Amy Burkert, Ph.D., Reinvention Collaborative Past-President (second term: 2017-2020) is Vice Provost for Education at Carnegie Mellon University. She is responsible for university-wide education initiatives at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Dr. Burkert is a biologist, whose research focused on the molecular etiology of disease. As a postdoctoral fellow, she directed a multinational research project on occupational asthma that involved time as a visiting researcher at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. This opportunity gave her direct experience with the power of collaborative science that crosses borders, disciplines, and bridges university research with companies and communities. Since then, her rich understanding of the broad context of the practice of science today has been reflected in her work at CMU as researcher, teacher, mentor, and faculty colleague.
Dr. Burkert has long been recognized as an innovator in higher education. Before becoming Vice Provost in 2010, she had been Assistant Dean for the Health Professions Program at the Mellon College of Science, where she was credited with strengthening and advancing the pre-medical education programs across the university. Dr. Burkert is also Teaching Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, where she won awards for her teaching and mentoring of students.
She has been active in a wide variety of projects that focus on the undergraduate learning experience. This includes her work on the Shared Futures project funded by the Association of American Colleges and Universities to expand global education, a project that won national recognition when CMU received a Senator Paul Simon Award for international education in 2011. She played a major part in creating new opportunities for CMU undergraduates to conduct their own research projects through her work on a summer research project funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institution and through the NSF-funded Research Experiences for Students program. She collaborated in the creation of an introductory Biological Sciences course for CMU’s Open Learning Initiative, which is regarded as among the effective technology-enhanced learning options currently available.
Dr. Burkert has spearheaded the development of new pathways for students to grow intellectually and personally, especially during their undergraduate years. She helped to create new interdisciplinary options (the Bachelor of Science and Arts degree and the Science and Humanities Scholars Program); the unified major in biological sciences and psychology; the biomedical engineering minor for non-engineering students; and the minor in health care policy and management.
Student advising has always been a special focus for Dr. Burkert. She has participated in the CMU-wide Advising Task Force that has done much to professionalize the role of advisors on campus. She co-chaired a faculty committee on the Second Year Experience and partnered with faculty and staff in the development of the Big Questions project for first-year students. She has been active in outreach and expanding diversity, participating as an instructor and advisor in the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Science and the Summer Academy of Math and Science. Dr. Burkert currently serves as President and Chair of the Board of the National Undergraduate Vice Provost organization of the Reinvention Collaborative.
Dr. Burkert pioneered new courses in biological sciences, and collaborated with MCS colleagues to create EUREKA, a first-year seminar for MCS students that combines the disciplines of biological sciences, physics, chemistry, and mathematical sciences, and has championed the use of reflective writing for science students.
Dr. Burkert received her B.A. from Washington and Jefferson College and her Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon.
Paul Dosal (first term: 2018-2021) is the Vice President for Student Affairs & Student Success at the University of South Florida. In that position, he is responsible for coordinating the university-wide student success initiative, a strategic campaign to raise retention and graduation rates, boost student satisfaction, minimize financial indebtedness, and prepare all students for success in their careers or graduate and professional schools.
Thanks to a collaborative "movement" involving all colleges and units, the university has made remarkable gains in undergraduate student success, raising the six-year graduation rate from 51% to nearly 70% while also eliminating the achievement gap by race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status. To advance the university's student success initiative even further, Dosal is forging a new team that touches on all aspects of the student experience, including Enrollment Planning and Management, Undergraduate Studies, Dean of Students, Housing and Residential Education, Health and Wellness, and Career Services.
Dosal is also a Professor of Latin American History at the University of South Florida, specializing in the modern history of Cuba and the Caribbean region. He is the author of four books, including Comandante Che, a study of the military career of the legendary Latin American revolutionary Ernesto Che Guevara, and Doing Business with the Dictators, a history of the infamous United Fruit Company in Guatemala in the early 20th century.
Born and raised in Tampa, Dosal is a fourth-generation descendant of Cuban immigrants who settled in Ybor City in 1889. He earned his B.A. in International Politics at St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, North Carolina. He received his M.A. in Latin American Studies and Ph.D. in History at Tulane University in New Orleans. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of South Florida, he taught for nine years at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
As Dean of Undergraduate Education, Amy Goodburn (first term: 2016-2019) is the senior academic leader who represents the executive vice chancellor's office in the EVC's absence, and whose primary responsibilities are in undergraduate education.
In this role, Goodburn oversees Student Enrollment Management, which is led by the assistant vice chancellor for academic services and enrollment management and includes the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid, and the University Registrar; First-Year Experience and Transition Programs, New Student Enrollment, William H. Thompson Scholars, Career Services, the university's Military and Veteran Success Center, the Office of Undergraduate Research, undergraduate education programs, the University Honors Program; and university-wide efforts related to advising and student success.
Goodburn came to the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, now the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer, in 2011 as an associate vice chancellor to focus on student success. She subsequently took on additional duties related to student retention, graduation and achievement and has overseen the launch and advancement of several programs that have enhanced student progress, including various advising, transfer and orientation initiatives. Between 2015 and 2017, she was Nebraska’s interim dean of enrollment management.
In 2012, the university implemented MyPLAN, or My Personal Learning and Advising Network, a way for students to communicate with faculty and staff. Students can schedule with instructors and advising support staff and search through available resources. Faculty and advising staff can follow students through their university careers, recording notes, scheduling appointments, accessing basic student information and communicating with university staff and faculty.
In 2015, the university earned one of three national Starfish Solutions 360 awards for MyPLAN’s successful university-wide implementation.
Also during Goodburn’s tenure, the university has increased first-year academic learning communities from 10 to 26 and has launched the Office of First Year Experience and Transition Programs, the Military and Veteran Success Center and the Office of Undergraduate Research. Also, in 2013, the university began the Academic Probation Recovery Program, which earned University Business’s Model of Excellence award in 2016. In addition, the First Husker Program, the Emerging Leaders Program for first-year students and the recently revamped Nebraska Now Program have come online.
Goodburn, a professor of English who joined the Nebraska faculty in 1994, has been recognized with a College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Teaching Award, the university’s Scholarly Teaching Award and induction into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers at Nebraska. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English and political science at Miami University, and her master’s degrees in English and English education and her doctorate in English (composition and rhetoric) from the Ohio State University.
Gregory L. Heileman (first term: 2018-2021) served as the Associate Provost for Student and Academic Life at the University of Kentucky. In this capacity, he supported the goals of the University through vision and direction of the Student and Academic Life division. In July, 2019, Dr. Heileman transitioned to a leadership position at the University of Arizona, Tucson.
Dr. Heileman joined the University of Kentucky in 2017, after serving as Vice Provost for Teaching, Learning and Innovation at the University of New Mexico. During that time, he led campus-wide student academic success initiatives and worked with key stakeholders on campus to produce all-time record retention and graduation rates.
Dr. Heileman earned the BA degree in Biology from Wake Forest University in 1982, an MS degree in Biomedical Engineering and Mathematics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1986, and a PhD degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida in 1989.
Rachel Holloway (first term: 2018-2021) leads strategies, programs, and resources that support the undergraduate educational experience at Virginia Tech. She works closely with college deans, associate deans, and other vice provosts to coordinate strategic initiatives to advance Virginia Tech’s undergraduate education profile, including current discussion on VT-shaped learning and curricular development surrounding Destination Areas.
Holloway directly oversees areas that enhance the overall undergraduate experience such as academic advising, undergraduate education programs and efforts, undergraduate academic integrity, student success programs, and student athletes.Holloway has served on the faculty at Virginia Tech since 1989. She has progressed through academic administrative and leadership roles, having served as undergraduate program coordinator, assistant department head, and head of the Department of Communication. Prior to her current position, Holloway served as associate dean for undergraduate academic affairs in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences.
Archie Holmes (first term: 2016-2019), Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, received his B.S. (highest honors) from the University of Texas at Austin and his M.S. and PhD. degrees from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Prior to joining U.Va. in 2007, Archie was an Associate Professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of Texas at Austin and holder of the Lybarger Endowed Faculty Fellowship. His research interests are focused on the development of novel optoelectronic devices, particularly in the short- and mid-infrared wavelength ranges. This work has been funded by several federal agencies and he has been actively involved in projects translating his research into the commercial sector. Over his career, Archie has co-authored over 110 referred technical articles and 70 conference presentations.
Archie has also received numerous awards for his teaching and advising activities. At the University of Texas, he received the Dad’s Association Centennial Teaching Fellowship, the Texas Excellence Teaching Award in Engineering, and the Gordon T. Lepley IV Endowed Memorial Teaching Award. At the University of Virginia, Archie was an inaugural member of the University Academy of Teaching started by the Teaching Resource Center and received a Hartfield–Jefferson Scholars Teaching Prize in 2012. Archie also received an Outstanding New Advisor Award from the National Academic Advising Association in 2005 and Trigon’s Thomas E. Hutchinson Faculty Award in 2013.
As vice provost for academic affairs, Archie serves as chief advisor to and representative of the executive vice president and provost in academic matters related to the curriculum and general health and welfare of the academic units. Areas of responsibility include academic planning and program review, institutional accreditation, enrollment management, high impact experiences for undergraduate students, total advising, and the coordination of additional academic activities with other University leaders. The vice provost for academic affairs also oversees several units including the Office of Summer and Special Academic Programs, the Center for Undergraduate Excellence, the Office of Institutional Assessment and Studies, the Contemplative Sciences Center, the University of Virginia Press, and the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities.
Blanche M. Hughes (second term: 2016-2019) is in her seventh year as the Vice President for Student Affairs at Colorado State University. In this role she works with a Division that includes 21 departments that collaborate with other units in the University community to help our students and staff be successful. She also teaches and advises in the Student Affairs in Higher Education Graduate Program.
Before becoming Vice President, Dr. Hughes spent six years as the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, 11 years as the director of Black Student Services at Colorado State, and also served as a professor of the Sociology Department at Pikes Peak Community College for two years, one of those years as chair of the department.
Dr. Hughes received her bachelor’s degree from Earlham College, and a master’s of education degree and doctorate degree in sociology from Colorado State University. She enjoys teaching, mentoring students and staff, presenting on issues related to diversity, parent transitions, and issues around managing work and family. Dr. Hughes is married with four children (two are alums of CSU) and three grandchildren.
Elizabeth Bergmann Loizeaux, Reinvention Collaborative President (second term: 2016-2019), is Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs in the Office of the Provost and Professor of English in the College of Arts & Sciences. She provides leadership on a host of core academic efforts – from innovative curriculum development to creative uses of educational technology and honors programming – working closely with Boston University’s 17 schools and colleges to promote collaboration and strengthen the undergraduate experience. In addition to providing a central voice from the Provost’s office on matters related to undergraduate education, Beth oversees the Center for Teaching & Learning, the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, and the Kilachand Honors College, and pursues special projects around online education, interdisciplinary programs, and academic advising. Key to her efforts is expanding and supporting student access to all aspects of BU’s offerings across disciplines.
Prior to her arrival at Boston University in 2012, Beth served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of English in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Maryland, College Park. She teaches and writes about 20th century poetry. Her most recent book, Twentieth-Century Poetry and the Visual Arts, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2008. A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, she received her MA and Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan. Her more than 25 years of classroom experience include overseas teaching in England, Ireland and Germany.
Hugh Page (first term: 2018-2021), professor of theology and Africana studies, was appointed vice president and associate provost for undergraduate affairs in 2013; he is also the dean of the First Year of Studies (FYS). His major responsibilities include expanding opportunities for and participation in undergraduate scholarship and research, implementing the Undergraduate Academic Code of Honor, leading the University’s enrollment management efforts by overseeing the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Office of Student Financial Services, and furthering campus conversation on issues related to diversity.
Page has served as the dean of FYS—the college in which all first-year Notre Dame undergraduates enroll, regardless of their intended majors—since 2005. There, his faculty is composed of full-time academic advisors who meet one-on-one with the entire class throughout the year.
Prior to assuming the leadership of FYS, Page was associate dean for undergraduate studies in Notre Dame’s College of Arts and Letters and director of the African and African American Studies Program. He was instrumental in the development of the latter into the Department of Africana Studies, which he then chaired.
An Episcopal priest, Page holds a bachelor’s in history from Hampton University, two master’s degrees from The General Theological Seminary in New York, a doctorate in ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation, and a master’s and doctorate in Near Eastern languages and civilizations from Harvard University. He joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1992 and, in 2001, received a Presidential Award for distinguished service to the University.
Page’s scholarly interests include early Hebrew poetry, Africana biblical interpretation, esoterism in Africa and the African Diaspora, poetry as a medium for theological expression, and the use of religious traditions and sacred texts in the construction of individual and corporate identity in the Africana world.
He is the author or editor of Exploring New Paradigms in Biblical and Cognate Studies, The Myth of Cosmic Rebellion: A Study of its Reflexes in Ugaritic & Biblical Literature, Exodus: A Bible Commentary for Every Day, The Africana Bible: Reading Israel’s Scriptures from Africa and the African Diaspora, and Israel’s Poetry of Resistance: Africana Perspectives on Early Hebrew Verse.
Colin Potts, Reinvention Collaborative President-Elect (2018-2021) and the vice provost for undergraduate education at the Georgia Institute of Technology, oversees offices and programs affecting undergraduate education including the Center for Career Discovery and Development (C2D2), the Honors Program (HP), the Center for Academic Enrichment (CAE), Center for Academic Success (CAS), and the Center for Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS).
Dr. Potts sits on the President’s Cabinet and represents Georgia Tech’s undergraduate academic affairs to the University System of Georgia Board of Regents and the Association of American Universities (AAU), among other constituencies. He also evaluates and approves academic policies affecting undergraduate students and proposals for all undergraduate courses and programs.
After earning a Ph.D. from Sheffield University in psychology for performing research in text memory and comprehension, and then working as a software engineer and ergonomics consultant, Potts joined the Department of Computing at Imperial College. Later, he moved to the Microelectronics and Computer Technology Corporation as a senior technical staff member. Potts joined the Georgia Tech College of Computing in 1992 as a faculty member in what is now the School of Interactive Computing. His research over the past 25 years has spanned the fields of requirements engineering, software design methods, human-computer interaction and information privacy. All his research has been interdisciplinary and has emphasized the human element in technology design and use. Potts is best known for design methods that start not from technology innovation but from user needs and envisaged scenarios of use.
Potts has been responsible for designing and teaching courses in software engineering, human-computer interaction design and evaluation and the social and ethical implications of information technology. He has taught at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels; professional development seminars; and evening courses. His passion, however, is undergraduate education- for which he received the 2010 William “Gus” Baird Faculty Teaching Award and the 2012 Eichholz Faculty Teaching Award. He frequently teaches introductory courses in computer science to non-majors.
He has taught in study abroad programs in Barcelona and Oxford, led a ThinkBig living learning community and participated in the development of the X-Degree and TechArts- initiatives that emerged from the institute’s 25-year strategic plan and seek to broaden the academic experiences of students.
Potts is a photographer with several one-man exhibits to his name and is a keen but rusty chess player (lifetime high of USCF 2050 but now languishing in the low 1800s). He was born in London, which explains his oddly spelled sense of humor and his lifelong support for Tottenham Hotspur FC. He is married to a professor and poet, has two cats and an adult son.
Constance Relihan (first term: 2018-2021) is Dean of the University College at Virginia Commonwealth University. Prior to her arrival at VCU, she most recently served as the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Studies at Auburn University and Director of University College. She has been committed to the continuous improvement of the undergraduate academic experience through improving general education, strengthening academic advising, and ensuring that undergraduates are provided with the academic opportunities they need to succeed. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with an AB in English, and earned both her M.A. and Ph.D. in English from the University of Minnesota. She was a faculty member of Auburn University’s English Department since 1990, and the primary focus of her research has been on the structural nature and cultural impact of prose fiction written in England during the early modern period. She is the author of two books, Cosmographical Glasses: Geographic Discourse, Gender, and Elizabethan Fiction (2004), and Fashioning Authority: The Development of Elizabethan Novelistic Discourse (1994); and is the editor of Framing Elizabethan Fictions: Contemporary Approaches to Early Modern Narrative Prose (1996) and coeditor of Prose Fiction and Early Modern Sexualities (2003). comes to VCU from Auburn University, where she currently serves as associate provost for undergraduate studies and director of University College. She has been on the Auburn faculty since 1990 and holds the rank of professor in the Department of English.
Carolyn Thomas (second term: 2018-2021) is Professor of American Studies and Vice Provost and Dean for Undergraduate Education at the University of California, Davis. She works across our colleges and divisions and directly with students to achieve Undergraduate Education’s vision: that UC Davis have the strongest learning environment of any research university in the nation. She has previously served as program chair, director of the UC Davis Humanities Institute, and convener of a UC system-wide humanities consortium.
As a faculty member, Carolyn’s research has explored how technological innovation and food production, combined with marketing and advertising, impact Americans’ definitions of “health.” She has been featured on NPR and the BBC for her award-winning book, Empty Pleasures: The Story of Artificial Sweeteners from Saccharin to Splenda (2010). She has written two books, two edited volumes, and roughly twenty articles on such topics as the origins of weight training, the mechanization of tomatoes in California, the fondness for Krispy Kreme donuts in the South, and the ineffectiveness of “diet” foods as weight-loss tools. Carolyn is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Mentoring at UC Davis, and her current research and administrative work focuses on enhancing student academic success through teaching and advising.
Janet Simon Schreck, Ph.D., CCC-SLP, FNAP (first term: 2018-2021) joined Johns Hopkins University in December 2015 as the Assistant Vice Provost for Education. Dr. Schreck is responsible for collaborating with the Vice Provost of Graduate and Professional Education and a broad cross-section of the campus community to improve undergraduate and graduate education and providing oversight for academic compliance. Dr. Schreck serves as the Accreditation Liaison Officer to the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, chairs the University Committee on Learning Assessment, and serves as senior staff to the Second Commission on Undergraduate Education (CUE2).
A licensed and certified Speech-Language Pathologist with a focus on neurogenic disorders in adults, Dr. Schreck has published multiple articles and delivered numerous national presentations on the topics of cognitive-communication changes associated with typical aging as well as screening, assessment, and treatment of cognitive-communication disorders associated with dementia. Before joining Johns Hopkins University in the Provost’s Office, Dr. Schreck served as a full-time clinical faculty member in the Department of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology at Loyola University Maryland where she taught a number of undergraduate, graduate, and clinical practicum courses. She also served as the Executive Director of the Loyola Clinical Centers (LCC), Loyola’s interdisciplinary training clinic where she created an administrative environment that facilitated state-of-the art training for students in four academic disciplines across two schools while simultaneously providing affordable, quality allied health and education services to more than 4,000 clients annually. Overseeing a $2.1 million annual program budget, she successfully led the LCC through completion of two strategic plans, doubled the number of graduate students trained, and tripled the number of clients served annually during her tenure. She also founded its inaugural philanthropic Board of Advisors.
Dr. Schreck earned her B.A. and M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from Loyola University Maryland and Ph.D. in Gerontology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Dr. Schreck is a Fellow of the Maryland Speech-Language-Hearing Association and a Distinguished Practitioner and Fellow in the National Academy of Practice.
Steven P. Dandaneau (ex officio, non-voting) is Executive Director of the Reinvention Collaborative and Associate Provost at Colorado State University. In these roles, Dr. Dandaneau provides executive leadership for a national consortium of leading research universities focused on innovation and excellence in undergraduate education and he collaborates with colleagues to strengthen the undergraduate experience at CSU.Dr. Dandaneau previously served as Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies at Kansas State University; Associate Provost and Director of the Chancellor’s Honors and Halsam Scholars Programs at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; Visiting Professor of Sociology, University of Maryland, College Park; and Director, University Honors & John W. Berry, Sr. Scholars Programs at the University of Dayton. He earned a B.A. in Economics (with honors) from Michigan State University and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Sociology from Brandeis University.