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Conference Keynotes

We're excited to announce our engaging keynote speakers for the 2016 ASRR Conference! 

Lisa Peck

Peck Keynote 2016

Lisa G. Peck is Associate Director of the Academic Advisement Center at Western Connecticut State University (WCSU), her alma mater. Before returning to her alma mater as an advisor, Lisa was an academic advisor, exclusively for adult learners, in the Accelerated Degree Program division at Post University in Waterbury, Connecticut. Lisa holds a B.A. in English/Writing and an M.A. in English from WCSU. Lisa has taught various English and communication classes as an adjunct instructor at several colleges.

As a former “adult learner,” herself, Lisa is passionate about working with other adults who wish to return to higher education. At WCSU, Lisa helped to establish a student organization called the “Older Wiser Learners” (O.W.L.s) to support adult learners, and she served as the administrative faculty advisor for several years (until the O.W.L.s went into hibernation two years ago). She originated and holds an adult learner orientation each year, and she established the Pi Zeta chapter of Alpha Sigma Lambda, and adult learner honor society, for which she holds an induction each year. Lisa identifies adult learners for the Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) scholarship twice a year. Most recently, Lisa was chosen, by the Dean of Arts and Sciences at WCSU, to help create a B.A. in Liberal Arts, geared specifically toward the adult learner.

A member of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) for seventeen years, Lisa is the former chair of the Advising Adult Learner Commission (2007-2009) and has co-authored articles and a webinar intended to assist advisors, worldwide, in working with this special population. In addition, Lisa served NACADA as a mentor in the Emerging Leader Program (2008-2010), as Commission and Interest Group Representative (2009-2010), Commission and Interest Group Division Representative and Council member (2010-2012) and Finance Committee member (2013 – present).

Dr. John Dirkx

Dirkx Keynote 2016John M. Dirkx is Professor and Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair Emeritus in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Education and Director of the College of Education Masters of Arts in Education online program at Michigan State University. Dirkx received his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 1987 in continuing education, where he studied adult learning, group dynamics, and transformative education. From 1988 – 1996, he served as a professor of Vocational and Adult Education at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. 

Dirkx is editor of the Journal of Transformative Education, former editor of Adult Education Quarterly, author of A Guide to Planning and Implementing Instruction for Adults: A Theme-based Approach, editor of Adult Learning and the Emotional Self, and author of numerous book chapters and journal articles on teaching and learning in higher and adult education. He serves on the editorial boards for several scholarly journals within higher and adult education. Dirkx is currently working on a book on the transformative dimensions of teaching and learning. He studies adult learning in higher education, internationalization of graduate education, and faculty development in higher education.

Dirkx is married and has two adult children. He enjoys spending time with his family, bicycling, and riding his motorcycle on quiet country roads. 

Dr. Perry Rettig

Rettig Keynote 2016Dr. Rettig serves as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Piedmont College in Georgia. Units reporting to him include: School of Arts & Science, School of Business Administration, School of Education, School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Student Affairs, Enrollment Management, the Library, Office of the Registrar, Undergraduate Admissions, and Graduate Admissions. 

Prior to his current position, Rettig served as Associate Vice Chancellor at the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh where he served also as a faculty member since 1997. He began his career as a public school teacher in Pulaski, Wisconsin before moving to Sheboygan, Wisconsin where he served as a principal for seven years. He also served as a professor of educational leadership for one year at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

The author of three books, dozens of articles, and numerous presentations to national and international audiences, Dr. Rettig keeps an active scholarship agenda. His current focus is democratic governance and shared decision-making.

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