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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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