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Physics Education Research Conference 2021 Plenary Speakers

Joshua C. Collins, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Joshua C. Collins, EdD, is an Associate Professor and Graduate Program Coordinator of Human Resource Development at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. Dr. Collins is also Graduate and Affiliate Faculty in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. He is currently serves on the Board of the Academy of Human Resource Development, as Associate Editor of New Horizons in Adult Education and Human Resource Development, and on the Editorial Boards for Human Resource Development Review, Advances in Developing Human Resources, and Frontiers in Psychology (Organizational Psychology section). Dr. Collins has over 60 peer reviewed publications, including 27 peer reviewed journal articles. His research focuses on the inclusion of racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual minorities in educational and organizational settings, utilizing Critical Human Resource Development frameworks to offer alternative modes of thinking and doing, particularly in masculine, male-dominated, and masculinized professions and industries.

Robert T. Teranishi, University of California, Los Angeles

Robert Teranishi is Professor of Social Science and Comparative Education, the Morgan and Helen Chu Endowed Chair in Asian American Studies, and director for the Institute for Immigration, Globalization, and Education at the University of California, Los Angeles. He is also a senior fellow with the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy at New York University. His research examines the causes and consequences of the stratification of college opportunities, with a particular interest on the impact of higher education practice and policy on the mobility of marginalized and vulnerable communities.

Teranishi's research has been influential to federal, state, and institution policy related to college access and completion. He has testified before Congress on the Higher Education Reauthorization Act, the College Cost Reduction and Affordability Act, and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. His research has been referenced in U.S. Supreme Court cases on school desegregation and affirmative action in college admissions. In 2011, he was appointed by Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan to the U.S. Department of Education's Equity and Excellence Commission. In 2015, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as a member of the National Board for the Institute for Education Sciences. He has also served as a strategic planning and restructuring consultant for the Ford Foundation.

Teranishi has received national awards from the National Institute for the Study of Transfers, the National Association of Student Affairs Professionals, and the Association for the Study of Higher Education. He has received the Martin Luther King, Jr. Faculty Award and the Daniel E. Griffiths Award at NYU and the Robert M. Stevenson Award at UCLA. Teranishi has also been ranked among the most influential academics in the field of education by Education Weekly and was named one of the nation's top "up-and-coming" leaders by Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

Teranishi was formally a National Institute for Mental Health postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania's W.E.B. Du Bois Research Institute. He received his B.A. from the University of California, Santa Cruz in Sociology and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles in Higher Education and Organizational Change.

Karsonya "Kaye" Wise Whitehead, Loyola University Maryland

Dr. Karsonya "Kaye" Wise Whitehead is an associate professor of communication and African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland and the founding director of The Karson Institute for Race, Peace & Social Justice.

She is the author of four books, including RaceBrave: new and selected works; Notes from a Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emilie Frances Davis, which received both the 2015 Darlene Clark Hine Book Award from the Organization of American Historians and the 2014 Letitia Woods Brown Book Award from the Association of Black Women Historians; and Letters to My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America. She is a K-12 master teacher in African American history; an award-winning curriculum writer and lesson plan developer; and an award-winning former Baltimore City middle school teacher.

In 2020, Dr. Whitehead was selected by The Daily Record as one of Maryland's Top 100 Women. In 2019, she received the Collegium Visionary Award from the College of Holy Cross; the Exceptional Merit in Media Award (EMMA) from the National Women's Political Caucus; the Baltimore Sun named her as one of Baltimore's 25 "Women to Watch in 2019"; and Essence magazine included her on the 2019 "Woke 100 List," of "black women advocating for change." In addition to her work as a professor, Dr. Whitehead is the host of "Today with Dr. Kaye" on radio station WEAA. As one of only a few daily drive-time afternoon radio shows hosted by a black woman, Today with Dr. Kaye received the 2020 Chesapeake Associated Press Award for Outstanding Editorial or Commentary; the 2019 Associated Press Award for Outstanding Talk Show, and the second place Award for Outstanding Editorial or Commentary. In 2020, the Baltimore Sun selected Dr. Kaye as the Best Radio Host.

In February 2016, Dr. Whitehead received the Joan B. Kroc's Institute for International Peace Studies "Distinguished Alumni" Award for her work as a peace activist, scholar, filmmaker, writer, and poet. In 2014, she received the 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Progressive National Baptist Convention (PNBC); was selected as one of the top 25 women professors in Maryland by Online Schools Maryland; and in 2013, received Loyola University Maryland's Faculty Award for Excellence in Engaged Scholarship for her work documenting the stories of women who are temporarily experiencing homelessness.

Dr. Whitehead also received the 2006 Gilder Lehrman Preserve America Maryland History Teacher of the Year Award (sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the Maryland State Department of Education); was one of 50 alumni to receive the Distinguished Black Alumni Award from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana (2005); and was a winner of both the Langston Hughes, David Diop, Etheridge Knight Poetry Award (1999, 2000) and the Zora Neale Hurston Creative Writing Award (1998) from the Gwendolyn Brooks Creative Writing Center at the University of Chicago.

Prior to her work in academia, Dr. Whitehead was a documentary filmmaker with MetroTV, a PBS-affiliate, and a senior producer for Music Television Networks (MTV). In 2001, she directed and produced Twin Towers: A History, a documentary film describing the technical problems and challenges ironworkers faced in constructing the landmark buildings and recounts the daredevil stunts that the buildings attracted. The film was nominated for an Emmy in 2002--Dr. Whitehead's third nomination. It has since become the second-largest selling film about 9/11 and airs regularly on PBS stations around the country.

Dr. Whitehead writes a bi-monthly column, "Conversations with Dr. Kaye," for the Baltimore Afro newspaper based upon her deep ethnographic study within the Black Butterfly neighborhoods of Baltimore City. She is also one of the most sought-after keynote speakers in the country, having given over 500 keynotes worldwide.