Keynote Speaker

2019 Keynote Speakers

Dr. Norman Stahl 


Norman Stahl received his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.  Currently, he is Professor Emeritus of Literacy Education at Northern Illinois University. 

Dr. Stahl has authored or co-authored over 125 publications. His articles appeared in Journal of Literacy Research, Reading Research and Instruction, the Reading Teacher, Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, Reading Psychology, Journal of Developmental Education, Journal of College Reading and Learning, and Qualitative Inquiry.  He is co-editor of Teaching Developmental Reading and Teaching Study Strategies in Developmental Education. He was co-author of Languages of the Disciplines.

Norm has served as the President of the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers, the Literacy Research Association, the College Reading and Learning Association, and the History of Reading SIG of the International Literacy Association. He also served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Reading Forum.

He is a Fellow of the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations, and in 2017 he was inducted into the Reading Hall of Fame. Furthermore, he has been awarded the A.B. Herr Award, the CRLA Distinguished Research Award, the Albert J. Kingston Award, the Robert Griffin Award, the CRLA Golden Anniversary Award, and the CLL/SIG Outstanding Service to the Field of College Literacy and Learning Award as well as its Distinguished Research Award. Along with his colleagues, Norm has authored the outstanding article of the year for JCRL, JDE (twice), and the RTDE.

Monday 8:30 am

Dr. Lane Glenn 

Dr. Lane A. Glenn is President of Northern Essex Community College (NECC), with campuses in Haverhill and Lawrence, Massachusetts. He is the visionary and founding board chair for the “Lawrence Partnership,” a coalition of businesses and organizations committed to economic development in the city of Lawrence.  

Dr. Glenn is focused on student success and is passionate about finding ways to help students achieve their educational goals, especially students who are underprepared for college.  In addition, he is a strong advocate for colleges and universities as engines of economic and workforce development—particularly in Massachusetts Gateway Cities.

As a researcher, author and consultant, Dr. Glenn has helped advance community colleges through his involvement on numerous regional and national boards. He is the chairman of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s Task Force on Statewide Assessment; was appointed to the STEM Advisory Council by the Massachusetts governor; and chairs the International Advisory Board of the Chair Academy, an organization that provides leadership development programs for college and university leaders around the world.

Dr. Glenn has been described as “optimistic thought leader” who actively promotes the community college mission in a number of publications, on social media, and through his blog, “Running the Campus.”  In 2018, he was named the “Pacesetter of the Year” for his higher ed advocacy efforts by the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations.


Tuesday 8:30 am