2016 Gen Ed Presenters


Assessment and Curricular Design Strategies for Global Learning across the Disciplines

Learn more about the Global Learning Colloquium on General Education.


David BlairDavid Blair
St. Edwards University

David Blair, PhD, is director of institutional assessment at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. He is a Teagle Assessment Scholar; Association of American Colleges and Universities Global Learning Rubric team member; a project evaluator for the National Science Foundation and U.S. Department of Education; and an institutional effectiveness evaluator for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. A former professor and director of institutional research, Blair has presented nationally and internationally on the topics of global learning and assessment; data triangulation; and student success.

Ashley FinleyAshley Finley
Dominican University of California

Ashley Finley, PhD, is associate vice president of academic affairs and dean of the Dominican Experience at Dominican University of California. She is also national evaluator for the Bringing Theory to Practice project, a national project dedicated to understanding the intersection of students’ engaged learning, civic development, and well-being. Prior to joining Dominican University of California, she was senior director of assessment and research at the Association of American Colleges and Universities, where she remains a senior fellow. Her work at Dominican and with colleges and universities nationally focuses on engaging faculty and staff in developing student-centered, sustainable practices that enable the advancement of student success and learning with an emphasis on equity and evidence-based standards for improvement.

Carol GriffinCarol "Griff" Griffin
Grand Valley State University

Carol “Griff” Griffin, PhD, is the general education director at Grand Valley State University, where she works in collaboration with a faculty governance committee. She was instrumental in adding additional student learning outcomes based on the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) LEAP goals to Grand Valley State University’s general education program. She also spearheaded the design of a new upper division requirement: two courses from six categories called Issues. The unique aspect of these courses is a focus on skills development (problem-solving in multidisciplinary teams, integrating all of a student’s knowledge and experience) focusing on real-world problems. She also helped design and implement the rigorous assessment of student learning in the GE Program. Griffin is also a professor in the Biology Department and previously worked for many years in Student Affairs.

Craig ShealyCraig N. Shealy
James Madison University

Craig N. Shealy, PhD, is professor of graduate psychology at James Madison University and executive director of the International Beliefs and Values Institute (IBAVI). Shealy’s research on beliefs and values, explicated through Equilintegration Theory, the EI Self, and the Beliefs, Events, and Values Inventory (BEVI), has been featured in a variety of forums in the United States and internationally, including Making Sense of Beliefs and Values. The BEVI is used in a wide range of contexts, including educational, leadership, clinical, organizational, and forensic, as well as the Forum BEVI Project, which assesses the processes and outcomes of international, multicultural, and transformative learning. A licensed clinical psychologist, Shealy is 2016 President Elect of the American Psychological Association’s Division of International Psychology, a recipient of the Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division of Psychotherapy, a Madison Scholar at James Madison University, a Nehru Chair at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, India, and a National Register Legacy of Excellence Psychologist.

Discussion Leaders

Ryan Guffey
Lindenwood University

Ryan Guffey, PhD, has served as the co-director for the Center for International and Global Studies, chair of the International Relations and Chinese Studies Departments, and chief immigration officer for the Lindenwood University system, in addition to his current role as the vice president for student development & global affairs. Guffey also joined a handful of Lindenwood faculty selected to participate in the Fulbright Exchange Program, offered through the U.S. Department of State. He was awarded a scholar and consultant fellowship to Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok, Thailand. In 2015, he was selected for second Fulbright grant, the Specialist, which is designed for senior scholars in their field (comparative higher education). His forthcoming text, The History of Education in Azerbaijan: From Ancient to Modern Times will be published in fall 2016. He has traveled extensively to Central America, Western and Eastern Europe, the South Caucasus, Central and Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Rim.

Kristin K. Wobbe
Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Kristin Wobbe, PhD, is the associate dean for Undergraduate Studies and associate professor of biochemistry at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. She directs the first year interdisciplinary projects program, the Great Problems Seminars. These courses, each focused on a global problem are designed to bring to the freshman year the project emphasis that is the hallmark of WPI’s innovative approach to undergraduate education. She also participates in the leadership of WPI’s Institute on Project-Based Learning. Wobbe has been recognized for her teaching and is a co-recipient of the 2016 Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education, bestowed by the National Academy of Engineering.