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Conference Speakers


Wednesday, June 19th: Dr. Carol Geary Schneider, President, Association of American Colleges & Universities

Presentation: “Give Students a Compass: Liberal Learning, Educational Innovations, and the Global Commons”

Dr. Schneider has been president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities since 1998. With a membership of nearly 1,300 institutions, half public and half private, with members drawn from the entire higher education community, large, small, two-year, four-year, selective and open admissions, AAC&U is the leading national organization devoted to advancing and strengthening undergraduate liberal education.  Under Dr. Schneider’s leadership, AAC&U has become widely recognized as both a voice and force for strengthening the quality of student learning in college for all students and especially those historically underserved in U.S. higher education. She is the 2011 recipient of the ACPA’s Contribution to Higher Education Award.


Thursday, June 20th: Dr. Cathy A. Trower, Research Director, COACHE Harvard Graduate School of Education

Presentation: "Creating Cultures That Value All Faculty Work"

Dr. Trower is senior research associate and research director for the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has studied nonprofit board governance, and faculty employment issues, policies, and practices since 1996. She is the author of Success on the Tenure Track: Five Keys to Faculty Job Satisfaction (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012), an edited volume about the faculty appointment policies and practices at 250 institutions. Content includes how universities use, misuse, or don’t use faculty data; tradeoffs faculty make as they consider tenure-track or non-tenure-track appointments; and the difficulty of bringing about change in the academy. Dr. Trower has written and presented extensively on early career, Generation X, and senior faculty; diversity, women in science, and using faculty data as a catalyst for culture change.

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Friday, June 21st: Dr. John C. Norcross, Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Scranton

Presentation:  "Changeology: How People Change, How Institutions Thrive"

John C. Norcross, Ph.D., ABPP, is Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Scranton, a board-certified clinical psychologist in part-time practice, and an internationally recognized authority on behavior change and psychotherapy.  Author of more than 400 scholarly publications, Dr. Norcross has co-written or edited 20 books, including most recently his award-winning self-help book, Changeology. His other books in multiple editions include Psychotherapy Relationships that Work, Psychologists’ Desk Reference, Insider’s Guide to Graduate Programs in Clinical & Counseling Psychology, and Systems of Psychotherapy: A Transtheoretical Analysis, now in its 8th edition.  Dr. Norcross has served as president of the American Psychological Association (APA) Division of Clinical Psychology, the APA Division of Psychotherapy, and the International Society of Clinical Psychology. He edited the Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session for a decade and has served on the editorial boards of a dozen journals. Dr. Norcross has also been a clinical and research consultant to a number of organizations, including the National Institutes of Health. He has received multiple professional awards, such as APA’s Distinguished Career Contributions to Education & Training Award, Pennsylvania Professor of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation, the Rosalee Weiss Award from the American Psychological Foundation, and election to the National Academies of Practice.  His work has been featured in hundreds of media interviews, and he has appeared as a guest multiple times on the Today Show, CBS Sunday Morning, and Good Morning America.  An engaging teacher and clinician, John has conducted workshops and lectures in 28 countries.