Keynote Speakers – ICEDU 2015

Dr.Kay Norton
Dr. Kay Norton – USA

Kay Norton became the 12th President of the University of Northern Colorado in July 2002. She has lived in Greeley for more than three decades and is a vocal advocate for public higher education and building strong and sustainable university-community relationships.

A graduate of Wellesley College, where she majored in English, and the University of Denver College of Law, she practiced law for over 20 years—as an assistant county attorney, in private practice, and for 16 years at Monfort of Colorado, which later became ConAgra Red Meats.

Kay was appointed to the UNC Board of Trustees in 1995 and served as vice chair until 1998, when she joined the university’s staff as Vice President for University Affairs, General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees. She currently sits on the boards of directors for StarTek Inc., Upstate Colorado Economic Development and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). She has also served on the Systems Transformation Subcommittee of the Governor’s P-20 Council, the University of Denver Issues Panel on Immigration, the AASCU Commission on Presidential Leadership and Global Competitiveness, and the boards of directors for Getsmart Schools and Colorado Compact.

Prof.Gary E. Swanson – USA

Gary E. Swanson is an internationally recognized and highly acclaimed photojournalist, documentary and news producer, director, editor, educator, speaker and consultant. He has given numerous keynote speeches, served as chair at conferences, presented workshops and lectured at embassies, festivals, and universities throughout China, South Africa, India, Papua New Guinea, Japan, Korea, The Philippines, Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Laos, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Greece, Italy, Germany, Jordan, Spain, Portugal, Peru, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Professor Swanson is currently the Mildred S. Hansen Endowed Chair and Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence at the University of Northern Colorado, USA. Swanson is a three-time Fulbright Scholar to Portugal and the People’s Republic of China. He covered the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain for NBC News, and in 2008 was Commentator for China Central Television International (CCTV-9) and their live coverage of the Beijing Olympic Games. Professor Swanson continued his on-air work with CCTV-4 as distinguished live guest and commentator in London the summer of 2012. Previously, Swanson was Professor and Director of Television for nine years at the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has also taught at DePauw University in Indiana and at Elon University in North Carolina. He has been an educator for 22 years.

Prior to his work in academe, Swanson compiled a distinguished professional broadcast career spanning 13 years at NBC News – producing award-winning documentaries, prime-time news magazine stories, and covering “breaking news” in 26 states and Canada for the network – including trips and campaigns of presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Clinton.

Swanson has earned more than 80 awards for broadcast excellence and photojournalism including three national Emmy’s, the duPont Columbia Award, two CINE “Golden Eagles,” 16 TELLY’s, the Monte Carlo International Award, the Hamburg International Media Festival’s Globe Award, the 2011 Communitas Outstanding Professor and Educator award, the 2012 Professor of the Year Award, and many others.

His photography has won numerous awards and his works have been published in Travel+Leisure, Frommers, PDN (Photo District News) and other magazines, books, and displayed in art galleries worldwide.

Prof. Ginny Huang
Prof. Ginny Huang – USA

Director of Teacher Education and Associate Dean of College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

Jingzi (Ginny) Huang, born and educated in China, earned her Ph.D with a focus on language education from the University of British Columbia in Canada. Having taught in elementary, secondary, and university settings in China, Canada, and the US, she has been deeply involved in teacher education in the United States since 1997. Her major teaching and research interest includes classroom discourse, second and foreign language education, language/literacy across the curriculum, high quality teacher development in general and L2 teacher development in particular. Her work has been published in national and international journals such as International Journal of Applied Linguistics, Linguistics and Education, Language and Education, Language, Culture and Curriculum, Language Teaching Research, Communication Education, etc. As a professor, she wasawarded the title as Distinguished Educator of the Year in 2007. Since 2011, she has been leading the most influential teacher preparation program in Colorado in her role as the school director of teacher education and the associate dean of College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Northern Colorado.

Title: Teacher Development in the Global Context – Where are we? Where do we want to be?


In the context of globalization where intercultural exchanges have gradually become a norm, teacher education and development, which used to be a culturally specific and exclusive event, has evolved into a global phenomenon. Both the East and the West are looking to educate children and develop teachers as well as sending teachers and teachers-to-be to learn innovative ideas. Using China and the United States as examples, Dr. Huang will explore the current phenomenon of teacher development from the angles of innovation vs. tradition and local vs. global demand.

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