adjunct Professor teaching a U.S. Military History class for Akron’s Army ROTC program.


  • Mr. Michaels' military education includes the Field Artillery Officers Basic and Advanced Courses, Combined Arms Service and Staff School, Command and General Staff College, and the Army’s Professional Resource Management Course at Syracuse University. Mr. Michaels’ awards and decorations include; the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal with 2OLC, Army Commendation Medal with 3OLC, Army Achievement Medal with 3OLC, Iraqi Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal with bronze star device, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Combat Action Badge, Parachutist Badge, and Air Assault Badge.