Keynote and Workshop Speakers
All keynote and workshop speakers have proven expertise skills in the area of higher education, and proven service to the communities with which they have been involved. Our speakers will provide relevant and practical information on strategies for participants to implement and use as we address issues of access, persistence and completion on our respective campuses.
Tia Brown McNair is the Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at Association 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," "Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: Campus-Based Strategies for Student Success," and "Purposeful Pathways: Faculty Planning and Curricular Coherence." She directed AAC&U's projects on "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 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.
Kevin Kruger is an accomplished speaker, leader, and educator, Kevin Kruger joined NASPA as Associate Executive Director in 1994, and became its first executive-level President on March 15, 2012. In his capacity as a national advocate for students and the primary spokesperson for student affairs administrators and practitioners, he draws on more than 30 years of experience in higher education. Prior to NASPA, Dr. Kruger worked for 15 years at the University of Maryland College Park and the University of Maryland Baltimore County. During his tenure at the University of Maryland he worked in orientation, student activities, leadership development, admissions, and with the vice president for student affairs office. Dr. Kruger has also served as an adjunct faculty member in the Student Development in Higher Education program at Trinity College in Washington, DC.
Samuel D. Museus is Associate Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is also Founding Director of the National Institute for Transformation and Equity. Prior to joining Indiana University, he taught Asian American Studies and Higher Education at the University of Massachusetts Boston and was a faculty member in Higher Education at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and the University of Denver.
Museus has produced over 200 publications and conference presentations focused on diversity and equity, campus environments, and college student outcomes. He has published in a wide range of journals, such as the Harvard Educational Review, Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, Teachers College Record, and The Review of Higher Education. He has produced 10 books, including Creating Campus Cultures: Fostering Success among Racially Diverse Student Populations, Asian American Students in Higher Education, and Racism and Racial Equity in Higher Education. He is also creator of the Culturally Engaging Campus Environments (CECE) Model of College Success among diverse student populations. Museus has previously received several national awards in recognition of the impact of his scholarship, including the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) Early Career Award in 2011 and the NASPA George D. Kuh Outstanding Contribution to Research and Literature Award in 2014, and he has been featured in various media outlets such as NPR, InsideHigherEd, and the Boston Globe.
Museus is actively involved in several national associations, including the American Education Research Association, the Association for the Study of Higher Education, and NASPA Student Affairs Professionals. He serves on the editorial board of multiple journals, including the Journal of College Student Development and the Journal of Higher Education. He also consults with college campuses that seek to transform their institutions and cultivate more inclusive campus environments.
Note: Due to the abnormal schedule of legislative session, Congressman Cleaver is tentatively scheduled to appear. If congress is in session he may not be able to attend and a designee from his respective office will be in attendance.