Gabriella Agrusti is Associate Professor at the Department of Humanities – LUMSA University (Italy). She received her Ph.D. in education from Roma Tre University. At LUMSA, she is Head of the primary and pre-primary teachers’ qualification degree course (5 years) where she teaches courses in Research Methods in Education and Classroom Assessment. Currently she is responsible for the Italian participation in two Erasmus+ funded projects (ADVENUS – Developing online educational resources for refugees) and ACUMEN (Career Management Skills). She is member of the international Joint management committee for the IEA-ICCS 2016 Study on Civic and Citizenship Education. This large comparative study is carried out in 24 countries on more the 100 thousand 13-year-old students, on their civic knowledge, attitudes and beliefs. She is associate editor for Cadmo. An International Journal of Educational Research (indexed in SCOPUS and ISI). Her research interests are in the areas of literacy, international comparative surveys in education, assessment.
Jonathan Alger is president of James Madison University (“JMU”), a public university with over 21,000 students in Virginia (USA). Under his leadership, JMU has developed a vision to be “the national model of the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world,” and a strategic plan focused on engaged learning, community engagement, and civic engagement. President Alger’s higher education service has included positions at Rutgers University (as Senior Vice President and General Counsel), the University of Michigan, the American Association of University Professors, and the U.S. Department of Education. He helped coordinate the University of Michigan’s efforts in two landmark Supreme Court cases regarding diversity in admissions, and has provided leadership for many initiatives related to access and inclusion. President Alger serves on the national Campus Compact Board of Directors (focused on community and civic engagement), and was previously board chair for the National Association of College and University Attorneys (which recognized him with Life Membership and the Distinguished Service Award). A nationally recognized scholar on higher education policy and law, President Alger has given presentations at many conferences and campuses across the U.S. and abroad, and has published extensively in legal and higher education journals and periodicals. He co-teaches a leadership seminar in the JMU Honors College and has previously taught courses in law, higher education and public policy at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
President Alger graduated with High Honors and Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College with a political science major, and with Honors from Harvard Law School.
Ahmed Bawa is a theoretical physicist. He currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer of Universities South Africa (USAf).
Until the end of April 2016, he was Vice-Chancellor and Principal of Durban University of Technology. Until August 2010 he was a faculty member at Hunter College in the City University of New York where he was a member of Department of Physics and Astronomy. He was also a member of the doctoral faculty at the Graduate Center, also of the City University of New York. During this period he was also Associate Provost for Curriculum Development at Hunter College. He had previously, for about nine years, held the position of Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Natal and then at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
He has served as the Program Officer for Higher Education in Africa with the Ford Foundation and during this time led and coordinated the Foundation’s African Higher Education Initiative. During this time he worked closely with the Association of African Universities, the Council for the Development of Social Research in Africa and so on. Ahmed Bawa holds a Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from the University of Durham, in the UK. He has published in the areas of high energy physics, nuclear physics, higher education studies, science education and to some extent in the area of science and society.
He served on a number of policy development teams in the post-1994 period and was an inaugural member of the National Advisory Council on Innovation till 2002. He is Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa as well as the Academy of Science of South Africa of which he was one of the inaugural vice- presidents. He also served as Chair of the Board of the Foundation for Research Development and later served on the Board of the National Research Foundation and was Vice-Chair of the board the Atomic Energy Corporation. He serves on several international advisory boards.
Fr. Friedrich Bechina FSO
Fr. Friedrich BECHINA FSO was born 1966 in Vienna. After the Military Service as Officer in the Austrian Army, 1985-1991 Studies of Economy, Philosophy and Theology in Vienna. 1991-1996 specialized Studies of Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome; 1996 Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology (STD).
1996 ordained Priest and Pastoral Service and teaching in schools in Feldkirch (Austria) till 2001. From 2001 in the Service of the Holy See (Congregation for Catholic Education).
2005-2013 in charge for international relations of the Holy See in the field of Higher Education; Representative of the Holy See in the Bologna Process, the Council of Europe, the UNESCO Recognition Conventions and in various international organizations and initiatives regarding Higher Education. He has been appointed Undersecretary of the Congregation for Catholic Education by Pope Benedict XVI, 15 February 2013.
Since 2009 Member of the Board of Directors of the international Agency of the Holy See for Quality assurance and promotion “AVEPRO”; 2011-2012 Vice President of the ENIC- Network for recognition within the UNESCO-Lisbon-Convention area. Member of the drafting Group for the revised UNESCO Conventions on Recognition in the Asia Pacific (2011) and African (2014) region.
2014-2015 Board member of the Bologna Follow Up Group (BFUG) and second half of 2014 Co-Chairman of the Bologna Process.
Currently member of the Council of Europe Expert group on Higher Education, appointed expert in the Drafting Committee for the UNESCO Global Recognition Convention; Co-Chair of the Bologna Process Advisory Group on the implementation of Higher Education Reforms in Belarus. Several Publications and Conferences, mainly in the fields of Theology, Church-State relations and International Higher Education Policy.
Sjur Bergan is Head of the Education Department of the Council of Europe and leads the current Council of Europe project on Competences for Democratic Culture. He has been involved in the Council of Europe’s cooperation with the International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy since its inception in the late 1990’s. Sjur was a member of the editorial group for the Council’s White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue and a main author of the Lisbon Recognition Convention as well as of recommendations on the public responsibility for higher education; academic freedom and institutional autonomy; and ensuring quality education. He represents the Council of Europe in the Bologna Follow Up Group, and he chaired three successive working groups on structural reform 2007 - 15. He is also a member of the Board of AVEPRO (the Holy See quality assurance agency).
Sjur is series editor of the Council of Europe Higher Education Series and the author of Qualifications: Introduction to a Concept and Not by Bread Alone as well as of numerous book chapters and articles on education and higher education policy. He was one of the editors of the Raabe Handbook on Leadership and Governance in Higher Education (2009 – 15).
Aleksa Bjeliš is the professor of theoretical physics at the Department of Physics, Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb.
Since 1990 to 1997 he was vice-dean and since 2000 until 2002 dean of the Faculty of Science, University of Zagreb. From 2002 to 2006 he served as vice-rector for research and development, and from 2006 until 2014 as the rector, at the University of Zagreb.
From 2002 to 2015 he was the member, firstly of Steering Committee for Higher Education, and then of the Steering Committee for Educational Policy and Practice of the Council of Europe. From 2006 to 2015 he has been the member of the Council of Magna Charta Observatory.
Johnnella E. Butler
Johnella E. Butler is Professor, Comparative Women’s Studies, Spelman College, Atlanta, Georgia, and she served as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs there from 2005-2014. From 1988-2005 at the University of Washington, Seattle as Professor of American Ethnic Studies with appointments in English and Women’s Studies, and as Associate Dean and Associate Vice Provost of the Graduate School, she prepared 25 Ph.D. students in African American and American Ethnic literary studies. Her Graduate Opportunities and Minority Achievement Program received the Council of Graduate Schools Peterson Award for Diversity and Inclusion. Dr. Butler held faculty and administrative positions at Towson State and Smith College where she became the first Black woman tenured. Major foundations and the U.S. government have awarded her $2.1M for curriculum development. Spanning Ethnic Studies and African American literary theory, identity, interdisciplinarity, liberal education, diversity, and institutional change. she has presented throughout the U.S. and abroad in France, England, and Spain. Currently writing a book on higher education diversity, she recently published “Replacing the Cracked Mirror: The Challenge of Diversity and Inclusion” in Diversity and Democracy (Fall 2014).
Honors include the UW Liberal Arts Professorship and Dean’s Recognition Award; the Ethnic Studies Student Association Lifetime Achievement Award; the UW Multicultural Alumni Partnership Distinguished Community Service Award; the University of New Mexico Honors College Visiting Lectureship; the Distinguished Alumna Award, Elms College; the National Association for Ethnic Studies Irby Distinguished Service Award; and the 2015 Educational Visionary Award of APACS (Association of Professional Advocates for Collegial Science, Technology Entry Programs).
Nancy Cantor is Chancellor of Rutgers University – Newark. Previously, she was chancellor and president of Syracuse University; chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign; and provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Michigan, where she was closely involved in the defense of affirmative action in 2003 Supreme Court cases Grutter and Gratz. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, member of the National Academy of Medicine, board member of the American Institutes for Research and New York Academy of Sciences, co- chair of Imagining America’s Presidents Council, and member of the National Science Foundation Committee on Equal Opportunity in Science and Engineering, Anchor Institution Task Force, Ford Foundation International Fellows Program Advisory Council, and Policy and Global Affairs Committee of the National Academies. Cantor co-edits with Earl Lewis the Our Compelling Interests book series for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. She is the recipient of the Robert Zemsky Medal for Innovation in Higher Education, American Council on Education Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award, Anti-Defamation League Woman of Achievement Award, National Council for Research on Women Making a Difference for Women Award, and 2008 Carnegie Corporation Academic Leadership Award.
Consuelo Corradi is Full Professor of sociology and Vice-Rector for research and international relations at Lumsa University. She gained her Ph.D. in social theory and research in 1985 at the University of Rome La Sapienza, and wrote her dissertation on the Chicago School of sociology. In Italy, she was Faculty member at University of Perugia and Roma 3. In 2007-2009 she served as Vice-President of the European Sociological Association. In 2016-2017 she is Visiting Researcher at Cics- Nova-Interdisciplinary Research Center for Social Sciences of Universidad Nova de Lisboa (Portugal).
Consuelo has directed, co-directed and participated in interdisciplinary research projects funded by the Italian Ministry of Higher Education and Research, COST-Cooperation in Science and technology, EU DG Justice Daphne III, EU Joint Actions Program, EU Socrates-Grundtig Program, EU Leonardo da Vinci Program. Her areas of expertise are cross-national comparison of policies affecting the lives of women, violence against women, femicide, and the theories and critique of modernity.
Ronald A. Crutcher
Dr. Ronald A. Crutcher is a national leader in higher education and a distinguished classical musician and Professor of Music. In 2015, he became President and Professor of Music at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia, having previously served as President of Wheaton College in Massachusetts for ten years.
Throughout his career, Dr. Crutcher has actively promoted access, affordability, and inclusivity. He writes and speaks widely on the democratic purposes and civic mission of higher education; and is founding co-chair of Liberal Education and America’s Promise (LEAP), the Association of American Colleges & Universities’ national campaign to demonstrate the value of liberal education. Under his leadership, the University has joined 30 of the nation’s most respected colleges and universities as charter members of the American Talent Initiative, whose goal is to increase socioeconomic diversity in higher education.
Dr. Crutcher is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Miami University in Ohio, and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees at Yale University as a Woodrow Wilson and Ford Foundation Fellow. He currently serves on the boards of the AAC&U and the American Council of Education (ACE). He is a former member of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and several other symphonies, and is on the board of the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. He performs in the U.S. and Europe as a member of The Klemperer Trio. (229)
Andrew J Deeks
Professor Andrew J Deeks is the President of University College Dublin, Ireland’s largest and most globally engaged university. He is responsible for the University’s overall direction, in consultation with the Governing Authority, and, in accordance with the Universities Act, manages and directs the University in its academic, administrative, financial, personnel and other activities. Under his leadership, the University published a Strategy for 2015-2020, setting out a clear vision for ensuring UCD is known around the world as Ireland’s Global University. He is highly respected for his research in structural mechanics, structural dynamics and dynamic soil structure interaction. His strong commitment to students is acknowledged in the awards he holds for teaching excellence and innovation. Previously, he was Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Science, at Durham University, where he led the development of their global strategy and extensive international and industry partnerships.
Ira Harkavy is Associate Vice President and Founding Director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania. Harkavy teaches in the departments of history, urban studies, and Africana studies, and in the Graduate School of Education. As Director of the Netter Center since 1992, Harkavy has helped to develop academically based community service courses, as well as participatory action research projects, that involve creating university-community partnerships and university-assisted community schools in Penn's local community of West Philadelphia.
Harkavy is Chair of the National Science Foundation’s Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE); US Chair of the International Consortium on Higher Education, Civic Responsibility, and Democracy; and Chair of the Anchor Institutions Task Force. He has co-edited and co- authored seven books, most recently Knowledge for Social Change: Bacon, Dewey and the Revolutionary Transformation of Research Universities in the Twenty-First Century published in June 2017, and has written and lectured widely on the history and current practice of urban university-community-school partnerships and strategies for integrating the university missions of research, teaching, learning, and service. Among other honors, Harkavy is the recipient of the University of Pennsylvania’s Alumni Award of Merit, Campus Compact’s Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning, and New American Colleges and Universities’ Ernest L. Boyer Award, a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant, and two honorary degrees. In addition, with Harkavy’s and the Netter Center’s significant involvement, Penn has twice received the Presidential Award in Higher Education Community Service. Harkavy received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in History from the University of Pennsylvania.
Elene Jibladze is associate professor at the School of Education, Ilia State University (Tbilisi). Her research interest higher education system transformation in the transitioning states of post-Soviet bloc. Broadly, she is interested in the impact of globalization processes on higher education systems of transitioning countries, observing institutional homogeneity, patterns of policy diffusion and peculiarities of education policy implementation processes in these countries. Prior to joining Ilia State University, Elene was a director of the Georgian National Centre for Education Quality Enhancement (NCEQE), responsible for the external quality assurance at higher, vocational and general education levels. In this capacity, she
also represented Georgia at the Bologna Follow Up Group and acted as a liaison between this transnational policy platform and stakeholders at the national level. Elene has more than ten years of professional experience with non-governmental organizations and government agencies in the field of higher education and specifically related to the field of quality assurance.
Elene holds a PhD in political science from Central European University (Budapest) and an MEd from University of Pennsylvania (PA).
Robert J. Jones
Robert J. Jones became the 10th chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on September 26, 2016. Dr. Jones, who served as president of the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY) since 2013, is an experienced and accomplished scientist and research university leader. He is the first African-American scholar to serve as chancellor at Illinois. Dr. Jones’ tenured faculty home at Illinois is in the Department of Crop Sciences, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES).
Dr. Jones is married to Dr. Lynn Hassan Jones, a diagnostic radiologist. Together they have five children and two grandchildren
Lea Meister was born 1986 in Schaffhausen, Switzerland. She has a Master’s degree in Eastern European History and Slavic Languages from the University of Basel. Lea is active in the student movement since 2009, she has served as a policy officer at the Students' Union of the University of Basel and as the International Officer of the Swiss Students' Union. After being member of the Executive Committee of the European Students’ Union (ESU) as well as its Vice-President, she is ESUs President since July 2016. Her main working areas are the Social Dimension of Higher Education and the Public Responsibility for Education.
Brian Murphy is president of De Anza College in Cupertino, California. In 2011, he was instrumental in the development of The Democracy Commitment, a national project aimed at ensuring that every community college student has an education in democratic practice. Previously, Murphy was executive director of the San Francisco Urban Institute at San Francisco State University, a position he held after serving as chief consultant to the California State Legislature’s review of the Master Plan for Higher Education in the late 1980s. Murphy taught political theory at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Santa Clara University and San Francisco State University, and has served on several city commissions and nonprofit boards. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Williams College and master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, all in political science.
Murphy has been president of De Anza College since 2004. A key focus of his presidency is the preparation of students to be active, involved citizens committed to transforming their communities. This vision led to the creation of De Anza's Vasconcellos Institute for Democracy in Action (VIDA), formerly the Institute for Community and Civic Engagement.
Dr. Dionysopoulou Panagiota holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration in the Athens University of Economics and Business (AUEB) and the Technological Educational Institute of Athens, as well as the School of Pedagogical and Technological Education (SELETE). She then did her postgraduate studies in International and European Studies in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and her Doctorate in the School of Business of the University of the Aegean of Greece. She has had experience in teaching at graduate and postgraduate level in higher education at the Hellenic Open University, the University of Patras, the Technical Educational Institute of Athens and National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government (EKDDA). She is currently the Director General for Higher Education in the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs of Greece. Before she was appointed in this position, she had been Director General for Human resources in the Ministry, the Director in the Youth Institute under the auspices of the Ministry of Education and the Head of Unit for European and International Relations in the Technological Educational Institute of Athens. She has participated in Working Groups, international seminars and conferences, e.g. as a panellist in OECD High-Level Event on the Knowledge Triangle. She has developed studies in education and management and
published several research papers in conferences and scientific magazines. She is the author of the book “Developing the European Policy in Tourism in the context of European Integration”. She is coordinating European projects co-funded by the European Commission (MOHE, GEAR) and she is a national representative and expert in Working Groups like the BFUG.
Lynn Pasquerella has been president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities since July 2016. A philosopher whose career has combined teaching and scholarship with local and global engagement, she has continuously demonstrated a deep and abiding commitment to ensuring that all students have access to excellence in liberal education, regardless of their socioeconomic background.
Pasquerella is a graduate of Quinebaug Valley Community College, Mount Holyoke College, and Brown University. She joined the faculty of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Rhode Island in 1985, rising rapidly through the ranks to the positions of vice provost for research, vice provost for academic affairs, and dean of the graduate school. In 2008, she was named provost of the University of Hartford. In 2010, she was appointed the eighteenth president of Mount Holyoke College. Pasquerella’s presidency of Mount Holyoke was marked by a robust strategic planning process; outreach to local, regional, and international constituencies; and a commitment to a vibrant campus community.
Pasquerella has written extensively on medical ethics, metaphysics, public policy, and the philosophy of law. She serves as senator and vice president of Phi Beta Kappa, and as host of Northeast Public Radio's The Academic Minute.
Paul C. Pribbenow
Paul Pribbenow is president of Augsburg College, a private liberal arts college associated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), located in Minneapolis.
Before coming to Augsburg, Pribbenow served as president of Rockford College in Rockford, Illinois. He also has served as research fellow for the Center of Inquiry in the Liberal Arts at Wabash College (Indiana); dean for College Advancement and secretary of the Board of Trustees at Wabash College; vice president of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and associate dean of the Divinity School of the University of Chicago.
Pribbenow holds a BA (1978) from Luther College (Iowa), and an MA (1979) and PhD (1993) in social ethics from the University of
Chicago. He received the Distinguished Service Award at Luther College in 2008.
Pribbenow serves on the Executive Committee for the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), on the National Campus Compact Board of Directors, and on the Oslo Center US Foundation Board of Directors. Locally, he is chair of the Central Corridor Anchor Partnership and serves on the Executive Committee of the Minnesota Private College Council.
Pribbenow is the author of numerous articles on philanthropy, ethics, and not-for-profit management. He publishes a bi- monthly email newsletter titled “Notes for the Reflective Practitioner.”
Pribbenow lives in Minneapolis with his wife, Abigail Crampton Pribbenow, and their two children, Thomas and Maya.
Esther Rabasa Grau
Since September 2015, Rabasa Grau has been Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Andorra to the Council of Europe. From 2009-2015 she was Director of the Andorran School of Massana, Ministry of Education. Prior to that from 2005-2009 she was Director of the Department of Professional Training and Educational Development, Ministry of Education. From 2001-2004 she was Head of Service of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and member of the monitoring group of the Bologna Process and from 1999-2001 she was Minister counsellor in the embassy of the Principality of Andorra in France and Deputy Permanent Delegate to UNESCO.
Prior positions include: 1994 -1998: professor of adult education, Ministry of Education. 1991 – 1993: Technical General Secretary at the Ministry of the Education, Culture and Youth affairs. EDUCATION: MA in Applied Linguistics (1998) Diploma in Advanced Studies (DEA) in foreign language (1992)
John H. Smith
Dr. John H. Smith is an independent adviser on European Science Policy based in Strasbourg, France. He is a Senior Adviser to the European University Association (EUA) where he served as Deputy Secretary-General 2004-13.
After completing his PhD in political science (University of Kent, Canterbury, UK) he took up a career at the Economic and Social Research Council, London, UK (1976-84), and the European Science Foundation, Strasbourg, France (1985-2000) where he was Head of Unit for Social Sciences. Based in Vienna in 2000-3, he was Executive Director of the Institute for Human Sciences and worked as a research consultant on several studies, including those for the Austrian Ministry of Education, Science and Culture; the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research; and the European Commission Directorate-General for Research. In 2003-4 he was based in Lisbon, Portugal, as a Gulbenkian Foundation Visiting Professor in European Science Policy at the University of Lisbon (ISCTE).
Dr Smith has contributed to many European policy initiatives in European science policy through membership of advisory groups and publications. His other current activities include membership of the European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation Expert Group on “Foresight on Key Long-term Transformations of European systems: Research, Innovation and Higher Education”, and membership of the “Advisory Group on Higher Education” of the Council of Europe. Recent publications: Collaborative Doctoral Education in Europe: Research Partnerships and Employability for Researchers (2015); University-Business Collaborative Research: Goals, Outcomes and New Assessment Tools (2014) – both EUA publications in co-authorship with Lidia Borrell-Damian and Rita Morais. Henry Louis Taylor, Jr. Dr. Henry Louis Taylor, Jr. is a full professor in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, and the founding director of the Center for Urban Studies at the University at Buffalo. A historian and urban planner, Taylor’s work explores the interplay among race, neoliberalism, schools, health, anchor institutions, and underdeveloped neighborhoods operating within the context of metropolitan city building in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.
In 2016, Taylor received in the Excellence in University Community Engagement Award from the University at Buffalo, and in 2014 he was placed on the Urban Affairs Association Service Honor Roll. In 2012, he was the precipitant of the Lee Benson Activist Scholar Award from the University of Pennsylvania Netter Center for Community Partnerships, Taylor’s current research activities focuses on gentrification and displacement, neighborhood effects on health outcomes, anchor institutions and neighborhood generation, and the long black liberation movement. His work centers on constructing a bridge between theory and practice and building replicable models that can be used to inform the radical regeneration of underdeveloped urban neighborhoods. Taylor has written and/or edited five books and over 150 articles, blogs, book reviews and technical reports and has received numerous awards for his research and practical activities. Taylor is currently working on a study of gentrification and displacement in Buffalo, New York and a book, Exiled in Cuba: the Nehanda Isoke Abiodun Story. SUNY Press, (forthcoming).
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