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We would like to take this opportunity to thank all guest speakers for commiting to share their knowledge and experience at this prestigious event.

Dr. Alexis Brooks-Walter

Dr. Alexis Brooks-Walter

Dr. Alexis Brooks-Walter has worked in higher education for over 20 years and currently serves as Associate Director of Institutional Effectiveness at Virginia State University.  In this role, Dr Brooks-Walter is intricately involved with university assessment, faculty development, accreditation, and institutional research.  She served in a pivotal role for the development of the institutional quality enhancement plan for leadership and the reaffirmation of the University by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Prof. Pete Boyd

Prof. Pete Boyd

Pete Boyd is Professor of Professional Learning and Director of the Learning, Education and Development Research Centre based at the University of Cumbria in England. He is also Visiting Professor of Academic Development at Newman University. Pete’s specialist professional field is teacher education, and he has worked extensively in academic development, leading a taught programme for lecturers new to higher education and researching into higher education, focusing on academic identities and on assessment practice. He currently teaches in Education Studies and Teacher Education programmes and supervises doctoral educational research by teachers and lecturers.  He is currently part of the academic developer team for the UK HE Advance Degree Standards project and facilitates national training courses for external examiners

Dr. Franz Reneau

Dr. Franz Reneau

Dr. Reneau is a Higher Education Professional with over a decade of experience working in the field.  In his current role as Director of Assessment in the Office of Academic Effectiveness at Georgia Tech, he is charged with the responsibility of providing leadership and oversight of the institution’s academic assessment processes.  He plays a critical role in helping to build the Institute’s capacity to use best practices in assessment as a tool for the sustainable and continuous improvement of student learning. Throughout his carrier, Reneau has conducted numerous accreditation self-study reviews and has supported many academic and non-academic programs in their re-accreditation preparation.  His higher education academic experiences include college student retention efforts, academic advising, institutional effectiveness, and program and project evaluation. A native of Belize, Reneau is committed to student success and use of data to inform higher education decision-making.  Reneau’s research interests span the broad areas of faculty work, faculty administrator relationships, and doctoral level teaching preparation.

Dr. Willis Walter

Dr. Willis Walter

Dr. Willis W. Walter II is currently the Dean and Associate Professor of the College of Education at Virginia State University, where he assisted in the preparation of professionals who are Competent, Caring and Culturally Responsive in the areas of Teacher Education, Counseling, Sport Management & Educational Leadership. As an Assessment/School Improvement Advocate during 2007-2014 he served as Vice President of Research, Planning and Institutional Effectiveness at Bethune-Cookman University. From 2014-2017 Dr. Walter served as Vice President of Community Affairs, K-16 Initiatives and Dean of the College of Education.  He has a long history of working to solve educational concerns and promote school reform.

 

Dr. Walter has also served as an Assistant Dean and Assistant Professor for the College of Education at Florida A&M University and provided consultation to the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education/Department of Education accredited programs throughout the nation. He has also been a K-12 teacher and school administrator. Prior to joining the faculty ranks, Willis was a tenured principal in the Birmingham City Public School District, where he had the opportunity to assist in the development, implementation, and monitoring of school improvement activities. One of Dr. Walter’s greatest professional honors came in 1998, when, as Principal, his school received the “Governors Award for Student Achievement.” 

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