Major Speakers at NASPA IV-W 2017!

Kate Roessler, NASPA IV-W 2017 Conference Marketing Co-Chair

August 30, 2017

NASPA IV-W is thrilled to welcome Larry Roper, Professor and Interim Director of the School of Language Culture and Society, Oregon State University, and Paul Engler, Founding Director, Center for the Working Poor, as the major speakers for NASPA IV-W 2017. Register today for the chance to see them at NASPA IV-W 2017: Cultivating a New Crop. Early Bird Registration ends October 19th!  Register Today!

Dr. Larry Roper

Professor and Interim Director of the School of Language, Culture and Society, Oregon State University

Larry Roper is a Professor and Interim Director of the School of Language, Culture and Society at Oregon State University, where he serves as Coordinator of the Undergraduate Social Justice minor and Coordinator of the College Student Services Administration graduate program. Previously he served as Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Oregon State University from 1995-2014. He also served OSU for 18 months as Interim Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He has degrees from Heidelberg University, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Maryland. He has held numerous positions in student affairs, including Director of Housing; Associate Dean of Students; Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs; and Vice President for Student Affairs/Dean of Students. Larry currently serves as a Commissioner with the State of Oregon’s Higher Education Coordinating Commission, on the Board of Trustees of Heidelberg University, as President of Jackson Street Youth Shelter (serving homeless and vulnerable youth). He served a 4-year term as Editor of the NASPA Journal, and 6 years as a Commissioner with the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Larry has more than 50 publications in the form of book chapters, journal articles, magazine articles, book reviews and monographs. He writes a regular column for the Journal of College and Character. He is editor of the monograph, Supporting and Supervising Mid-Level Professionals: Charting a Path to Success (2011) and co-editor of the books, Angst and Hope: Current Issues in Student Affairs Leadership (2016), Teaching for Change: The Difference, Power and Discrimination Model (2007). He has also served on more than 65 thesis or dissertation committees, having chaired more than 30.

Paul Engler

Founding Director, Center for the Working Poor

Paul Engler is founding director of the Center for the Working Poor, based in Los Angeles. He has worked as an organizer in the immigrant rights, global justice, and labor movements. Paul is one of the founders of the Momentum Training, which educates hundreds of activists each year in the principles of momentum-driven mobilization. For more information about the trainings, visit

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