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SDSU Spring Conference: Speaker Biography

Speaker Biography


Peter Felten

Peter Felten is executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning, assistant provost for teaching and learning, and professor of history at Elon University. He works with colleagues on institution-wide teaching  and learning initiatives, and on the scholarship of teaching and learning. In his teaching, Peter aims to help students think critically and write clearly about the connections between the lives of individual people and larger themes in history. As a scholar, he has published six books about undergraduate education including most recently (with Leo Lambert), Relationship-Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success in College (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020). He has served as president of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (2016-2017) and also of the POD Network (2010-2011), the U.S professional society for educational developers. He is co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development, on the advisory board of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), and a fellow of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, a foundation that works to advance equity in higher education.


Jake Rudy

Jake Rudy is an academic advisor in the College of Liberal Arts and the Department of Gender, Women, and Sexualities Studies at the University of Minnesota. He earned a Master's degree in Higher Education Administration from the University of Kansas and a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and Political Science from the University of Northern Iowa. Jake approaches advising as an act of radical love- centering the individual human need of each student as they navigate (and deconstruct) institutions. Some of his academic interest include: promoting honest and holistic wellbeing for students, improving advisor retention in the profession, and understanding how (pop) cultural consumption influences the experiences of college students and the advising partnership. He is an active member of NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising, serving on the regional steering committee and was recently selected as one of ten Emerging Leaders in the association. He has presented locally, regionally, and nationally on topics ranging from "The Millennial employee" to "Pre-emptive parallel planning for STEM majors." At the University of Minnesota, he has served as the co-chair for Pride@Work and the Academic Advising Network, and currently co-facilitates a New Advisors Group focused on professional/social onboarding for new academic advisors in every college.