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Jodi Benton-Kupper is currently the Director of the School of Education at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, where she administers twelve undergraduate teacher education programs and acts as certification officer. She is also an Associate Professor of Education, teaching courses in middle-level education and educational psychology.

Randy Brooks is a Professor of English and serves as Chair of the English Department and the Assessment Coordinator at Millikin University. He has received national awards for service learning and is a leader in curriculum design of writing programs emphasizing the integration of active learning, community service, technology, and publishing.

Edith Davis is currently a graduate student in Curriculum and Instruction Education at Baylor University. She previously received a BS in Geology/Mathematics from the University of Miami, an MS in Geophysics from Stanford University, and an MBA from the University of Texas.

Veronica Donahue Diconti is the Associate Dean for American University's Washington Semester Program. Previously, Dr. DiConti was an assistant professor of American Government at the American University. In 1995 DiConti graduated from the Johns Hopkins University with a Ph.D. in political science. In 1993 she earned an MA from the same institution. Her areas of interest and publication include education reform and educational history.

Ellie Friedland is an Assistant Professor in Education at Wheelock College where she teaches courses in Early Childhood Education, Human Development, and Learning and Teaching Through the Arts. She is the liaison between the Wheelock Family Theatre and the academic programs at Wheelock, and is currently collaborating with the theatre faculty to design a college-wide program of faculty development in speaking and listening across the curriculum.

Perry L. Glanzer is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Baylor University. His research and teaching interests [End Page vii] include moral education; the relationship between religion, education, and politics; and the philosophy of education. He recently authored The Quest for Russia's Soul: Evangelicals and Moral Education in Post Communist Russia (Baylor University Press).

Trudi Jacobson is the Coordinator of User Education Programs at the University at Albany, SUNY. Her co-authored volume, Motivating Students in Information Literacy Classes, was published in 2004 by Neal-Schuman. Her research interests focus on information literacy collaboration and on critical thinking and active learning in the classroom.

Pamela Leintz, staff assessor, coordinates and assesses several general education assessments, and has taught for both the Communication Department and Instructional Services at Alverno College. She has also worked on curricular design, including the Integrated Communication Placement Assessment and the Mid Program Portfolio Self Assessment. Leintz has an MA in Education, Teacher Development focus, Educational Technology strand, from Marian College.

Tommackey is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Science and Policy at the University at Albany, SUNY. He has earned a Ph.D. in Writing, Teaching, and Criticism, a Master of Arts in English, and a B.A. in Communication. His research explores information literacy, web design, pedagogy, and collaboration.

Sandra L. Mahoney is the Assistant Director of Student Academic Support Services, Retention Services at University of the Pacific. She has served on numerous committees related to the first-year experience and general education. Her research interests include assessment of first-year programs, student retention, and cultural diversity in the curriculum.

Barbara Nevers is an Assistant Professor in Liberal Studies at Alverno College. She teaches the first semester communication seminar and Transfer of Learning, which develops skills in the eight Alverno Abilities and Humanities for students with prior college experience. Her background includes a lengthy high school teaching career and continued commitment to audiotaping textbooks for the [End Page viii] sight and reading disabled. She holds an MA from Marquette University.

John Nichols is NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor at Saint Joseph's College in Indiana, where he coordinated its well-known Core Curriculum for twenty years. He has worked on general education projects for various agencies (Lilly, FIPSE, NEH), serving as director of a national project on accreditation and assessment for AACU and as national president of AGLS. The latter association gave Nichols its 1999 Katz Award for national leadership in general education.

Todd C. Ream is the Director for the Center for Student...


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