About the Session

Monday, March 5, 2018
Main Stage In Convention Hall
Higher Ed Live: Contested Issues

Join Higher Ed Live hosts Heather Shea Gasser and Tony Doody as they moderate six fast-paced, eight-minute, one-on-one debates between legendary thought leaders in student affairs.

The session will explore controversial topics in higher education. The session will include feedback from the live audience and Twitter.

Debate Topics

  • Campuses Should Not Regulate Free Speech (John Hoffman and Vijay Pendakur)
  • Big Time Sports Don’t Belong on College Campuses (Kenn Elmore and Julie Payne-Kirchmeier)
  • Community College Should Be Free (Scott Peska and Michael Anthony)
  • Student Affairs Should Be Part of Academic Affairs (Patrick Love and Stan Carpenter)
  • Career Readiness Should Be a Graduation Requirement (Barbara LoMonaco and Laura Hutchinson)
  • Social Networking Sites Are Bad For Our Society (Ed Cabellon and TJ Logan)

* First presenter listed for each pair will present the proposition argument

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Tony Doody
Senior Director of Student Engagement
Rutgers University


Heather Shea
Assistant Director, RISE & HALE PhD Candidate
Michigan State University

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Matthew Ferguson
Senior Learning Manager for Amazon

Debate Speakers

Michael Anthony
Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
Rochester Community and Technical College

Dr. Anthony currently serves as the Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, Minnesota. Dr. Anthony earned his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Organizational Development from the University of Louisville, where he also worked for 10 years in various functional areas. While at the University of Louisville he also led the state association for student affairs professionals and currently serves on the board of NASPA Region IV-East. Before coming to Rochester he served as the Chief Diversity Officer and Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs at Oakton Community College in the North Shore of Chicago. He has extensive experience in educational leadership and student affairs organization and management. He is a former fellow of the National Association for Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) and the Thomas Lakin Institute for Mentored Leadership. Dr. Anthony is published in the area of African American male success in college and in leadership pedagogy. He has also held an adjunct assistant professor appointment at Loyola University Chicago and the University of Louisville. He currently lives in Rochester, MN.

Ed Cabellon
Assistant to the VP Bridgewater State University

Dr. Ed Cabellon is a contemporary and accomplished higher education leader and educator with 20+ years of progressive Student Affairs and Enrollment Management experience, predominately in the public sector. He demonstrates successful strategic decisions and innovative leadership that addresses the complexity of student recruitment, retention, and persistence to graduation through high-impact practices. He is known as a collaborative relationship builder with an unrelenting focus on student success, especially for those from first-generation, underrepresented, and low-income backgrounds. His research and publication focuses are in digital technology, organizational change, and navigating campus politics and currently serves on the Student Affairs and Enrollment Management leadership team as Director of Administration at Bridgewater State University, while also teaching Management and Marketing in the College of Business.

Stan Carpenter
Dean of the College of Education
Texas State University

Dr. Stan Carpenter is Dean of the College of Education at Texas State University. He earned a B.S. degree in Mathematics from Tarleton State University; an M.S. in Student Personnel and Guidance from Texas A&M-Commerce; and a Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Personnel Services from the University of Georgia. He joined the faculty at Texas State in 2003. He has held administrative positions including Professor and Chair of the Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education, and School Psychology Department at Texas State, Dean of Students at the University of Arkansas at Monticello, and Executive Director of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) from 1987-97. He served as Chair of the Senior Scholars of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and completed terms as National Board Member at Large of the National Association for Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and Editor/Chair of the ACPA Media Board. He served on the Board of the NASPA Foundation from 2011-2017. Dr. Carpenter has won major national, regional, and campus awards in the areas of teaching, scholarship, and service. He has given over 170 presentations and authored or co-authored over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and other professional publications and reports focusing on professionalism, leadership, and professional development in student affairs.

Kenneth Elmore
Associate Provost & Dean of Students
Boston University

Kenn Elmore likes to rock the boat. He looks for improvisation in the conventional and inspiration in the ordinary. Kenn loves keeping things on the cutting edge while still coating everything with spoonfuls of sugar. Temperamentally, he’s an artist, who went to school to study psychology, education, and law.

In his development as an educator and as a human being, and in the search for his hopes and dreams, Kenn has been encouraged, supported, nurtured, and taught by people of all religions, races, and cultures. He was educated in Brooklyn and the City; by folks in rural South Carolina; and, within the Pomfret, Brown, Boston University, and New England Law communities. Kenn’s teachers have been Civil Rights, urban decay, Booker T and the MGs, the digital age, poor folks, Ellison, DJs and B-Boy creators, storytelling, Morrison, Root medicine, and the dozens.

Kenn loves that which is playful, stylish, articulate, highly-referenced, coded, transcendent, lyrical, musical, pop, and political. In his current role, as dean of students at Boston University, Kenn works with the students and staff in that community to plunge young people into an environment full of color, music, and conversation. He tries to play his part to keep Boston, Boston University, and educational environments as places for people to come together, find passion, write poetry, and find love. He’s the one your parents cautioned you about but with whom you loved to hang out.

John L. Hoffman
Doctor of Education Leadership Program
Cal State Fullerton

Dr. John L. Hoffman is an associate professor of educational leadership at California State University, Fullerton where he also serves as the director of the doctor of the educational leadership program and the chair of the Department of Educational Leadership.  Before transitioning to faculty, John spent 10 years working in administrative roles in academic and student affairs, seven of which were as a dean of students.  He has experience in the development of theory-informed programs that enhance the success and retention of students of color; early interventions addressing student wellness and achievement; and the assessment of student learning in the cocurriculum.  He serves nationally on the Professional Standards Division of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA).  He is the recipient of the 2012 NASPA Region VI Sandra Kuchler Excellence in Mentoring Award, and he was inducted as a NASPA Pillar of the Profession in 2017.  His research interests focus on assessment and accountability, professional competencies in student affairs and higher educational leadership, and professional development and mentoring.  John earned his Ph.D. in Higher Education Policy and Administration from the University of Minnesota.

Laura Hutchinson
Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students
Monmouth College

Laura Hutchinson, an avid runner, is the Vice President of Student Life and Dean of Students at Monmouth College, in Illinois—proud home of the founding of the women’s fraternity movement. She has served numerous campuses most recently as the chief student affairs officer at Earlham College for the past six years, prior to joining the Monmouth family in 2017. She is active in the NASPA Small College community following a number of years in mid-size and large institutions including the University of Idaho, the University of Virginia and Texas Christian University, among others. Her work has spanned areas of residence life, health promotion, intercultural life, disabilities, student conduct, threat assessment and case management, orientation, and financial aid/admissions. A native northern Californian, she’s served in NASPA regions spanning the country and proudly makes her home in Region IV-E. She has over time, found herself in faith-affiliated institutions in four different protestant denominations and this informs her sense of inquiry about the multitude of values and beliefs (religious and otherwise) that student’s bring to their experience. Monmouth’s Office of Religious and Spiritual Life was recently awarded a $600,000 Lilly Grant for the Lux Summer Institute for Theological Exploration, an immersive experience for high school juniors and seniors that combines reflection, experiential learning, and social justice; our most recent theme focused on food security as a call to action and consequence. Dean Hutchinson has worked in higher education for almost 25 years, with two years spent in religious service in Senegal, West Africa in her mid-20s. She earned a B.A in Sociology with a Social Work emphasis at California Baptist University, a Masters in Theological Studies from Brite Divinity School of Texas Christian University, and has completed post-graduate work in Religion, Culture and Public Policy from the University of Virginia. Her current focus is the infusion of service and civic engagement in the rural Midwest. She plans to pursue her Ed.D in Leadership and Learning in Organizations. She currently holds the prize for Best Chili in the Monmouth College Chili Cook-Off, and appreciates a good bourbon as much as the next person.

T.J. Logan
Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at Temple University

Dr. T. J. Logan currently serves as the Associate Vice President of Student Affairs at Temple University, where he oversees the department of University Housing and Residential Life, Student Center Operations, and Division-wide assessment and strategic planning efforts. Previously, T. J. served as the Director of Housing for Administrative Services at the University of Florida; where he supervised occupancy management of the largest single-site housing provider in the southeastern United States, as well as marketing and brand management, customer service operations, safety and security, conference services, the university-wide office for youth protection, and corporate sponsorship programs. As a student affairs professional, T. J. has presented internationally on the topics of social media in higher education, innovation in university housing operations, enrollment management trends, occupancy management, and business operations. He has spoken at the CUBO annual conference in Edinburgh, Scotland, and the AACUHO annual conference in Melbourne, Australia.  He has also served as the Business Practices and Enhancements Director for the ACUHO-I Executive Board, a panelist for the ACUHO-I Virtual Roundtable on social media in housing, and a faculty member for the ACUHO-I Chief Housing Officer Institute. In addition to formal speaking engagements, Dr. Logan has been published in a variety of trade magazines, books, and journals; and has written blogs for Socialnomics.net and studentaffairsfeature.com. J. earned his Doctorate of Education from the University of Florida, and his B.A. and M.B.A from Kent State University.

Barbara LoMonaco
Vice President for Student Affairs
Salve Regina University

Barbara LoMonaco is Vice President for Student Affairs at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. She earned her Ph.D. in anthropology from Southern Methodist University and has conducted research in Greece, Italy, and the U.S. Her research interests include gender, medical anthropology, migration, and applied anthropology. LoMonaco began her career in higher education in 1996 as professor of anthropology at Transylvania University, where she created the anthropology major, received the Bingham Award for Excellence in teaching, and was nominated to be a CASE Professor of Year. In addition to her teaching, she worked as a consultant in the industry to assist businesses in understanding and transforming their organizational cultures. LoMonaco served as VPSA at Transylvania University from 2012-2015 and is beginning her first year at Salve Regina. She presented at NASPA in 2015 on a panel exploring the “rookie year” for VPSAs and is the organizer for a NASPA 2016 conference panel on presidential transitions.

Patrick Love
Executive-in-Residence for the Higher Education and Student Affairs Graduate Program
Bowling Green State University

Patrick Love, Ph.D. is the Executive-in-Residence for the Higher Education and Student Affairs graduate program at Bowling Green State University (BGSU). Patrick’s career in higher education has spanned managerial work in student affairs, academic affairs, and as a professor in college student affairs. Prior to joining BGSU, he was Vice President for Student Affairs at NYIT and before that served as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at Rutgers University. He has also held high-level administrative positions at Pace University and Le Moyne College and was a tenured associate professor in Higher Education and Student Affairs at Kent State University and New York University. His areas of scholarship include organizational culture, leadership, and management issues in student affairs, and applying theory to practice. He has consulted with or spoken at more than 45 institutions and organizations. He is known for innovative approaches to management that encompass intellectual, social, and emotional integration, as well as a passionate commitment to student learning, development, and transformation. He is the co-author of several books, including Rethinking Student Affairs Practice, Leadership and Management Issues for the New Century, and Enhancing Student Learning: Intellectual, Social, and Emotional Integration. His blog is entitled Patrick Love’s Life where he focuses on issues of career enhancement, job searching, unconventional leadership, organizational innovation, and creating an unreasonable life. Patrick earned his doctorate in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Indiana University and his master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and Student Development from The State University of New York at Albany. He has varied outside interests including writing and performing music, photography, cycling, road racing (including the Boston Marathon twice), and yoga.

Julie Payne-Kirchmeier
Associate Vice President and
Chief of Staff
Northwestern University

Dr. Julie Payne-Kirchmeier currently serves as the Associate Vice President and Chief of Staff at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, in which she oversees the full strategic resource management for the Division of Student Affairs, including facilities, financial, technology, marketing, communications, assessment, planning, emergency planning and crisis response, and the Norris University Center. She earned her B.S. degree in Genetics and her M.Ed. degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from Texas A&M University-College Station, and her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Administrations and Foundations at Indiana State University. During her administrative tenure, Julie has been highly involved in many professional associations. She currently serves as NASPA Region IV-E Regional Director and as part of the NASPA Board, is a member of the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice Editorial Board, and is the past chair the Certification Commission for NACAS. She has been awarded several honors for her work; this past June, she was awarded the Parthenon Award from ACUHO-I, the international associations highest honor. Julie also serves as an instructor in the Northwestern University master’s program in higher education, where she teaches on college student development. She presents nationally and internationally on authentic leadership, social media, and student engagement, as well as on issues important to women in higher education. Women’s rights and advocacy are of particular importance to her.

Vijay Pendakur
Dean of Students
Cornell University

Dr. Vijay Pendakur serves as the Robert W. and Elizabeth C. Staley Dean of Students at Cornell University. Prior to this appointment, he worked on campus-wide student success initiatives for underserved populations as an Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at California State University – Fullerton. Before joining the team at Fullerton, Dr. Pendakur served as the Director of the Office of Multicultural Student Success at DePaul University in Chicago. He is the editor of the recent book, “Closing the Opportunity Gap: Identity-Conscious Strategies for Retention and Student Success,” as well as numerous chapters on Asian American racial identity development, color-blind racism, and critical leadership pedagogy. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history and East Asian studies from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, a master’s degree in U.S. history from the University of California, San Diego, and a doctorate in education from DePaul University.

Scott Peska
Dean of Students
Waubonsee Community College

Dr. Scott Peska serves as the Dean for Students at Waubonsee Community College in Sugar Grove, IL, with responsibility for Athletics, Student Life, Learning Assessment (testing), and Student Conduct. He previously has worked at Northern Illinois University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He received both his baccalaureate and master’s degrees in communication from Illinois State University.  Peska received a doctoral degree in higher education administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with his research focusing on the adjustment of community college transfer students to four-year universities. In NASPA, Dr. Peska is an active member serving as the Region IV-E Public Policy Division Representative, the Regional Representatives Coordinator for the Community College Division, the Enough is Enough Coordinator for the Campus Safety and Violence Prevention Knowledge Community, a reviewer for JSARP, and he served on the 2017 NASPA Annual Conference Leadership Committee. Dr. Peska enjoys speaking publicly on overcoming adversity, moving forward after campus tragedies, benefits of laughter in diversity education, juggling multiple priorities, and engaging in ethical leadership.