Aaron Bird BearAaron Bird Bear

From 2000-2008, Aaron Bird Bear (Mandan, Hidatsa, & Dine' Nations) coordinated American Indian Student Academic Services, a unit supporting American Indian & Alaska Native students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 2010, Bird Bear began supporting underrepresented students in the School of Education, and starting in 2012, Bird Bear began assisting the School of Education's Act 31 efforts in its Teacher Education programs. Act 31 refers to the 1989 Wisconsin state statues 115, 118, and 121, collectively incorporating American Indian Studies into public PK-12 education. Notably for all Schools of Education, Chapter 118.19 requires, "Beginning July 1, 1991, the state superintendent may not grant to any person a license to teach unless the person has received instruction in the study of minority group relations, including instruction in the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of the federally-recognized American Indian tribes and bands located in the state.” Aaron Bird Bear completed his undergraduate studies at the United States Naval Academy and the University of Washington-Seattle, and he received his Masters in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Gloria Ladson-Billings, Ph.D.Gloria Ladson-Billings, Ph.D.

Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is the Kellner Family Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Curriculum & Instruction and faculty affiliate in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a former president of the American Educational Research Association.
Ladson- Billings’ research examines the pedagogical practices of teachers who are successful with African American students. She also investigates Critical Race Theory applications to education. Ladson-Billings is the author of the critically acclaimed books, The Dreamkeepers: Successful teachers of African American children and Crossing over to Canaan: The journey of new teachers in diverse classrooms, along with 6 other books she has authored or edited. She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters. She is the former editor of the American Educational Research Journal and a member of several editorial boards. Her work has won numerous scholarly awards including the H. I. Romnes faculty fellowship, the Spencer Post-doctoral Fellowship, and the Palmer O. Johnson Outstanding research award. MORE

Stephen H. Kolison, Jr., Ph.D.Stephen H. Kolison, Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. Stephen H. Kolison, Jr. is Associate Vice President for Academic, Faculty, and Global Programs for the University of Wisconsin System. He also officially serves as deputy to the System’s Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. He is a member of the President’s Cabinet and the primary liaison for the UW System Administration to the Faculty and Academic Staff Representatives on Shared Governance.
Prior to joining the University of Wisconsin System on September 28, 2008, Dr. Kolison served at Tennessee State University as the founding Dean and Research Director of the Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Research from February 2003 to August 2008, and as Research Director of the Cooperative Agriculture Research Program from August 1998 to February 2003.
From 1990 to 1998, Dr. Kolison was a member of the faculty at Tuskegee University where he also served as Coordinator of the Forest Resources Program. At Tuskegee University, Dr. Kolison achieved the ranks of Associate Professor and full Professor. Under his leadership of the Forest Resources Program, Tuskegee University conferred its first Bachelor of Science degrees in Forestry. While at Tuskegee University, he was very instrumental in bringing about the inclusion of minority forestland owners’ forest management constraints into the forest stewardship research and outreach agenda for the United States.
Stephen obtained his undergraduate degree in General/Tropical Forestry from the University of Liberia. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Forest Economics from Iowa State University of Science and Technology. He holds three postdoctoral certificates from Harvard University: (1) Crisis Leadership in Higher Education – John F. Kennedy School of Government; (2) Educational Management – Graduate School of Education; and (3) Risk Communication Challenges – Center for Risk Analysis. He also earned a certificate in Public Policy and Executive Leadership in Higher Education from Nova Southeastern University. His international experiences include research and other professional activities carried out in Belgium, Brazil, Finland, Germany, Ghana, Jamaica, The Netherlands, and Trinidad and Tobago.
Stephen has authored many scientific papers in the field of forestry and forest economics, and is a recipient of several awards recognizing his contributions to teaching, research, and public service. These recognitions include the “Faculty Advocate Award” from Tennessee State University; the “Faculty Achievement Award” from Tuskegee University (Tuskegee University’s highest academic award); and, the first “B.D. Mayberry Young Scientist Award” from the Association of Research Directors, Inc.