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2018 Plenary Presenters

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Kathleen Gabriel


Kathleen F. Gabriel, PhD is currently an associate professor at California State University (CSU), Chico, and an educational consultant. She began her extensive teaching career as a high school social science teacher before she became a resource specialist teacher for students with learning disabilities. When moving to the university setting, she first developed an academic support program for at-risk and unprepared college students. She also became a faculty development specialist at the University of Arizona. She then served as the director of disabled student services at a community college in Northern California before joining the School of Education at CSU, Chico, where she has received two teaching awards.


Lynn Gillette


Lynn Gillette, PhD joined Lake Superior State University in July 2018 as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Prior to that, he served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Nicholls State University. He worked with faculty and staff to create and implement multiple new initiatives to increase student success and retention. In three years, freshmen retention increased by 10 percentage points. Dr. Gillette is a recognized expert in innovative teaching techniques that engage students in their learning, and he has received 13 outstanding teaching awards. He has given over 60 presentations at professional conferences on active learning, student success, and change management. ...

Todd Zakrajsek


Todd Zakrajsek, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and former Executive Director of the Academy of Educators at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Todd served as a tenured associate professor of psychology at Southern Oregon University before directing three teaching centers (Southern Oregon University, Central Michigan University, and University of North Carolina) over the past 15 years. Todd currently serves in leadership roles for several educational efforts, and sits on editorial boards for journals in the area of teaching and learning. He also directs five Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning. Todd is an international speaker who is requested regularly for keynotes and campus workshops, having published and presented widely on...

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