Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Valencia College
Isis Artze-Vega serves as college provost and vice president for academic affairs at Valencia College in Central Florida, a Hispanic-Serving Institution that serves about 70,000 students annually and has long been regarded one of the nation’s best community colleges. Learn More ▸
Founder/Director, OpenStax, Rice University
Richard G. Baraniuk is the C. Sidney Burrus Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University, a member of the Digital Signal Processing and Machine Learning research groups, and the founder and director of OpenStax. Baraniuk is one of the founders of the open education movement that promotes the use of free and open-source-licensed open educational resources (OER). Learn More ▸
Baraniuk received a BSc degree in 1987 from the University of Manitoba, an MSc degree in 1988 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a PhD in 1992 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, all in electrical engineering.
Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Chris Dede is the Timothy E. Wirth Professor in Learning Technologies at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. His fields of scholarship include emerging technologies, policy, and leadership. In 2007, he was honored by Harvard University as an outstanding teacher, and in 2011 he was named a fellow of the American Educational Research Association. Learn More ▸
Owner, Mercy Education Partners
Meaghan Duff, PhD, is owner and principal at Mercy Education Partners, a consulting firm serving higher education institutions, non-profit organizations and associations, and growth companies. Learn More ▸
Previously, Meaghan worked in executive and senior leadership roles at Faculty Guild, EVERFI, EDUCAUSE, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, and Blackboard Inc. Concurrent with her work as a consultant, Meaghan serves on the board of Wiki Education, a spin-off of the Wikimedia Foundation which is the non-profit organization that runs Wikipedia. She also teaches American history online for the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
Meaghan’s mission is to provide higher education institutions with the technology and support they need to deliver transformative and sustainable instructional services for all learners.
Associate Vice Provost for Research & Economic Development and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, Virginia State University
As associate vice provost, M. Omar Faison works to (a) expand the research enterprise at Virginia State University, (b) facilitate internal and external partnerships for VSU faculty, (c) connect VSU to regional economic development initiatives, and (d) support the success of VSU’s graduate programs. Learn More ▸
Faison earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Hampton University (1994) and PhD in neurosciences from the University of Virginia (2002). He received his post-doctoral training at Virginia Commonwealth University, before joining the faculty of VSU’s Biology Department in 2004. Faison has published and presented in the fields of developmental neuroscience, cognition, and student academic performance and has received grant funding from the National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation. Faison currently sits on the boards of the Virginia Farmer’s Market Association, where he serves as vice-president, and Friends of the Lower Appomattox River.
Professor of Educational Psychology, George Mason University
Anastasia Kitsantas is a leading scholar on the development of self-regulation across diverse areas of human functioning, including academics, athletics, and health. She is particularly interested on the role of learning technologies in supporting student self-regulated learning. Learn More ▸
Kitsantas is the recipient of a George Mason University Teaching Excellence Award and the 2019 Barry J. Zimmerman Award for Outstanding Contributions to the fields of studying and self-regulated learning research by the Studying and Self-Regulated Learning Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association. She is also a fellow of the American Psychological Association, Division 15: Educational Psychology. Presently, she is serving as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Experimental Education. She received her PhD in educational psychology with a specialization in development, learning, and instruction from the Graduate School and University Center of the City University of New York.
Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Campus Centers, Association of American Colleges & Universities
Tia Brown McNair is the vice president in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and executive director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC. Learn More ▸
Prior to joining AAC&U, McNair served as the assistant director of the National College Access Network in Washington DC. McNair’s previous experience also includes serving as a social scientist/assistant program director in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation; director of university relations at the University of Charleston in West Virginia; statewide coordinator for the Educational Talent Search Project at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission; and the interim associate director of admissions and recruitment services at West Virginia State University. McNair earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and English at James Madison University and holds an MA in English from Radford University and a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University.
Professor of Higher Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Anna Neumann studies teaching in urban colleges and universities, with an eye toward improving first-generation students’ subject-matter learning in first- and second-year courses (in general/liberal education), and in post-graduate work (in law school). Learn More ▸
A fellow of the American Education Research Association and an elected member of the National Academy of Education, she also is the recipient of her field’s top two research awards: the Research Achievement Award of the Association for the Study of Higher Education, and the Exemplary Research Award of the American Educational Research Association, Division J (Higher and Postsecondary Education). Neumann is past president of the Association for the Study of Higher Education. For over a decade she directed the Program in Higher and Postsecondary Education at Teachers College where she also served as department chair. Neumann earned a BA from the University of Texas, Austin, an MA from the University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley (formerly Pan American University), and a PhD from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
President and CEO, Achieving the Dream
Since 2015, Karen A. Stout has served as president and CEO of Achieving the Dream (ATD), leading a national network of community colleges focused on whole-college transformation that directly addresses inequitable outcomes for students. Learn More ▸
Stout currently serves as chair of the Belk Center for Community College Leadership and Research Advisory Board at North Carolina State University, as co-chair of the University of Maryland Global Campus Doctorate of Management in Community College Policy and Administration Advisory Board, and as a member of the Common App Board of Directors, the College Promise National Advisory Board, HERS Board of Directors, and the NJCAA Foundation Board of Directors. She also represents Achieving the Dream on the Washington Higher Education Secretariat, participates as a mentor and frequent presenter for the Aspen Rising Presidents Fellowship and Aspen New Presidents Fellowship, and has been a presenter for the League for Innovation Executive Leadership Institute.
Prior to serving as president and CEO at ATD, Stout was president of Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) from 2001 to 2015. She has also held leadership positions at Camden County College and Harford Community College. Stout holds a doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Delaware, a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Baltimore, and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Delaware and honorary degrees from Miami Dade College and Montgomery County Community College.