ANTSHE Academic Advisory Board
About the Board
ANTSHE’s Academic Advisory Board exists to support academic program accountability and provides guidance and feedback while serving as partners in research and community collaborations. The Academic Advisory Board serves a growing academic presence within the ANTSHE community and helps to shape academic forums at the annual ANTSHE conference. The Academic Advisory Board provides guidance in the development of academic programs focusing on nontraditional students, educational leadership programs, establishing performance standards, evaluating program content, address community/student needs, administrator-faculty engagement, provide assistance, direction, and recommendations.
Academic Advisory Board Members are a diverse group of talented academic professionals yielding both industry and academic experience. Members serving on the Academic Advisory Board are highly regarded in their fields and have been recognized for their contributions and accomplishments based on their dedication and academic support for nontraditional students and other academic professionals.
Academic Advisory Board Members are required to attend ANTSHE’s Annual Conference and will participate in a moderator controlled academic forum leading discussions on various topics pertaining to education and nontraditional students and will be available to answer questions based on their area of expertise.
Meet our Academic Advisory Board at the Annual ANTSHE Conference! Each member of the Academic Advisory Board will participate in an academic open forum to address the current issues and challenges facing nontraditional students and discuss academic adult learning programs that are focused on meeting the needs of the nontraditional student.
Mary Beth Lakin, is the Director of College and University Partnerships (CUP) in the Center for Education Attainment and Innovation at the American Council on Education (ACE). CUP capitalizes on statewide, regional, and national initiatives to raise awareness, acceptance and application of credit for prior learning and boost postsecondary credential completion rates, assisting higher education institutions and systems in developing integrated programs and services that support and validate a diverse range of learning experiences.
With 10 years at ACE, Lakin has concentrated on expanding educational pathways for adult learners, including military service members and veterans. Currently Lakin is the Center’s lead for several initiatives focusing on the mapping of ACE credit recommendations and other credit for prior learning experiences to postsecondary credentials. Her research projects related to adult learning and credit for prior learning include Maps to Credentials: Creating an Integrated Prior Learning Assessment Model to Accelerate Postsecondary Attainment and Mapping New Directions: Older Adults and Higher Education.
Lakin has close to three decades of experience as a faculty member, academic advisor, and program administrator. In her previous position at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, she developed and directed the University’s Experiential Learning program and an interdisciplinary degree program geared to adult learners offered in a blended format. Her published articles and presentations center on credit for prior learning, adult learning, and lifelong learning trends.
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Ellen Miller, Ed.D., is a higher education administrator with over three decades of experience as academic advisor, counseling students regarding academics, programs, career options, career/educational plan development, as well as personal issues that may have an impact on their academic performance.
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Michael H. Parsons, Ed.D. is an adjunct professor, Community College Leadership Doctoral Program at Morgan State University. He is a graduate of Muskegon Community College, MI. He holds a Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate from Western Michigan University. He began his community college teaching career at Oakland Community College in suburban Detroit in 1965. He has taught at Western Michigan U., Kalamazoo Valley Community College, MI and Southwestern Michigan (Community) College.
Parsons joined the staff of HCC as Associate Dean and Professor of Social Science in 1972. He served as Dean of Instruction for 21 years, returning to the faculty in 2000. During his time at HCC, Parsons completed post-doctoral training at the University of Texas, Carnegie-Mellon and Harvard University. Further, he has been an adjunct faculty member at Hood College, MD, Frostburg State University and the University of Baltimore.
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Sandra E. Seay, Ed.D. is an associate professor of educational leadership at East Carolina University. Her research interests include first-generation students, graduate students, and women in higher education administration. She has worked in the student affairs area as a director of counseling services and orientation programming. On the academic side, she has been a dean, assistant dean, director of advising services and a director of retention services.
During her long academic career, she has been employed at two community colleges and two universities. She delights in knowing that a number of her students are now serving as senior administrators at a number of academic institutions.
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R. Lee Viar IV, Ph.D. is an innovative teacher and published author. His book, "The Nontraditional Learner's Guide to Success" has been utilized in several adult learning programs throughout the United States. He has contributed to other academic journals and publications. He has a deep passion and devotion to education and considers himself a lifelong learner. He has been a college professor for over 16 years both online and on campus. In addition, he has over 20 years of professional marketing and business experience in the areas of banking and marketing management. When Dr. Viar is not in the classroom or volunteering for ANTSHE and a Trustee on the Board of ECCSSA, he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife Lori and their six children.
He earned his doctorate in Post-Secondary Adult Education and Training in 2007, and has completed postdoctoral work at Harvard University, Vanderbilt University, MIT, the University of Oklahoma and has completed over 30 credit hrs of coursework towards a DBA in Organizational Management. He also holds an MBA from Frostburg State University.
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