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2012 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success

June 19-23, 2012
Portland State University
Portland, Oregon

Institute Faculty

AAC&U is pleased to announce the faculty for its 2012 Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success. The 13 faculty members are nationally recognized scholars and practitioners with expertise across a wide array of subjects, and each will serve as a liaison for a number of campus teams throughout the institute. In addition, each faculty member will provide guidance and expertise in one of the institute's four tracks.

Susan Albertine, AAC&U
SAlbertineSusan Albertine is the vice president in the Office of Engagement, Inclusion, and Success at AAC&U. She provides leadership for the overall program of LEAP partner state initiatives, for programs and activities related to college readiness and student success, and for the Making Excellence Inclusive initiative. She serves as liaison to project contacts in the field, including policy, campus, business, P16, and community leaders.
Areas of expertise: general education; assessment; institutional planning and leadership; P-16; state system and campus collaboration; student engagement, inclusion, and success

Arleen Arnsparger, Center for Community College Student Engagement, University of Texas at Austin
AArnspargerArleen Arnsparger is project manager of the Initiative on Student Success at CCSSE. In her role leading the qualitative work of the Center, Arleen works with community colleges throughout the country, conducting focus groups and interviews with students to learn about their college experiences, interviewing presidents, and listening to faculty and staff. Arleen asks questions that get to the heart of people’s perceptions, experiences and actions. 
Areas of expertise: community college student engagement; using data to inform decision-making and target areas for improvement; designing and conducting focus groups with students, faculty and staff; high school to college transition; promoting successful outcomes for men of color
Track: Useful Evidence

Gary Brown, Portland State University
GBrownGary Brown is Director of the Center for Online Learning at PSU. He is a longtime pioneer in developing online collaboration learning spaces. He was lead developer of TLT Group’s Flashlight Online, and he has developed several online educational tools. He co-directs the AAEEBL ePortfolio organization and is a Senior Fellow with AAC&U working with the VALUE project. Gary and his teams have won best research awards from the National University Telecommunications Network 6 times, and he helped win an AERA award with his evaluation of FIPSE technology projects.
Areas of expertise: program evaluation; assessment; rubrics; ePortfolios; online learning; learning communities; multimedia writing; developmental education
Track: High-Impact Learning

Michele Cuomo, Queensborough Community College
MCuomoMichele Cuomo was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at QCC in 2010, after a two year appointment as Assistant Dean following a year spent in the Office of Academic Affairs as a Faculty Fellow. She became a member of the QCC faculty in the Fall of 2003, and was promoted to the rank of associate professor in the department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts five years later. She teaches a writing-intensive Theatre Arts class in acting, and has taught it as a Virtual Learning Community. She also leads QCC's Common Reads program, which is taught in theatre, speech, English, history, and mathematics classes across Queensborough. Previous positions included of Head of Acting at The University of Mississippi and Interim Head of Acting at The University of Georgia, where she was also a member of the select Graduate Faculty.
Areas of expertise: project-based learning; first-year experience; innovative pedagogy through technology; student engagement and success
Track: Designs for Student Success

Gwen Dungy, NASPA—Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
GDungyGwendolyn Jordan Dungy has been executive director of NASPA since 1995. In her capacity as a national advocate for students and the primary spokesperson for student affairs administrators and practitioners, she draws on more than 30 years of experience in higher education. While at NASPA, she has pursued a number of initiatives designed to enhance the association's role in public policy, research, professional development, and student learning and assessment, with a particular interest in the increasing veteran student population.
Areas of expertise: student affairs administration; educational persistence and completion; opportunities for the increasing veteran student population; working with student-affairs administrators abroad; the student experience; intercultural exchange
Track: Leadership Development

Timothy K. Eatman, Syracuse University
Timothy K. Eatman, an educational sociologist, is a facultEatmany member in the Higher Education department at Syracuse University and also serves as Director of Research for the national consortium, Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public LIfe, headquartered there. He joined the Syracuse University community in the fall of 2007 after a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education. Dr. Eatman has also worked as Associate Director for Research and Policy for the Academic Investment in Math and Science (AIMS) program at Bowling Green State University. This work emanates from his research interests in students from traditionally underrepresented groups in higher education. Dr. Eatman is co-author of Scholarship in Public: Knowledge Creation and Tenure Policy in the Engaged University, a widely cited IA report on faculty rewards for publicly-engaged scholarship that also discusses the aspirations and decisions of graduate students and early-career publicly-engaged scholars. Most recently, he has been working with the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa to review its service learning and community-engagement enterprise.
Areas of expertise: educational equity; publicly engaged scholarship; faculty rewards; institutional planning and leadership; P-16; diversity; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) success
Track: Leadership development

Ann S. Ferren, AAC&U
AFerrenAnn S. Ferren has more than thirty years of experience as an academic administrator in a variety of roles including Director of General Education, Dean of Faculty, and Interim Provost at American University in Washington D.C., Vice President for Academic Affairs at Radford University, and most recently as Provost at the American University in Bulgaria. Her work on academic quality, assessment, and reallocation of resources to support learning and curricular improvement is particularly relevant in the new economic environment of higher education. She is currently an AAC&U Senior Fellow.
Areas of expertise: general education; curriculum reform process; faculty leadership for change; faculty development; linking accreditation, program review, and assessment of learning outcomes; reallocation of resources; student success strategies
Track: Designs for Student Success

Tia McNair, AAC&U
TMcNairTia Brown McNair is the Senior Director for Student Success in the Office of Engagement, Inclusion, and Success at AAC&U. She directs AAC&U’s Roadmap Project and is a co-PI on a newly funded LEAP project titled "A Mixed Method Analysis of High-Impact Practices on Student Learning for Historically Underrepresented Students." Her research agenda focuses on equity in student learning outcomes for underserved students, student and institutional engagement, quality and assessment of high-impact practices, equity-minded data analysis for institutional change, and the alignment and quality of learning from school through two-year and four-year undergraduate education.
Areas of expertise: P-16 alignment; underserved student success; equity-minded decision making; data analysis for institutional change; inquiry-based analysis; assessing high-impact practices; project development and implementation; institutional planning ; grant proposal writing; network building
Track: Useful Evidence

Thomas F. Nelson Laird, Indiana University
TNelsonLairdDr. Thomas Nelson Laird teaches in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program of the Indiana University School of Education. Since 2003, Dr. Nelson Laird has worked on the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and its related surveys. Currently, he is the Project Manager for the Faculty Survey of Student Engagement (FSSE) and studies teaching and learning issues using data from both NSSE and FSSE. His research focuses on effective teaching practices, student experiences with diversity, and deep approaches to learning. The Teagle Foundation funded a project of his examining the relationships between deep approaches to learning and critical and reflective thinking outcomes.
Areas of expertise: effective teaching practices; student experiences with diversity; the National Survey of Student Engagement and its companion faculty survey; deep approaches to learning; incorporating diversity into student experiences across the curriculum
Track: Designs for Student Success

Judith A. Ramaley, Winona State University
JRamaleyDr. Judith A. Ramaley is the 14th president of Winona State University, prior to which she held a presidential professorship in biomedical sciences at the University of Maine and was a Fellow of the Margaret Chase Smith Center for Public Policy. From 2001 to 2004, Dr. Ramaley was Assistant Director, Education and Human Resources Directorate (EHR) at the National Science Foundation (NSF). The EHR Directorate is responsible for the health and continued vitality of the nation’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and for providing leadership in the effort to improve education in these fields. She has a special interest in higher education reform and has played a significant role in designing regional alliances to promote educational cooperation. She plays a national role in the exploration of civic responsibility and the role of higher education in promoting good citizenship. She also has published extensively on educational reform; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education; and the leadership of organizational change.
Areas of expertise: higher education reform; the changing nature of work and the workforce; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education; civic responsibility and the role of higher education in promoting good citizenship; leadership of change; grant-making and fundraising
Track: Leadership development

George Sanchez, University of Southern California
GSanchezGeorge J. Sanchez is Professor of American Studies & Ethnicity, and History at USC, where he also serves as Vice Dean for Diversity and Strategic Initiatives. His academic work focuses on both historical and contemporary topics of race, gender, ethnicity, labor, and immigration. He is Past President of the American Studies Association in 2001-02, and he currently serves as Director of the Center for Diversity and Democracy at USC, which focuses on issues of racial/ethnic diversity in higher education and issues of civic engagement.
Areas of expertise: faculty recruitment and retention; undergraduate research; diversity in the context of disciplines; Ph.D. mentorship and diversity; first generation college students
Track: High-Impact Learning

Deborah Santiago, Excelencia in Education
DSantiagoDeborah A. Santiago is the co-founder and Vice President for Policy and Research at Excelencia in Education and has spent more than 15 years leading research and policy efforts from the community to national levels to improve educational opportunities and success for all students. Her current research focuses on state and federal policy, financial aid, effective institutional practices, and student success in higher education. She has been cited in numerous publications, including The Economist, the New York Times, the Washington Post, AP, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, and Diverse Issues in Higher Education.
Areas of expertise: Latinos in higher education;federal higher education programs and policy; program evaluation; financial aid policy; Hispanic-Serving Institutions; collaboration between institutions and with community-based organizations
Track: Useful Evidence

Gordon Uno, University of Oklahoma Norman Campus
GUnoGordon Uno joined the Department of Botany and Microbiology at the University of Oklahoma in 1979, was appointed a David Ross Boyd Professor of Botany in 1997, and is currently serving as the Department’s chair. He has authored or co-authored several textbooks including Principles of Botany as well as the Handbook for Developing Undergraduate Science Courses (a survival training guide for young faculty). He was a Program Officer in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation (1998-2000), and was president of the National Association of Biology Teachers in 1995, and has served on the Board of Directors for the American Institute of Biological Sciences for nine years. He is Principal Investigator for the NSF-funded “Introductory Biology Project” which focuses on issues related to the freshman biology course, and he is working with the College Board to revise the Advanced Placement (AP) science and biology courses.
Areas of expertise: science education; biological and scientific literacy; inquiry-based pedagogy; science curriculum development; faculty development; grant proposal writing; undergraduate research
Track: High-Impact Learning

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