Featured Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Jose Bowen

José Bowen

President, Goucher College

José Antonio Bowen has been a pioneer in active learning and the use of technology in the classroom, including podcasts and online games. His latest book, “Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning,” was the winner of the Ness Award for Best Book on Higher Education from the American Association of Colleges and Universities. He is currently working on Transforming the University: Learning for Change, a comprehensive approach to integrating campus life with massively better classrooms and using research on learning and adolescent development to focus college on opening minds in the post-technology era.

Keynote Presentation: Technology, the Liberal Arts and the New Learning Economy
Sunday, April 8, 8:30–9:30 a.m.

Helen Fisher

Helen Fisher

Biological Anthropologist, Rutgers University

Helen Fisher is a member of the Center for Human Evolutionary Studies in the Department of Anthropology, Rutgers University, and a Senior Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute, Indiana University. She has written six internationally best-selling books and many articles on the brain science of human social behavior. She studies the biological basis of personality and is a pioneer in examining the neurochemistry of leadership and innovation. Fisher is the co-founder of the consulting company NeuroColor, which has used brain science to develop a personality tool to create better outcomes for individuals, teams and organizations.

Keynote Presentation: The Neuroscience of Innovation
Monday, April 9, 8:30–9:30 a.m.

Terry Hartle

Terry Hartle

Senior Vice President, American Council on Education

Terry W. Hartle is a leading advocate for higher education in the United States. At ACE, where he has served for more than 20 years, he directs comprehensive efforts to engage federal policymakers on a broad range of issues including student aid, government regulation, scientific research and tax policy. As an expert voice on behalf of colleges and universities, he is quoted widely in the national and international media on higher education issues. His work involves representation before the U.S. Congress, administrative agencies and the federal courts, playing a central part in developing public policy positions that impact all colleges and universities.

Featured Presentation: Understanding the Federal Landscape
Sunday, April 8, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Karen Kurotsuchi Inkelas

Karen Inkelas

Associate Professor of Education, University of Virginia

Karen Kurotsuchi Inkelas is the Lead Research Director for the University of Virginia’s Crafting Success for Undergraduate Scientists and Engineers project. She is the founding Principal Investigator for the National Study of Living-Learning Programs, which was awarded two grants from the National Science Foundation to study the role of living-learning programs in facilitating the success of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) majors. Inkelas has been a featured speaker worldwide for her expertise on living-learning communities and issues related to undergraduate teaching and learning.

Featured Presentation: Living-Learning Communities That Work: A Best Practices Model
Sunday, April 8, 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Sara Goldrick-Rab

Sara Goldrick-Rab

Professor of Higher Education Policy and Sociology, Temple University

Sara Goldrick-Rab is the founder of the Wisconsin HOPE Lab, the nation’s only translational research laboratory seeking ways to make college more affordable. She is best known for her innovative research on food and housing insecurity in higher education, having led the two largest national studies on the subject, and for her work on making public higher education free. She is the recipient of the William T. Grant Foundation’s Faculty Scholars Award and the American Educational Research Association’s Early Career Award. Her latest book is “Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream.”

Featured Presentation: Paying the Price—College Costs, Financial Aid and the Betrayal of the American Dream
Sunday, April 8, 3:00–4:00 p.m.

Phil Gardner

Phil Gardner

Director, Collegiate Employment Research Institute, Michigan State University

Philip D. Gardner is Director of the Collegiate Employment Research Institute and Executive Director of the Career Services Network at Michigan State University (MSU). His major areas of research include the transition from college to work, early socialization and career progression in the workplace, workforce readiness and other areas related to college student studies. MSU’s nationally recognized annual college labor market study is done under his direction each fall. He has served as senior editor of the “Journal of Cooperative Education and Internships” and as a Fulbright specialist to New Zealand on work-integrated learning.

Featured Presentation: Workforce Needs and the T-Shaped Individual
Monday, April 9, 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m.

Alana Dunagan

Alana Dunagan

Higher Education Researcher, Clayton Christensen Institute

Alana Dunagan leads the Clayton Christensen Institute’s higher education research efforts and works to find solutions for a more affordable system that better serves both students and employers. She analyzes disruptive forces changing the higher education landscape, including business model innovations, public policies and investment strategies that can give rise to new and sustainable postsecondary models. Prior to joining the Christensen Institute, Dunagan spent 10 years in institutional investment management working on behalf of nonprofits, particularly colleges and universities.

Featured Presentation: Disruptive Forces Changing the Higher Education Landscape
Monday, April 9, 1:30–2:30 p.m.