AALHE's Tenth Annual Conference
Sheraton New Orleans, June 8-June 11
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AALHE 2020 Keynote Speakers
Dr. Tia Brown McNair
Dr. Tia Brown McNair is the Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the TRHT Campus Centers at Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC. She oversees both funded projects and AAC&U’s continuing programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact educational practices, and student success, including AAC&U’s Network for Academic Renewal series of yearly working conferences. McNair also directs AAC&U’s Summer Institute on High-Impact Educational Practices and Student Success. McNair serves as the project director for several AAC&U initiatives: "Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Campus Centers,” “Strengthening Guided Pathways and Career Success by Ensuring Students are Learning”, and “Purposeful Pathways: Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence.” She directed AAC&U's projects on “Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: Campus-Based Strategies for Student Success,” "Advancing Underserved Student Success through Faculty Intentionality in Problem-Centered Learning,” "Advancing Roadmaps for Community College Leadership to Improve Student Learning and Success,” and "Developing a Community College Roadmap. McNair chaired AAC&U’s Equity Working Group that was part of the General Education Maps and Markers (GEMs) project that represented a large-scale, systematic effort to provide “design principles” for 21st-century learning and long-term student success. She is the lead author of the book Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success (July 2016). McNair is a co-author on the publication Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High-Impact Practices.
Prior to joining AAC&U, McNair served as the Assistant Director of the National College Access Network (NCAN) in Washington, DC. McNair’s previous experience also includes serving as a Social Scientist/Assistant Program Director in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation (NSF), Director of University Relations at the University of Charleston in Charleston, West Virginia; the Statewide Coordinator for the Educational Talent Search Project at the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission; and the Interim Associate Director of Admissions and Recruitment Services at West Virginia State University. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at several institutions where she taught first-year English courses. McNair earned her bachelor’s degree in political science and English at James Madison University and holds an M.A. in English from Radford University and a doctorate in higher education administration from George Washington University.
Dr. Keena Arbuthnot
Dr. Keena Arbuthnot is the Associate Vice President of Research and Economic Development and Professor of Education at Louisiana State University. She received her Bachelors of Science degree in Mathematics from the University of Central Missouri in 1999. She went on to get her Masters and Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, specializing in Psychometrics, Applied Statistics and Program Evaluation. Dr. Arbuthnot began her career as a Lecturer on Education and Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard University, where she conducted research and taught courses in the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Dr. Arbuthnot is well known for her work in the field of education and she has published a host of articles and publications, as well as two books: Filling in the Blanks: Understanding the Black White Achievement Gap and Global Perspective on Educational Testing: Examining Fairness, High-Stakes and Policy Reform. She has been recognized nationally and internationally for her research on culturally relevant assessment, STEM achievement, test fairness issues and the achievement gap. Dr. Arbuthnot started her career as a high school mathematics teacher.
Why Attend AALHE's Tenth Annual Conference?
Over the past 10 years, the AALHE has worked to develop and support a community of educators and inform assessment practices in higher education to foster and improve student learning and institutional quality. It seeks to be inclusive of all higher education professionals regardless of their assessment experience, background, or size of institution—small to large, public to private.
The annual AALHE conference provides current information on how to engage in assessments from the classroom to accreditation processes. Over the past 10 years it has consistently been heralded as the best opportunity for higher education practitioners to learn about assessments and network with other professionals, including advanced and next generation assessment professionals.The AALHE assessment conference:
- Provides professional development opportunities for the advanced assessment practitioner,
- Connects assessment to student learning and engagement,
- Presents opportunities to advocate for best assessment practices,
- Networks assessment professionals with other higher education practitioners and instructors, and
- Leads and advocates best practices in assessment.
Come join us for our 10th AALHE conference so that we may learn and gain from one another to build a strong assessment community.