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Research & Innovation Advisory Board

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The HETL Research and Innovation Advisory Board (RIAB) provides advice to the Office of Executive Director (OED) on research matters. The RIAB consists of high level educational leader-scholars from a cross section of institutions and countries.  HETL aims to conduct research that will have a meaningful and transformative effect on the global higher education community. The board plays an important role in helping HETL achieve its vision and mission while promoting its shared research values.

Vision, Mission, and Shared Values

Vision: The vision of the HETL RIAB is to provide advice and insight to the OED on emerging and cutting-edge research and innovation related to advancing the scholarship and practice of teaching and learning in higher education, and to advance education research capacity building and education research theory, policy, and practice around the world.

Mission: The mission of the HETL RIAB is to create new knowledge related to transforming teaching and learning and improving educational outcomes.

Shared Values: To fully fulfill the board’s vision and mission, the RIAB adheres to and promotes the shared research values of innovation, scholarship, and inquiry.

Focus Areas


HETL’s research focus includes those areas related to improving and transforming teaching and learning such as global learning, global citizenship, cross-cultural competencies, diversity and inclusion, collegiality and collaboration, academic integrity, universal education, democratization of higher education, higher education as a human right, indigenous higher education, refugee education, innovation in higher education, socialization of higher education, digitization of higher education, learning commons, open education, instructional technologies, technology enhanced learning, educational unbundling, educational portability, learning analytics, blended learning, distance learning, e-learning, mobile learning, integrated learning, holistic learning, adaptive learning, interdisciplinary learning, transdisciplinary learning, creative learning, multiage learning, authentic learning, meaning-centered learning, dialogical learning, inquiry-based learning, collaborative inquiry, peer-to-peer learning, social learning, self-regulated learning, sustainable learning, experiential learning, service learning, lifelong and lifewide learning, formal, informal, and non-formal learning, learning space design, learning ecosystems, learning-scapes, research-based learning, undergraduate research, community-based learning, student engagement and retention, faculty learning communities, student learning communities, communities of practice, new professional identities, new professional literacies, new forms of university partnerships and collaboration, new accreditation and certification models, new delivery models, new instructional models, new curriculum models, new assessment models, emerging trends in  doctoral education, inclusive leadership, instructional leadership, research leadership, and the scholarship of research.

Board Members


Chair and Vice Chair for July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019

Chair: Professor Michelle Young






Vice Chair: Dr. Barbara Cozza





The Chair of the HETL Research and Innovation Advisory Board shall serve a term of two years. Each operating year is from July 1 through June 30, to coincide with HETL’s operating year. The Vice Chair shall also serve a term of two years and shall, pending approval of the HETL Executive Director, automatically become Chair when the Chair position becomes vacant. The Chair and Vice Chair shall work in cooperation with the Office of Executive Director to provide leadership and direction for the Board. Responsibilities shall include communication with Board members on matters relevant to the purpose of the Board and may include leading and facilitating discussions with the Board on the development of new proposals for future research topics and proposed new initiatives within the scope of the Board.

Dr. Maureen Andrade

Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs – Academic Programs at Utah Valley University....Read More

Dr. Ken Bain

President, Best Teachers Institute, Ken Bain spent much of his academic career at Vanderbilt, Northw...Read More

Dr. Pamela Barnett

Dean of Arts & Sciences and Distinguished Professor of English at Trinity Washington University;...Read More

Dr. Leo Casey

Head of Media Production at Audio Visual Centre (1982 – 1996), Founder, Managing Director at AV Ed...Read More

Dr. Yin Cheong Cheng

Professor Yin Cheong CHENG is Vice-President (Research and Development) and Chair Professor of Leade...Read More

Dr. Barbara Cozza

Barbara Cozza, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor, Assistant Chairperson and Program Director for the ...Read More

Dr. Enakshi Sengupta

Enakshi Sengupta is the Dean of the College of Business at The American University of Kurdistan (AUK...Read More

Dr. Jaimie Hoffman

Dr. Jaimie Hoffman has worked across the higher education landscape for over twenty years. Her exper...Read More

Dr. Michele A. Eodice

Michele A. Eodice is the Associate Provost for Academic Engagement and Director of the OU Writing Ce...Read More

Dr. Al Filreis

Alan Filreis has published books on the literary politics of modern poetry, a new edition of the ra...Read More

Dr. Brian Hudson

He is the Professor of Education and Head of the School of Education and Social Work at the Universi...Read More

Dr. Susan Jeffords

Dr. Susan Jeffords joined the University of Washington Bothell in September of 2007 as Vice Chancell...Read More

Dr. Jill A. Perry

University of Pittsburgh, Research Faculty and Executive Director for the Carnegie Project on the Ed...Read More

Dr. Cathy Sandeen

Cathy Sandeen is the Chancellor for the University of Wisconsin Colleges and Extension. Prior to thi...Read More

Dr. Gwendolyn Willis-Darpoh

Gwendolyn Willis-Darpoh is a senior researcher at AIR. She was the deputy director for the Safe Scho...Read More

Dr. Michelle Young

Executive Director of the University Council for Educational Administration (UCEA) and a Professor o...Read More

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