Critical Conversation - Handling the Political Environment of the Profession

Jerrid Freeman, NASPA IV-W Regional Director

October 3, 2016

Join us for the second event in our Critical Conversations series sponsored by the NASPA Region IV-W family! Mark your calendar for Wednesday, October 192016, at 1:30 pm (CST) to join a lively discussion, featuring administrators in higher education and their experiences handling the political environment of the profession. Balancing professional and personal perspectives, when presented with situations that can result in conflicting expectations, can be difficult to maneuver. We hope this conversation can cover many of the issues professionals are facing, and will continue to face, in roles necessary of leadership in challenging times and on complex issues.

The panel will provide insight of their personal experiences and insight into decision making in standing up for just causes. This webinar will also allow participants to share their own experiences and ask questions. This webinar will be using Zoom which allows the panel, as well as the participants, access to see each other, should you choose to use the camera on your computer.

We look forward to you joining us on Wednesday, October 19th at 1:30pm (CST) to discuss ways to support, empower and engage students, faculty, and staff as student affairs professionals.

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Meet our panelists! 

Teresa Clounch

​Associate Dean of Students/Director of Diversity & Inclusion
Baker University, Baldwin City, KS

Teresa Clounch, Ed.D, is a Higher Education Administrator with more than 25 years of experience in alumni development, multicultural affairs, student housing, judicial affairs and academic advising. She has experience with diversity training for college students and administrators. She has direct experience with advising college students, student conduct, and student housing management. Teresa has worked at a two year community college, independent two year women's college, four-year regional university, research university and small four-year independent university. She is currently the Associate Dean of Students/Director Multicultural Affairs at Baker University, where she oversees multicultural affairs, student life, fraternity and sorority life and student conduct. 

Teresa’s involvement in NASPA has spanned the past 20 years.  She has served as a Knowledge Community Chair, Conference Committee Member, and Conference Committee Co-Chair.

She has a wide variety of leadership and presentation experience including Co-Instructor of Introduction to Leadership, LeaderShape Institute, Challenge Course Facilitator, Presenter at state-wide and regional conferences and universities.  She is also on the Kansas Association for Youth Summer Camp Staff Member for Kansas State High School Activities Association (KSHSAA), where she also is serving on the KSHSAA Board of Directors.  Teresa is also a Leadership Emporia graduate, Leadership Kansas graduate, past Chair of Leadership Kansas, a member of Chapter CK of PEO and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

Work Experience:

Allen Community College, Cottey College, Emporia State University, University of Kansas, and Baker University

Diversity & Inclusion, Residence Life, Alumni Development, Academic Advising, and Student Affairs


EdD, Higher Education Administration, University of Kansas

MS, Student Personnel Administration, Emporia State University

BS, Business Administration, Minor Communication Emporia State University

AA, Business, Allen Community College

Dean Bresciani

Dean L. Bresciani became North Dakota State University’s 14th president in 2010.  During his tenure NDSU has reached the elite “Research University/Very High Research” tier of the Carnegie Commission on Higher Education and holds similar standing in rankings of the National Science Foundation.

He is known for his dedication to students and advancement of scholarly activities, as well as being well regarded for his thoughtfulness, energy and integrity. He brings to campus the knowledge and experience of an over 30-year career in higher education and has developed a broad leadership base in the academic, administrative and political aspects of university leadership.

A native of Napa Valley, California, Bresciani came to NDSU from his Vice President role at Texas A&M University from 2004 to 2008, and as a full professor there in the Department of Educational Administration through 2010. He served in similar roles at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1998 to 2004.

Myron Pope 

Myron L. Pope is the Vice President for Student Affairs, a capacity he has served in since 2012. He is a native of Sweet Water, AL and he attended the University of Alabama where he received a bachelor’s degree in History/English and a master’s and doctorate in higher education administration. During his career, he has worked in the community college system of Alabama as a Talent Search Counselor, at the University of Alabama as the Director of Recruitment for the College of Education, at the University of Oklahoma as a faculty member in the Adult and Higher Education program and at the University of Central Oklahoma as Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs and the Vice President of Enrollment Management.

He also continues to teach in the African and African-American Studies and the Adult and Higher Education programs at the University of Oklahoma. In his current role as Vice President for Student Affairs, his primary goals include student support and advocacy, the promotion of students’ involvement and the creation of learning experiences outside the classroom.

Pope has conducted a variety of research on higher education related issues, including student success, community college student and administrative issues, minority student concerns, faculty governance issues and institutional trust. He has published in scholarly journals and books and has also presented regionally, nationally and internationally on these topics. He has been active on the regional and national levels of ACPA, ASHE, CSCC and NASPA, as well as working as a consultant/evaluator with the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). 

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