Title: Assistant Professor, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Campus: Federal Way, Wash.

Peter Speelmon, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at DeVry University in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences where he teaches classes in the areas of humanities, psychology and English. His specialties are in educational assessment and evaluation, curriculum development, online and hybrid teaching and ESL.

Mr. Speelmon has been a professor at DeVry University for the last 6 years. Prior to teaching at DeVry University, Mr. Speelmon has over 20 years of educational experience and has taught courses at Washington State University, Edmonds Community College and Central Washington University, to name a few. He is also fluent in Swedish and has presented at several conferences and workshops throughout his teaching career, including:

-       “WSU Freshman Seminars Two Years Later: Update on a 1998 NASPA Exemplary Program”, NASPA 2000 Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana. (2000).

-       “A study into the perspective of senior alumni of a freshman residential learning community: A qualitative dissertation study in progress” Joint presentation with J. M. Henscheid and N. Schmidt, Washington Center for Improving Quality of Undergraduate Education’s Conference for the National Learning Communities Project (FIPSE), Seatac, Washington. (1999).

-       “Freshman Seminars: The role of research in undergraduate general education”, Joint presentation with T. Beard, First Annual Conference of the Carnegy Group, Washington State University, Pullman, Washington. (1999).

-       “Interfaces: Building Academic Community Across the Room and Around the World”, Joint presentation with G. Brown and J.M. Henscheid, Pre-conference Workshop, First-Year Experience Eighteenth Annual Conference, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina. (1999).

-       “Freshman Seminars: Using technology to enhance the first year experience”, Joint presentation with G. Brown and J.M. Henscheid, Annual Conference for First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina. (1999).

Additionally, Mr. Speelmon is currently an active member of the Foundation for Critical Thinking and the International Society for Technology in Education. In 1998 he was awarded the NASPA Exemplary Program Award and served as the principal curriculum developer for the Freshman Seminar Program at Washington State University.

Mr. Speelmon holds an associate degree from Clatsop Community College, a bachelor’s degree in linguistics from the University of Washington, a master’s degree in English from Central Washington University and a doctorate of philosophy in educational psychology from Washington State University.

Thought Leadership

-       Private educational institutions will continue to grow in the foreseeable future; the world is continuing to change rapidly, and only those educational models that can keep up will flourish. The context of teaching and learning has made significant changes over the last 20 years. New tools have been developed, as have the expectations of students and the public.

-       In the next 5 years, access to materials and instruction will become even more flexible, and students will need to take more control of their learning opportunities.

-       The role of the teacher will become increasingly the one of facilitator and resource for the learning process of students.

-       As technology changes, so the students and their perspectives. It will be important to maintain a clear sense of what students see and need to optimize their learning experience.

To schedule an interview with Peter Speelmon, please contact Maura Ashe at 312-861-5225 or maura.ashe@mslgroup.com.


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