Keynote Sessions

Thursday, November 7, 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Creating Conditions to Transform Undergraduate STEM Education
Significant change is the result of collective learning and collective action. Which conditions align to make it possible? Dr. Boyce has made institutional change a focus as a faculty and academic leader at both small colleges and large universities. In her current role at the University of Michigan she is engaged in a campus-wide equity and inclusion initiative. The questions she will address include: How can we transform undergraduate STEM? How can we catalyze and sustain collective learning? What conditions enhance curricular change? How is addressing equity a meaningful goal? Examples of transformational change in STEM at small and large institutions will be highlighted. 

Boyce.jpgMary E. Boyce, Assistant Vice Provost, Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, University of Michigan

Mary Boyce is an experienced faculty and academic administrator in public and private colleges/universities across the country. Tenured at the University of Redlands, Mary’s focus areas include Organization Behavior, Organization Theory, and Managing Change. Her research on storytelling in organizations provides opportunities to examine organizational cultures, and over time, colleges and universities have become her primary focus. Mary’s experience as an academic administrator focuses on establishing and maintaining cultures of faculty engagement, student achievement, and effectiveness in academic affairs. She has served as a dean, a provost, and an academic vice president at Redlands, Mount St. Mary’s, and California State University, Monterey Bay.

Friday, November 8, 8:45–9:45 a.m.

Transform STEM Education by Teaching Students How to Learn:  Metacognition is the Key!
All students who are admitted to college have the ability to succeed in STEM courses.  However, most do not have effective learning strategies, and they resort to memorizing information just before tests.  This interactive keynote will introduce faculty to cognitive science research-based learning strategies that will help all students experience meaningful, transferable learning. The session will focus on ways to teach STEM students simple, yet powerful learning strategies to ensure success.

McGuire.jpgSaundra Yancy McGuire, Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success, retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry, Louisiana State University 

Dr. Saundra Yancy McGuire is the Director Emerita of the Center for Academic Success and retired Assistant Vice Chancellor and Professor of Chemistry at LSU. Prior to joining LSU, she spent eleven years at Cornell University, where she received the coveted Clark Distinguished Teaching Award. She has delivered keynote addresses or presented workshops at over 400 institutions in 46 states and ten countries. Her book, Teach Students How to Learn: Strategies You Can Incorporate into Any Course to Improve Student Metacognition, Study Skills, and Motivation, was released in October 2015 and is a Stylus Publishing bestseller. The student version of this book, Teach Yourself How to Learn: Strategies You Can Use to Ace Any Course at Any Level, was released in January 2018.

Saturday, November 9, 11:45 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

The Soul of Leadership in STEM Educational Transformation
This closing plenary will attempt to bridge the gap that often exists between analytical sciences and spiritual insights, with a special focus on leadership. Leadership by its nature is a value-based, spiritual enterprise that requires a clear understanding of the inner workings of human beings as much as the outer workings of science and systems. If academic leaders are to transform STEM education so that it is more accessible, engaging, and viable to a more diverse student population, then they must infuse the disciplines and their institutions with spiritual and emotional intelligence about learning, pedagogy, and people. The soul of the academy is not at risk because of what philosophers and social scientists fail to do, but also because of what mathematicians, engineers and other STEM leaders sometimes choose to ignore. This presentation will suggest ways for rethinking our role as academic leaders and using a holistic leadership approach for transforming STEM education.

Hall.jpgDavid Hall, President, University of the Virgin Islands 

David Hall is president of the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI) since August 2009. Under Dr. Hall’s leadership, UVI has made important strides toward raising the image and position of the University. Major initiatives have focused on the recruitment, retention, and graduation of young men and the launching of a Center for Students Success. Prior to joining UVI, he served as Provost and Senior Vice President of Northeastern University, and previously as Dean of the Northeastern University School of Law.   Born in Savannah, Georgia, Dr. Hall holds a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University and received his doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Oklahoma, where he also earned a master’s degree in Human Relations. He holds both a master of laws degree and a doctorate of juridical science from Harvard Law School.