Featured Speakers

Keynote Speaker


Tuesday, May 23

"Technology and the Possibilities of Multimodal Instruction"

Nicholas C. Burbules
Gutgsell Professor, Education Policy, Organization and Leadership, College of Education
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Nicholas Burbules has been a professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization and Leadership since 1989 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to his work at the University of Illinois, Burbules was a professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of Utah.

Nicholas Burbules served as Editor of Educational Theory for more than twenty years, from 1992-2013, helped establish Education Review in 1998, and served as President of the Philosophy of Education Society in 2001. Burbules' publications include six books, eight edited books, and over 130 journal articles or book chapters on topics including dialogue, ethics, technology, educational research, critical theory, educational psychology, social philosophy, and political philosophy. He has been an invited to speak in over ten countries on the topic of technology in education.

Nicholas Burbules earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from Grinnell College in 1975, a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy from Stanford University in 1979, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Philosophy of Education from Stanford University in 1983.

Featured Speaker


Wednesday, May 24

Bettyjo H. Bouchey
Associate Dean, Academic Operations & Faculty Development 
Associate Professor, Business and Management
National Louis University

Dr. Bouchey is the Associate Dean of Academic Operations / Faculty Development and Associate Professor of Business and Management. Dr. Bouchey has enjoyed a long history in higher education leadership serving in roles at smaller institutions ranging from vice president, provost, and dean, to her most cherished role as faculty member.  In the years leading up to her tenure in higher education, Dr. Bouchey worked for and led several high-tech start-up firms in Upstate New York.

Dr. Bouchey believes that everyone deserves the opportunity to pursue post-secondary schooling and that National Louis University is one of the best places to do so.  She is known for combining her deep understanding of pedagogy with caring, hands-on leadership of students, faculty and staff.

Dr. Bouchey holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University at Albany, an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Doctorate in Education from Northeastern University.   She also serves on the board of directors of a) the Early Career Academy, a charter school committed to offering high school students the opportunity to pursue a quality tuition-free, technology-focused education leading to a high school diploma and the potential to earn an associate degree; and b) 2nd Chance @ at Life, a non-profit focused on providing pathways for victims of homelessness to vocation and education.  Dr. Bouchey is also a tireless advocate for Epilepsy awareness and is one of the leaders of the Community Action Network of the Epilepsy Foundation of Indiana.