2021 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting: Speakers

Flower Darby

Flower Darby

Flower Darby (she/her) celebrates and promotes effective teaching in all class formats to include, welcome, and support all students as they learn and succeed. As faculty and an instructional designer, she’s taught community college and university classes for more than 25 years in a range of subjects including English, technology, leadership, dance, and Pilates. A seasoned face-to-face and online educator, Darby loves to apply learning science across the disciplines, and to help others do the same.

Darby speaks, writes, presents and consults on teaching and learning theory and practice both nationally and internationally. She has helped educators all over the world become more effective in their work. She is the author, with James M. Lang, of Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes, and she’s a columnist for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her new book on emotion science and teaching with technology is forthcoming from West Virginia University Press.

Saundra F. DeLauder

Saundra F. DeLauderSaundra F. DeLauder serves as provost and chief academic officer at Delaware State University and is the first woman to serve in this capacity. Prior appointments include vice provost (2017–2020) and dean, School of Graduate Studies and Research (2013–2018) with concurrent appointments as interim associate provost (2015–2016) and interim vice president for Academic Affairs (2016-2017).

Prior to her arrival in 2013, DeLauder held faculty appointments in the Departments of Chemistry at Morgan State University (Md.) and North Carolina Central University (NCCU). She was selected as a 2006–2007 American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow hosted at Duke University (N.C.). From 2001–2007, she also served as lead scientist on NCCU’s Environmental Risk and Impact in Communities of Color and Economically Disadvantaged Communities, funded through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She served as the North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation campus director from 2005–2013, program director for the NCCU Minority Biomedical Research Program from 2011–2013, and she co-authored NCCU’s first Ph.D. program in Integrated Biosciences, approved in 2012. Delauder is the recipient of the 2020–2021 Delaware ACE Women’s Network Leadership Award.

Ravi Krovi

Ravi Krovi Ravi Krovi is provost and vice president of Academic Affairs at Weber State University (Utah). As the university’s chief academic officer, he is responsible for the administration and oversight of all teaching and instructional, research and scholarship, and student support functions. Krovi is currently guiding the university in managing academic operations during the pandemic and the implementation of its new strategic plan with a focus on student success, equity, diversity and inclusion, and interdisciplinary collaborations.
Prior to this, he was dean of Business at the University of Akron (Ohio) for 10 years. During this time, the college’s strategic emphasis on academic quality, student professional development, and career readiness resulted in affirmation of global accreditation in Business and Accounting and a Top 50 public business school national ranking. Krovi has consulted with corporations and government agencies in digital transformation, business analytics, strategic planning, and technology. He has a doctoral degree in Management Information Systems and Decision Sciences and master’s degrees in Computer Science and Statistics from the University of Memphis (Tenn.), and an undergraduate degree in Engineering from the University of Baroda, India.

Jeff Selingo

Jeff Selingo

Jeff Selingo is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, College (Un)Bound and There Is Life After College. For more than 20 years, he has provided insight and practical advice to students, parents, educators, and academic leaders about the inner workings of colleges and universities and what’s next for higher education.

As both an observer of higher education and an insider with academic appointments at two universities, Selingo occupies a unique position to explain higher education’s critical and influential role in the world economy. He writes regularly for The Atlantic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and the Chronicle of Higher Education and is co-host of the podcast, FUTURE U. In addition to college admissions, his reporting and research focuses on the future of work and its impact on lifelong learning, paying for college, the financial sustainability of traditional higher education, and what employers and the public increasingly want in a college degree.

Selingo is a special advisor for innovation to the president at Arizona State University, where he founded and directs the Academy for Innovative Higher Education Leadership. He is a visiting scholar at Georgia Tech’s Center for 21st Century Universities.

Eric Skipper

Eric Skipper Eric Skipper has been provost and executive vice chancellor for Academic Affairs at the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) since 2016. Areas of focus at USCB have been experiential learning, honors education, internationalization, and strategic planning. Previously, at University of North Georgia (UNG), Skipper served as vice president for University Affairs and as dean of Honors/ Graduate Studies and led the implementation of UNG’s strategic plan. At the former Gainesville State College in Georgia, Skipper served in interim posts as assistant vice president and dean, and as department head of foreign languages. In 2010, Skipper was named Professor of the Year by the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese-Georgia chapter. He is author of numerous publications on Hispanic literature and culture and opinion pieces on higher education topics.

Sherry Turkle

Sherry Turkle

Sherry Turkle is the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé Professor of the Social Studies of Science and Technology in the Program in Science, Technology, and Society at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the founding director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self. Turkle received a joint doctorate in sociology and personality psychology from Harvard University and is a licensed clinical psychologist. Turkle writes on the “subjective side” of people’s relationships with technology, especially computers. She is an expert on culture and therapy, mobile technology, social networking, and sociable robotics.

Her newest book, The Empathy Diaries: A Memoir, ties together her personal story with her groundbreaking research on technology, empathy, and ethics. Her previous book, the New York Times bestseller Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, investigates how a flight from conversation undermines our relationships, creativity, and productivity.

Turkle is a featured media commentator on the social and psychological effects of technology for CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN, the BBC, and NPR, including appearances on such programs as Nightline, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Frontline, Dateline, 20/20, and The Colbert Report.

Sheryl WuDunn

WuDunn Sheryl

Sheryl WuDunn, the first Asian-American reporter to win a Pulitzer Prize, is a business executive and bestselling author. She co-founded FullSky Partners, a consulting firm focusing on double-bottom line ventures in new media, technology and healthcare services. She is a venture partner at Piedmont Partners Group Ventures, which invests in growth companies in the U.S. She is also nominated for the Board of Overseers at Harvard University, running as a graduate of the Harvard Business School to serve as many faculty, students, and alumni as possible to help keep the university as great as it can be.

With her husband, Nicholas D. Kristof, WuDunn is coauthor of their new book, Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope (2020), which chronicles the different struggles facing working-class America. This story is told, in part, by following the lives of some of the children whom Kristof grew up with, and why one-quarter died prematurely in adulthood while others had journeys of resurgence involving recovery and commitment to helping those less fortunate. In addition, they co-wrote A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity, a New York Times bestselling book about altruism and how to bring about change in our society using evidence-based strategies.