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Adrianna Kezar - Professor of Higher Education, University of Southern California; Co-director, Pullias Center for Higher Education
Keynote Address: Leading Transitions: Lessons on Strategic and Ethical Approaches to Change in Higher Education
In order to ensure student success, campus leaders need to be vigilant in understanding necessary changes that enabled the best climate and culture for learning. Higher education institutions have long been stereotyped as resistant to change, but we now find ourselves in a time of significant transition to adapt a variety of new foci including internationalization, technology integration, assessment, completion, inclusiveness and equity, active and collaborative learning, among a variety of other important changes. In this keynote address, Dr. Kezar draws on her research from leadership and change to describe key strategies that can be used for leaders to best facilitate changes.
Dr. Kezar is a national expert of change and leadership in higher education and her research agenda explores the change process in higher education institutions and the role of leadership in creating change. Dr. Kezar is also a well-known qualitative researcher and has written several texts and articles about ways to improve qualitative research in education. Kezar is well published with 14 books, over 75 journal articles, and over a hundred book chapters and reports. In 2011, she had two new books: Recognizing and Serving Low Income Students (Routledge, 2011) and Enhancing Campus Capacity for Leadership (Stanford Press, 2011). Other recent previous books include: Understanding the new majority of non-tenure track faculty (Jossey Bass, 2010), Organizing for collaboration (Jossey Bass, 2009), Rethinking leadership practices in a complex, multicultural and global world (Stylus Press, 2009), Rethinking the "L" Word in Higher Education: The Revolution of Research on Leadership (Jossey Bass, 2006), Higher Education for the Public Good (Jossey Bass, 2005). Kezar holds a Ph.D. 1996 and M.A. 1992 in higher education administration from the University of Michigan and a B.A. 1989 from the University of California, Los Angeles. She joined the faculty at USC in 2003.
Becky Wai-Ling Packard - Professor of Psychology and Education; Associate Dean of Faculty and Director of the Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Center for Leadership, Mt. Holyoke College
Keynote Address: Beyond Programming: Toward Embedded Mentoring Practices in the Support of Student Transitions
Mentoring programs are often developed as solutions for easing the transition of students into college, through the college years, and beyond. Mentoring programs have a role, but they cannot completely shift cultural norms. This session frames mentoring in terms of functionality (For what is mentoring effective?), infrastructure (Where do mentoring programs fit?), and embeddedness (What incorporates mentoring practices into the everyday lives of students, faculty, and staff?). Ultimately, we’ll ask these questions: Who belongs and thrives in our higher education communities? What actions can we take across campuses to improve outcomes for all students?
Dr. Packard's research focuses on mentoring, with an emphasis on how individuals such as first-generation college students, women, and persons of color construct and use mentoring networks and navigate complex pathways toward higher education and work. She frequently speaks on these topics, designs mentoring programs, and offers expert advice on ways to foster a climate in which mentoring all students toward the highest levels of excellence is possible. She recently contributed to a National Academy of Science summit and volume examining the role of community colleges in STEM fields. Her research has been generously supported by the National Science Foundation. In 2005, Packard visited the White House where she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to early career scientists. Packard received her doctorate in educational psychology from Michigan State University and she holds a B.A. in psychology from the University of Michigan.
John V. Lombardi - Professor of History and Associate Librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Dr. Lombardi has taught courses almost continuously since 1967. He is a historian of Latin America, received his Ph.D. from Columbia University, and has served in a wide variety of administrative roles including Dean of International Programs and Dean of Arts and Sciences at Indiana University, Provost at The Johns Hopkins University, President of the University of Florida and the LSU System, and Chancellor UMass Amherst, where he currently serves as a Director of The Center for Measuring University Performance in the W.E.B. DuBois Library at UMass Amherst.