|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.
From 2001-2004, Ramaley was Assistant Director of Education and Human Resources Directorate (EHR) at The National Science Foundation (NSF). The EHR Directorate is responsible for the health and continued vitality of the Nation's science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and for providing leadership in the effort to improve education in these fields. Prior to joining NSF, Ramaley was president of The University of Vermont (UVM) and professor of biology. In addition, before coming to UVM, she was president and professor of biology at Portland State University in Portland, Ore. for seven years.
Under her leadership, UVM became a member of the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities that explored the role of research universities in the 21st century. The university established new partnerships in the state that support educational reform, economic and community development, and opportunities for Vermonters across the state. The most significant of these partnerships is the Vermont Public Education Partnership (VPEP), an alliance of the Vermont Department of Education, UVM, and the Vermont State Colleges. In Vt., Ramaley was the Director of the Vermont Business Roundtable; a member of the Human Resources Investment Council (HRIC); a member of the Vermont Commission on Higher Education Funding; a member of the Governor's Council of Economic Advisors; and a member of the Vermont Quality Council Board of Advisors and Co-Chair of the Vermont Campus Compact.
Ramaley has a special interest in higher-education reform and has played a significant role in designing regional alliances to promote educational cooperation. She also has contributed to national discussions about the changing nature of work and the workforce. She also plays a national role in the exploration of civic responsibility and the role of higher education in promoting good citizenship, and has published extensively on educational reform, science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, and the leadership of organizational change. She is the author of 35 papers and book chapters on issues in higher education, including civic responsibility, higher education and the public good, science and mathematics education and organizational change.
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.
The focus of Dr. Sandmann's career has been developing knowledge that can help solve public problems through the collaboration of communities and institutions of higher education. She has become a recognized national and international leader and scholarly practitioner in this field, now called the scholarship of engagement, with particular focus on (a) conceptualizing the theory and practice of the scholarship of engagement, (b) identifying and strengthening major institutional change processes and systems that promote and institutionalize higher education community engagement, and (c) building capacity for engaged scholarship with future faculty, current faculty, and higher education administrators.
Based on her research, she has published widely in journals such as Review of Higher Education, Journal of Higher Education, Innovative Higher Education, Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement, Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, and Change among others. Her latest book is Institutionalizing Community Engagement in Higher Education: The First Wave of Carnegie Classified Institutions (Sandmann, Thornton, & Jaeger, 2009). A recent chapter is "Second Generation: Community Engagement Promotion and Tenure Issues and Challenges" in The Future of Service Learning: New Solutions for Sustaining and Improving Practice (2009) by Strait and Lima (Stylus Publishing). Sandmann is also a frequent keynoter and presenter at national and international meetings such as the American Education Research Association, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Association for the Study of Higher Education, International Association for Research on Service Learning and Community Engagement, and National Outreach Scholarship Conference.
Dr. Sandmann has been involved in major educational and institutional change processes promoting and institutionalizing community engagement and in restructuring criteria used to define and evaluate faculty scholarship. For over 10 years, she was co-director with Amy Driscoll of the award-winning Clearinghouse and National Review Board for the Scholarship of Engagement, initially sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. She has coached and consulted with more than 35 institutions in their development and implementation of community engagement. Further, she has been part of designing and conducting capacity-building programs related to the scholarship of engagement from VA Tech's national executive engagement academy, to University of New Hampshire's faculty-focused Engaged Scholars Academy, to a funded national pilot program, Houle Engaged Scholars, for doctoral students and their advisors in the development of community-engaged research.
Dr Sandmann has been inducted into the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame, was president of the American Association for Adult and Continuing Education, and serves on the National Advisory Panel for Community Engagement of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
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.
Before 2007, Barbara held national leadership roles for community engagement in the United States including the directorship of the federally-funded National Service-Learning Clearinghouse (2002-09), and an appointment to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development where she managed large grant programs for university-community partnerships (2000-2002). Earlier in her career, she held senior academic and administrative roles at Portland State University and Northern Kentucky University where she contributed to major changes in curriculum and organisational culture. She continues to hold academic affiliations with Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and Portland State University.
Barbara is recognised internationally for her expertise on organisational change in higher education, community engagement, and partnerships and has published and presented on these topics extensively. In Australia, she serves as Vice-President of the Australian Universities Community Engagement Alliance (AUCEA), and has advised eleven universities and three state departments of education on issues of organisational change, engaged learning and the scholarship of engagement. In 2008, AUCEA named her one of the first two Honorary Fellows appointed by the Alliance.
Among her many publications, she is co-author of a widely-adopted book on the assessment of service-learning and community engagement, and serves as editor of three international journals. In 2006 she received the Research Achievement Award from the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement and currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Association's Board. She is a lead faculty member of the annual National Engagement Academy for Leadership sponsored by the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (formerly NASULGC), American Association of State Colleges and Universities, and the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities.
Her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in journalism were earned at the University of Missouri-Columbia and her Ph.D. in higher education policy was awarded by the University of Maryland-College Park. Her permanent home is in Portland, Oregon.
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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