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2016 Keynote Speakers

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Carol Aslanian

Carol B. Aslanian is Senior Vice President of Aslanian Market Research at EducationDynamics. Until July 2009, she was President of Aslanian Group, which for many years was the leading independent provider of enrollment management services, including community-wide market studies, assessments of online learning demand, institutional audits, development of education-employer partnerships for colleges and universities interested in serving the adult student market, and nationwide professional development conferences.

For more than 20 years, Carol Aslanian served as director of the Office of Adult Learning Services at the College Board in New York. She also served as the College Board’s Director of the Office of Community College Relations and assisted in enhancing the Board’s service to community colleges.

Ms. Aslanian is a national authority on the characteristics and learning patterns of adult students and has made hundreds of presentations to educational institutions, state agencies, and national associations, focusing on her major area of expertise – access to higher education for place-bound and time-bound students. She has engaged in various activities related to meeting the needs of learners and corporate partners, including those that helped colleges identify new locations, alternative scheduling, and online education instructional options. She has both designed market studies to assist colleges in enhancing their share of the adult student market as well as conducted onsite visits and consultations to analyze the current and potential status of institutions in meeting the demands of adult students and area employers. She has assisted hundreds of colleges, universities, state education agencies, regional consortia of colleges, multi-institutional centers, and chambers of commerce in developing programs that meet the needs of their constituencies, primarily working professional adult students and business and industry.

Ms. Aslanian has served as a member of the Nontraditional Students Report Board of Advisors. She is past chair of the Non-Traditional Markets Program Track of the American Marketing Associations Symposium on Marketing Higher Education. Ms. Aslanian is a past board member of Elderhostel, an organization that serves over 250,000 older Americans yearly in the design and operation of travel-study seminars. She is also past Chair and current member of the Advisory Council for the College of Human Ecology at Cornell University, a member of the Cornell University Council, and past president of the Cornell Association of Class Presidents. She is a board member of the Armenian General Benevolent Union, where she oversees the organization’s education programs worldwide.

She was selected by the National Council on Community Services and Continuing Education as the “Person of the Year – Outside the Field”, for her national contributions to the field of community service and continuing education. She received the Association for Continuing Higher Education “Special Recognition Award for dedication and service in the field of continuing education”. Ms. Aslanian was the recipient of the Helen Bull Vandervort Alumni Achievement Award and the President Frank Rhodes Alumni Exemplary Service Award at Cornell University.

Ms. Aslanian co-authored two landmark reports that described the causes and timing of adult learning – Americans in Transition: Life Changes as Reasons for Adult Learning – and the learning patterns of adult learners – How Americans in Transition Study for College Credit. Ms. Aslanian is a co-author of Higher Education in Partnership with Industry, focusing her writing on the development of contract education programs between colleges and employers. She applied her extensive knowledge of and experiences in program evaluation by serving as editor of Improving Education Evaluation Methods: Impact on Policy. In 2001, her nationwide study on adult students, Adult Students Today, was published by the College Board. This was followed in 2006 with the publication Trends in Adult Learning – a Snapshot, and in 2008 with Hindsight, Foresight, Insight: Understanding Adult Learning Trends to Predict Future Opportunities.

Ms. Aslanian received her degrees from Cornell University and Harvard University.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Margery B. Ginsberg, Ph.D. 

Margery is a scholar-practitioner, educational author and consultant. Her current work with colleges and universities builds on experience as a university professor and, for nearly a decade, director of the University of Washington–Seattle doctoral program for aspiring educational leaders. Earlier in her career she was a teacher on the Menominee and Southern Ute reservations. As her educational work continued, she became U.S. Dept. of Education Title I technical assistance provider to state education agencies, and coordinator of migrant education in a nine-state region in the Southwest United States. In 2013, she was honored with the American Educational Research Association “Relating Research to Practice Award” for her application of interdisciplinary research focused on intrinsic motivation and cultural diversity in schools, community colleges, and universities.

In addition to research publications, Margery’s books include Excited to Learn: Motivation & Culturally Responsive Teaching (Corwin Press, 2015), Transformative Professional Learning (Corwin Press, 2011), Teaching Intensive & Accelerated Courses in College (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2009), and Diversity and Motivation: Culturally Responsive Teaching, 2nd edition (Jossey-Bass/Wiley, 2009), which won the 2011 Cyril O. Houle Award for Outstanding Literature in Adult Education.

Keynote presentations and faculty development institutes on inclusion and cultural diversity in higher and adult education include: University of Central Florida, Western Washington University Kingsborough Community College (CUNY), Valencia Community College, Temasek Technical Institute Faculty Development Institute (Singapore), The Association of International Schools in India Teachers' and Administrators' Conference (Cochin, India), Kansas State University, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Pike Peak Community College, Lily Arctic Institute (Dillingham, AK), Council for Accelerated Programs in Higher Education, Seattle University, Washtenaw Community College, Chemeketa Community College, George Brown Community College, Centennial Community College, Gateway to College National Network, U.S. Command and General Staff College. (Ft. Leavenworth), National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education, Pennsylvania State University (forthcoming), Amherst College (forthcoming), Colorado State University (forthcoming).

Margery has a Ph.D. in Bilingual/Multicultural/Social Foundations of Education from the University of Colorado-Boulder.  She currently lives in Chicago, Illinois and can be reached at

Raymond J. Wlodkowski, Ph.D.

Raymond J. Wlodkowski is Professor Emeritus at the College of Professional Studies, Regis University, Denver. He is a psychologist who specializes in adult motivation and learning. He is the founding Executive Director of the Commission for Accelerated Programs (CAP) and the former Director of the Center for the Study of Accelerated Learning at Regis University.

He received his Ph. D. in educational psychology from Wayne State University and is the author of numerous articles, chapters, and books. Among them are Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn: A Comprehensive Guide to Teaching All Adults (2008), now in its third edition and twice the recipient of the Phillip E. Frandson Award for Literature. Four of his books have been translated into Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese. He has also been the recipient of the Award for Outstanding Research from the Adult Higher Education Alliance, the Award for Teaching Excellence from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Faculty Merit Award for Excellence from Antioch University-Seattle, and has been elected to the International Adult and Continuing Education Hall of Fame.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Bridging the Gaps
Practice to Theory to Practice

A conversation among adult education researchers and practitioners focusing on the theory to practice cycle and its specific application to practitioners in higher education and community education.

Panelists: Margery Ginsberg; Roxanne Gonzales, Executive Dean, Venango College, Clarion University; David Grebel, Director of Extended Education, Texas Christian University; Judy Hofer, UNM TaosGloria Rael, Albuquerque GED; Gloria Rael, Albuquerque GED;  Raymond Wlodkowski, Professor Emeritus, Regis University-Denver   

For Margery Ginsberg and Raymond Wlodkowski bios, please see above.

Roxanne Gonzales
Executive Dean, Venango College, Clarion University

Roxanne has dedicated her career to the field of adult continuing higher education and training having served as an administrator and faculty in the U.S., England, and Germany. Currently she is the Executive Dean of Venango College at Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  She has served in leadership roles that include, Academic Dean of the College for Professional Studies at Regis University, Dean of Distance Learning as well as a tenured Associate Professor of Adult Education at Park University, Assistant Professor of Adult Education at Colorado State University, Director of Education and Training at Hanscom AFB, MA, and Assistant Education Services Officer/Guidance Counselor at Bitburg AB, Germany, and other faculty and administrative positions in continuing higher education. She is active in many local boards and received the ACHE Leadership Award in 2010.  Roxanne is published and presents nationally.  Her doctorate is from the University of Massachusetts - Boston in Higher Education Administration.

David Grebell
Director of Extended Education, Texas Christian University

For the past nineteen years Grebel has served as the Director of Extended Education at Texas Christian University leading the development of non-credit community and professional education programming.  A past president of the Association for Continuing Higher Education Grebel has made presentations at both national and international conferences on adult and continuing education.  His current area of research is the intersection of adult education theory with social justice ministries in local faith communities.


Judy Hofer
UNM Taos

Bio and photo to come


Gloria Rael

Albuquerque GED, Inc.

A native New Mexican, Gloria Rael earned a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Arts in Business from New Mexico Highlands University. 
Gloria is both founder and Executive Director of Albuquerque GED, Inc. She presently serves as Past President of the New Mexico Adult Education Association (2013-16) and Jr. Board Member on the Mountain Plains Adult Education Association (2016-19).

Gloria’s professional experience includes government (US GAO Auditor), private sector (Sandia Labs Contract Representative), and the non-profit sector (various Program Director positions with housing and social service organizations). Gloria's passion lies in program development and management where she strives to find innovative ways to expand Adult Education services to address the unmet needs within the communities served and within the Adult Education field.


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