2015 CUMU Engagement Academy Faculty and Speakers

Judith A. Ramaley

Judith A. Ramaley began her service as the 14th president of Winona State University on July 18, 2005. Prior to coming to Minnesota, 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. She also completed a residency as a Visiting Senior Scientist at the National Academy of Sciences from January to June 2005.



Lorilee Sandmann, Ph.D.

Lorilee Sandmann, Ph.D., is professor in the Adult Education Program, Department of Lifelong Education, Administration, & Policy at the University of Georgia. Previously, she served as Associate Vice President for Public Service and Outreach at UGA and Executive Director of the Georgia Center for Continuing Education. In addition she was Vice Provost for Institutional Effectiveness and Strategic Partnerships at Cleveland State University, Director of University Outreach at Michigan State University, and held faculty, administrative and extension and outreach positions at Michigan State University and the University of Minnesota. Her bachelor's and master's degrees are from the University of Minnesota and her doctorate is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in adult education and business management.



Professor Barbara A. Holland

Professor Barbara A. Holland is Director of Academic Initiatives in Social Inclusion for the University of Sydney in Australia. In this role she leads the University in the development of community partnerships and teaching/research strategies to enhance social inclusion in the context of Australia's oldest research university. Previously, she served three years as Pro Vice-Chancellor Engagement at University of Western Sydney where she created and implemented the University's first strategic plan for engaged learning and research activities. Central to the plan is the UWS Schools Engagement agenda which in 2009 involved nearly 11,000 school students in academic enrichment, tutoring, and mentoring activities. The engagement plan also focused on small business economic development, cultural understanding, and environmental sustainability.



David J. Weerts

David J. Weerts is Associate Professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development; and Director of the Postsecondary Education Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Minnesota. His teaching and scholarly interests include state financing of higher education, university-community engagement, and alumni philanthropy and volunteerism. His research on these topics has been supported by awards from the Spencer Foundation and the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good at the University of Michigan. His work appears in leading higher education journals including The Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and the Review of Higher Education. Currently, Weerts serves as associate editor for the International Journal of Educational Advancement.




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