Doctoral Education Conference

Featured Speakers

Welcome & Opening Plenary

headshot of Kenneth CukierThursday, January 18, 2024 | 2:00-3:30 p.m. (ET)

Kenneth Cukier
Deputy Executive Editor at The Economist, and Associate Fellow, Said Business School at Oxford

Kenneth Cukier is the Deputy Executive Editor at The Economist in London and co-host of its weekly podcast on technology. Kenn has published three award winning books on use of data. In his most recent book, he shines light on what more ‘data’ can’t accomplish: the unique ability humans have to frame new questions, create original new mental models and so get better results than anyone could have previously imagined. He is a frequent commentator on CBS, CNN, NPR, the BBC and was a member of the World Economic Forum’s global council on data-driven development. Cukier was a research fellow in Internet governance at Harvard's Kennedy School in 2002-04. He was an associate fellow researching and presenting on AI at Oxford's Saïd Business School in 2016-22.


headshot of Jonation FansmithThursday, January 18, 2024 | 4:00-5:00 p.m. (ET)

Jonathan Fansmith
American Council on Education Senior Vice President of Government Relations

Jonathan Fansmith directs ACE’s comprehensive efforts to engage federal policymakers on a broad range of issues including student aid, government regulation, scientific research, and tax policy. His work involves representation before the U.S. Congress, administrative agencies, and the federal courts. As an expert voice on behalf of colleges and universities, he is quoted widely in national and international media on higher education issues. Fansmith plays a central part in developing public policy positions that impact all colleges and universities, furthering ACE’s historic role in coordinating the government relations efforts of approximately 60 associations in the Washington-based higher education community.


headshot of Bryan SextonSaturday, January 18, 20234 | 9:30-10:30 a.m. (ET)

Bryan Sexton
Director at Duke Center for the Advancement of Well-being Science, Duke University Health System

Dr. Bryan Sexton is the Director of the Duke Center for the Advancement of Well-being Science. He leads the efforts around research and training that guide our quality improvement and well-being activities. A psychologist member of the Department of Psychiatry, Bryan is a psychometrician and spends time developing methods of assessing and improving safety culture, teamwork, leadership, and especially work-force well-being. Currently, he is disseminating the results from a successful NIH R01 grant that used RCTs to show that we can cause enduring improvements in healthcare worker well-being.

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