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Annual Conference 2018: Special Presenters
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Keynote Speaker

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Dr. Paul Gordon Brown is a scholar, consultant, and speaker specializing in residential curriculum and curricular approaches to student learning outside the classroom. Paul has nearly 20 years of professional experience in higher education and student affairs, holding positions within residence life ranging from Resident Assistant to Dean of Students. Paul holds a PhD in Higher Education from Boston College and has taught in the Higher Education Programs at Boston College and Merrimack College. Paul currently serves as the Director of Curriculum, Training, and Research for the higher education technology software company, Roompact. An experienced presenter, Paul has had accepted and given over 80 refereed presentations at international and regional conferences. Paul has also served as a faculty member for the Institute on the Curricular Approach (formerly the Residential Curriculum Institute) for multiple years, is a faculty member for ACUHO-I’s Professional Standards Institute, and is a graduate of ACUHO-I’s National Housing Training Institute. Paul is a prolific author, writing self-published work on residential curriculum and numerous peer-reviewed book chapters and articles on technology and student learning.

Experts in Residence (EIR)

Our Experts in Residence are seasoned professionals in our field who provide information and guidance in either Residence Education or Housing and Facilities. You will also have an opportunity to sign up for one-on-one time with either professional to get advice on your career path, a dilemma at work or best practices. Look out for more information on how to sign up!

EIR, Housing and Facilities

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During my 25 year tenure with the Pennsylvania State University, I have worked in Student Affairs, Residence Life and Auxiliary and Business Services. Some of my experiences have included facility management, budget administration, supervision, student conduct, new student orientation, student activities, counseling/crises management, student government advising, student/staff training and on-call responsibilities. I have also had the privilege of working within the Penn State Commonwealth Campus system for 6 years serving in smaller campus communities.

In my current role, as Director of Housing Operations, and with the support of an excellent staff, I provide the leadership and strategic planning for an organization with over 290 professional and paraprofessional staff serving over 14,000 students and family members and approximately 35,000 summer conference guests with an operational budget of $65 million dollars. I have also gained extensive experience collaborating with colleagues, faculty, community members, architects and contractors, soliciting and incorporating student feedback and developing a student centered residence hall environment.    

In addition to my University experience, I have also had the privilege of partnering with MACUHO as an employer at MAPC, Co-Chair of SSLI, Chair of HFO Committee and most recently, as the Director of Business Operations & Communication.

Master of Science: Counseling/Student Personnel. Shippensburg University, Shippensburg, PA

Bachelor of Science: Sociology and Philosophy. Frostburg State University, Frostburg, MD


EIR, Housing and Facilities

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Joanne Goldwater is the Associate Dean for Retention and Student Success at St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM). In this role, Joanne is responsible for helping the institution create a retention strategy, and connecting students with the people, programs, activities, resources, and support systems they need to be successful and to persist to graduation. She is also an instructor of sign language at the College.

As the Regional Affiliation Director on the Association of College and University Housing Officers-International (ACUHO-I) Executive Board, Joanne served as the liaison with the North American-based Regional Presidents and President-Elects, and identified and articulated issues of importance to the regions and the Executive Board. Joanne was the co-founder and co-director of the Regional Entry-Level Institute. She served as the President of the Mid-Atlantic Association of College and University Housing Officers (MACUHO), the Eastern District Representative for ACUHO-I, and a trustee and Past Chair of the ACUHO-I Research & Educational Foundation Board. Joanne has presented keynote addresses, online courses, and Webinars, as well as numerous conference presentations both regionally and nationally. She has received numerous awards and recognitions. One of her most valued recognitions was in 2015, when MACUHO honored Joanne by creating the Joanne Goldwater Distinguished Senior Level Professional Award.

She received her B.S. in Deaf Education from the University of North Carolina – Greensboro. While working full-time at Central North Carolina School for the Deaf, Joanne completed her M.Ed. in Counseling & Guidance from UNCG. Before coming to SMCM, Joanne worked at Western Maryland College for six years. She started there as the Assistant Director and held several other titles before joining the SMCM staff. She has been at SMCM since 1993, starting as the Director of Residence Life. In 2000, she was promoted to the Assistant Dean for Residential Life position and in 2006 to the Associate Dean of Students/Director of Residence Life position. Joanne is a proud breast cancer survivor of almost eight years and is active with the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life. She is happily married to her husband of 23 years, and loves being the stepmom to three (now) adult sons and being a grandmother. She also loves her cat, Aria.

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