Sir Ken Robinson, “One of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation”


Sir Ken RobinsonThe Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology is pleased and honored to announce that Sir Ken Robinson has accepted our invitation to join us in giving this year’s Symposium keynote address.

An internationally recognized authority in creativity and innovation in education and business, Sir Ken Robinson is also one of the world’s leading speakers. Videos of his famous talks to the prestigious TED Conference are the most viewed in the history of the organization and have been seen by an estimated 300 million people in over 150 countries.

Sir Ken works with governments in Europe, Asia and the US, international agencies, Fortune 500 companies and leading cultural organizations. He led a national commission on creativity, education and the economy for the UK Government, was the central figure in developing a strategy for creative and economic development as part of the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, and was one of four international advisors to the Singapore Government for a strategy to become the creative hub of SE Asia.

Called “one of the world’s elite thinkers on creativity and innovation” by Fast Company magazine, Sir Ken has received numerous awards and recognitions for his groundbreaking contributions. He was included in Thinkers50 list of the world’s leading business thinkers and has been named one of TIME/Fortune/CNN’s Principal Voices. In 2003, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for services to the arts. His 2009 book, The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything, is a New York Times best seller and has been translated into 21 languages. A 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative, was published in 2011. Finding Your Element: How to Discover Your Talents and Passions and Transform Your Life, was published by Viking in May 2013 and is also a New York Times best seller. His latest book, Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That’s Transforming Education (Viking, 2015), written with Robinson’s trademark wit and engaging style, includes groundbreaking research and tackles the critical issue of how to transform the nation’s troubled educational system.

Dr. Eric J. Barron, President, The Pennsylvania State University


Dr. Eric J. Barron

Eric J. Barron started his tenure as the 18th president of The Pennsylvania State University on May 12, 2014. Previously, Barron served as president of Florida State. He has nearly 35 years of leadership experience in academic administration, education, research and public service, as well as a track record as a talented manager of fiscal policy within large and complex institutions.

Barron spent 20 years of his career at Penn State, serving as dean of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences from 2002 to 2006, and as founding director of the Earth System Science Center, one of the first major initiatives focused on the total study of Earth as a system. In 1999, he was named Distinguished Professor of Geosciences at Penn State.

An accomplished scientist with a long background in atmospheric research, Barron previously served as director of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) and as dean of the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas at Austin.

Over the decades, Dr. Barron has lent his significant expertise in the areas of atmospheric science and the geosciences to many national committees and federal agencies, including nearly 20 years of service as the chair of multiple National Research Council committees and boards.

Barron earned a geology at Florida State and his M.S. and Ph.D. in oceanography at the University of Miami.

Michelle Wolf, student interviewer for President Barron’s Fireside Chat


Michelle Wolf is a senior studying Broadcast Journalism. Born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia, it has always been her dream to report the news. Currently, she sits as a News Director for Penn State’s on-campus radio station, CommRadio. She was also a former Executive Producer for the Emmy-award winning student newscast–The Centre County Report and was the former host of President Barron’s program Digging Deeper on WPSU. She has completed internships with WPVI-TV 6abc in Philadelphia in the Production Department, WBHV-FM in State College as a part of B94.5’s Morning Zoo Crew, and Penn State Athletics as an Assistant Producer.

Dr. Patricia A. “Patty” Perillo, Vice President for Student Affairs and Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Virginia Tech


Dr. Patricia Perillo Dr. Patricia A. “Patty” Perillo is Vice President for Student Affairs and Assistant Professor of Higher Education at Virginia Tech. She provides leadership and oversight for the 23 departments and three administrative units in the Division of Student Affairs. She oversees a budget of nearly $150 million, a staff of approximately 3,400 employees, and has responsibility for more than 30 percent of the physical capital on campus.

Prior to her work at Tech, Dr. Perillo served as Associate Dean of Students at Davidson College and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Additional professional experience includes work at the University of Maryland, College Park; State University of New York at both the Plattsburgh and Albany campuses; and, the University of Delaware.

As a transformative leader in higher education for the past 25 years, Dr. Perillo has been actively engaged in all aspects of college life and has had the privileged opportunity to lead and serve in
every functional area within student affairs. She has also worked in academic affairs, and is a
champion of innovative collaborations between academic and student affairs. She obtained her
doctoral degree from the University of Maryland, College Park and her master’s and bachelor’s degrees from the University of Delaware.

As a result of her relational, collaborative, and inclusive leadership, Dr. Perillo was elected to serve as president for ACPA – College Student Educators International. She has served the profession in other capacities including: 2011 ACPA Convention Chair; ACPA and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Consolidation Steering Committee; ACPA/NASPA Professional Competencies Task Force; and the ACPA Foundation.

She has received many honors and awards including ACPA’s Esther Lloyd Jones Professional
Service Award, ACPA’s Diamond Honoree Award, and inductions into Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa.
In her free time, Dr. Perillo enjoys spending time with her wonderful family and close community of friends, and engaging in the arts, athletic events, outdoor activities, prayer and reflection, music,
reading, and entertaining.

Kathleen Ives, D.M., head of Online Learning Consortium, featured speaker for the Symposium’s World Campus Track


The 2017 Penn State Symposium for Teaching and Learning with Technology is pleased to announce that Kathleen Ives, D.M., chief executive officer and executive director of the Online Learning Consortium, will be the featured speaker for the Symposium’s World Campus track. Ives’ talk will cover why online learning and education is important for research universities.

Along with Dr. Ives’ talk, the World Campus track will feature sessions that focus on the latest in Penn State’s innovation in online teaching and learning.

Dr. Ives has worked in online technology for over 20 years. Along with her current leadership role with the Online Learning Consortium, she serves as faculty for the Institute for Emerging Leadership in Online Learning (sponsored by Penn State and OLC) and on the Leadership Advisory Board for the Center for Learning Innovations & Customized Knowledge Solutions (CLICKS).

Formerly, Dr. Ives oversaw all forms of alternative instruction at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, MA (distance learning, accelerated programming). She serves as adjunct faculty for University of Phoenix, Denver-based American Sentinel University, and Bay State College in Boston.
Dr. Ives began her career at CBS and helped to develop the service that evolved into Prodigy. She then spent fourteen years designing and implementing consumer online information services, first at AT&T and then at Verizon where she spearheaded the development of the nation’s first online Yellow Pages product, now called Dr. Ives has degrees in communication, communication management, and organizational leadership from the University of California at Davis, the University of Southern California, Annenberg School of Communication, and the University of Phoenix-Online, respectively.

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