Advisory Board

The 2017 Leadership in Higher Education Conference’s Advisory Board will be announced soon.

The advisory board reviews, rates, and selects session proposals.


Jeffrey L. Buller, Ph.D.

Jeffrey L. Buller, PhD, has been a department chair or dean for 31 of his 32 years in higher education. He is the dean of the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College of Florida Atlantic University. His most recent book, Positive Academic Leadership: How to Stop Putting Out Fires and Start Making a Difference was released by Jossey-Bass in 2013. Buller teaches several courses each year at the Honors College, being a collegial supporter of other programs at FAU, and advising universities both in the United States and abroad on techniques of effective administration.


Roberet Cipriano, Ed.D.

Robert Cipriano, EdD, is professor emeritus and former department chair at Southern Connecticut State University. He is the author of Facilitating a Collegial Department in Higher Education: Strategies for Success, which is used by many colleges and universities as a blueprint for fostering collegiality on campus. He recently co-authored two books with Jeffrey Buller titled A Toolkit for Department Chairs and A Toolkit for College Professors. In addition, he has written five textbooks, contributed chapters in three textbooks, and published more than 170 journal articles. Cipriano has received $9 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Education, and has served as an expert reviewer for awarding federal grants. He has delivered more than 250 presentations at higher ed institutions in the United States, Asia, and the Middle East. He is a senior partner at ATLAS (Academic Training Leadership & Assessment Services).


Jennifer Lorenzetti

Jennifer Lorenzetti is managing editor of Academic Leader, the newsletter for academic deans and department chairs. She is a writer, speaker, higher education consultant, and the owner of Hilltop Communications. She has worked in and written about higher education for more than 20 years, with her most recent position being academic dean and instructor at the School of Advertising Art. Jennifer began writing for Magna Publications in 1997 and has written for many of its newsletters. Lorenzetti holds a BA in history and an MS in higher education administration from Miami University. She is the author of Lecture is Not Dead: Ten Tips for Delivering Dynamic Lectures in the College Classroom.


Thomas R. McDaniel, Ph.D.

Thomas R. McDaniel, PhD, is professor of education emeritus at Converse College. Over his 45-year tenure, he has been dean as well as provost, interim president, and senior vice president. He holds the MAT, MLA, and PhD degrees from Johns Hopkins University. Author of eight books, 35 textbook chapters, and 250 professional journal articles, he has also served as president of the Piedmont Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, chairman of the Spartanburg County Board of Education, and chair of the South Carolina Center for Teacher Recruitment Policy Board. School law is one of his specialties. He is a consulting editor for Academic Leader, where he has written the “Dean’s Dialogue” column and also the “Parting Shot” column with twin dean brother John; he is executive editor of The Clearing House, a journal for secondary educators.


Lolita A. Paff, Ph.D.

Lolita A. Paff, PhD, is associate professor of business and economics at Penn State Berks. Her pedagogical scholarship and faculty development work focus on classroom and online interaction, student engagement, and active learning. Serving five years as business program coordinator, she advanced program learning assessment, promoted curricular enhancement and refined internship learning outcomes. Paff’s teaching includes face-to-face, blended, and fully online formats. In her work as an economist she has researched the characteristics of Pennsylvania's R&D tax credit recipient firms, estimated firms' sensitivity to changes in state-level R&D tax credit rates, estimated the effective after-tax price of R&D across all U.S. states, and has provided expert witness testimony to the Pennsylvania Senate Finance Committee.


Scott Schneider, J.D.

Scott Schneider, JD, leads the higher education practice group at Fisher & Phillips, LLP, where he provides counsel and litigation support for a host of higher education issues, including the handling of sexual assault allegations and Title IX violations, labor and employment matters, student affairs, Clery Act compliance and campus law-enforcement support, workplace safety and OSHA compliance, and more. Schneider spent six years working in the Office of General Counsel for Tulane University. He is now an award-winning professor at Tulane University, where he teaches courses in both the law and business schools on higher education law and other topics.


Karin Van Voorhees

Karin Van Voorhees is the content development manager for Magna Publications, where she oversees all products that serve the academic, compliance, and student life communities in higher education. She has more than 20 years of writing and publishing experience in industries including education, technology, business services, and consumer. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Denison University.