Dr. Jillian Kinzie is associate director of the Center for Postsecondary Research and the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Institute at the Indiana University School of Education. She conducts research and leads project activities on effective use of student engagement data to improve educational quality, and directs a range of learning outcomes projects in her role as senior scholar with the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) project.
She is co-author of Using Evidence of Student Learning to Improve Higher Education (2015), Student Success in College (2005/2010), One Size Does Not Fit All: Traditional and Innovative Models of Student Affairs Practice (2008/2014), and the forthcoming 2nd edition of Assessment in Student Affairs (2016). She is co-editor of New Directions in Higher Education, on the editorial board of the Journal of College Student Development and the Journal of Learning Community Research, and serves on the boards of the Washington Internship Institute and the Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education.
Jillian was honored with a Student Choice Award for Outstanding Faculty at IU (2001), received the Robert J. Menges Honored Presentation by the Professional Organizational Development (POD) Network in 2005 and 2011, and in 2014 was named senior scholar by the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). She has consulted with hundreds of institutions and higher education member organizations to increase the use of assessment results to inform improvements in undergraduate education and to enhance conditions for student success.
Dr. Ken Harmon is Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Kennesaw State University. Prior to this appointment, he served as dean of KSU’s Coles College of Business. Harmon also has served on the faculty of seven business schools across the United States and has held administrative appointments at five of those institutions. He was an auditor with PricewaterhouseCoopers, was president of his own software company, and has served as a consultant to numerous companies and universities.
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Harmon holds bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in accounting from the University of Tennessee. His areas of expertise include accounting, leadership, and corporate culture. Harmon has been a journal editor, authored numerous publications, and served on 10 editorial boards.
Ken’s passion is writing and delivering keynote addresses, domestically and internationally, on the subject of happiness. He explores the research about what makes us happy and relates that research to everyday life and especially the workplace.
Ken is a member of the board of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce, the Henssler Financial Group, and Alliance University in Bangalore, India. He also is a member of Marietta Kiwanis and is president-elect of Marietta Country Club. He resides in metro-Atlanta with his wife, Mary Harmon, and has three daughters: Ashley, Ava, and Norah. He enjoys riding motorcycles, playing guitar, writing music, and playing golf and tennis.