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8th Annual Conference

Scholarship of Teaching and Engagement

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March 31 – April 1, 2016

Plenary Panel Presenters

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Alejandro (Ale) Armellini

  • Professor of Learning and Teaching in Higher Education and Director of the Institute of Learning and Teaching in HE, University of Northampton
  • Ale provides institutional leadership in the area of learning and teaching across all schools and services at Northampton. Three aspects of Ale's work are (1) the development, implementation and evaluation of Northampton's new Learning and Teaching Strategic Plan, (2) the continuous professional development scheme for academic staff, in alignment to the UK Professional Standards Framework, and (3) fostering student-centered, evidence-based, innovative practices in blended and online learning and teaching. Ale’s research focuses on learning innovation, online pedagogy, course design in online environments, institutional capacity building and open practices. Teams under his leadership have researched the application of learning technologies in diverse academic settings. His PhD tutees research specific areas in the field of educational technology, pedagogy, openness and innovation. He is active in consultancy work globally
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Ramona Cutri

  • Associate Professor, Teacher Education, BYU
  • Ramona Maile Cutri received her Ph.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles and is an associate professor of multicultural education at Brigham Young University’s Teacher Education Department. Dr. Cutri’s passion for the areas of multicultural and bilingual education stem from her own experiences as a child of mixed ethnicities who grew up in poverty. Dr. Cutri utilizes methods of narrative research to analyze teacher candidates’ perceptions of their own privilege, the emotional work involved in multicultural teacher education, cross-class identities, and moral and pedagogical issues related to multicultural teacher education.
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Seth Gurell

  • Director, Instructional Design Services, Office of Teaching and Learning, UVU
  • Seth Gurell holds a PhD in Instructional Psychology and Technology from Brigham Young University. Additionally, he holds an M.S. Instructional Technology and a B.S. English from Utah State University. His research areas include open educational resources, learning analytics, and emerging technologies.
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Nancy Hensel

  • President, The New American Colleges and Universities
  • Nancy Hensel became the first president of The New American Colleges and Universities on November 15, 2011. Previously she served as chief executive officer of the Council on Undergraduate Research in Washington, D.C. for seven years.

    During her tenure at CUR she was principal investigator for seven National Science Foundation grants to assist faculty and institutions to develop undergraduate research programs. She initiated an undergraduate research program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle where she served as president. Prior to her presidency she was provost at the University of Maine Farmington and professor of education and department chair at the University of Redlands.

    Hensel holds a doctorate degree in early childhood education from the University of Georgia, masters’ degrees in theater and early childhood education from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater also from San Francisco State.

    In 2003, Hensel was inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame for her work in promoting higher education in Maine and supporting the role of women in higher education. She is the author of several articles on issues of family and work, creativity in young children, and diversity in education and undergraduate research.