Keynote Speaker

Dr. Diane R. Dean

Diane Dean photoDiane R. Dean is Associate Professor for Higher Education Administration & Policy at Illinois State University. Her research applies organizational theory, social psychology, and policy analysis to address critical issues in college and university planning, policy and governance.

Dr. Dean’s work has been supported by government agencies, nonprofit foundations and education institutions & organizations, and has been published in numerous chapters, articles, and research papers.  Her most recent book, Generation on a Tightrope: A Portrait of Today’s College Students (with Arthur Levine) examines the sociological changes in today’s generation of undergraduate college students, the forces shaping their experiences, and their implications for postsecondary education policy, institutional planning, classroom practices and the co-curriculum.

Dr. Dean has received numerous honors, including a joint fellowship with the National Center for Education Statistics, National Science Foundation and the Association for Institutional Research; and associate’s appointment with the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education. She holds a certificate in higher education management and leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Dr. Dean earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, and her doctoral degree from Columbia University.

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