“The Way of Return: Ushering in the Renaissance of the 21st Century”
Models for Teaching, Leadership and Creativity
March 22-23, 2013
(Friday, 9am to 6:00pm & Saturday, 9am to 12:30pm)
Center for Innovative Technology,
2214 Rock Hill Road,
Herndon, VA, 20170
(5 minutes from Dulles International Airport)
Ushering in the Renaissance
For 2013, ECCSSA continues the dialogue begun in 2012. We called for research, perspectives and practice toward ushering in a renaissance--a re-awakening or renewal; an age of intellectual enlightenment, providing opportunity for visionary work and discoveries, productive thinking and development of strategies and models for implementation. The primary objective is aimed at defining a new framework for teaching, learning, leadership and social policy; and, promotion and development of a creative class of learners, thinkers, and professionals.
There are lessons to be learned from the European renaissance of the historical past which emerged after the late middle ages. The zenith of this period was that society, economy, culture and consciousness was transformed and refashioned by the upheavals that beset this region of the world, leading to assessment and renewal near the onset of modernity. This resulted in a transition from a dark time to the reawakening of spirit and intellect that led to a period of high productivity, visionary discoveries and revitalization. Such a period is called for now in our nation to lead us fully equipped into this 21st century.
Our 2013 conference identifies mechanisms for our way of return. This includes tapping into the human spirit and moving into an era of creative ideas and visionary constructs for educational and societal reforms that lead to reflective and carefully crafted transformations. Presenter themes coming from our call this year include: examining historical theory and events and issues related to social justice; models of civic awareness and engagement; strategies for teaching and learning in the 21st century; the place of ethics in developing the human psyche and spirit; models and fresh approaches to creativity and innovation; and, shared values and new models of leadership, including administrative and educational.
Join us as we devote dialogue to potential reforms in higher education and the social sciences; as well as in economic, public and social policy. We hope to usher in a period of positive and creative intellectual productivity, the advancement of learning, and the implementation of visionary paradigms and strategies to promote positive human development and a healthy, thriving and flourishing nation and world for all. It is hoped that the ultimate outcome will be the seeking of workable and viable solutions through a participatory and collaborative democracy of shared values and mutual respect for a sustainable future.
It is with these goals in mind that ECCSSA announces the March conference program. We have some of the brightest and most insightful minds sharing visionary and futuristic perspectives and engaging in deep thinking on the conference theme. We hope you will join us either as a participant or listener.
Friday, March 22, 2013
9:00am to 10:00am
Welcome and Introductions
Conference Overview and Opening Presentation
The Way of Return: Ushering in the Renaissance of the 21st Century
Rosalyn King, Ed.D, Chair, Board of Trustees, ECCSSA
Professor of Psychology, Northern Virginia Community College and
Opening commentary will continue the dialogue from last year’s conference on renewal and address this year’s conference theme and provide a framework for a renaissance in this century. Discussion will include proposals for creating a period of positive and creative intellectual productivity, the advancement of learning, and the implementation of visionary paradigms and strategies to promote positive human development and a healthy, thriving and flourishing nation and world for all.
Historical Perspectives and Social Justice
Dr. Michael Parsons, Moderator
10:00am to 10:45am
The 7th Perjury: The Truth About Nat Turner’s Trial
Sharon Ewell-Foster, Author
(2012 Winner, Shaara Prize for Fiction, Civil War Institute,
For more than 180 years, "The Confessions of Nat Turner", penned by Attorney Thomas Gray in 1831, has been the primary source document for those writing about or studying Nat Turner. Sharon Ewell Foster, author of the Shaara Prize winning novel, The Resurrection of Nat Turner, will offer revised understanding of the Southampton County insurrectionist's trial based on her analysis of the handwritten transcripts of Turner's trial. Her presentation will focus, in particular, on the actions of the Commonwealth of Virginia's star witness, the lone witness against Turner, and an influential judge--both of whose actions were obfuscated by Gray's document, "The Confessions of Nat Turner". Foster’s presentation will call for further study and suggest creative options for engaging students in history “fact-checking.”
(Students Working to Achieve Graduation), Baltimore, MD
Understanding diversity is a key component for engaging change in the 21st century. Ash, Brookfield and Moses provide a conceptual framework for using civic learning and literacy to enhance diversity awareness and use. The presenters will articulate the theory and use an existing 501 C-3 self-development organization to demonstrate that the theory actually works.
Teaching and Learning through Service Learning
Anny A. Ojekwe, Adjunct Faculty,
Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus
The purpose of this presentation is to convey how teaching and learning is achieved through various forms of service learning. Evidential research will be presented.
12 Noon – 12:30pm
LUNCH AND DISCUSSION
Strategies for Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century
Student Centered Pedagogy
Dr. Satarupa Das, Moderator
1:00pm to 2:15pm
ARMOR in the Academy: The Battle Between Student Centered
Learning and Student Learned Helplessness
Beverly Pittman, Associate Professor,
Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus
Student centered learning is a powerful tool that can change individual students’ lives. Learned helplessness is a behavior that prevents students from reaching their maximum potential. When these concepts meet in the classroom, an explosive battle can ensue between the teacher as change agent and the student as change resister. This presentation will discuss the ARMOR that students can wear to resist change, and the ARMOR that teachers must wear to overcome that resistance, change students’ behaviors, and create a win-win classroom.
Preparing Students for Success in College: A Directive Approach
David L. Strickland, Associate Professor of Sociology,
East Georgia State College
By in large, students do not enter college prepared to succeed. This presentation describes the development and implementation of a comprehensive student success program at East Georgia State College. The program includes classroom instruction in which students learn specific attitudes and behaviors that lead to success and lab assignments in which students practice effective strategies under the supervision of a teacher/mentor. The student success textbook becomes an academic planner/calendar which the student uses not only for the first semester but for every semester until graduation. Interactive tools in the text are used by the student to develop a long term academic plan and individual study plans for each course. The program is a model that can be adopted or adapted by other instructions.
The Incorporation of Problem Based Learning within Social Sciences:
Problem-Based Learning (PBL) is an increasingly popular andragogical technique in two- and four- year colleges throughout the U.S. More commonly used within STEM-related disciplines, there are important implications for this technique to the Social Sciences. It is the goal of this presentation to introduce participants to PBL and to recommendations for its integration across disciplines. Upon completion, participants will be able to describe 1) the foundations and six key characteristics of PBL, 2) concrete examples of the application of PBL to various disciplines, and 3) recommendations for future research. Educators and professionals will leave this presentation with an increased understanding of PBL as an important and interesting technique to support excellence in community college-based teaching within the Social Sciences.
Ethics in Teaching
Dr. Rosalyn King, Moderator
2:15pm to 2:45pm
Teaching Quality: Aristotle’s Ethics of Virtue as a Guide to Attaining Individual Excellence
John P. McGuinness, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy,
The identification and development of individual excellence was one of the principal premises of the Renaissance, spurred to a great extent by the re-discovery of the classical Greek texts in philosophy and literature. Aristotle's conception of ethics as the fullest development and perfection of a person's capabilities was a driving force behind the conception of the "Renaissance man." The pursuit of personal excellence is also, at least implicitly, a driving force underlying the pedagogical premises of American undergraduate education. A brief overview and discussion of the Aristotelian perspective will provide a framework for considering how best to implement a purpose-driven approach in stimulating and enabling our students' efforts to recognize and develop their own personal excellences through their undergraduate programs.
2:45pm to 3:00pm
New Paradigms and Models of Creativity
Dr. Michael Parsons, Moderator
3:00pm to 3:45pm
Prisoner Reentry and Positive Psychology: A Paradigm Shift
Francine White, Professor and Chairperson, Cooperative Education,
LaGuardia Community College, Long Island, New York
Many offenders find transitioning from prison to their communities a daunting challenge. Frequently they are ill-equipped for the task because of unresolved problems (commonly compounded by substance and/or alcohol abuse and health concerns) and their prison record. For these reasons recovery becomes a major component of successful reentry. Research indicates that recovery is more effective when it focuses on the tenets of positive psychology: positive emotions, positive individual traits and positive institutions. Here Professor White will introduce a successful recovery model that uses positive psychology to help recently incarcerated women reconnect with their children.
Don’t Be Afraid to Encourage Regression: Creative Strategies for Encouraging
Abstract Thinking and Creativity in Students
Melanie Covert, MS. LAPC, Adjunct Faculty,
Georgia State University and Georgia Highlands College
This presentation will present and describe activities developed by the presenter for college students that have been based on basic skills taught in primary school settings. These activities focus on imagination, motor skills, lower-order reasoning, storytelling, dramatic-play and experiential learning. The goals of these activities are to re-establish the building blocks of higher-order thinking and reasoning (abstract thought) and encourage students to approach and apply information learned in unique and novel ways (creativity). The presentation will discuss how utilizing this approach will assist college students in further developing these skills and will keep students excited and engaged in the classroom while helping them retain the content associated with the course. The presenter will discuss two activities specifically designed for her college students titled “Mid-Life” and “Pre-school day” both invented by the presenter as a means of encouraging and developing all of the skills previously listed.
Education Beyond the Classroom
Ms. Barbara Crain, Moderator
3:45pm to 4:30pm
Musea Renaissance: Putting the Museum to Work
R. Scott Hengen, Speech, Dance and Theatre Faculty,
This session presents work with the Smithsonian Fellowship at Montgomery College, Rockville, MD. The students were able to intertwine questions of identity and the resources from the Smithsonian with scenic design theory and plays currently produced in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. This allowed them to synthesize the Smithsonian resources and the Drafting and Painting design course content into theoretical applications.
Utilizing Educational Alchemy to Guide the Student from the Classroom to the Boardroom
R. Lee Viar, IV, Lead Business Faculty/Assistant Professor,
Colorado Technical University
Charisse Wernecke, Instructor,
The purpose and objective of this session is to highlight the importance of the adaptive instructor and how it has a domino effect on the learners, hence increasing the level of cognition of the material and being the application of critical thinking, an absolute must in the fast paced business environment and the global stage. In any business setting, being more effective and efficient is a desired outcome. Hence, by leading and demonstrating by example, another key lesson can be learned by all parties.
Leadership and Professional Development for the 21st Century
Dr. Rosalyn King, Moderator
4:30pm to 6:00pm
Principled-Centered Leadership and the Challenges of Reform in Higher Education
Dipak K. (Dee) Roy, Adjunct Instructor of Economics,
Inspired leadership is never easy because it implies upending an insufficient status quo. Reform is resisted by powerful entrenched interests. Successful leadership, then, requires not only an accurate vision of what is required but an ability to develop a common interest in and incentives toward desired reforms. Necessity can provide an opening. Vision must be followed by a strategy (making winning choices) and a long-term means of implementing and sustaining them. The presentation explores Steven Covey's principled centered leadership approach in the context of the problems faced by institutions of higher education, a polarized and individualistic culture and the rising challenges to the role and position of the United States in the world.
Shifting the Paradigm in Caribbean Higher Education: Training New Leaders
to Learn from the U.S. Experience
Donald C. Peters, President,
Dominica State College, Roseau, Dominica
For the past sixty (60) years or more leaders of the English-speaking Caribbean have prided themselves on the maintenance of a public higher education which consisted primarily of the University of the West Indies (UWI) modeled loosely under the British model. Over the years UWI has been responsible for educating most of the leaders and civil service professionals of the region. Beginning In the 80s however top high school students attracted by more by information about the best Colleges and Universities in the world, began to select North American Universities as their preferred countries to seek higher education.
As a result, Caribbean governments decided to build their own colleges and hired a new breed of leaders to manage these new institutions. Dominica State College (2002) and the College of Science Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTAATT) (2004) are two such colleges. Those two institutions have taken the lead in shifting the higher education paradigm, in the Caribbean and have been instrumental in developing a new group of leaders for the 21st century.
This paper will review the current higher education system of the Caribbean region, and the work of US educated Black Leaders in changing the educational system. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about Caribbean higher education policies and how some governments and institutions in the Caribbean are training new leaders to utilize aspects of the US Higher Education model to develop their countries.
BEVERAGES AND DESSERTS
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Making Global Connections
Mr. David Smith, JD, Moderator
9am to 12:30pm
Peace Building in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource
David J. Smith is the editor of the upcoming book Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource(http://bookstore.usip.org/books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=358277). This book is a one of its kind compendium of writings by community college faculty who are working at integrating peace building and global education into community college classrooms. The book includes 17 chapters written by 24 authors who have developed cutting edge approaches to learning. Smith will discuss the book in general, highlight some of the findings from the project, and talk about specific programs that have specific relevancy to the ECCSSA conference theme.
The Impact of a Future Event on a Transitional Economy: The 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
Joe Cappa, Program Chair, College of Business and Management,
Colorado Technical University
This presentation will examine the impact of a mega-event on the culture, leadership and economy of a global city. This is a case study examining the cultural characteristics and leadership behaviors of Russia and the challenges that it will encounter as it prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The first part of this paper will present an overview of the Winter Olympics. The second part of this paper will be a literature review of Russia from 1991 to 2012. The last part of this paper will present the interventions that will support Russia as it moves forward in its preparation for the 2014 Games.
Rediscovering the Local to Teach Globally
David Dry, Adjunct Faculty, History,
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, Weaverville, NC
The Renaissance was a rebirth, a rediscovery of what was already there. Using a project I have developed called “Ancient Asheville,” I will illustrate some ways local sites and events can be used to promote global awareness and connect the local community to the wider world. This project has students visit a local site or participate in an event and connect it to one of the ancient world cultures which are the subject of the class. Through this, students come to see the interconnectivity of the world and the common characteristics expressed in myriad human societies, including their own community.
In Their Own Words, Montgomery College Student Veterans
Esther Schwartz-McKinzie, Professor of English and Women’s Studies,
The presenter will share a spring 2011 sabbatical conceptualized as an opportunity to bring the role as an educator to experiences as a person concerned about the long-term impacts of war and conflict. During spring and summer 2011, the presenter became a student again—and twenty-one Montgomery College student veterans, who shared their stories, became teachers. One of them, preparing to transfer to UMBC to work on a degree in Film, worked with this presenter to create the 21-minute film, “In Their Own Words, Montgomery College Student Veterans.” The film, featuring twelve interview subjects, helped to prompt a series of articles on the experiences of student veterans for the Chronicle of Higher Education last year.
This presentation will discuss experiences in working with these students and what was learned, as well as the outcome of the film, which helped to change the culture of Montgomery College in terms of its response to student veterans. The presentation and film demonstrates the promotion of increased awareness of the needs of student veterans, and share ways in which there are opportunities for educators to respond to those needs.
SUMMARY WRAP-UP AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Laying the Foundation: The Importance of Implementing Minority Mentoring Programs
Dr. Joe Cappa is program chair, College of Business and Management at Colorado Technical University. He supervises 398 on-line adjunct business faculty in accounting, finance, marketing, leadership, logistics/supply chain management, project management, human resource management, and general business. Cappa directly manages and maintains the internal academic policies and procedures necessary for compliance with external standards as set by accrediting and licensing organizations, state and federal agencies, and other regulatory entities.
Melanie Covert is an adjunct faculty member at Georgia Highlands College. She has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology and is a Licensed Associate Professional Counselor. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Sociology from Georgia State University. She specializes in the areas of Race and Diversity. She utilizes this specialized area of knowledge as well as her training as a counselor to develop techniques in the classroom to reach a variety of students and encourage the development of creativity and abstract thought. She is a member of the LPCA of Georgia, The American Psychological Association and the American Sociological Association.
Barbara Crain is Assistant Professor at Northern Virginia Community College teaching geography and geology courses in the classroom and online. She serves on the Board of Trustees of ECCSSA.
Dr. Satarupa (Rupa) Das is a Professor of Economics at Montgomery College, Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus in Maryland. At Montgomery College, she offers traditional and online classes for Introductory Macro and Microeconomics courses as well as honors module for those courses.
David Dry is a full-time history instructor at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. He is interested in global education using technology and has done collaborative projects with universities in Russia, Taiwan, and Germany.
Sharon Ewell Foster
Sharon Ewell Foster has published articles in TheRoot.com and Ebony.com about Nat Turner. See http://www.theroot.com/views/truth-about-nat-turner. Foster is the 2012 winner of the Shaara Prize for fiction sponsored by the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College, and honors novels about the Civil War, especially those that "encourage fresh approaches to Civil War fiction." The jury that selected this year's Shaara Prize noted, "Foster tells the story of the 1831 Virginia slave uprising led by Nat Turner in the voices of multiple characters. . . Foster renders these voices masterfully, allowing readers to inhabit fully each character's life circumstances and state of mind. Moving and profoundly humane, the novel is a riveting account of crucial events on the timeline toward Civil War."
Dr. William Darity, Professor of Public Policy and Chair of the African American Studies Department at Duke University, calls Foster’s novels "remarkable," and "a substantive counter to William Styron's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, “The Confessions of Nat Turner”. Professor Ray Winbush of Morgan State University, consultant on PBS's Nat Turner: A Troublesome Property, compares the importance of Foster's work to Alex Haley's The Autobiography of Malcolm X, and calls her books "liberating."
R. Scott Hengen
R. Scott Hengen earned a MFA in Theatre with an emphasis in Scenic Design from the University of Maryland, College Park. He earned a BS in Secondary Education and a BA in Theatre with a minor in Shakespeare from Penn State University. He is also Co-Coordinator for the Maryland Area Community College Performing Arts Collective (MACCPAC).
Rosalyn M. King
Rosalyn M. Kingis professor of psychology at NVCC-Loudoun and VCCS Chair, Center for Teaching Excellence, Northern Virginia Region. She is also adjunct research professor at Capella University in the doctoral program in Advanced Studies in Human Behavior, Harold Abel School of the Behavioral and Social Sciences. King serves as Chair of the Board of Trustees of ECCSSA. She received her doctoral training at Harvard University in Learning Environments and Administration, Planning and Social Policy, with special study in the Harvard Law School (Constitutional Law, Intellectual Property Law, Commerce and Development) and the School of Design (Youth in the Urban Environment).
King has an interdisciplinary background in psychology, education, counseling, anthropology, sociology, administration, planning and social policy. She specializes in the areas of cognitive developmental psychology/learning environments, research design and methodology, and program evaluation. Her book was published in 2008, “Enriching the Lives of Children: Creating Meaningful and Novel Stimulus Experiences to Promote Cognitive, Moral and Emotional Development,” Cambridge Scholars Publishing. King participated in the Oxford Roundtable on The Psychology of the Child at Oxford University in July 2006; and, was invited back during the summer of 2009 to participate in the Roundtable on Three Cultures: Humanities/Art, Science and Religion. She is currently working on a book, Psychology's Use and Representation of the Three Cultures in Understanding Human Nature: History, Perspectives and Portraits scheduled for publication in 2013. She travels widely and leads study abroad tours with students and members of the community.
Breyette Lorntz is a former community college professor in the Virginia Community College System who holds a doctorate in education from the University of Virginia. As an Educational Research Analyst for Hanover Research, Dr. Lorntz conducts primary and secondary quantitative research on K-20 issues.
John McGuinness is in his third year of teaching as an adjunct professor at NOVA Annandale. He earned his MA in Philosophy at the University of Chicago and worked for the U.S. Government for 40 years as a Marine officer, Foreign Service Officer, Intelligence Officer, and finally (for 20 years) as a Foreign Affairs Officer at the State Department.
Esther Schwartz-McKinzie earned her Ph.D. in Nineteenth Century American and British literature from Temple University. Over ten years at Montgomery College, she has served as Women’s Studies Coordinator, English Department Chair, Chair of Chairs, Paul Peck Humanities Institute Director, and as a Humanities Associate Dean.
Anny A. Ojekwe
Anny A. Ojekwe has been teaching at various colleges for over 10 years. She holds a Master’s degree in computer science and a Ph.D. in political science. She is currently an adjunct faculty at NOVA and previously was Director of Education at a local private college.
Dr. Parsons has been a community college teacher & administrator as well as a University professor in four states. Parsons has worked as a faculty member, administrator and community developer for over 40 years. Currently he is a visiting adjunct professor in the Community College Leadership Ed.D program and the Interdisciplinary Higher Education Ph.D. program at Morgan State U. (MSU).
Donald C. Peters
Dr. Donald C. Peters is thePresident of the Dominica State College (DSC). Dr. Peters came to the DSC with extensive experience as an educator and leader. He has distinguished himself in the U.S.A. and the Caribbean as a leader in the field of higher education administration and health care administration.
Before coming to DSC, he served as President of the College of Science, Technology and Applied Arts of Trinidad and Tobago (COSTATT); Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at SUNY Plattsburgh; Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Mississippi; Vice President and Associate Provost for enrollment management at Wright State University in Dayton Ohio; Assistant Vice President at the University of Minnesota; Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Acting President at the Bermuda College.
In addition to higher education, Dr. Peters has served as Chief Executive Officer of Health Care Services in the United States of America. He was elected National President of the American College Health Association from 1991 -1993. He has lectured extensively on issues in higher education administration, Foreign policy strategies of small states and Health Care policy for developing countries. His extensive experience as the leader of complex organizations has made him a sought after professional and has consulted both for regional and international organizations. From 2007 to 2009 Dr. Peters also served as Chief Executive Officer of West Indies Cricket. During his tenure, for the first time in nine (9) years, the West Indies Team won a series against England. He is the author of one textbook and has written several publications.
Dr. Peters holds Bachelors’ degrees in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Massachusetts, in Boston, a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Northeastern University and a PhD in Applied Social Science from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Dr. Peters was born in Dominica and received his primary and secondary education in that country.
Beverly Pittman has been teaching Health and Wellness on-line through Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA)’s Extended Learning Institute (ELI) since the fall semester 2009. She is a member of the Annandale Campus Achieving the Dream Committee and has presented on Learned Helplessness in various venues at NOVA including the Achieving the Dream Provost’s Forum and the NOVA Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning PUP (Power Up your Pedagogy) Conference. Beverly received an AB in Sociology from Lincoln University, an MSS from the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research, an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Kinesiology from Temple University. She is a strong proponent of Student Centered Learning, and is currently writing a book on the subject of her presentation.
Dipak “Dee” Roy
Dipak K. Roy is adjunct instructor of economics at Northern Virginia Community College. He has an MPA
degree from Columbia University in international economic policy and management and a B.A. in economics from Antioch College in Ohio. Dipak's career before teaching was largely in international trade in various countries as a vice president in Mitsubishi Corporation, as an entrepreneur and in government affairs in Washington. He has also done consulting in the private sector and for the United Nations Development Programme in Iraq's reconstruction.
David J. Smith
David J. Smith, formerly of the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP), is a nationally recognized authority on the intersection of peace building and conflict resolution, and the work of community colleges. At USIP he developed and managed faculty and student programs across the U.S. working with over 125 community colleges in assisting them in their global education missions. Currently he is an adjunct faculty member in the Program on Justice and Peace at Georgetown University and at the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at Georgetown Mason University. At Harford Community College (1992-2005), he was in 2003 a U.S. Fulbright Scholar teaching at the University of Tartu in Tartu, Estonia. He has published in Community College Journal, Community College Week, Community College Times, and the Journal of Peace Education. His book, Peacebuilding in Community Colleges: A Teaching Resource will be published by USIP Press in the spring 2013.
David L. Strickland
David L. Strickland, associate professor of sociology, has taught college for nearly 20 years. For the past ten years he has been heavily involved in the first year experience program at East Georgia State College. To wit he has authored two textbooks designed to change the culture of learning in college: Student Success and My Sociology.
Ms. Troy is a Ph.D. student at Morgan State U. She is the executive director of SWAG Education in Baltimore, MD.
R. Lee Viar
Dr. Viar is a graduate of Capella University and earned his Ph.D. in Post-Secondary Adult Education and Training. He is a Certified Postsecondary Instructor. He is a Maryland native, achieved the Sigma Beta Delta Business Honors and graduated from Frostburg State University. He holds an MBA in Marketing. He is an Assistant Professor-Lead Business Faculty at Colorado Technical University where he teaches a variety of business and research courses. He is an innovative teacher and author with a passion and devotion to education and learning. He has been a college instructor for over 13 years teaching at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctorates. He has over 20 years of professional marketing and business experience in the areas of banking and marketing management.
He is also a published author whose works have been published in various academic journals and publications. Dr. Viar’s book, The Nontraditional Learner’s Guide to Success: Creating an Informal Support Network, focuses on the characteristics of the nontraditional learner and how they can identify and capitalize on the support they receive from their informal support network. Dr. Viar’s published works, book information, and upcoming conferences schedule can be found on his web site at www.drleeviariv.com. When Dr. Viar is not studying or in the classroom, he enjoys spending time with his wife and five children. He also enjoys reading about United States History, is a devoted Redskins fan, and enjoys watching classic movies.
Charisse Wernecke is an adjunct faculty member at Stevenson University.
Francine White is a Professor at LaGuardia Community College and the Chairperson of the College’s Cooperative Education Department. Professor White is interested in issues related to experiential education and learning, teaching and learning, prisoner reentry, alternatives to juvenile detention and recovery.
For more information on the 2012 ECCSSA conference, please contact:
Dr. Rosalyn M. King, Chair, Board of Trustees at: firstname.lastname@example.org (703) 450-2629.
For more information on the 2013 ECCSSA conference, please contact:
Dr. Rosalyn M. King, Chair, Board of Trustees at: email@example.com (703) 450-2629.
ECCSSA is an association of professional social scientists, scientists, and related professionals devoted to advancing research, practice, knowledge, and understanding, in the social sciences for the progression of humankind.
The Association covers the east coast of the United States of America.