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About the Presenters

Walter H. Gmelch

Walter H. Gmelch is the Dean of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco. He formerly served as Dean of the College of Education at Iowa State University and Interim Dean of the College of Education, Professor, and Chair of the Educational Leadership and Counseling Psychology department at Washington State University. Currently, Dr. Gmelch also serves as Director of the National Center for Academic Leadership. Gmelch earned a Ph.D. in the Educational Executive Program from the University of California (Santa Barbara), a Master's in Business Administration from the University of California (Berkeley), and a Bachelor's degree from Stanford University. As educator, management consultant, university administrator, and former business executive, Dr. Gmelch has conducted research and written extensively on the topics of leadership, team development, conflict, and stress and time management. He has published numerous articles, books, and scholarly papers in national and international journals. Dr. Gmelch has authored three books on team leadership and two on management and stress. He has additionally co-authored three books on the deanship. Today, Gmelch is one of the leading researchers in the study of academic leaders in higher education, serving as editor of two journals and on the editorial board of six other journals including The Department Chair, Innovative Higher Education, Academic Leadership, and the Center for Academic Leadership Newsletter. Dr. Gmelch has received numerous honors including a Kellogg National Fellowship, the University Council for Educational Administration Distinguished Professor Award, the Faculty Excellence Award for Research, and the Education Press Award of America. In addition, he served in the Danforth Leadership Program and has been an Australian Research Fellow.

Peter Seldin

Peter Seldin is Distinguished Professor of Management Emeritus at Pace University, Pleasantville, New York. Formerly an academic dean, department chair, and professor of management, he is a specialist in the evaluation and development of faculty and administrative performance and has been a consultant on higher education issues to more than 350 colleges and universities throughout the United States and in 45 countries around the world.

A well-known speaker at national and international conferences, Seldin has presented more than 100 invited addresses and has been a faculty leader at 50 American Council on Education national programs for division and department chairs and deans specifically designed to enhance department leadership.

His well received books include, among others: The Academic Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Documenting Teaching, Research, and Service (2008, with J. Elizabeth Miller); Evaluating Faculty Performance (2006, with associates); The Teaching Portfolio (3rd ed., 2004); The Administrative Portfolio (2002, with Mary Lou Higgerson); Changing Practices in Evaluating Teaching (1999); The Teaching Portfolio (2nd ed., 1997); and Improving College Teaching (1995, with associates).

He has contributed numerous articles on the teaching profession, student ratings, teaching improvement, educational practice, and academic culture to such publications as The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and Change Magazine.

Among recent honors, he was named by the World Bank as a Visiting Scholar to Indonesia. In addition, he was elected a Fellow of the College of Preceptors in England. This special honor is given to a small number of faculty and administrators who are judged to have made an “outstanding contribution to higher education on the international level.”

For his contributions to the scholarship of teaching, he has received honorary degrees from Keystone College (Pennsylvania) and Columbia College (South Carolina).

Robert Cipriano

Robert Cipriano received his Ed.D. degree in Therapeutic Recreation with an area of emphasis in College Teaching from New York University. He has written two textbooks, contributed chapters in three textbooks, and has published approximately 100 journal articles and manuscripts. Dr. Cipriano has received more than $9 million dollars in federal, state, and foundation grants and has been invited to deliver more than 200 presentations in the United States and Asia. Dr. Cipriano was invited to deliver presentations regarding collegiality to department chairs and academic deans at four universities in the 2008 spring semester. He has conducted research and has written extensively on the topics of collegiality/civility, chairs' perceptions of important factors to be considered in personnel decisions regarding faculty, full-time faculty perceptions of shared governance, demographic characteristics of department chairs, and including individuals with disabilities in higher education. Dr. Cipriano has served as a department chair for 26 of his 34 years in higher education.

Donald Chu

Donald Chu is dean of the College of Professional Studies at the University of West Florida. He served nine years as chair of the Department of Kinesiology at California State University Chico and was the California State University System Executive Fellow in 1999-2000. While serving in that capacity, he co-authored the California State University Department Chair Survey that looked at the working conditions for all 850 chairs in the 23 campus system. After earning his BA from Oberlin College, he completed his MA and Ph.D. at Stanford University. His current area of research focuses on the formal organization of American higher education, and he has most recently published The Department Chair Primer: Leading and Managing Academic Departments, Jossey-Bass, 2006.

Daniel W. Wheeler

Daniel W. Wheeler is Professor Emeritus of Leadership Studies and head of the department of Ag Leadership, Education and Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Previously he was Coordinator of the Office of Professional and Organizational Development at Nebraska. He has degrees from Antioch College, Cornell, and SUNYAB. Dr. Wheeler has made numerous contributions to faculty development, chairing departments and leadership. For example, he has co-authored The Academic Chairperson Handbook (1990), Enhancing Faculty Development: Strategies for Development and Renewal (1990), and he has contributed numerous book chapters and articles on faculty development and department chairs. Dr. Wheeler is a past president of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education and recipient of the prestigious Spirit of POD Award. He is a member of the advisory boards of the Academic Chairperson Conference, Department Chair Newsletter, Council of Independent Colleges and Effective Practices for Academic Leaders. Dr. Wheeler is a Senior Fulbright Scholar in higher education. At Nebraska, he teaches graduate and undergraduate leadership courses. He consults and leads workshops in all of these areas in the United States and internationally.

Ed Kinley

Ed Kinley is Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Indiana State University. He has been involved with higher education administration for over 30 years and has more than 35 years of administrative and managerial experience in the field of information technology. In his present capacity, he has responsibility for the Center for Instruction, Research and Technology, guides faculty and department chair professional development. Prior to joining Indiana State University, he was a senior administrator at Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, New Mexico and University of the Pacific, Stockton, California. During his career, he has worked in both the private and public sectors. He has served as an adjunct faculty member for over 18 years, teaching in a variety of environments including the traditional classroom, prison programs, interactive television, and asynchronous online courses. He presently holds graduate faculty status in the Ph.D. Technology Management program at ISU. He is actively engaged professionally at the state and national level. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Notre Dame, has completed graduate work in Business Administration at Indiana University – South Bend, and holds a Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln.

Alan T. Seagren

Alan T. Seagren is Professor Emeritus of Educational Administration and Vice President for Administration Emeritus at the University of Nebraska. He was an administrator at the University of Nebraska for 32 years, serving as a chair, dean, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and Vice President for Administration. For the past 15 years, he has been the coordinator of the online Graduate Program in Educational Leadership and Higher Education and professor teaching courses in the online ELHE program. Seagren has made numerous contributions to chairing departments, leadership education, and organizational development and has contributed numerous book chapters and articles on department chairs and leadership. He has co-authored The Academic Chairperson Handbook (1990), The Department Chair: New Roles, Responsibility, and Challenges (1993), and Academic Leadership in Community Colleges (1994). He is a member of the advisory board for the Chair Academy for Leadership Development, the International Business Studies Program King Willem I College of the Netherlands, and the Campus Ministry for ELCA. He consults and leads workshops in the areas of leadership and department chairs, and he has been a visiting professor at institutions in Australia, China, Japan, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.

Linda Wysong Becker

Linda Wysong Becker is the Vice President for Student Services at Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, a post she has held for the past seven years. She has had varied work experience as an elementary school principal, youth pastor, hospital administrator, and most recently as Director of Human Resources at Andrews University. She completed her doctorate at University of Nebraska Lincoln in Higher Education Administration with an emphasis in Leadership. Her areas of special interest are leadership and continuous improvement. She and four others have authored a book to be released this spring, A Handbook for Chairs, Second Edition, published by Jossey-Bass. She has done consulting in healthcare, higher education, and in industry. She has been a Baldrige examiner and presented papers for the Oxford Roundtable, American Association for Higher Education, and the ASHE Chairs Conference.

She is the mother of two grown children; Dan is a pastor in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Melissa is a medical doctor doing a residency in Family Practice. Her husband, Tom, is the Director of Information Systems at Union College. Linda enjoys travel, gardening, backpacking, cooking, spending time with family, and jogging.