Organized by the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs | Dudley H. Davis Center

Speakers / Presenters

Keynote Speakers: Amer F. Ahmed | Charlayne Hunter-Gault | Dorothy Roberts J.D.

Presenters: Lily Casura | Dr. Thomas Chittenden | Dr. Maeve Eberhardt | Dr. Yolanda Flores

Matt Glowacki | Kim Howard | Jennifer Jang | Dr. Kathleen Manning | Dr. Vincent Mugisha

Brent Reader | Dr. Julie Roberts | Daniel Sharfstein, J.D. | Dr. Rashad Shabazz | Dr. David Shiman

Hosts: Richard Bundy | David Carlson | Dr. Antonio Cepeda-Benito

Dr. Cynthia Forehand | Ellen McShane, Ed.D. | Dr. Fayneese Miller | Dr. Frederick C. Morin III | Dr. Patricia Prelock

Dr. Abu Rizvi | Dr. David Rosowsky | Mara Saule | Dr. Annie Stevens | Dr. Thomas C. Vogelmann

Committee Members: Dr. Judith Aiken | Dr. Alec Ewald | Dr. John Gennari | Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant

Dr. Leslye Kornegay | Dr. Sherwood Smith

Professional Development Presenters: Dr. Ruha Benjamin | Dr. Susanmarie Harrington | Dr. Holly Buckland Parker

Henrietta "Henrie" Paz-Amor | Jonah Steinberg | Dr. Jim Vigoreaux | Dr. John Jing-hua Yin


Keynote Speakers

Amer F. Ahmed

Amer F. AhmadAmer F. Ahmed, M.A. serves as Associate Director of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs at the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, Associate Faculty at the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication and a member of SpeakOut: Institute for Democratic Leadership and Culture. An individual with eclectic personal and professional experience, he is a Hip Hop activist, spoken word poet, diversity consultant and college administrator, channeling his diverse experiences into work geared towards facilitating effective intercultural development. Amer’s education in Anthropology and Black Studies, professional experience in Higher Education and extensive global experiences support his efforts to address issues of social justice that continue to face traditionally marginalized communities. He is also engaged in the field of Intercultural Communication with a focus on a developmental approach to Intercultural competency. Such approaches have been useful in his work in Organizational Assessment and Development, Inclusive Human Resource Management, Workshop facilitation, Public Speaking, Leadership Development and Student Support. Amer is a doctoral candidate in Adult and Higher Education at University of South Dakota.

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Charlayne Hunter-Gault

Charlayne Hunter-GaultAs one of television’s premier journalists, Charlayne Hunter-Gault has made a success of challenging convention with her fresh insights on issues both close to home and of global impact.

As CNN’s former Johannesburg bureau chief and correspondent, Hunter-Gault introduced viewers to the people of the diverse continent of Africa, a country she once called "one of the greatest challenges that we in the media face." She spent 20 years at PBS, as national correspondent for The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, where she also anchored the award-winning newsmagazine on human rights, Rights and Wrongs. Hunter-Gault is the author of New News Out of Africa: Uncovering Africa’s Renaissance and In My Place, a memoir of her role in the civil rights movement as the first black woman admitted to the University of Georgia. Her latest book is To the Mountaintop: My Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement, a retrospective of her involvement with the movement, complete with photographs and original articles from The New York Times.

Hunter-Gault began her career as the first African American reporter for The New Yorker. A writer known for her "people-centered" journalism, she went on to serve as the Harlem Bureau Chief for The New York Times and has written articles for Essence, Ms., Life, and O, The Oprah Magazine. The recipient of numerous honors, including two Emmy Awards and two Peabody Awards, she writes with the highest standards of objectivity and truth, touching on topics ranging from the life of a 12-year-old heroin addict to the invasion of Grenada and the impact of apartheid in South Africa.

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Dorothy Roberts J.D.

Dorothy Roberts Jr.Dorothy Roberts is the fourteenth Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor, George A. Weiss University Professor, and the inaugural Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights at University of Pennsylvania, where she holds appointments in the Law School and Departments of Africana Studies and Sociology. An internationally recognized scholar, public intellectual, and social justice advocate, she has written and lectured extensively on the interplay of gender, race, and class in legal issues and has been a leader in transforming public thinking and policy on reproductive health, child welfare, and bioethics. Professor Roberts is the author of the award-winning books Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty (Random House/Pantheon, 1997) and Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare (Basic Books/Civitas, 2002), as well as co-editor of six books on constitutional law and gender. She has also published more than eighty articles and essays in books and scholarly journals, including Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal, and Stanford Law Review. Her latest book, Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-First Century, was published by the New Press in July 2011.

Professor Roberts has been a professor at Rutgers and Northwestern University, a visiting professor at Stanford and Fordham, and a fellow at Harvard University's Program in Ethics and the Professions, Stanford’s Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, and the Fulbright Program. She serves as chair of the board of directors of the Black Women’s Health Imperative, on the board of directors of the National Coalition for Child Protection Reform, on the advisory boards of the Center for Genetics and Society and Family Defense Center, and on the Standards Working Group of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (stem cell research). She recently received awards from the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the 2010 Dorothy Ann and Clarence L. Ver Steeg Distinguished Research Fellowship.

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Lily Casura

Lily CasuraLily Casura is a longtime journalist, author and social media expert. She is also the creator and founder of the award-winning, the first website devoted to combat veterans and the therapeutic resources available to help them heal from the effects of post-traumatic stress. Casura graduated from Harvard University, cum laude, and has received further training from the National Center for PTSD (VA) and the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C. She is a chapter author in Healing War Trauma: A Handbook of Creative Approaches. New York: Routledge (2012). Her work has appeared in the Huffington Post, Agence France-Presse, the Houston Chronicle, the San Antonio Express-News, and many other publications.

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Dr. Thomas Chittenden

Dr. Thomas ChittendenThomas Chittenden obtained his MBA from the University of Vermont in 2004. His work experience includes systems engineering consulting with Competitive Computing in Colchester VT, Reporting Analyst for Level 3 Communications and Asset Transfer Representative for Janus Mutual Funds. He is experienced in financial services, telecommunications, higher education, computer networks and virtualization as well as developing information systems and technology adaptation/integration into existing business processes and workflows.

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Dr. Maeve Eberhardt

Maeve EberhardtMaeve Eberhardt is an Assistant Professor of Linguistics. She has been at UVM since 2009, after completing her PhD at the University of Pittsburgh. Her work explores the interactions between race, place, gender, and sexuality, and the ways in which these facets of speakers' identities are negotiated and constructed through linguistic means. Her courses at UVM include African American English, Ethnolinguistic Identities, and Language, Gender & Sexuality.

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Dr. Yolanda Flores

Yolanda FloresAssociate Professor of Romance Languages, Yolanda Flores is a native of California’s San Joaquín Valley. She graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley, where she double-majored in history and Spanish literature. She later earned her first M.A. from the University of Chicago, and a second M.A. from Cornell University, where she also completed her Ph.D. While completing these graduate degrees, Professor Flores pursued graduate studies abroad at the Centro de Estudios Hispánicos in Madrid (under the auspice of Bryn Mawr College) and at the Programa de Posgraduacão da América Latina at the University of São Paulo (Brazil), where she studied Latin American film art, and ethnolinguistics. She also participated in the 1992 Latina/o Qualitative Research Summer Seminar, which is sponsored by the Inter-Latino University Consortium.

Aside from several articles in U.S. Latina/o and Latin American performance (drama, film, social protests, historical and literary narratives, and political and cultural activism), Professor Flores is the author of the book, The Drama of Gender: Feminist Theater by Women of the Americas (2000, second edition 2002). Her article, "Resistance and Affirmation: Teaching Spanish in the U.S. Academy," in the forthcoming book, Women of Color in Leadership: Taking Their Rightful Place is drawn from her current book project, an academic memoir tentatively entitled, Brown-Eyed Daughter of the Sun. She is also co-editing the anthology, Against All Odds: Testimonios of Higher Education from California’s Agricultural Heartlands.

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Matt Glowacki

Matt GlowackiCampus Activities Magazine named Matt Glowacki Best Diversity Artist for 2010 and again in 2013. He has been "The Most Booked Diversity Performer" on college campuses for the past seven years. Matt has delivered his messages of diversity to over a million people and two sitting Presidents of the United States. The next thing for him to do is to share his unique sense of humor, perspective, and high-energy presentation style with your campus. Matt's new common sense approach to tackling ignorance sets him apart from the crowd of educators and puts him in a new class of "Revolutionary". The use of humor is always present in his illustrations of absurdity, when it deals with the judgments of others. And for the record, "He was just born without any legs. Everything else is there and works just fine."

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Kim Howard

Kim HowardKim Howard has worked in university administration for 10 years, five of them as the director of the UVM Office of International Education. Kim first learned the true meaning of international education while teaching English in Japanese public schools 20 years ago. Kim earned her master's degree in higher education and student affairs administration from the University of Vermont, her bachelor's degree in U.S. Ethnic Studies from U.C. Berkeley and a certificate in teaching English as a foreign language.

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Jennifer Jang

Jennifer JangAs a multilingual global citizen, 張文馨 (Jennifer Jang) is a sister, daughter, artist, Acroyoga-enthusiast, educator, and philosopher. She moved from Chicago to Burlington to serve as the Associate Director of Student Diversity Programs at Champlain College. Her experience as an Asian international woman, a first-generation working-class college student, grounded her passion in holistic wellness, financial literacy, and intercultural education. Her research interests include meaning making, social justice advocacy dialogue, crossover pedagogy, and student ethical development.

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Dr. Kathleen Manning

Kathy ManningDr. Kathleen Manning has been a professor in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program since 1989. Her professional interests include social justice, international higher education, leadership, and organizational theory. A frequent contributor to the student affairs literature, Dr. Manning has published seven books and a number of articles and chapters in journals and books within student affairs. She was awarded Fulbright Fellowships, the Kroepsch-Maurice Award for Teaching Excellence, the NASPA Pillar of the Profession, and NASPA Outstanding Contribution to Literature/Research Award. She has taught and consulted in several international contexts including several voyages on Semester at Sea and Fulbright Fellowships. Dr. Manning has a Ph.D. in higher education with a minor in anthropology from Indiana University; an M.S. in counseling and student personnel services from the State University of New York at Albany; and a B.A. in biology from Marist College. She is an avid sailor and skier, is advanced certified in SCUBA diving, and enjoys international travel.

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Dr. Vincent Mugisha

Dr. Vincent MugishaVincent, a recent graduate from UVM's Ph.D. program in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, teaches courses in diversity education, and curriculum and instruction in UVM's College of Education and Social Services. With his multilingual abilities, diverse study abroad, and international professional experiences, Vincent values the discourse on the internationalization of higher education in the U.S. and engagement of both international students and U.S. students. His research experiences lie in culturally responsive pedagogy, and leadership and policy for social justice.

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Brent Reader

Brent ReaderBrent lives with his wife and four daughters in Northwestern Vermont. He joined the Vermont Army National Guard in 2004, after being inspired by his father’s Marine Corps service in Vietnam. From May of 2005 to July of 2006, Brent was deployed to Ar Ramadi, Iraq as a Combat Medic. While in Iraq, Brent was wounded, receiving both shrapnel wounds to his legs and a Traumatic Brain Injury. After working for the Department of Defense for three years, he was simultaneously discharged from the military and DOD in the late fall of 2009. Since 2006, Brent has worked closely as a consultant with Senator Bernie Sanders Office regarding veterans’ reintegration issues and disability claims. During his service in the military, he was awarded the Combat Medic Badge, Navy Unit Commendation, Army Commendation Medal , Iraq Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal (with Mobilization Device), Overseas Service Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, National Defense Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, Vermont Commendation Medal, Vermont Distinguished Service Medal, Vermont Veterans Medal, Vermont Good Conduct Ribbon, Vermont Active Duty Training Ribbon, Vermont Service Ribbon, and Vermont Duty Ribbon.

From 2006 to 2008, Brent also worked as a Public Health Researcher for the Office of Minority Health and Health Disparities at the Vermont Department of Health, under the supervision of Dr. Fernando Ona. Brent is an Abenaki Nation Tribal Member, and one of six speakers left of the Western Abenaki Language in the world. He is the spokesman for the St. Francis/Sokoki Band of the Abenaki Nation of Missisquoi. Brent recently finished a two-year term on the Executive Board of Abenaki Self-Help Association, Inc. (ASHAI), which spearheads all social service provision for the Abenaki Nation.

Brent returned to the University of Vermont (UVM) in 2010, to pursue a Bachelor’s of Science degree with a major in Social Work (BSW), and a minor in Anthropology. He graduated from UVM’s BSW program in 2013, as one of the top five senior award winners in the entire undergraduate class, winning the Elmer Nicholson Achievement Prize. He is a member of Phi Alpha National Honor Society of Social Work, Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society of Social Sciences, the Golden Key International Honor Society, the Student Veterans Organization, UVM’s Boulder Society, and a 2012 Truman Scholarship recipient. He was also awarded numerous academic achievement awards from UVM throughout the BSW program.

He is currently attending UVM’s Advanced Standing Master’s Degree in Social Work program, and will graduate in May 2014. He would like to pursue an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Social Work and Social Policy from McGill University in Montréal, Quebec, Canada, starting in the fall of 2014. With a Ph. D., Brent would pursue a professorship at UVM, in the Social Work Department. Brent currently works as an MSW social work intern at HowardCenter, in the Safety Connection Program of Developmental Services, providing case management and clinical social work for adults living with developmental disabilities.

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Dr. Julie Roberts

Julie RobertsJulie Roberts is a linguist specializing in sociolinguistics and dialectology. She teaches classes covering a range of linguistic topics including phonetics, pragmatics, English language structure, language and law, and American English dialects, and she would be happy to meet with any students interested in studying and/or doing research in linguistics.

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Daniel Sharfstein, J.D.

Daniel SharfsteinDaniel Sharfstein’s scholarship focuses on the legal history of race in the United States. He received a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship to support his work on a book-length exploration of post Reconstruction America, "Thunder in the Mountains: The Clash of Two American Legends, Oliver Otis Howard and Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce." His book, The Invisible Line: Three American Families and the Secret Journey from Black to White (Penguin Press, 2011), won the 2012 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for excellence in non-fiction as well as the Law & Society Association’s 2012 James Willard Hurst Jr. Prize for socio-legal history. His writing has also appeared in the Yale Law Journal, Minnesota Law Review, New York Times, Slate, Washington Post, Economist, American Prospect and Legal Affairs. For his research on civil rights and the color line in the American South, Professor Sharfstein was awarded an Alphonse Fletcher, Sr., fellowship and a National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, and he was the inaugural recipient of the Raoul Berger Visiting Fellowship in Legal History at Harvard Law School. A graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School, he clerked for the Honorable Dorothy W. Nelson, United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Honorable Rya W. Zobel, United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. He was also an associate at Strumwasser & Woocher, a public interest law firm in Santa Monica, California. Prior to law school, he worked as a journalist in West Africa and Southern California. Before joining Vanderbilt’s law faculty in fall 2007, he was a Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History at New York University School of Law.

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Dr. Rashad Shabazz

Rashad ShabazzDr. Shabazz's academic expertise brings together theories of race and racism, Black cultural studies, gender studies, and critical prison studies, within a methodological framework that draws on history, human geography, philosophy and literature. His research explores the ways in which race, class, sexuality and gender articulate through geographies of anti-Black racism. Currently Dr. Shabazz is working on a book manuscript that examines how Black identity, culture and anti-Black racism are produced and disciplined through spatiality. His scholarship has appeared in Souls and The Spatial-Justice Journal. A long time anti-prison activist, Dr. Shabazz cites activism as a catalyst for his scholarly work. He is an editor for the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons (a Canadian-based journal that publishes the work of prisoners around the world) and an organizer for Critical Resistance (an activist organization that seeks to redirect America's failed policy on incarceration). He has also taught at San Quentin Prison. He has taught an Integrated Social Science Program (ISSP) course titled "Prison Cities and Black Masculinity" and teaches an advanced level seminar course titled, "Black Space, Identity and Culture." Dr. Shabazz holds a B.A. in Political Science and Philosophy from the Minnesota State University, Mankato (1999), an M.S. from the School of Justice and Social Inquiry at the Arizona State University (2002) and a Ph.D.from the History of Consciousness Program at the University of California, Santa Cruz (2008).

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Dr. David Shiman

David ShimanAs a professor of education, I teach courses in comparative education, multicultural education, and sociology of education. I also direct the Center for World Education, a global and multicultural curriculum resource center. I have worked in Tanzania, Ghana, South Africa, Finland, England, Costa Rica, China, and in Israel and on the West Bank. I directed UVM’s international educational office in the 1980’s.

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Richard Bundy

Richard BundyRich Bundy serves as president and CEO of the University of Vermont Foundation. He leads a staff of 70 and a volunteer network of more than 200 alumni, students, and friends to advance the University of Vermont’s teaching, research, and outreach mission through philanthropy and volunteer engagement. Bundy has extensive experience in major-gift fundraising for public higher education, having worked for nearly 20 years at three of the nation’s premier land-grant institutions: Penn State, Michigan State, and Iowa State. He has a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts from Penn State, earned a Master of Business Administration from Michigan State, and attended the Management Development Program at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. He served on the board of directors of the National Agricultural Alumni and Development Association from 2003 to 2006 and hosted its national conference in 2005. Bundy is the recipient of the 2006 NAADA Professional Achievement Award and the 2006 ISU Foundation Governor’s Award. A native of Pennsylvania, Bundy is an avid runner and has successfully completed 20 marathons, including five finishes at the prestigious Boston Marathon.

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David Carlson

David CarlsonDavid served for four years in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry Assault man from 2004 -2008. He deployed twice in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, fighting in Fallujah, Iraq in 2005 and Ramadi, Iraq in 2006. In April of 2006, David received a Certificate of Commendation for actions while under direct enemy fire and earned a coveted spot in Marine Corps Squad Leader’s School at the Advanced Infantry Training Center. Following two combat deployments David deployed with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) during 2007 - 2008 focusing on training junior Marines in current combat tactics, techniques and procedures. After completing his contractual requirements with the Marines, David made the transition to academia, using the Post 9/11 GI Bill to attend the University of Vermont.

During his time as a student at UVM, David studied Political Science with a focus on the role Citizenship plays within society to include rights and responsibilities. David was a co-founder of the first student veteran’s organization and worked towards making veterans more visible in the community through outreach and a now-recurring Veteran’s Day celebration on campus. David served as the Vermont State Director for Student Veterans of America and led veteran oriented community service projects while maintaining Dean’s List grades and graduating in three years.

Following his graduation from UVM with a B.A. in Political Science and Minor in Economics, David was hired as a System Navigator for Vermont Veteran Services Jail Diversion / Trauma Recovery program, a grant funded jail diversion program with a priority to military veterans. He quickly expanded his role as a Veteran Services Navigator to include Supportive Services for Veteran Families, rapidly re-housing homeless veterans, including student veterans with mental health and substance abuse challenges. Now, as the Coordinator of Student Veteran Services at UVM David is using his knowledge and experience to support student veterans as they transition from the military to academia. Additionally, David is working to provide veteran informed training to UVM Faculty and Staff members with the focus of creating a more inclusive community for student veterans at UVM. His lived experience adds to his desire to work helping student veterans on campus and in the community.

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Dr. Antonio Cepeda-Benito

Antonio Cepeda-BenitoAntonio Cepeda-Benito


The University of Vermont, Burlington, VT 05405 (Since July 2012)

College of Arts and Sciences

  • Dean & Professor of Psychology

Texas A&M University, College Station, TX 77843 (1994-­‐2012)

Dean of Faculties Office, MS 1126

  • Dean of Faculties & Associate Provost (2009-­‐2012)
  • Associate Dean of Faculties (2006-­‐2009)

Department of Psychology, MS 4235

  • Full Professor (2005-­‐2012)
  • Associate Professor (2000 to 2005)
    • Visiting Professor, University of Alicante, Alicante—Spain (2001-­‐02)
  • Assistant Professor (1994 to 2000)


  • Ph.D. (Psychology) May 1994, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • Professional Internship (Clinical Psychology) August 1993-­‐94, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
  • M.S. (Psychology) May 1991, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
  • B.A. (Psychology) May 1988, University of Wisconsin-­‐Milwaukee


  • Psychologist, Texas Board of Examiners of Psychologists (since April 1996)


  • TOP 100 MOST INFLUENTIAL HISPANICS: Hispanic Business Magazine-­‐2009
  • NATIONAL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN MENTORSHIP-­‐2008 (National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse).
  • NATIONAL AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN PUBLIC SERVICE-­‐2006 (National Hispanic Science Network on Drug Abuse).
  • COLLEGE OF LIBERAL ARTS SUPERIOR SERVICE AWARDS-­‐2002 in recognition of exemplary values and promoting efforts in promoting Diversity (Texas A&M University)
  • SIGMA XI-­‐The Scientific Research Society
  • PHI BETA DELTA-­‐-­‐ Honor Society for International Scholars
  • JAMES D. LINDEN AWARD-­‐1993 (Presented annually to only one graduate student, Clinical PHI Psychology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN)
  • PHI BETA KAPPA-­‐1988 (University of Wisconsin-­‐Milwaukee)

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Dr. Cynthia Forehand

Dr. Cynthia ForehandCynthia Forehand received a PhD in Neurobiology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and completed postdoctoral training in the department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Washington University in St Louis. She joined the UVM faculty in 1987 and is currently professor of Neurological Sciences and Interim Dean of the Graduate College. Her research interests are in brain and spinal cord development, with a focus on the autonomic nervous system. Her teaching is in neuroscience at multiple student levels and she directs the first year neural science course in the medical student Vermont Integrated Curriculum. Forehand is co-director of UVM's Center for Biomedical Research Excellence in Neuroscience at UVM. She is actively involved in fostering interdisciplinary graduate education and research and was a founding member of the university-wide Neuroscience Graduate Program.

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Ellen McShane, Ed.D.

Ellen McShane, Ed.D.As Director of Academic Support Programs, Ellen oversees ACCESS services for students with disabilities, tutoring services, and two TRIO programs. Ellen earned a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Social Studies from Montclair State University, a Master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from Ohio State University, and Doctorate in Education from UVM. She served in the Peace Corps in Brazil for two years. She has worked at UVM for the last 12 years.

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Dr. Fayneese Miller

Dr. Fayneese MillerFayneese Miller is dean of the College of Education and Social Services and professor of Human Development, Educational Leadership and Social Policy at the University of Vermont. Prior to her appointment as dean at UVM, she was associate professor of education and human development and a past director of the Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity in America at Brown University. Dr. Miller developed and chaired the first Ethnic Studies Program at Brown University. Dr. Miller is a social psychologist and specializes in the psychosocial development of youth, with special emphasis on such topics as alienation, social identity, cross-racial friendships, and truancy. She has conducted research on black males that was funded by the Eli Lily Foundation. Her work includes a study on perceptions of racial/ethnic bias for the Rhode Island Supreme Court and a project on school-based truancy courts for the Rhode Island Family Court. Dr. Miller serves on the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Truancy Prevention Association (NTPA) Board. In collaboration with NTPA, she completed a benchbook on truancy for family court judges. She recently completed a book entitled Transforming Learning Environments: Strategies for the Next Generation in November 2012 by Emerald Publishing Group. A second book with Emerald, focusing on adolescent social behavior and co-authored with Dr. George Leibowitz, will be published in the fall of 2013. Dr. Miller was a visiting professor at the University of Cape Town in South Africa, a National Science Foundation Fellow, and Salzburg Fellow. Some of her more recent publications focus on leadership within a higher education context. She was a member of the American Council of Education (ACE) 2004-2005 Fellow’s class—a Washington-based fellowship program that prepares future senior executives in higher education. She was also a Millennium Leadership Fellow (MLI). She was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science Task Force on diversity in higher education and the Annie Casey Foundation and Joint Center for Political Studies focus group on reproductive health. Dr. Miller is a past member of OIA, chair-elect of the board for the American Association for College’s of Education (AACTE), president-elect for the Council of Academic Dean’s from Research Extensive Institutions (CADREI), Vermont’s higher education lead for Smarter Balance, and a past member and chairman of the Vermont State Board of Education.

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Dr. Frederick C. Morin III

Dr. Frederick C. Morin IIIDr. Morin was named the 17th Dean of the University of Vermont College of Medicine in August 2007. He is Professor of Pediatrics and serves on the Board of Trustees of Fletcher Allen Health Care as well as the Board of the Fletcher Allen Partners. He serves as a member of the University of Vermont Strategic Initiatives Project Steering Committee and TRI & Research and Strategic Values Committees and the Provost Council of Deans.

Dr. Morin is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Yale University School of Medicine. After a residency in Pediatrics at Stanford University and a research fellowship in neonatology at University of California San Francisco, he joined the University of Rochester as assistant professor of pediatrics and obstetrics & gynecology. In 1986 he moved to University of Buffalo, and in 1989 was named chief of the Neonatology Division at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo and associate professor of pediatrics and physiology. He became full professor in 1994, and was named chair of pediatrics and pediatrician-in-chief at Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo in 1997. He also served as interim vice president for health affairs at University of Buffalo and interim dean.

Internationally known for his groundbreaking research on persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn and the uses of nitric oxide, Dr. Morin is the author of more than 70 publications and the recipient of numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health and others.

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Dr. Patricia Prelock

Dr. Patricia PrelockPatricia Prelock, Ph.D., is Dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Professor of Communication Sciences & Disorders, and Professor of Pediatrics in the College of Medicine at the University of Vermont. Dr. Prelock coordinates parent training programs designed for caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders and has been awarded more than 11 million dollars in university, state and federal funding as a PI or Co-PI to develop innovations in interdisciplinary training supporting children and youth with neurodevelopmental disabilities and their families, to facilitate training in speech-language pathology, and to support her intervention work in autism spectrum disorders. She has 144 publications and 432 peer-reviewed and invited presentations in the areas of autism and other neurodevelopmental disabilities, collaboration, language assessment and intervention, and language learning disabilities. Dr. Prelock received the 1998 Friends Award through the Vermont Parent Information Center and the first annual Autism Society of Vermont Excellence in Service Award in 2000. She also received the University of Vermont’s Kroepsch-Maurice Excellence in Teaching Award in 2000. Dr. Prelock was named an ASHA Fellow in 2000 and a University of Vermont Scholar in 2003. She was awarded the Puppets Choice Award through Kids on the Block of Vermont in 2010 for her work in autism. Dr. Prelock earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kent State University and her doctoral degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a Board Recognized Specialist in Child Language, and a Hanen certified SLP for It takes Two to Talk, More Than Words and Talkability. She was the 2013 President for the American Speech-Language Hearing Association, a member organization of more than 166,000 speech-language pathologists and audiologists and serves as Immediate Past President in 2014.

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Dr. Abu Rizvi

Dr. Abu RiziviS. Abu Rizvi is dean of the University of Vermont Honors College, where he has also been Interim and Associate Dean. A professor of economics, Dean Rizvi has been on the faculty at the University of Vermont since 1987, and served as chair of the Department of Economics and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences before moving to the Honors College.

Dean Rizvi teaches first-year students in the Honors College. In addition to his roles as a teacher and administrator, he is a productive scholar in the area of microeconomic theory, focusing on general equilibrium and game theories. A book by him and David P. Levine, called Poverty, Work and Freedom: Political Economy and the Moral Order, was published in 2005 by Cambridge University Press. He is also the author of studies on the assessment of learning, recruiting for diversity, student retention in college, and elitism in honors programs. He has served on the Diversity Curriculum Review Committee and the President’s Committee on Diversity and Inclusion.

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Dr. David Rosowsky

David RosowskyDavid V. Rosowsky, was named Provost and Senior Vice President of the University of Vermont effective August 1, 2013. Dr. Rosowsky came to UVM from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where he served as Dean of Engineering. Prior to that, he served as Head of the Zachry Department of Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University, where he also held the A.P. and Florence Wiley Chair in Civil Engineering.

Dr. Rosowsky earned BS and MS degrees in civil engineering from Tufts University, and a PhD in civil engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

A recognized expert in structural reliability, design for natural hazards, stochastic modeling of structural and environmental loads, and probability-based codified design, Dr. Rosowsky has authored or co-authored more than 140 papers in peer-reviewed journals and more than 150 papers appearing in conference proceedings. He has been invited to present his research work around the world including invited lecturers in France, Italy, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. He has supervised more than 20 Masters and Doctoral students. He is the recipient of the ASCE Walter L. Huber Research Prize, the T.K. Hseih Award from the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), and the ASCE Norman Medal.

Dr. Rosowsky currently serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Structural Safety and is a past editorial board member of the ASCE Journal of Infrastructure Systems, the ASCE Journal of Structural Engineering and the journal Natural Hazards Review.

Dr. Rosowsky maintains an active research program in wind and earthquake engineering and continues to supervise graduate students and post-doctoral researchers.

He is a registered Professional Engineer, and holds the rank of Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

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Mara Saule

Mara SauleMara Saule, Mara Saule is CIO and Dean of University Libraries. Since 1985, Saule has held several positions at UVM, including Associate Dean and Director of Collection Management Services for the Bailey/Howe Library, Vice Provost for Enrollment Management and International Activities, Executive Assistant to the President, and President of the Faculty Senate.

Saule earned a master's degree in library and information science from the University of California at Berkeley. She has participated in a variety of leadership institutes, most notably the Oxford Round Table Seminar, Harvard Leadership Institute and Wharton Executive Education Program. She was American Library Association Book Fellow at the National Library of Latvia in Riga in 1992-93 and has continued her consulting relationship with Latvian Libraries. Saule also has been a consultant for the establishment of several international libraries, including those in Qatar and Peru. She is also a frequent member of visiting evaluating teams for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. She is fluent in Latvian and Spanish.

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Dr. Annie Stevens

Dr. Annie StevensDr. Annie Stevens is the Vice Provost for Student Affairs at the University of Vermont. In this role, Dr. Stevens provides leadership for the Division of Student Affairs that helps shape the overall foundation and direction for student life on campus, integrating both curricular and co-curricular experiences for students. Dr. Stevens arrived at UVM in 1997 as the Director of Residential Life and has served in leadership positions within the Division of Student Affairs for the past 14 years. Prior to her arrival at UVM, she held past positions at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and The University of California at Berkeley. She earned a bachelor’s degree at St. Lawrence University, a master’s in Higher Education Administration at the University of Vermont and a doctoral degree in Counseling and Student Personnel Services at The University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. Stevens is recognized nationally as a Senior Student Affairs Officer within the American College Personnel Association and is a member of the Senior Student Affairs Advisory Board. She also provides mentorship to undergraduates interested in the field of higher education through the NASPA Undergraduate Fellows Program. Dr. Stevens also teaches and mentors graduate students enrolled in the Higher Education and Student Affairs Graduate Program at the University of Vermont.

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Dr. Thomas C. Vogelmann

Dr. Thomas C. VogelmannDr. Thomas C. Vogelmann became Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Director of the Vermont Agricultural Experiment Station at the University of Vermont (UVM) in 2009, after holding positions of Interim Dean from July 2008 and Professor and Chair of the Department of Plant Biology from 2002. A graduate of Syracuse University (Ph.D.), Washington State University (M.S.) and the University of Vermont (B.S.), Dr. Vogelmann worked for eighteen years at the University of Wyoming, where he attained the rank of Professor of Botany and served as the interim Chair of the Department of Botany. He also served as Visiting Professor at the University of Lund in Lund, Sweden, and Visiting Research Fellow at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia.

Dr. Vogelmann has received numerous awards and other recognitions for his teaching, research, and service, including the Robertson Lecture for outstanding contributions to plant physiology conferred by the Australian and New Zealand Societies for Plant Physiology. He also received the Presidential Award for outstanding research, the College of Arts and Sciences Award for Outstanding Research, and the Elbogen Award for Outstanding Teaching, all at the University of Wyoming. Most recently, he received the Joseph E. Carrigan Award for Excellence in Teaching and Undergraduate Education in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at UVM.

Dr. Vogelmann specializes in plant physiology and has published more than eighty scientific papers in refereed journals, books, and technical proceedings.

Dr. Vogelmann is an accomplished researcher, educator, and administrator.

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Committee Members

Dr. Judith Aiken

Judith AikenJudith A. Aiken is Associate Professor and Coordinator for the Ed.D. Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership in the Department of Leadership and Developmental Sciences at the University of Vermont. She teaches courses in leadership and curriculum study, and supervises the field-based internship program for students pursuing the master’s degree in educational leadership. Dr. Aiken's research interests focus on the preparation and development of educational leaders, women in leadership, cross-cultural/ethical leadership, and teacher supervision and evaluation. Her professional publications include a co-edited book on social justice leadership in a global world and number of book chapters and journal articles on topics in educational leadership.

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Dr. Alec Ewald

Alec EwaldProfessor Ewald teaches courses in constitutional law and American politics. Within public law, his current research focuses on voting rights, the institutions of suffrage, and criminal justice. He is author of The Way We Vote: The Local Dimension of American Suffrage (Vanderbilt University Press, 2009), and co-editor of Criminal Disenfranchisement in an International Perspective (Cambridge University Press, 2009). His work on felony disenfranchisement and other collateral consequences of criminal convictions has been published in Social Science Quarterly, and the Yale Law Journal Online, Publius, the Justice System Journal, the Wisconsin Law Review, and the Columbia Human Rights Law Review. More broadly, research interests include race and the law, American political development, and comparative courts. Professor Ewald encourages you to stop by his office any time to admire pictures of his children, Oscar and Stella.

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Dr. John Gennari

John GennariJohn Gennari has been a member of the UVM faculty since 2001. From 2003 to 2008, he served as Director of the ALANA U.S. Ethnic Studies Program. Trained in the interdisciplinary field of American Studies, he is a U.S. cultural historian with interests in the expressive arts and literature, race and ethnicity, cultural criticism, food, sports, and creative non-fiction writing. His teaching at UVM has included such courses as "Jazz and the Cultural Imagination," "Black Popular Culture," "Italian-American Literature and Culture," and "Food Culture and Writing." He is the author of BLOWIN' HOT AND COOL: JAZZ AND ITS CRITICS (University of Chicago Press, 2006), recipient of The ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award for Excellence in Music Criticism and the John Cawelti Award for Best Book in American Culture. He is currently working on a book examining how practices of expressive ethnicity in music, film, sports, cooking and eating reconfigure our understanding of Italian-American and African-American culture.

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Dr. Wanda Heading-Grant

Wanda Heading-GrantDr. Wanda Heading-Grant is the Vice President for Human Resources, Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. Prior to this new position, she was the first Chief Diversity Officer at UVM and served in that capacity from 2010 until 2013. Dr. Heading-Grant served as Associate Provost for Multicultural Affairs and Academic Initiatives from 2007-2010. She was an Associate Dean of the College of Education and Social Services from 2003-2006. Prior to that she was the Executive Director of the Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Office from 1994-2003.

Dr. Heading-Grant has spent her career focusing on issues of education, social service, social justice, and equity. Dr. Heading-Grant holds a Clinical Associate Professor appointment in the Department of Social Work, and she is a member of the Graduate College at the University of Vermont. She has served on the Girls Scout Council of Vermont Board of Directors, United Way of Chittenden County Board of Directors and is currently serving on the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts Board of Directors. She has received the City of Burlington's MLK Service Award, the 2010 United Way of Chittenden County Community Impact Award, the 2011 Vermont Women in Higher Education Sister Elizabeth Candon Distinguished Service Award, and is a member of the Phi Gamma Mu National Honor Society. She is also an alumna of the University of Vermont and a 2012 graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Institute for Educational Management.

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Dr. Leslye Kornegay

Leslye KornegayLeslye Kornegay is the Director of Custodial Services at the University of Vermont. Custodial Services is one of the largest diverse organizations on the UVM campus. She is the Chair of the Division of Finance and Enterprise Risk Management Diversity Standing Committee. Dr. Kornegay is a life-long learner; she is a recent graduate of the College of Education doctoral program at the University of Vermont. Her doctoral dissertation focused on her unique experiences as an African American woman leading in PWI's. She introduced the use of "confidence circles" as a resource for women of color to sustain their leadership in PWI's. She holds a Masters of Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from Mount Olive College. Dr. Kornegay is a seasoned executive with substantial in-house experience leading organizational change. Custodial Services places a high premium on providing exceptional support services for students, faculty and staff with a focus on aligning organizational goals with institutional strategic goals, mission and values. Dr. Kornegay's area of expertise is with predominately white institutions, higher education, diversity and inclusion, strategic planning, leadership and change, women in leadership, succession planning and mentoring. She is a faculty member at a local institution of higher education. She has presented numerous presentations and workshops in her area of expertise at the local, regional and national level. Dr. Kornegay was awarded the Susan Hasazi ALANA Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement in Doctoral Education from the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont. Dr. Kornegay was awarded the Outstanding Staff Woman Award for 2012. She is a member of the international honor society Pi Gamma Mu.

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Dr. Sherwood Smith

Sherwood SmithDr. Sherwood Smith is a lecturer at University of Vermont’s Department of Leadership and Developmental Sciences and Director of the Center for Cultural Pluralism. In addition, he has been a faculty member of the Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication (SIIC) in Oregon for ten years. In the past he worked as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania, cooperative extension agent in Grant County, Washington, adjunct faculty for the School for International Training's college program in Kenya, and Assistant Director of Residence Life at Pennsylvania State University. Currently, Smith teaches both graduate and undergraduate courses. At the graduate level he has been teaching EDFS 322, The Challenge of Multiculturalism for Educators for six years. Within human development he teaches courses that focus on the developmental issues related to ethnic identity prejudice and the cross-cultural influences on human development. Smith serves on the following boards: National Association for Multicultural Education and Vermont Teacher Scholarship Committees as well as a variety of UVM committees such as Faculty Senate Strategic Initiatives Representative for Diversity & Global Subcommittee and President’s LGBT Commission. Smith is passionate about issues of social justice and intensely curious to explore the social constructions of culture, identity, and status. His research interests focus on experiential issues related to identity development and attitude change, evaluation methodologies related to social justice education, and multicultural education theory to practice issues. His work has led to numerous presentations for a variety of professional conferences, including the American Association of Adult and Community Education, American College Personnel Association, Lilly Conferences, and International Educators (NAFSA). He is actively involved in faculty and staff development training on multicultural issue as part of his work as the director for the Center for Cultural Pluralism in the Provost's Office. His expertise includes multicultural education, cultural competency, cultural and ethnic identity, intercultural communication and professional development for faculty and staff. His research interests area teaching, education, human development and issues of culture and social justice in general. Some of his other interests are East Africa, herpetology and fencing.

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Professional Development Presenters

Dr. Ruha Benjamin

Dr. Ruha BenjaminDr. Ruha Benjamin’s teaching and research interests are in the areas of science, medicine and biotechnology; the construction and naturalization of racial and gender taxonomies; science policy, public health and social theory. She is currently completing a book, People’s Science: Bodies & Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier (Stanford University Press 2013), which examines ethnoracial, gender, class, and disability politics as a constitutive feature of stem cell research. Professor Benjamin joins BU from a two year fellowship in the Center for Society and Genetics at UCLA. She has received grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, Ford Foundation, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, and UC Berkeley Townsend Center for the Humanities.

In a second project, Provincializing Science: Mapping & Marketing Ethnoracial Diversity in the Genomic Age (in preparation), she is investigating how newly derived genetic classifications are impacting social groupings in three countries (India, Mexico, and South Africa), with attention to how commercial forces are driving the creation of ethnic drug markets as a proxy for public health.

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Dr. Susanmarie Harrington

Susanmarie HarringtonSusanmarie joined the faculty at UVM in 2008. She directs the Writing in the Disciplines Program faculty development offerings, drawing on her prior experience as director of composition (1995-2006) and department chair (2006-2008) at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. Her research interests explore how values about writing are enacted in curricula, program design, and assessment. Her publications include Basic Writing as a Political Act and The Outcomes Book: Debate and Consensus in the Wake of the Council of Writing Program Administrators' Outcomes Statement.

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Dr. Holly Buckland Parker

Antonio Cepeda-BenitoHolly is a Faculty Development Specialist at the University of Vermont's Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL). As part of her work at the CTL, she coordinates the Graduate Teaching Program and conducts research on faculty professional development. Holly also works with UVM faculty on the implementation of Universal Design for Learning. She recently completed her doctoral program at UVM on Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

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Henrietta "Henrie" Paz-Amor

Henrietta Henrie MenziesHenrietta is a Faculty Development Specialist at the Center for Teaching and Learning. In this role, she co-coordinates the student TechCATs program, is also a Hybrid Instructional Designer and the Hybrid Initiative Project Manager. Fondly known as "Henrie," she has worked at UVM over the past 9+ years in many capacities all over campus. At UVM, she has led Mindfulness Meditation lunch time sessions, offered workshops for EDU@UVM, was a part of the 5thAnnual Women of Color Leadership Retreat Planning Committee this year, was appointed to the UVM Presidential Commission for the Status of Women, and is participating on the Racial Healing Retreat Planning Committee.

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Jonah Steinberg

Jonah SteinbergJonah Steinberg is a cultural anthropologist of the Indian Subcontinent and its diasporas, with a special focus on society's most marginal members, from India's street children to Europe's Roma (Gypsies). His doctoral research was focused on Himalayan villagers in Pakistan and Tajikistan. Professor Steinberg’s current research, explores the lives of runaway children in North India. Professor Steinberg's courses deal with a variety of themes, including globalization, social crisis, human migration, religious revivalism, the peoples of South Asia, Islamic cultures, anthropological writing, and street children.

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Dr. Jim Vigoreaux

Jim VigoreauxJim Vigoreaux is the Breazzano Family Green and Gold Professor and Chair of the Department of Biology. A native of Puerto Rico, Professor Vigoreaux majored in mathematics at the University of Puerto Rico before embarking on his doctoral studies in biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma. His transition from the homeland to the mainland required adjustments to a new language, culture, landscape, and academic discipline.

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Dr. John Jing-hua Yin

John Jing-hua YinProfessor Yin teaches Chinese Characters, Intermediate Chinese, Advanced Chinese, Glimpses of Chinese Culture, and Classical Chinese Literature in Translation. He also directs the Chinese Language Program and the Study Abroad in China Program. He has been serving on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Chinese Language Teachers Association since 2006 and is currently a member on the Board of Directors for the Chinese Language Teachers Association.

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