CUR Conference 2016 Speakers
Tia Brown McNair is the Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, D.C. She oversees both funded projects and AAC&U’s continuing programs on equity, diversity, 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 of High-Impact Educational Practices and Student Success. McNair serves at the Project Director for AAC&U’s “Advancing Roadmaps for Community Colleges Leadership to Improve Student Learning and Success,” and a newly funded LEAP project “Committing to Equity and Inclusive Excellence: Campus-Based Strategies for Student Success.” She is a Co-PI on another project “Advancing Undeserved Student Success through Faculty Intentionality in Problem-Centered Learning.” 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 a co-author on the publication Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High-Impact Practices. Prior to joining AAC&U, McNair served a 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. 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.
David Asi is Senior Director of Science Education at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. His team, the Undergraduate and Graduate Programs group, managed several programs including a number of initiatives aimed at undergraduate science education: institutional grants to colleges and universities, the Inclusive Excellence initiative, the HHMI Professors program, the Science Education Alliance project, Phage Hunters Advancing Genetic and Evolutionary Science (PHAGES). Prior to his arrival at HHMI in 2008, David was on the faculties of Purdue University for 18.5 years, and Harvey Mudd College for five years. He served as Head of Biological Sciences at Purdue and Stuart Mudd Professor and Chair of Biology at Harvey Mudd.
Stuart Hampton-Reeves is Professor of Shakespeare Studies and Research-informed Teach and Chair of the British Conference of Undergraduate Research. He is the author of several books on Shakespeare and co-editor of the Palgrave Monograph series, Shakespeare in Practice. He is also the current Head of the British Shakespeare Association and the Director of Research for the College of Business, Law and Applied Social Studies at the University of Central Lancashire.