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2019 Keynote Speaker


Carlos R. Solís, Ph.D. — Associate Vice President for Technology Innovation
Texas State University — San Marcos

Academic Innovation
May 20 from 9:00 to 11:00 am

Dr. Phil Long from the University of Texas at AustinAbout the Keynote Speaker Dr. Carlos R. Solís is the Associate Vice President for Technology Innovation at Texas State University. He was born and Guatemala, and moved the US to pursue a doctorate in Biology, specializing and evolution and molecular genetics. Along the way he developed interests around early applications of the web for teaching and learning, computer modeling and computer based image acquisition and analysis.

In 1995 he started a new carrier, focused on technology applications for teaching and learning. As part of the Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning, he received the Computerworld Smithsonian Award, and the Microsoft Connected Community Award for work in leveraging the web and open learning environments as tools for k-12 education and community empowerment. Dr. Solís trained over 2,000 teachers in the implementation of technology in science teaching, as part of a Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, and Houston Independent School District NSF funded project. Turning his attention to higher ed, Dr. Solís became the manager for the Educational Technologies department, and Assistant Director for Academic Technologies at Rice University. During his tenure, smart classrooms at Rice became the norm. He developed the OWLSpace concept, a collection of integrated learning services similar to the current EDUCAUSE NGDLE initiative. He also led the development of multimodal lecture capture, centralized media distribution services focused on teaching and learning. He worked in partnership with the Center for Teaching Excellence to support a more holistic approach in support of pedagogy.

In 2015 Dr. Solís moved to Texas State University, where he assumed the role of Associate VP for Instructional Technologies, and in 2018 was asked to build and develop the Technology Innovation Office at Texas State.


Adapting to Change: A Leadership Approach for Today’s Higher Education
May 21 from 9 to 10:30 am in Alkek 107
Richard T. Cheatham, Ph.D.
Retired Professor of Communication Studies and Dean of College of Fine Arts and Communication Texas State University

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2018 Keynote Speaker


Richard T. Cheatham, Ph.D. — Dean, College of Fine Arts and Communication (Retired)
Texas State University — San Marcos

Adapting To Change
May 21 from 9:00 to 10:30 am)

Dr. Phil Long from the University of Texas at AustinDr. T. Richard Cheatham, Retired Professor of Communication Studies, served as Dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communication for twenty-six years. Before becoming college dean, he chaired the Department of Speech Communication and Theatre Arts at Texas State University from 1978 to 1985. He was associate chair of the Speech and Theatre Department at Texas Tech University from 1972 to 1975 and chair of the Tech Speech Communication Department from 1975 to 1978.

Dr. Cheatham holds both master of arts and doctor of philosophy degrees from Purdue University and a bachelor of arts from Wayland Baptist University.

Dr. Cheatham serves education, business and industry in the areas of leadership, team building, change management, and customer relations. His recent clients have included Ohio Valley University, Texas Tech University, Southwestern University, Texas Lottery Commission, Department of Family and Protective Services, Texas State Auditors Association, Seniorquest Assisted Living Institute, Darton College, Coastal Bend College, Thermon, Texas Hospital Association, McLennan Community College, Georgia Adult Education Association, National Intramural & Recreational Sports Association, Southern Association of College Registrars & Admissions Officers, Healthcare International, Seaton Hospital, Central Texas Medical Center, St. David's Hospital, the, McCoy's Corporation, the Alamo Community College District, Incarnate Word College, First National Bank, the Governor's Office, Wide-Lite/Imperial Bronzelite, IRM Insurance, The Minnie Stephens Piper Foundation, WestPoint/Pepperell Mills, the Texas Association of Business, U. T. - Austin, U.T. - San Antonio, Texas MHMR, Long Beach Medical Center, Comptroller's Office of the State of Texas, Texans War on Drugs, Communities In Schools Dropout Prevention Program, the Texas Youth Commission, the Governor's Executive Management Development Program, Texas Employment Commission, State Auditor's Office, Austin Building Owners and Managers Association, Employee's Retirement System of Texas, AMCO Insurance, Regional Education Service Centers, The University of West Florida, James Madison University, & Shriners Hospital of Houston.


Adapting to Change: A Leadership Approach for Today’s Higher Education
May 21 from 9 to 10:30 am in Alkek 107
Richard T. Cheatham, Ph.D.
Retired Professor of Communication Studies and Dean of College of Fine Arts and Communication Texas State University

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2017 Keynote Speaker


Michael Chen, Ph.D. — Senior Academic Technology Officer
California State University, San Bernardino

The Most Effective Classroom Technology is You: Approaches to Active and Blended Learning Pedagog
May 22 from 10:30 am to 12 pm)

Cal State’s Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Program
May 23 from 9:45 am to 11 am)

Dr. Phil Long from the University of Texas at AustinDr. Michael Chen currently serves as the Senior Academic Technology Officer (SATO) at Cal State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB) where he provides leadership in all aspects of academic technologies, including instructional design, Online and hybrid delivery technologies, classroom technologies, distance learning support, assistive and accessible technology, and special events.

In 2013, Dr. Chen was selected as one of fifty academic and technology leaders in the nation to participate in the inaugural Breakthrough Models Academy, co-sponsored by EDUCAUSE, League of Innovation, and the Next Generation Learning Initiatives. He has presented and published in areas of academic technology support, faculty development and training, Online education, emerging technologies and Web development.

No stranger to St. Mary’s University, where he served as an academic technology administrator since from 2000 through 2014, Dr. Chen’s visit to the 2017 Faculty Institute on Learning Technologies is a warm welcome home to our colleague and friend. In the two keynotes, he will discuss the deep impact each faculty has on teaching and learning.



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2016 Keynote Speakers


Phillip D. Long, Ph.D. — University of University at Austin
May 9, (2016) 10 am to 12 am and 1 pm to 3 pm in Alkek 107

The Most Effective Classroom Technology is You: Approaches to Active and Blended Learning Pedagogy
May 9 from 10 am to 12 pm)

Adaptive Learning and Learning Analytics at University of Texas
May 9 from 1 pm to 3 pm)

Dr. Phil Long from the University of Texas at AustinDr. Phillip Long is the Chief Innovation Officer, Associate Vice Provost for Learning, Clinical Professor in Educational Psychology and in the School of Information, at the University of Texas, Austin. Dr. Long provides leadership to the university’s strategy for technology enhanced learning. Phil is part of the executive leadership of Project 2021, a 5-year effort to transform UT Austin into a fully engaged, data driven 21st learning environment.

Phil’s current research interests focus on:

active & blended learning pedagogies,

emerging technologies,

regulation of learning & its expression in learning technology architectures adaptive & personalized learning/assessment

technologies enhancing learner agency (e.g., evidence of learning via distributed learning ledgers)

the analytics that can be captured by instrumenting interactions in both virtual and environments with the goal of informing learner decision-making.


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Kyle Diskson, Ph.D. — Abilene Christian University
May 10, (2016) 1 pm to 4 pm in Alkek 107

Beyond the Walls: Connecting Students to the Digital Humanities through
Experiential Learning-Based Media
May 10 from 1 pm to 4 pm)

Dr. Kyle Dicksonfrom the Abilene Christian UniversityKyle Dickson directs the AT&T Learning Studio at ACU, enabling students and faculty to craft media messages for a global audience. Since 2005 he has worked with the Adams Center for Teaching and Learning to support innovative faculty in podcasting, course blogging, and mobile learning. In 2011 he became director of the Learning Studio, part collaborative learning space, part media production sandbox. Presentations and workshops include EDUCAUSE, ELI, NMC, SITE, and the Handheld Learning Conference with a range of consulting in mobile learning in Higher Ed, K-12 and summer workshops in Abilene sponsored by AT&T and NGLC.

Since 1999, Kyle has sought to blur the edges of the classroom in residential, online, and study abroad courses. He developed inter-disciplinary courses for the ACU in Oxford and Summer Online programs as well as the national college curriculum for the This I Believe series on NPR. He regularly teaches undergraduate, graduate and honors courses in British literature, drama, satire, film, and media production.

In his presentation, Dr. Dickson will discuss methods for engaging students to connect their academic projects and scholarship beyond the walls of the classroom. As the director of the AT&T Learning Studio at Abilene Christian University, Kyle will discuss how student use of multimedia and social media has had a profound effect on the digital humanities, and provided a global student launchpad from a liberal arts university.


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2015 Keynote Speaker


Sandy Bennett, Ph.D. — Baylor University
May 11, 9 am to 12 pm in Alkek 107

Dr. Tom CavanaghDr. Sandy Bennett is the Assistant Director of Baylor’s Online Teaching and Learning Services department within the university’s Electronic Library where she has been employed for 20 years. She is a library faculty member and has taught 10 years for Baylor’s Management Information System department and 13 years for Tarleton State University’s Management department where she has taught in the classroom and online. Sandy holds a Ph.D. in Applied Technology and Performance Improvement from the University of North Texas, a MA in Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Arkansas.


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2014 Guest Speakers


Tom Cavanagh, Ph.D. — University of Central Florida
May 12, 9 am to 12 pm in Alkek 107

Dr. Tom CavanaghThomas B. Cavanagh, Ph.D. is Assistant Vice President of Distributed Learning at the University of Central Florida (UCF). In this role he oversees the university's distance learning strategy, policies, and practices, including program and course design, development, and assessment. In his career, Tom has administered e-learning development for both academic (public and private) and industrial (Fortune 500, government/military) audiences. A regular presenter at academic and industry conferences, he is an award-winning instructional designer, program manager, faculty member, and administrator. Blended learning is a frequent presentation topic and he has spoken both domestically and internationally on its design and implementation. Tom currently serves on the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Advisory Board and the 2012 Southeast Regional Conference planning committee. Other service includes the Advisory Board of the Florida Distance Learning Association, the Executive Committee of the Florida Distance Learning Consortium, the Blackboard Mobile Learn Advisory Board , and as a track chair for the Sloan-C Conference on Blended Learning. Tom's research interests include e-learning, technical communication, and the societal influence of technology on education, training, culture, and commerce. He is also an award-winning author of several mystery novels.


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Salim Rezaie, MD — UTHSC San Antonio
May 12, 2:30 to 4 pm in Alkek 107

Dr. Tom CavanaghSalim Rezaie, M.D., was raised in San Antonio, and is a home grown product of St. Mary’s University, having graduated with a Bachelors of Science in 1999. As a result of his educational training, experience, and mentorship, he went on to complete his medical school training at Texas A&M Health Science Center in Temple, TX, and followed that up with a combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine residency at East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. Currently, Dr. Rezaie works as a faculty member at UTHSCSA in San Antonio, TX in both departments of emergency medicine and internal medicine. Salim’s academic focuses include medical education, social media as a tool for education (FOAMed), and building the bridges between internal medicine, critical care, and emergency medicine.


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