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Susan D. Blum is a professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. Her work has roamed around the fields of cultural, linguistic, and psychological antrhopology, in the context of China but most reently in the quest to understand the nature of institutional education. She is the editor of the collection Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead) (West Virginia University Press, 2020) and has just completed Book 3 of her education trilogy, Schoolishness: Alienated Education and the Quest for Authentic and Joyful Learning, which will be published in spring 2024. The previous two books were My Word! Plagiarism and College Culture (2009) and "I Love Learning; I Hate School": An Anthropology of College (2016), all published by Cornell University Press. She has taught at a range of institutions of higher education for thirty-five years. See more about Blum here.
MSCHE Q&A on Evidence and New Standards
Jeff Allred, PhD
Jeff Allred is Associate Professor of English at Hunter College and of Digital Humanities at the CUNY Graduate Center. He is Director of Undergraduate Studies at Hunter English, and is past Director of ACERT, Hunter's center for teaching and learning. He is author of American Modernism and Depression Documentary (Oxford UP, 2010) and has published articles and reviews on American literature, modernism, digital pedagogy, and new media studies in American Literature, American Literary History, Criticism, Arizona Quarterly, and Transformations.
Yasmine L. Kalkstein, PhD
Dr. Yasmine L. Kalkstein currently serves in a dual-appointment as both an Associate Professor for the Department of Behavioral Sciences & Leadership, and as a Character Integrator at the Simon Center for Professional Military Ethic (SCPME) at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. Her work focuses on the character development of future military officers, and she currently leads faculty development efforts for SCPME. Most recently, she course-directed a pilot character growth seminar for the West Point freshmen. She has taught a wide array of courses across the psychology curriculum and previously directed faculty development at a previous institution. Her teaching interests include promoting creativity and critical thinking.
Christopher Jeansonne, PhD
Christopher Jeansonne is a Lecturer in the Communication and Media Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and Co-Chair of RPI's Gameful Learning Initiative. His research focuses on critical media pedagogy and gameful learning, investigating strategies designed to help students explore how identities are established within and articulated through popular culture media. His dissertation Superheroes in the Classroom, Or: An Autoethnography of Great Power, Responsibility, and Community in a Critical Media Pedagogy was the recipient of the 2019 Manuel Barkan Dissertation Award. Prior to his work in academia, Chris was a filmmaker working on both commercial and independent film projects and was the founder and chair of an award-winning media arts program at The Willow School in New Orleans.
Micah Modell, PhD
After years as a professional software developer, Micah switched gears and moved into education. He completed his Masters in Instructional Design, Development & Evaluation while teaching English to K-12 students in South Korea and later as a curriculum manager for Red Hat, based in New York City. Later, Micah moved to Bloomington, IN to earn a PhD in Instructional Systems Technology where he focused on computer-supported collaborative learning analytics and human-computer interaction design. After spending time as a faculty member in South Korea, Micah returned to New York to join the faculty at Mount Saint Mary College as assistant professor in information technology.
Terence L. Peavy
Terence L. Peavy joined the Middle States Commission on Higher Education in July 2021 as a Vice President for Institutional Field Relations. In this role, he serves as a liaison to member institutions, provides training to institutions and volunteers, and supports the accreditation decision-making work of the Commission. Terence comes to the Commission from the State University of New York's (SUNY) Fashion Institute of Technology where he served as Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management. In this role, he managed undergraduate admissions, financial aid, registrar, international student services, educational opportunity programs, and the campus card office. He has 30 years of higher education experience and has held executive leadership roles in enrollment management at Metropolitan College of New York, Saint Peter's University (NJ), and The New School (NY). He began his professional career at Fordham University (NY) as an admission counselor in 1993. Dr. Peavy also held the position of Associate Adjunct Professor in the Marxe School of Public Policy and International Affair at City University of New York's (CUNY) Baruch College where he taught in the Higher Education Administration graduate program. In addition, he was a Board of Trustee member at York College of Pennsylvania and volunteered as a peer reviewer for MSCHE. Terence was a member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC), New York State Association for College Admission Counseling (NYSACAC), State University of New York Chief Enrollment Officers Association (SUNYCEO), College Access Consortium of New York (CACNY) and the International Leadership Association (ILA). He earned his B.A. from York College of Pennsylvania in Speech Communications and his M.Ed. in Educational Supervision and Leadership from Fordham University. He later earned his Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership Studies from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.
Program Schedule (in EST)
10:00am to 11:15am – Keynote Presentation
11:30am to 12:15pm – Panel on ungrading in higher education
12:30pm to 1:30pm – MSCHE Q&A on New Evidence and Standards