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Lynda Leavitt, EdD

is director of the Future Institute Research Center; associate professor at Lindenwood University in the School of Education, Educational Leadership and editor of the Journal of Educational Leadership in Action. Dr. Leavitt earned an EdD in Educational Leadership, an MA in International Studies, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction, a BS in Elementary and Special Education, and a BS in Political Science. She is a member of the Faculty/Student Scholarship Committee; Research Policy Advisory Group; School of Education Faculty Scholarship Advisory Committee; and Council of Educational Leadership. Teaching responsibilities include Capstone I & Capstone II in the Educational Leadership doctoral program along with serving as dissertation chair and committee member to many of Lindenwood doctoral students.

John Klatt

John Klatt, PhD

currently serves as the assistant dean for Student Development in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at UW- Madison. In this role, Dr. Klatt oversees co-curricular programming and college-wide student development initiatives. His research interests center on understanding human potential and human well-being, particularly in the face of adversity. Dr. Klatt has explored the psychological construct of forgiveness to understand well-being and achievement in both youth and adults. He has also explored factors that contribute to success as students’ transition from secondary school to a university. His research integrates educational, developmental, and counseling psychology and uses a variety of investigatory methods.

Antonio Cantù, PhD

is a professor and chairperson of the Department of Teacher Education at Bradley University. Dr. Cantu received his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, EdS in Community College Education, MA in History, and BS in Social Science Education. Dr. Cantu is the author of numerous research articles, book chapters, and books on history/social studies education and technology integration. He has also served as a curriculum writer for various national organizations including The History Channel, The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition and PBS Frontline, and as Editor of The International Journal of Social Education.

Sherrie Wisdom, EdD

is supervisor of graduate research for the School of Education at Lindenwood University. Her professional education career includes consultation on educational research with doctoral students, experience with k-12 curriculum, teaching secondary mathematics and physics, and teaching college level physics, statistics, and research methodology. She earned an EdD in Education Administration, an MA in Applied Mathematics an MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Mathematics & Physics, and a Graduate Certificate in Institutional Research. Dr. Wisdom’s research interests include critical thinking in the higher education, global perspective characteristics of undergraduates, transition, progression and persistence characteristics of doctoral students.

Radhi H. Al-Mabuk, PhD

is a professor of education in the Department of Educational Psychology & Foundations at the University of Northern Iowa. Dr. Al-Mabuk received his PhD in Educational Psychology, his MS in Community Counseling, and his BA in Social Studies Education. His areas of expertise include child and adolescent development, human motivation, moral development, and instructional psychology.

Cengiz Karatas

taught in schools in Russia between 1996 and 2004. He worked as a college guidance, dean of academics, and principal at Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School (HSA) between 2005 and 2010. During his tenure, HSA had a 100 percent college acceptance rate. It received a rating of excellent, bronze medals by U.S. News and World Report, the School of Promise Awards, National Blue Ribbon award, and the Title I National School of Distinction Recognition. He was the founding director of Gateway Science Academy of St. Louis in 2010. He served as Organizing Committee Chair of Chicago International Conference on Education and National STEM Conference at Concept Schools between 2012 and 2015. Currently, Mr. Karatas is the Executive Director of Future Institute, which is a branch of Concept Schools, supporting about 3,500 Concept graduates to ensure transition, college persistence, and career readiness.

Carmen Gioiosa, EDD

Former high school teacher and education leader for Chicago Public Schools

Evan Rhinesmith, PH.D

Postdoctoral fellow in the School of Education at Saint Louis University