Featured Speakers

2020 Speakers 

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Wednesday Keynote | Dr. Larry Roper

Larry Roper is a Professor of Language, Culture and Society and Coordinator of the Social Justice Minor in the College of Liberal Arts at Oregon State University.  Larry also serves as Program Lead for the College Student Services Administration program, which prepares students at the Masters level to work in the student services arena. Previously, he served Oregon State University as Vice Provost for Student Affairs from 1995-2014. He also served Oregon State as Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Interim Director of the School of Language, Culture and Society. He has held numerous positions in student affairs throughout the U.S. 

Larry currently serves as a Commissioner with the State of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission.  He served a 6-year term as a Commissioner with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.  Additionally, he previously served as a Board of Trustee member for Heidelberg University, his alma mater; as President of the Board of Jackson Street Youth Services, which serves homeless and vulnerable youth; President of United Way; on the Board of Community Outreach, Inc.; and the board of the OSU Credit Union Board.

Larry has more than 60 publications in the form of book chapters, journal articles, magazine articles, book reviews and monographs.  He is co-editor of the recently published monograph Centering Dialogue in Leadership Development (2019). He has edited or co-edited three other books.  He has also served on more than 80 thesis or dissertation committees, having chaired more than 40.

Larry has degrees from Heidelberg University (A.B., History), Bowling Green State University (M.A., College Student Personnel), and the University of Maryland (Ph.D., College Student Personnel Administration).

Couldn't make it to this session in person? View Dr. Roper's Keynote Address Here


Thursday Keynote | Dr. Sharon Parks

Sharon Daloz Parks is the author of the recently re-published classic, Big Questions, Worthy Dreams:  Mentoring Emerging Adults in Their Search for Meaning, Purpose, and Faith.  She has been described as “a keen observer, a probing listener, a rich and subtle theorist, and a resourceful teacher.” Her other publications include Leadership Can Be Taught:  A Bold Approach for a Complex World (Harvard Business School Press, 2005), and she co-authored Common Fire:  Leading Lives of Commitment in a Complex World.  She is currently a Senior Fellow at the Whidbey Institute, where for ten years she served as associate director and faculty.  Her doctorate is from Harvard Divinity School, and for sixteen years she held faculty and senior research positions at Harvard University in the schools of Divinity, Business, and the Kennedy School of Government. Her work in higher education began as a residence hall director at the University of Redlands, then as Associate in Ministry to University Students at the University Presbyterian Church in Seattle, followed by four years as Associate Chaplain and instructor in Religion at Whitworth University.  She speaks and consults nationally, and is principal Leadership for the New Commons.

Couldn't make it to this session in person? View Dr. Parks's Keynote Address Here

Friday Keynote | Dr. Matthew Mayhew

Matthew J. Mayhew is the William Ray and Marie Adamson Flesher Professor of Educational Administration with a focus on Higher Education and Student Affairs at The Ohio State University. He received his BA from Wheaton College, Illinois; his master’s degree from Brandeis University; and his PhD from the University of Michigan. Before coming to OSU, he served as an associate professor at New York University and an administrator at Fisher College and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

He has focused his research on examining the relationship between college and its influence on student learning and democratic outcomes. To support the study of college and its impact on student development and learning, he has been awarded over 20 million dollars in funding from sources including the United States Department of Education; the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation; the Merrifield Family Trust; the National Science Foundation and an anonymous non-religiously affiliated organization with interests in social cooperation. He is the current editor of the Digest of Recent Research. He has been on the editorial boards of the Journal of Higher Education, Research in Higher Education, and the Journal of College Student Development. He recently received the American Educational Research Association Religion and Education SIG Emerging Scholar Award.

Couldn't make it to this session in person? View Dr. Mayhew's Keynote Address Here


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