Series’ and Colloquiums

Internationally-known education scholars present special lectures to the MSU community.

As part of the Center for Higher and Adult Education's mission to contribute to a community of scholars, a range of higher education scholars are invited to give presentations at multiple events throughout the year. For nearly a decade, the Speaker Series has helped students and faculty to think more deeply about their work and scholarship as it relates to several key aspects of higher education, both within the U.S. and in international contexts.

Past invited speakers have included:

Dr. Vincent Tinto, Distinguished University Professor Emeritus and former Chair of the Higher Education Program, Syracuse University

Dr. Michael A. Olivas, William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law, Director, Institute of Higher Education Law & Governance, University of Houston

Dr. Marybeth Gasman, Professor of Higher Education in the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Matthew Mayhew, Associate Professor of Higher Education, New York University

Dr. Samuel G. Freedman, an award-winning teacher and writer, a professor in the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University and the author of several widely admired books on teaching, religion, and American social life.

Dr. Cheryl E. Matias, assistant professor in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver

Dr. Carl Amrhein, MCIP, RPP Deputy Minister, Alberta Health Official Administrator, Alberta Health Services Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Former Provost and Vice President (Academic) University of Alberta 

Dr. Lisa Delpit, Felton G. Clark Professor of Education, Southern University

Dr. Kathleen Manning, Professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs, University of Vermont 

Dr. David Chapman, Birkmaier Professor of Educational Leadership at the University of Minnesota

As well as several MSU HALE faculty and program alumni. 

Intended to build scholarly discussion on pressing, contemporary issues in higher education, the Speaker Series events have covered topics including undocumented students, addressing issues of equity, affirmative action and the courts, global engagement, faculty issues, and challenges facing education finance.

Past Events


Dr. Vincent Tinto presents "Conversation on Theory and Practice"

In this Center Speaker Series session, Dr. Tinto will discuss the theoretical underpinnings of his work and scholarship based on his decades of work in the area of college student persistence and success.


Dr. Dongbin Kim presents "Understanding the changing patterns of doctoral student migration: Past, present, and future"

In this Center Speaker Series session, Dr. Kim discusses the migration patterns of doctoral students from their undergraduate institutions to their doctoral programs.


Dr. Leslie Gonzales presents "The presence and purpose of relationships in academic careers: Learning, living, and finding validation in academia"

In this Center Speaker Series session, Dr. Leslie Gonzales will discuss her work exploring the role of colleagueship in the lives of faculty members.


Dr. Marybeth Gasman Presents "Educating a Diverse Nation: Lessons from Minority Serving Institutions"

Dr. Marybeth Gasman spoke on her research found in her latest book regarding minority-serving institutions.


Dr. Ginny M. Jones Presents: "Pathways: An Exploration of Scholarship Among Student Affairs Practitioners"

Drawing on a constructivist paradigm, symbolic interactionism, and Boyer’s framework of scholarship, Dr. Jones explored 22 student affairs practitioners’ graduate preparation and career experiences with scholarship.


Dr. Michael A. Olivas Presents: "Colleges, Immigration, and DACA"

Dr. Michael A. Olives is the William B. Bates Distinguished Chair of Law Director, Institute of Higher Education Law & Governance, University of Houston


Dr. Christa J. Porter Presents: "Identity Development in Black Undergraduate Women"

While there has been significant research on race and gender related to college students, Black undergraduate women represent a specific intersection that has not been thoroughly examined.


Dr. Patricia Marin Presents: "From Bakke to Fisher: Affirmative Action Policy, Research, and Practice"

From Bakke to Fisher: Affirmative Action Policy, Research, and Practice presented by Dr. Patricia Marin, Assistant Professor; Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education; Michigan State University


Dr. Matthew Mayhew Presents: "Complicating College Impact Research"

Complicating College Impact Research presented by Dr. Matthew Mayhew, Associate Professor of Higher Education, New York University


Dr. Roger Baldwin Presents "Lessons from Late Career"

“Lessons from Late Career: Fulfilling the Potential of Senior Professors (and Their Colleagues)” presented by Dr. Roger Baldwin, Professor in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education


2008-2012 Archive of Center Speaker Series

A listing of the speakers and topics featured in the Center Speaker Series from 2008 to 2012.