Past Lecturers Bio

Bobby Bowden
During his 34-year tenure, Bowden was second among Division 1 coaches major college football history for most career wins. After serving as the head coach at South Georgia College, Howard College (now Samford University), and West Virginia University, Bowden guided Florida State to more than 300 victories, two national championships, 12 Atlantic Coast Conference titles, and 14 straight top five finishes nationally, all while leading the Seminoles to bowl games in 28 consecutive seasons. Since retiring, Bowden remains involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, annually awarding the National Bobby Bowden Award to a student-athlete for achievement on and off the field. Bowden was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and was the recipient of the Paul “Bear” Bryant Lifetime Achievement Award in January 2011. Bowden became a New York Times bestselling author with his book, “Called to Coach.”

Jeff Duncan-Andrade
Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies. In addition to these duties, he continues as a high school teacher in East Oakland where for the past 18 years he has practiced and studied the use of critical pedagogy in urban schools. He currently teaches English at Mandela High School in East Oakland. Before joining the faculty at SFSU, Duncan-Andrade taught English and coached in the Oakland public schools for 10 years, and completed his doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Duncan-Andrade has lectured around the world about the elements of effective teaching in schools serving poor and working class children. He works closely with teachers, school site leaders, and school district officials nationally, and as far abroad as Brazil and New Zealand, to help them develop classroom practices and school cultures that foster self-confidence, esteem, and academic success among all students. His research interests and publications span the areas of urban schooling and curriculum change, urban teacher development and retention, critical pedagogy, and cultural and ethnic studies. He has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on the conditions of urban education, urban teacher support and development, and effective pedagogy in urban settings that have been published in leading journals such as Harvard Educational Review and Qualitative Studies in Education. He recently completed two books, The Art of Critical Pedagogy: Possibilities for Moving from Theory to Practice in Urban Schools and What a Coach Can Teach a Teacher, with Peter Lang Publishing. These books focus on effective pedagogical strategies for urban schools. He is currently completing his third book on the core competencies of highly effective urban educators with Routledge Press.

Bahira Trask
Dr. Bahira Sherif Trask is a professor and associate chair of Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Delaware and a policy scientist in the Center for Community Research and Service.  She has a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in political science with a concentration in international relations from Yale University.  Her research focuses on the intersection of globalization, gender, work and family in Western and non-Western contexts.  Primarily she concentrates on economic changes, work and gender roles and policies that can assist and strengthen low income families.  Sherif also has an interest in intergenerational relationships and workforce development for the 21st century.
She has authored and edited a number of books in this area including Women, Work, and Globalization: Challenges and Opportunities (Routledge, Forthcoming),  Globalization and Families: Accelerated Systemic Social Change,  (Springer, 2010), Personal Relationships (Cognella, 2011), Cultural Diversity and Families: Expanding Perspectives (Sage, 2007), and The Greenwood Encyclopedia of Women’s Issues Worldwide, (Greenwood, 2003).

Charles Hughes
Dr. Charlie Hughes is currently a professor of special education at Penn State where he has worked since 1985.  While at Penn State, he received the College of Education’s “Outstanding Faculty Award” as well as the college’s “Career Achievement Award.” He is an adjunct senior scientist with the University of Kansas’ Center for Research on Learning (KU-CRL) and received the center’s “Leadership” award for his research and professional development efforts related to the Strategic Intervention Model (SIM). Prior to coming to Penn State, Hughes worked in schools for 12 years as a special education teacher, a state-level consultant, inclusion consultant and educational diagnostician.
His research and teaching interests focus on the design and delivery of academic instruction and the development and validation of self-instructional strategies for helping students with learning and behavior problems succeed in general education classrooms.  In 2011, Hughes co-authored a book with Dr. Anita Archer on the topic of explicit instruction. Over the past 30 years, he has given approximately 250 scholarly presentations, numerous workshops for schools and agencies around the country and consulted with universities and governmental agencies in seven countries.  Hughes received two Fulbright Senior Scholar Awards to South Korea and Sweden.
He served as both president and executive director of the Council for Exceptional Children’s Division for Learning Disabilities, has been editor-in-chief of the Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability and the Journal of Learning Disabilities Research and Practice.

Alfie Kohn
Alfie Kohn writes and speaks widely on human behavior, education and parenting. His has authored 12 books on the topics, most recently, Feel Bad Education (2011).

Kohn has been described by Time magazine as “perhaps the country’s most outspoken critic of education’s fixation on grades [and] test scores.” His criticisms of competition and rewards have helped to shape the thinking of educators, as well as parents and managers, across the country and abroad. Kohn has appeared on numerous TV and radio programs, including the Today show and two appearances on Oprah. He lectures widely at universities and to school faculties, parent groups and corporations. He also speaks at staff development seminars and has delivered the keynote at national education conferences. Kohn’s articles include “Turning Children into Data” in Education Week; “Five Reasons to Stop Saying ‘Good Job!’” in Young Children; and “The Case Against Grades” in Educational Leadership.

Sharon Draper
Dr. Sharon M. Draper is a professional educator as well as an accomplished writer.  She has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year, is a five-time winner of the Coretta Scott King Literary Award and is a New York Times bestselling author. She was selected as Ohio’s Outstanding High School Language Arts Educator, Ohio Teacher of the Year and was chosen as a NCNW Excellence in Teaching Award winner. Draper is a Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award winner and was the Duncanson Artist-in-Residence for the Taft Museum. She is a YWCA Career Woman of Achievement award recipient and has received of the dean’s award from Howard University School of Education, the Pepperdine University Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Marva Collins Education Excellence Award and the Governor’s Educational Leadership Award. Last year, she was named an Ohio Pioneer in Education by the Ohio State Department of Education, and in 2008, she received the Beacon of Light Humanitarian award. In 2009, she received the Doctor of Laws Degree from Pepperdine University.  In 2011, she received the Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions to the field of adolescent literature by The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English, as well as the 33rd Annual Jeremiah Luddington Award by the Educational Book and Media Association, also for lifetime achievement.

Travis Roy
From an early age, Travis Roy found his passion in the sport of hockey. He dreamed of one day playing Division I college hockey and even having his shot at the NHL and the Olympics. By his senior year in high school, Roy had his choice of scholarships to any of the top college hockey programs in the country. In the end, he chose to play for the defending national champion Boston University Terriers. On October 20, 1995, with his family and friends in the stands, he took to the ice for his first shift. Eleven seconds after the puck dropped, Roy found himself lying face down on the ice, unable to move or feel a thing. Within seconds he not only knew he was paralyzed, but that life as he knew it was over. His parents came to the same understanding an hour later, when the ER doctors explained the extent of his injuries and the prognosis that he would be a quadriplegic for the rest of his life.
In the 14 years since Roy’s accident, he has overcome many challenges.  Ten months after his accident, Roy returned to Boston University and four years later he graduated with a degree in Communications. He has since penned the book, Eleven Seconds, A Story of Tragedy, Courage, and Triumph, and founded the Travis Roy Foundation, which has raised over $3 million to improve the lives of spinal cord injury survivors, and fund medical research.

Dave Wottle

Dave Wottle is a 1973 graduate of Bowling Green State University and an Olympic gold medalist. During his collegiate career at BGSU, Wottle earned five NCAA titles in track and the 800-meter crown in the 1972 AAU Championships. His gold medal-winning performance in the 800-meter race in the 1972 Munich Olympics made him an American sports icon.

Dr. Lynn Fuchs
Lynn Fuchs is the Nicholas Hobbs Professor of Special Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on assessment methods for enhancing instructional planning, on understanding mathematics development and disability, and on instructional methods for improving mathematics and reading outcomes for students with or at-risk for learning disabilities.

Professor Fuchs has published more than 350 empirical studies in peer-review journals. She sits on the editorial boards of 10 journals including the Journal of Educational Psychology, Scientific Studies of Reading, Reading Research Quarterly, Elementary School Journal, Journal of Learning Disabilities, and Exceptional Children. She has been identified by Thomas Reuters as one of the most frequently cited researchers in the social sciences, and she has received a variety of awards to acknowledge her research accomplishments that have enhanced reading and math outcomes for children with and without disabilities. These awards include the Council for Exceptional Children’s Career Research Award; Vanderbilt’s Earl Sutherland Award for Research Accomplishments; and the American Education Research Association’s Distinguished Contributions to Research in Education Award.

Jonathan Kozol
Jonathan Kozol is a longtime leader in advocating for the educational rights of children. He is the author of groundbreaking books that revealed the realities of inner-city schools. Kozol has spent more than 40 years working with inner city schoolchildren, and has written numerous books, including “Death at an Early Age: The Destruction of Hearts and Minds of Negro Children in the Boston Public Schools,” which drew upon his work as a fourth grade teacher in a low-income, predominantly black Roxbury neighborhood.

Among his other books are “The Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America,” “Amazing Grade: The Lives of Children and the Conscience of a Nation,” and “On Being a Teacher.” Kozol has held two Guggenheim Fellowships, two Rockefeller Foundation Fellowships and has received fellowships from the Field and Ford foundations.

Mike Schmoker

Dr. Schmoker is a former administrator, English teacher and football coach. He as written five books, most recently “Focus: Elevating the Essentials to Radically Improve Student Learning.” Other books include “Results: The Key to Continuous School Improvements” and “Results Now: How We Can Achieve Unprecedented Improvements in Teaching and Learning.” Schmoker has been the keynote at state, national and international events and consults for school districts and state and provincial education departments throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia.

David Kirp
David Kirp is a former newspaper editor and policy consultant that currently serves as a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written 15 books, most recently “Kids First: Five Big Ideas for Transforming the Lives of Children.” He also writes for The New York Times, The American Prospect and The Nation. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School. Before working at Berkeley, he taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was the founding director of the Harvard Center on Law and Education.