Keynote Speaker 2017

"Systemic Approaches to Planning and Facilitating Change in
Undergraduate STEM"


Andrea L. Beach, PhD

Professor of Educational Leadership in Higher Education and                               Co-Director, WMU Center for Research on Institutional Change in Postsecondary Education (CRICPE)

Dr. Andrea L. Beach is a Professor of Higher Education Leadership and Co-Director of the Center for Research on Instructional Change in Postsecondary Education (CRICPE) at Western Michigan University.  She founded and was Director of the Office of Faculty Development at WMU from 2008-2015.  She received her Master's degree in Adult and Continuing Education and her PhD in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE) from Michigan State University in 1998 and 2003 respectively.  Her research centers on organizational change in higher education, support of innovation in teaching and learning, faculty learning communities, and faculty development as a change lever.  She is a co-author of Creating the Future of Faculty Development:  Learning from the Past, Understanding the Present (Sorcinelli, Austin, Eddy & Beach, 2006), and is lead author on a 10-year follow-up to that work, Faculty Development in the Age of Evidence: Current Practices, Future Imperatives (Beach, Sorcinelli, Austin & Rivard, 2016).  She has been PI and co-PI on several NSF-funded grants focused on instructional change strategies that have produced articles and book chapters on instructional change strategies, as well as instruments to self-report instruction and academic department climate for instructional improvement.  She is most recently director of a $3.2 million project funded by the US Department of Education's First in the World.