Education writer, speaker, trainer, and consultant
Popular presentations that Rob has given recently:
"Student Engagement: It's More Than Just a Buzz Phrase"
This day-long workshop at CSU-Stanilaus was especially designed for faculty members who teach first-generation, non-traditional, and other less-well-represented groups of students. The workshop was highly interactive, with a number of activities and a great deal of audience participation, covering a variety of topics--from what makes an effective teacher to how faculty members can keep students engaged.
"Community College Shared Governance: What It Is, What It Isn't, Why We Need It, and How to Have It"
Rob gave this keynote address recently at Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Alabama, where it was extremely well received. It is based largely on articles he has written in The Chronicle and Academe.
"Lead with Your Brain!"
Aimed primarily at student leaders, "Lead with Your Brain!" emphasizes the vital importance of critical thinking as a leadership tool. It engages audiences by examining both the actual meaning of critical thinking (hint: it's not just a buzz-phrase) and its practical application, using real-world case studies. Rob has given this presentation numerous times at conferences and to other student leadership groups.
"Two-Year College Academic Careers"
This highly interactive presentation, primarily for graduate students considering academic careers, is based on Rob's popular book, Building a Career in America's Community Colleges. It covers all the bases: why students should consider two-year schools, how to apply and interview there, the job of a two-year college faculty member, and moving up into administration. Graduate students at Notre Dame, Syracuse, Fordham, Brandeis, Emory, Univ. of Georgia, Univ. of Tennessee, Univ. of Utah, and Georgia Tech -- just to name a few -- have enjoyed this presentation in recent years.
"Critical Thinking Is Critical Indeed"
Especially designed for faculty members at two-year colleges and other teaching institutions, this presentation takes an eminently practical approach, examining the importance of critical thinking across all academic disciplines and offering specific, concrete suggestions for incorporating critical thinking into curricula and lesson plans. Rob last gave this presentation to faculty membes at Central Arizona College in February of 2014, as part of their annual Faculty Development Day.
"The 9 Virtues of Exceptional Leaders"
This presentation is based on Rob's book of the same title, co-written with leadership guru Karl Haden. It can be given as a brief, one-hour overview of the Virtues or as a three-hour workshop, examining each of the Nine in greater detail. Rob and Karl recently gave this presentation at the American Dental Education Association's Leadership Institute, and Rob has given it as a morning workshop for SGA faculty/staff advisors at a national student leadership conference.
"Serving and Supporting Dual Enrollment Students"
Dually-enrolled students -- that is, high school students taking college courses -- are a rapidly-growing population on many US campuses, especially at two-year schools. Those who teach in and administer these programs need to be aware of the special needs such students have -- as well as the unique strengths they bring to the table. Rob has given this presentation twice as a national webinar, sponsored by PaperClip Communications, as well as at The Teaching Professor Conference in Boston, May 2014.
"Issues in Hiring and Retaining Faculty"
Rob led this three-hour, exhaustive (but hopefully not exhausting!) workshop for deans and department chairs in the Colorado Community College System in the spring of 2013. It's pithy, chock-full of good advice, and relevant to administrators in any teaching-focused institution, especially two-year colleges.