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Betsy O. Barefoot

Betsy O. Barefoot is a writer, researcher, and teacher whose special area of scholarship is the first-year seminar. During her tenure at USC from 1988 to 1999, she served as codirector for research and publications at the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. She also taught University 101 and graduate courses on the first-year experience and the principles of college teaching. She conducts first-year seminar faculty training workshops around the world and is frequently called on to evaluate first-year seminar outcomes. Betsy is codirector and senior scholar in the Policy Center on the First Year of College and Vice President of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education both in Brevard, N.C. In her Policy Center role she led a major national research project to identify institutions of excellence in the first college year. She currently works with both two- and four-year campuses in evaluating all components of the first year.


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Peter Berkow

Nationally recognized producer, teacher, and writer Peter Berkow has interviewed hundreds of people about writing, and has produced public television projects ranging from entertainment to education. In addition to being an Emmy-award winning television producer, Berkow, an English Composition specialist at Shasta College in Redding, California, was recognized in 2001 as the nation's leading distance learning college professor with the ITC Award for Outstanding Distance Learning Faculty.


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Stephen A. Bernhardt

Stephen A. Bernhardt is Professor of English and the Andrew B. Kirkpatrick Chair in Writing at the University of Delaware, where he teaches composition, grammar, and technical writing. His professional interests include computers in composition/distance education, writing across the curriculum, professional and technical communication, and visual rhetoric. He has also taught at New Mexico State University and at Southern Illinois University. The author of many journal articles and technical reports, Bernhardt is also the author of Writing at Work (1997) and coeditor of Expanding Literacies: English Teaching and the New Workplace (1998). Bernhardt designed the research plan and reworked content for Writer's Help.


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Negar Farakish

Negar Farakish is the Provost and Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at Union County College in New Jersey. She has served in various administrative and faculty positions at a number of community colleges and is familiar with the student population at these institutions. She has worked with students from diverse backgrounds and is fully aware of their academic and non-academic needs. Negar possesses a doctorate degree in Higher and Post-secondary Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.


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John N. Gardner

John N. Gardner brings unparalleled experience to students as an author. The recipient of his institution's highest award for teaching excellence, John has over forty years of experience directing and teaching in the most widely emulated first-year seminar in the country, the University 101 course at the University of South Carolina (USC), Columbia. John is universally recognized as one of the country's leading educators for his role in initiating and orchestrating an international reform movement to improve the beginning college experience, a concept he coined as "the first-year experience." He is the founding executive director of the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition at USC, as well as the Policy Center on the First Year of College and the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (www.jngi.org), both based in Brevard, N.C.


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Paul A. Gore

Dr. Paul Gore

Paul’s efforts to promote college and career readiness, high school and college student persistence and academic success are informed by over 20 years of research, program development, implementation, evaluation, and teaching. Paul currently serves as the Dean of the College of Social Sciences, Health, and Education at Xavier University in Ohio. Paul earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Loyola University – Chicago with an emphasis in student career development, academic success, and transition. He has held academic and administrative responsibilities at the University of Missouri – Kansas City, Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, ACT, Inc., and the University of Utah.

Paul’s research and practice efforts focus on non-cognitive and motivational aspects of academic and career success. In particular, he is interested in how secondary and post-secondary institutions use data describing the non-cognitive strengths and weaknesses of their students to promote student success and retention. He regularly consults with secondary and post-secondary institutions in the U.S. and abroad on developing and evaluating student academic and career success programs.

Paul has authored over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. He is the past-chair of the Society for Vocational Psychology, served as an Advisory Board member for the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, and is the current Editor of The Journal of the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. During the 2013-2014 academic year, Paul was the recipient of the American Council on Education Emerging Leadership Fellowship.


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Diana Hacker

Diana Hacker personally class-tested her handbooks with nearly four thousand students over thirty-five years at Prince George’s Community College in Maryland, where she was a member of the English faculty. Hacker handbooks, built on innovation and on a keen understanding of the challenges facing student writers, are the most widely adopted in America. Hacker handbooks, all published by Bedford/St. Martin’s, include The Bedford Handbook, Ninth Edition (2014); A Writer’s Reference, Eighth Edition (2015); Rules for Writers, Eighth Edition (2016); and A Pocket Style Manual, Seventh Edition (2015).


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Keith Hjortshoj

Keith Hjortshoj (Cornell University) is the Director of Writing in the Majors in the Knight Institute for Writing in the Disciplines at Cornell University. He is also a senior lecturer in the Writing Workshop, which offers courses and services for students who encounter difficulty with writing and reading, especially in the first year of college. He has worked extensively with faculty development and teacher training across the curriculum. Currently, Hjortshoj is developing courses, workshops, and a book on writing for graduate students.


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Wade Leuwerke

Dr. Wade C. Leuwerke
Wade is an Associate Professor of Counselor Education, and Department Chair at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Wade has authored over 40 journal articles, book chapters, as well as national and international conference presentations. He focuses on academic and career success for students and adults. His research interests include the role of non-cognitive abilities in college and high school student success, factors that predict college major retention, the role of technology in the career development processes, and the roles and responsibilities of school counselors.
Wade has consulted with dozens of two and four year colleges and universities on improving student retention and academic performance. He has also worked as a research project manager focusing on academic and career development research to Kuder, Inc. and ACT, Inc. Wade provides executive and career coaching to Fortune 500 companies and the federal government.
 


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Tara Lockhart

Tara Lockhart is Associate Professor of English and Director of Composition at San Francisco State University. She teaches undergraduate writing and literature courses, as well as graduate courses in composition, literacy studies, and pedagogy. Her scholarship focuses on writing/learning transfer, graduate-level writing instruction, hybrid forms of the essay, and promoting writers’ rhetorical and stylistic awareness. Her published work has appeared in Enculturation and College English, among other places. Along with her co-researcher, Mary Soliday, she is the recipient of a 2013 CCCC Research Initiative Grant for her work on learning transfer. She is Senior Editor of the journal Literacy in Composition Studies.


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Martin McDermott

Martin McDermott is Associate Professor of Speech Communication at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey. A graduate of Rutgers University, he pursued graduate studies at Ohio State University, and was awarded a Distinguished Scholar Fellowship at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he earned a master’s degree in Communication Studies. Martin has taught more than 3,500 students during his tenure at several colleges and universities, grading over 15,000 presentations in the process—and counting. An active member of the National Communication Association (NCA), Eastern Communication Association (ECA), and New Jersey Communication Association (NJCA), he also conducts continuing education workshops and coaches speakers of all levels in support of their personal and professional goals. A native of Trenton, New Jersey—with family roots stretching back to Brazil, Italy, England, and Ireland—he enjoys travel, film, song writing, athletics, and learning about a broad range of subjects. For more information about Martin McDermott’s training and coaching services, please visit www.martinmcdermott.com.


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A. J. Metz

Dr. A.J. Metz

A.J. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Utah. She earned a M.Ed. in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling in 1997 and a Ph.D. in Urban Education (specialization in Counseling Psychology) in 2005 from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her research examining factors related to academic and career success in underrepresented and underserved student populations has led to numerous journal articles, book chapters, conference presentations, workshops, and faculty in-service trainings. 

A.J. has extensive teaching, counseling, and career advising experience in high schools, community colleges, and four-year public and private institutions of higher education. She is passionate about mentoring students and recently received the University of Utah Early Career Teaching Award. She is the Head Core Values Judge for the Utah FIRST Lego League and has been on the board of directors of the Utah Psychological Association for six years, most recently serving as president.


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Dan O'Hair

Dan O’Hair is dean of the University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information. He is past presidential professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Oklahoma and past president of the National Communication Association. He is coauthor or coeditor of eighteen communication texts and scholarly volumes and has published more than ninety research articles and chapters in dozens of communication, psychology, and health journals and books. He is a frequent presenter at national and international communication conferences, is on the editorial boards of various journals, and has served on numerous committees and task forces for regional and national communication associations.


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Mark Roberge

Mark Roberge is a Professor of English and graduate coordinator of the Composition and Postsecondary Reading Program at San Francisco State University. His research focuses on immigrant education, second language instruction, program administration, and teacher training. He has given numerous presentations and faculty development workshops on teaching academic writing in linguistically and culturally diverse English classes at the secondary and post-secondary level. For the past ten years, he has served as co-editor of the CATESOL Journal. He is lead editor of the book Generation 1.5 in College Composition: Teaching Academic Writing to U.S.-Educated Learners of ESL (2009). Currently, he is working on an edited volume, Teaching US Educated Immigrant Students: Practices from and for the Classroom.


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