Keynote Speakers

Alan MandellAlan Mandell
College Professor of Adult Learning and Mentoring, SUNY Empire State College

"Celebrating... with a Pause"

Alan Mandell is College Professor of Adult Learning and Mentoring, and was the first Susan Turben Chair in Mentoring at SUNY Empire State College. For more than 40 years, Mandell has served as administrator, mentor in the social sciences, and director of the college’s Mentoring Institute. He edits the journal, All About Mentoring, an occasional paper series, Explorations in Adult Higher Education, and, with Nan Travers, the on-line journal, PLA Inside-Out

Mandell regularly makes presentations at conferences and trainings on adult learning, mentoring and experiential learning; and has served as a consultant/reviewer on many projects. With Elana Michelson, Mandell is the author and editor of Portfolio Development and the Assessment of Prior Learning (2nd edition, Stylus, 2004). With Lee Herman, he has written From Teaching to Mentoring: Principle and Practice, Dialogue and Life in Adult Education (Routledge, 2004). Mandell and colleague Xenia Coulter regularly write about contemporary higher education, including a recent essay, “Mentoring as Precarious Practice,” in Peno (et al.) Mentoring in Formal and Informal Contexts (2016).  In 2017, Mandell and Kathy Jelly edited a book, Principles, Practices and Creative Tensions in Progressive Higher Education: One Institution’s Struggle to Sustain a Vision.

In 2009, Mandell was honored by the Adult Higher Education Alliance with the Eugene Sullivan Award for Leadership in Adult Higher Education. He is the recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2001), the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Professional Services (1991) and the Excellence in Mentoring Award (2000).  

Jon TalbotJon Talbot
Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), Centre for Work Related Studies, University of Chester

"Past, present and future: Integrating prior, current and future-oriented experiential learning into a personalized curriculum"

Jon Talbot is a semi-retired Senior Lecturer at the Centre for Work Related Studies at the University of Chester, England, where he has worked since 2004. His principal teaching role is facilitating workplace research projects at the Masters and Doctoral level and research into areas associated with flexible learning for working adult learners. He has been a professionally qualified city planner for over 30 years although his practice in recent years has been largely confined to the facilitation of Continuing Professional Development and the Assessment of Professional competence. He gained his doctorate in 1987 at the University of Northumbria on a topic related to urban regeneration and for many years he taught undergraduates on real estate and professional housing management programs.

Dr. Talbot is a widely published scholar, especially in the fields of lifelong learning, Recognition of Prior Learning (PLA) and Work-based learning. He previously led the transdisciplinary Professional doctorate program at the University of Chester but in recent years has stepped down to concentrate more on research and international projects. Most recently, he has completed participation in the three year European Union funded VALERU project which seeks to bring PLA processes and procedures to the Russian Federation. Following on from this he is currently engaged in creating the first Russian language book on the subject with Russian colleagues. He has recently published the first ever Russian language paper on work-based learning. He is anticipating further collaboration in another project which aims to replicate the success of VALERU by bringing PLA processes to Israel. Among other publications he is in the process of preparing a book (in English) reviewing global work-based learning practices.

Additionally, he is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and member of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning.