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Dr. Kyoko Amano
March 1 & 2

Dr. Kyoko AmanoBorn in Tokyo, Japan, Kyoko Amano came to the U.S. to study American Literature in 1995. She earned her tenure and the rank of full professor at the University of Indianapolis, where she served as the Associate Director of the Honors College and the English Department Chair.  A thoughtful and collaborative educator-leader, she is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her professional goals include creating an environment where the demographics of faculty, staff, and administrators mirrors that of students; and closing the access and achievement gaps between underrepresented groups of students and traditionally well-represented groups of students. In addition to American Literature, her expertise includes peace studies. Her creative non-fiction piece about her uncle, an atomic bomb victim, and Mr. Matsushima, an atomic bomb survivor, titled “Different Summers—Hiroshima" was published in New Madrid: Journal of Contemporary Literature. Currently, she is the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Education at Lock Haven University.

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Dr. David Ryden
March 2 & 3
Dr. David Ryden

David Ryden has served for the past 8 months as Interim Dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD). Before assuming this transitional role, he served as Associate Dean of CHSS, since September of 2013. Ryden was also Interim Director of UHD's Title V funded Learners' Community (2003-2004); Coordinator of the History Program (2011-2013); and has taught a variety of courses on colonial America, slavery, abolition, Britain, and the United States. He was an active member of UHD's Academic Policy Committee for four years and led the CHSS Curriculum Committee for six years, providing vital input on international education. Ryden is a versatile academic leader with a broad academic background that spans the humanities (PhD in History) and the social sciences (MA in Economics) and has collaborated with faculty on curriculum development projects from the core areas through graduate programming.

Ryden is a Full Professor of History with a research focus on late-eighteenth and early nineteenth century slavery in the British Caribbean.  His work is internationally recognized, appearing in some of the top presses in the fields of interdisciplinary and Atlantic history, including New West Indian Guide, Social Science History, and Slavery and Abolition.   In 2009, the ALA's Choice magazine designated his book, West Indian Slavery and British Abolition (Cambridge University Press), an “Outstanding Academic Title."  He has received numerous fellowships and grants from academic institutions -- such as the Economic History Association, Brown University, Brunel University, Duke University, the Huntington Library, and the Clements Library – and has been invited to present at Yale, Columbia, University College London, SUNY-Binghamton, the University of Minnesota, St. Catherine's College (University of Oxford), and APFOM (St. Laurent du Maroni, French Guiana).

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Dr. Wendy Burns-Ardolino
March 3 & 4
Dr. Wendy Burns Audolino

Dr. Wendy Burns-Ardolino is a dynamic, nationally recognized leader and social innovator in higher education. Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award (2018) from the Cultural Studies Program and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at George Mason University, she currently chairs the Social Innovation External Advisory Council, a group of key West Michigan leaders committed to social innovation across for-profit, non-profit, and government sectors. A graduate and Associate Director-In-Residence with the HERS Institute (Class of 2017, AD-In-Residence 2018), Dr. Burns-Ardolino served on the GVSU President’s Talent Epicenter Task Force (2020-21), as Provost Appointed Institutional Representative to the Michigan ACE Women's Network (2017-19) and has also held leadership positions within the GVSU Division of Inclusion & Equity (2017-18), Executive Council of the Academic Senate (2012-18), Graduate Council (Vice-Chair) and Graduate Education Task Force (2012). Recipient of the Glenn A. Niemeyer Award (2017) for excellence in teaching, scholarship and service, she also chaired the IRIS Department (then Liberal Studies) from 2011-2016. Prior to coming to GVSU, Dr. Burns-Ardolino directed the first interdisciplinary graduate program at Clayton State University (Atlanta, Georgia) in addition to directing the Office of Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at CSU. She has published two monographs, TV Female Foursomes & their Fans: Featuring the Golden Girls, Designing Women, Living Single, Sex and the City, Girlfriends, Cashmere Mafia, and Hot in Cleveland (McFarland, 2015) and Jiggle: (Re)Shaping American Women (Lexington Books, 2007), as well as a broad array of scholarly articles, chapters, and critical reviews. Dr. Burns-Ardolino holds a PhD in Cultural Studies and MA in English (Teaching of Writing and Literature) from George Mason University. She also earned a BA in International Politics and Philosophy from the University of Hull in England.


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Dr. Jie Chen
March 8 & 9
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Dr. Jie Chen has served as Dean of The Graduate School at James Madison University (JMU) for more than four years. Meanwhile, as a nationally recognized academic administrator, he has also served as Vice President of The Council of Chinese American Deans and Presidents. Before joining JMU, I was Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, and held a named professorship, William Borah Distinguished Professor of Political Science, at University of Idaho (UI). Before joining UI, he served as a Chair of Department of Political Science and Geography and held a named professorship, Louis I. Jaffe Professor of Political Science and International Studies, at Old Dominion University (ODU). He also directed campus-wide, interdisciplinary programs at ODU, the Graduate Programs in International Studies and the Institute of Asia Studies. Due to his consistent efforts and significant achievements in international education, he was awarded Provost’s Award for Leadership in International Education at ODU. In recognition of his leadership role in supporting underrepresented minority students, he was presented the Award for the Contributions to Education of Underrepresented Minority Students by the National Society of Black Engineers (UI Chapter). For his commendable performance in teaching and mentoring, he became a finalist of the Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award in Virginia and received Joel S. Lewis Award for Excellence in Student Mentoring at ODU. He also received major academic program development grants, such as a Title VI grant from the Department of Education to develop and strengthen Asian Studies programs, and an AGEP grant from the National Science Foundation to support recruitment and retention of minority students.

 As a nationally and internationally recognized scholar, Dr. Chen has authored and co-authored six books on Chinese politics and U.S. foreign policy. His recent books include Popular Political Support in Urban China (Stanford University Press), Allies of the State: China's Private Entrepreneurs and Democratic Change (Harvard University Press), and A Middle Class without Democracy: Economic Growth and the Prospects for Democratization in China (Oxford University Press). He has also authored and co-authored many articles in leading referred journals, such as Journal of Politics, Comparative Political Studies, Public Opinion Quarterly, Political Research Quarterly, Social Science Quarterly, Social Science Research Journal, and the China Quarterly. He secured major research grants from the National Science Foundation to conduct survey studies of the middle class and private entrepreneurs in China. He was awarded a residential research fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., and became a Fulbright Scholar. He also won the Robert Burgess Award for Excellence in Research at Old Dominion University.

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