2005 Brock Prize Jurors


Walter R. Allen, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Sociology, Director CHOICES: Access, Diversity and Achievement in Higher Education, Institute for Social Science Research, University of California, Los Angeles

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Walter Allen is currently Professor of Sociology and Allan Murray Cartter Professor in Higher Education, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies (eff. 7/1/04) at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also co-director of CHOICES, a longitudinal study of college attendance among African Americans and Latinos in California. Dr. Allen was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri where he graduated from Manual High and Vocational School (1967). His degrees in the field of Sociology are from Beloit College (B.A., 1971) and the University of Chicago (M.A., 1973; Ph.D., 1975). He is married to Wilma J. Sharber and has three children, Rena, Binti, and Bryan; a son-in-law, Stephan; four grandsons James, Zachary, Elijah and Bryce; and one granddaughter, Zoe. In 1978-79 he completed postdoctoral study in Epidemiology at the School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His honors include the Rockefeller Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (1982); Senior Fulbright Lecturer, University of Zimbabwe (1984-86); Distinguished Scholar Award, American Educational Research Association (1987, 1993); United Negro College Fund Distinguished Leadership Award (1988); Allerton Lecturer, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana (1988); Faculty Recognition Award, University of Michigan (1988); Distinguished Career Award, Association of Black Sociologists (1995); Distinguished Teaching Award, UCLA (1996); and President Nominee, American Sociological Association (1997). Dr. Allen is cited for distinguished achievement in “100 Years of Change,” Special Issue of Black Issues in Higher Education (1999); Who’s Who in the World(1996); Who’s Who in American Education (1995); Who’s Who in the Midwest (1988); Who’s Who in America (1988-89); Men of Achievement (1987); Outstanding Young Men of America (1982); Who’s Who Among Young Americans (1976); and Who’s Who Among High School Students (1967).


Diana Coulton Beebe, M.A.
Head of School, The Holton-Arms School , Bethesda , Maryland

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Diana Coulton Beebe has been a teacher and educator since she began teaching high school English at Shaker Heights High School in 1964. She has taught at both public and independent schools. Prior to coming to Holton-Arms as Head of School in 1992, she was the Director of the Middle School at Holland Hall School in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she taught and worked in administration for 16 years. She has been active in the girls’ movement and served as the president of the National Coalition of Girls’ Schools (NCGS) and president of the National Association of Principals of Schools for Girls (NAPSG). In 1999, she represented NAPSG at the Girls’ School Association in London, England, and in 2003 she represented NCGS at the Girls’ School Conference in Sydney, Australia. She is also a member of the Head Mistresses of the East and Headmasters’ Association and serves on a number of other educational association boards.

Mrs. Beebe received her M.A. in Educational Leadership from The University of Tulsa and her B.A. in English from The College of Wooster. She grew up in Hudson, Ohio and attended Hathaway Brown School in Cleveland.

Mrs. Beebe and her husband, John, have two grown children and two grandchildren.


James D. Donnelly, Jr., C.A.S.
Principal, Dolgeville Central Middle-Senior High School, Dolgeville, New York

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James D. Donnelly, Jr. is a 1982 Colgate University graduate with a Bachelor's in International Relations and Political Science with two advanced degrees from Syracuse University in (M.S.) Instructional Design, Development, and Evaluation, and (C.A.S.) Educational Administration. Mr. Donnelly chose a career in education that began in the classroom as a Social Studies Teacher. Since he has served in a number of leadership roles including: Regional Education Planner for the Fort Drum Expansion working as a liaison between schools and the DoD, Congress, and the Governor's office; a District-wide Coordinator for Gifted and Talented Students; Humanities Department Chairperson; Assistant Principal; Dean of Students; Regional Summer School Principal; and the High School Principalship in the Dolgeville Central School District currently. In 1992 Mr. Donnelly was voted the first administrator in Central New York to be Rotary Outstanding Educator of the Year from New Hartford Central Schools. Mr. Donnelly serves on the SAANYS Governmental Liaison Committee meeting with the Commissioner and NYS Legislative leaders on educational issues. Mr. Donnelly was named the NYS SAANYS 2002 Secondary Principal of the Year. After being selected as one of three national finalists in 2003, Mr. Donnelly retains the honor of being named the first NYS principal in the history of the award to be the recipient of the MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year for 2004. Mr. Donnelly resides in Dolgeville, NY with his wife Joanne, daughter Katie who will be entering 8th grade, and son J.D. soon to be in fourth grade. The Donnellys’ have two older children out on their own, daughter Denise Renee Brown (25) who is a graduate of the University of Florida and a son Mason J. Brown (28) a graduate of Colgate University and Duke University.


María Herrera-Sobek, Ph.D.
Luis Leal Endowed Chair Associate Vice Chancellor, Diversity, Equity, and Academic Policy , University of California, Santa Barbara

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María Herrera-Sobek is Associate Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Academic Policy at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a Professor in the Department of Chicana and Chicano Studies at UCSB and holds the Luis Leal Endowed Chair . She was Chair of the Chicana/o Studies Department at UCSB (2000-2001), co-founder and Director of the Chicano/Latino Studies Program at the University of California, Irvine (1993-1996) and co-founder of the Latin American Studies Program at UC Irvine.

She taught at the University of California, Irvine, for twenty-one years (1975-96) and has been a Visiting Professor at Harvard University and at Stanford University. Herrera-Sobek is the author of many books including the Bracero Experience: Elitelore versus Folklore(1979); The Mexican Corrido: A Feminist Analysis (1990); and Northward Bound: The Mexican Immigrant Experience in Ballad and Song (1993). In addition she is the editor or co-editor of numerous anthologies including Beyond Stereotypes: The Critical Analysis of Chicana Literature (1985); Chicana Creativity and Criticism: Charting New Frontiers in American Literature (with Helena Maria Viramonte), 1988 and 1996; Gender and Print Culture: New Perspectives on International Ballad Studies (1991); Reconstructing a Chicano/a Literary Heritage: Hispanic Colonial Literature of the Southwest (1993 and 1998); Chicana (W) rites on Word and Film (with Helena Maria Viramontes) 1996, Culture Across Borders (1998) (with David Maciel); Santa Barraza: Artist from the Borderlands(2000); Chicano Renaissance: Trends in Contemporary Chicano Literature (2001) with David Maciel and Isidro Ortiz; and Latino and Latina Writers (Associate Editor) 2004.

She recently edited two special issues focusing on Chicano/a literature of the international journals: Nerter (2003) (Tenerife, Canary Islands) and Journal of American Studies, Turkey (2003).

Herrera-Sobek is Associate Editor for the forthcoming Norton Anthology of US Latino/a Literature (2005).

Herrera-Sobek has published more than 100 articles, book chapters and introductions. She is also one of three poets in the anthology Three Times a Woman, and has published her poetry in numerous journals and poetry anthologies.

She is presently working on a book on folklore and a book on narco-corridos.


Jacqueline D. Skinner, Ph.D.
Director of Educational Programs, American College, Personnel Association, Washington, DC

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Jacqueline Skinner has been a student affairs administrator for over ten years, serving at both public and private liberal arts institutions. Prior to her position at the American College Personnel Association, she served as Associate Director of the Consortium for the Advancement of Private Higher Education (CAPHE) and program director of its national grant initiative, Engaging Communities and Campuses. Jacqueline has also served in the capacity as Associate Dean of Students at St. Olaf College and program director of the Campus Community Initiative at Old Dominion University.

Besides her administrative experience, Jacqueline has provided consultation to higher education institutions on issues regarding policy development and human resources; as well, her research interests include diversity, college access, women’s issues, and K-12 education. She presently serves as a consultant to the HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Faculty Development Network for its initiatives in service learning and community engagement. Jacqueline is involved in her community of Alexandria, VA and was recently appointed by the City Council to serve on the Social Services Advisory Board. She has served on a number of boards for non-profit and social service agencies for many years.

Jacqueline grew up in Monmouth, Illinois, and received a B.S. in Psychology and an M.S. in Counseling and College Student Personnel from Western Illinois University. She also has a Ph.D. in Urban Education from Old Dominion University.


John W. Tippeconnic III, Ph.D.
Professor of Education Director, American Indian Leadership Program, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania

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John Tippeconnic is a Professor in the Educational Leadership Program and Director of the American Indian Leadership Program at Pennsylvania State University. He was the Director of Education for the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) in Washington, D.C. Also, he was the Director of the Office of Indian Education in the U.S. Department of Education. He was a Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies and Director of the Center for Indian Education at Arizona State University.

Tippeconnic has been a classroom teacher in New Mexico and Arizona and a Vice President of Navajo Community College (now Dine College). He currently serves as the chair of the board for the Comanche Nation College. He has numerous publications including co-editing the book, Next Steps: Research and Practice to Advance Indian Education. His service includes two terms as president of the National Indian Education Association, chair of the American Educational Research Association American Indian Education Special Interest Group, and membership on the boards for the National Center for Family Literacy and the American Association for Higher Education. He has served as a consultant to numerous organizations, including the Native American Rights Fund, National Science Foundation, and the W.K Kellogg Foundation. Tippeconnic’s interests include studies in educational policy, Indian control of education, and educational leadership.

Tippeconnic received his B.S. in Secondary Education from Oklahoma State University and his M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Educational Administration from Pennsylvania State University. He is a member of the Comanche Tribe of Oklahoma and is also part Cherokee.


Raymond J. Wlodkowski, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Center for the Study of Accelerated, Learning School for Professional Studies, Regis University, Denver, Colorado

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Raymond J. Wlodkowski is Director of the Center for the Study of Accelerated Learning in the School for Professional Studies at Regis University, Denver. He is a licensed psychologist who taught in urban universities for four decades. He specializes in motivation, adult learning, diversity, and professional development. He received his B.S. degree (1965) in social science and his Ph.D. degree (1970) in educational psychology, both from Wayne State University in Detroit. Three of the books Wlodkowski has authored have been translated into Spanish, Japanese, and Chinese. Among his publications is Enhancing Adult Motivation to Learn: A Comprehensive Guide for Literature. He has worked extensively in video production and is the author of several professional development programs, includingMotivation: The Key to Success in Teaching and Learning (created in 2003 with Dr. Margery B. Ginsberg), winner of the Clarion Award as the best training and development video program of 1991. He has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee Award for Teaching Excellence and the Faculty Merit Award for Excellence at Antioch University, Seattle. His books in adult motivation are widely used by educators who serve diverse students and want to enhance their academic performance. He is currently the Chair for the Commission for Accelerated Programs in the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning.


Joseph P. Zolner, Ed.D.
Director, Harvard Institutes for Higher Education, Acting Director Programs in Professional Education , Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Joseph P. Zolner is Director of the Harvard Institutes for Higher Education (HIHE). As HIHE Director, he is responsible for the quality, relevance, and variety of professional development programs offered by the Harvard Graduate School of Education for the higher education community. He also serves as Educational Chair of the Management Development Program (MDP), Educational Chair of the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute, and Educational Co-Chair of the Institute for Educational Management (IEM). Previously, Zolner served as Director of the Graduate Management Institute at Union College (NY) and Director of the Graduate School of Business Administration at Northeastern University (MA). He has also held appointments as Assistant Dean of the College at Dartmouth College (NH) and Assistant Dean of Students and Assistant Director of Admissions at Union College. Zolner also worked for Goodmeasure, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in the management of strategic organizational change, serving a Fortune 100 client base. He received an Ed.D. in higher education and an Ed.M. in administration, planning, and social policy from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, an M.P.P.M. from the Yale School of Management, and a B.S. from Union College. His teaching interests include the higher education curriculum change process and models of effective organizational transformation within post-secondary institutions.