Plenary Speakers

Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis

Dr. Lori S. White is the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. White has spent over 30 years working in higher education. Prior to her arrival at Washington University she served as the Vice President for Student Affairs and clinical professor of education at Southern Methodist University, and has also worked at the University of Southern California, Stanford, Georgetown and San Diego State Universities, and University of California, Irvine. At Washington University, Dr. White and her colleagues are responsible for a range of student life programs including: residence halls; student activities; student leadership programs; student conduct; the Center for Diversity and Inclusion; the First Year Student Center; health and wellness programs; career services; student academic support programs; international students and scholars; scholarship programs; the Danforth University Center; and Washington University athletics and recreational programs. Dr. White’s areas of emphasis in research and teaching include the student experience in higher education and the preparation and mentorship of new, mid-level and aspiring senior student affairs professionals. She is the author of a number of articles and book chapters and has presented widely at professional meetings. Dr. White was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. She earned an undergraduate degree in psychology and English from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in education administration and policy analysis with emphasis in higher education. She also participated in Harvard University’s Management and Leadership in Education Program. Her claim to fame is that she can name the mascot of just about every Division I college (and she is working on learning all of the mascots for Division III).

frank shushok

Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Higher Education at Virginia Tech

Dr. Frank Shushok Jr. serves as Senior Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Higher Education at Virginia Tech. In addition to serving as deputy to the Vice President for Student Affairs, he provides leadership for five departments: Housing and Residence Life, Career and Professional Development, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Dining Services, and Student Conduct. In this capacity, Shushok leads a staff of 2,500 full- and part-time employees and a budget of more than $100 million. Shushok also serves as co-chair for the Virginia Tech/Town of Blacksburg Town-Gown Committee with the Deputy Town Manager. In the fall semesters, he teaches a graduate course on higher education in the United States. In the spring semesters, his course addresses environmental factors influencing college student learning and development. Shushok’s writing and research interests focus on student learning and engagement; positive psychology and its influence on student growth; and development, honors programs, and reorganizing colleges and universities to ensure that every student belongs to a community of care consisting of faculty, staff, and students. He is a frequent contributor to higher education literature. Since 2010, Shushok has served as associate editor for the Journal of College and University Student Housing, a peer-reviewed research journal published by the Association of College and University Housing Officers – International. Previously, he served on the editorial board of the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice. Shushok holds a Ph.D. in higher education policy analysis from the University of Maryland, College Park; a master’s degree in higher education and student affairs from The Ohio State University, and a bachelor’s degree in history education from Baylor University.

Dedric Carter

Vice Chancellor for Operations and Technology Transfer and Professor of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis

Dr. Dedric Carter is the Vice Chancellor for Operations and Technology Transfer and Professor of Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. Prior to joining the Washington University administration and faculty, Carter served as senior adviser for strategic initiatives in the Office of the Director at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), where he was a co-founder of the NSF Innovation Corps program and the architect of the program’s initial public-private partnership model. Prior to his work at NSF, he had served as assistant dean of engineering for development and strategic initiatives and lecturer in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In this capacity, he served as the first executive director of MIT’s Office of Engineering Outreach Programs. Carter earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT, in addition to a master of business administration degree from MIT Sloan. He earned his doctorate in information systems from Nova Southeastern University. Dedric and his wife, Ebony Carter, MD, MPH, live with their two young daughters Zari and Nia on the South 40 as Faculty Fellows in Wayman Crow Residential College.

Mark Morvant

Associate Provost for Teaching and Technology, Executive Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, and a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma

Dr. Mark Morvant is the Associate Provost for Teaching and Technology, Executive Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, and a Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Oklahoma (OU). Known for his innovative teaching, he developed the Janux course, Chemistry of Beer, with over 17,000 registered to date and co-developed the study abroad program, Chemistry in Italy, with Organic Chemistry I and Chemistry and Culture of Wine in Italy. His strategies have been focused on enhancing his students’ learning experience by building a sense of community within large enrollment courses and leveraging emerging technologies to extend learning beyond the classroom. While at OU, he has been recognized with the College of Arts and Sciences’ Longmire Prize for Outstanding Teaching and with the Regents’ Award for Superior Teaching. Morvant earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry magna cum laude from Tarleton State University and his doctoral degree in organic chemistry from OU.