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Barbara Dixon Ackerman

Asma Afsaruddin
Marvin Berkowitz

Elizabeth Bounds
Matthew Davidson
Maurice J. Elias
Roger S. Gottlieb
David L. Haberman
Daniel Heischman
Thomas Lickona
Nel Noddings
Larry Nucci
Bridgette O'Brien
Mary Pashley
Marc Lee Raphael
Michael Schulman
Judith Smetana
Inés Talamantez
Hazem Ziada

Barbara Dixon Ackerman

Barb Ackerman is CSEE's primary consultant on Advisory Systems, and a frequent workshop presenter. She is co-author of CSEE's one-of-a-kind publication Need a Hand with Advising? Here's a Handbook.

Dr. Asma Afsaruddin

Dr. Afsaruddin is associate professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of Notre Dame, where she specializes in the religious and political thought of Islam, Islamic history, and hadith and Qur'an studies. She has edited and authored books, including Excellence and Precedence: Medieval Islamic Discourse on Legitimate Leadership (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 2002), and published articles and reviews in numerous scholarly journals.

Marvin Berkowitz Sanford N. McDonnell Professor of Character Education at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, where he also directs the McDonnell Leadership Academy in Character Education for School Principals. Berkowitz is the author of over 60 book chapters, monographs, and journal articles.

He has served as a board member of the Character Education Partnership, and is co-editor of the Journal of Research in Character Education. His most recent book (2005) is Parenting for Good. In 2005, Berkowitz co-authored (with colleague Melinda Bier) “What Works In Character Education: A Research-Driven Guide for Educators,” a comprehensive overview of the compnents of effective programs.

His primary interests address young people's development toward becoming healthy and happy adults who contribute to society through their willingness to act morally.

  • Advisor/Presenter: Working with the Best Project

Elizabeth Bounds Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, Director of the Graduate Division of Religion, and Coordinator of the Initiative in Religious Practices and Practical Theology at Candler School of Theology, Emory University. She is the author of Coming Together/Coming Apart: Religion, Modernity, and Community (1997) and coeditor of Welfare Policy: Feminist Critiques (1999). Her interests include peacebuilding/conflict transformation, restorative justice and the prison system, democratic practices and civil society, feminist and liberation ethics, and trans-formative pedagogical practices.

  • Advisor/Presenter: AAR Project

Matthew Davidson Research Director of the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs, co-creator of the GoodSport Curriculum, and co-author of Character Education Evaluation Toolkit and Character Quotations: Activities That Build Character and Community. Lickona and Davidson co-authored Smart & Good High Schools based on their site visits to 24 award-winning public and independent schools.

  • Advisor/Presenter: Working with the Best Project

Maurice J. Elias

Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D. is Professor in the Psychology Department at Rutgers University, where he directs the Social-Emotional Learning Lab. He is a founding member of the leadership team for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning, and a nationally recognized expert on parenting, bullying, and social emotional learning. Elias is the author of Emotionally Intelligent Parenting (2000), Bullying, Peer Harassment, and Victimization in the Schools: The Next Generation of Prevention (2003), and Social Decision Making/ Social Problem Solving Curricula for Elementary and Middle School Students (2006)

  • Presenter: Building Character, Diminishing Bullying, April 2011  

Roger S. Gottlieb professor of philosophy at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He is the author or editor of fifteen books and more than 100 articles on political philosophy, environmentalism, ethics, religion, spirituality, the Holocaust, and disability.

Gottlieb is internationally known for his work on religious environmentalism, spirituality and nature, and the relations between religion and politics.

His anthology This Sacred Earth: Religion, Nature, Environment was the first comprehensive collection on the topic. His 1999 book, A Spirituality of Resistance: Finding a Peaceful Heart and Protecting the Earth was called by Protestant theologian John Cobb "a true spiritual guide for our day," and praised by Elie Wiesel. His 2002 book Joining Hands: Politics and Religion Together for Social Change received advance acclaim from Harvey Cox and Bill McKibben.

Gottlieb's forthcoming book (March 2011), Engaging Voices: Tales of Morality and Meaning in an Age of Global Warming is a collection of distinct but related philosophical short stories in which fictional characters with personalities, individual histories, and strong opinions wrestle with the key questions of the environmental crisis.

  • Presenter: Teaching Ethics and Social Justice Workshop, 2008; and Secondary School Teachers, October 2010

David L. Haberman

... is a professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Indiana University, where his course titles include Religions of the East, Hinduism, and Religion, Ecology and the Self. His most recent book titles are River of Love in the Age of Pollution: The Yamuna River of Northern India (2006), Journey through the Twelve Forests: An Encounter with Krishna (1994), and Acting as a Way of Salvation: A Study of Raganuga Bhakti Sadhana. Professor Haberman's research interests include the history of South Asian religions, Indian arts and aesthetics, and ritual.

  • Presenter: 2010 Institute on Teaching the World's Religions

Dan Heischman a former executive director of the Council for Religion in Independent Schools. He served as Head of Upper School at St. Alban's School, in Washington D.C., and until June of 2007 as chaplain at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. He is currently Executive Director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools.

  • Presenter: Adult Ethics Institute, July 2011

Thomas Lickona perhaps the best known character educator in the United States today. He is a Professor of Education at the State University of New York (Cortland) and director of the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs.

He is author of seven books, including Raising Good Children, Educating for Character, and Character Matters: How to Help Our Children Develop Good Judgment, Integrity, and Other Essential Virtues.

  • Advisor/Presenter: Working with the Best Project

Nel Noddings Lee Jacks Professor of Education Emerita at Stanford University. She is a past president of the National Academy of Education, the Philosophy of Education Society, and the John Dewey Society. She served for 15 years as a teacher, administrator, and curriculum supervisor in New Jersey public schools.

She has published 16 books and hundreds of articles, chapters, reviews, and commentaries. Her books include Caring (2nd ed., 2003), The Challenge to Care in Schools (2nd. ed., 2005), Happiness and Education (2003), Critical Lessons: What Our Schools Should Teach (2006), Starting at Home: Caring and Social Policy (2002), and When School Reform Goes Wrong (2007).

  • Advisor: Working with the Best Project

  • Presenter: Making Schools Caring Places, April 2008

Larry Nucci Director of the Office for Studies in Moral Development and Education and Professor of Education and Psychology, at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has written extensively in the field of moral and social development and education.

Nucci's books include Education in the Moral Domain (Cambridge University Press, 2001); Culture Thought and Development (with Geoffrey Saxe and Elliot Turiel) (Lawrence Erlbaum, 2000); and Moral Development and Character Education: A Dialogue (McCutchan, 1989).

Nucci was a pioneer in development and articulation of the domain theory of social cognitive development. His work with a variety of cultures has shown that children throughout the world share a set of common moral concerns for fairness and human welfare, and that these moral concerns differ from children's concepts of conventions and religious norms specific to their particular social and cultural setting.

Nucci has done extensive work with educators in the development of moral reasoning skills. He has been a popular workshop presenter for CSEE in the past.

Bridgette O'Brien

... teaches at the Annie Wright School in Tacoma, Washington and is working toward the completion of her dissertation at the University of Florida in the Religion and Nature Program. She holds an undergraduate degree in religious studies from the University of Puget Sound and a master's degree in comparative world religions from Columbia University. Her research interests include continued involvement with secondary schools seeking to incorporate environmental ethics and sustainability issues into their curriculums while exploring how these ideas relate to people's religious understanding of the world.

One of the comments on her last presentation was "we did not have enough time with her!"

Mary Pashley Director of Community Service at Choate Rosemary Hall, and has led numerous community service workshops for CSEE. She has extensive experience planning service trips abroad as well as organizing local service projects.

She has authored chapters on Community Service for Avocus Publishing Company and consulted on other written works covering ethical education and community service. She is known for her ability to look at individual programs in individual schools, and her ability to help schools tailor their programs to specific circumstances.

  • Presenter: Community Service & Service Learning Workshop, 2011

Marc Lee Raphael the Nathan and Sophia Gumenick Professor of Judaic Studies, Professor of Religious Studies, and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at The College of William and Mary, and Rabbi of Congregation Bet Aviv in Columbia, Maryland.

He just completed a twenty-year term as Editor of the quarterly journal American Jewish History, and he has recently published (February 2008) the Columbia History of Jews and Judaism in America (Columbia University Press). He is author of Judaism in America (2003), and co-editor of When Night Fell: An Anthology of Holocaust Short Stories.

  • Presenter: Institute on Teaching the World's Religions, July 2008

Michael Schulman

...most recently published Building Moral Communities: A Guide for Educators through CSEE in the spring of 2006. Schulman also authored Bringing Up a Moral Child: A New Approach for Teaching Your Child to Be Kind, Just, and Responsible, and The Passionate Mind: Bringing Up an Intelligent and Creative Child. He is chairman of the Columbia University Seminar on Moral Education, and supervising psychologist for the Leake & Watts Children’s Homes in New York. He has taught at Yeshiva University’s Ferkauf Graduate School, at Rutgers University, and at Fordham University.

  • Advisor/Presenter: Working with the Best Project

Judith Smetana Professor of Psychology in the Department of Clinical & Social Psychology at the University of Rochester. Her primary area of research entails children’s emotional and social-cognitive development, with special focuses on the development of young children’s moral and social knowledge, and on parenting beliefs and how these beliefs relate to parenting practices and child outcomes.

Smetana is co-editor of the Handbook of Moral Development (Erlbaum, 2006), and editor of Changing Conceptions of Parental Authority: New Directions for Child Development (Jossey-Bass, 2005). She is currently principal investigator for major grants funded by the National Science Foundation and the Fetzer Institute.

  • Advisor/Presenter: Working with the Best Project

Inés Talamantez

Inés Talamantez is associate professor of religious studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Born in New Mexico to parents of Apache and Mexican background, she has done extensive research and fieldwork in both the United States and Mexico on Native American, Indigenous, Mexican, and Latino religious traditions. She was instrumental in founding the Society for the Study of Native American Religious Traditions. Professor Talamantez is the managing editor of New Scholar: An Americanist Review and is on the editorial board of both Ashgate’s Vitality of Indigenous Religions series and the Second Edition of Mircea Eliade’s Encyclopedia of Religion. She is the co-editor of Religion and Healing, the author of both Tse’gihi  and K’ehogosone: Native American Ritual Texts, and the forthcoming Becoming: Introducing Apache Girls to the World of Spiritual and Cultural Values, which examines present-day Mescalero Apache female rites of passage.

Hazem Ziada
... is an assistant professor in the Architecture Department at Southern Politechnic State University in Atlanta, Georgia. He has practiced architecture in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United States. Ziada's recent papers for scholarly conferences include "Aesthetics of Ritual Space: The Case of the Mosque" at the 2009 AAR meeting; he is a member of the AAR's consultation on Space, Pace, and Religious Meaning. He also authored, for the Oxford Companion to Architecture (2009) the entry on "Mosque till 1900." Ziada co-teaches a summer course on Sacred Space at Emory University's Candler School of Theology.




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