Thriving Conference

Laurie Schreiner, Ph.D.

Laurie A. Schreiner, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Higher Education at Azusa Pacific University in Southern California, and has spent 30 years in higher education as a psychology professor and associate academic dean after receiving her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Tennessee. Co-author of the Student Satisfaction Inventory (Noel-Levitz, Inc., 1994) that is used on more than 1,600 campuses across the U.S. and Canada, she is also co-author of Helping Sophomores Succeed (Jossey-Bass, 2009) and has served on the board of the National Resource Center for First-Year Students and Students in Transition. She has published numerous journal articles and book chapters on positive psychology, engaged learning, sophomore success, retention, faculty development, strengths-based teaching, and advising, and has consulted with more than 100 colleges and universities on issues of student success, strengths-based education, retention, academic advising, student satisfaction, and effective teaching strategies. Schreiner has been principal investigator on two federal grants to promote student success and retention, and has directed national projects on retention and student satisfaction. An award-winning teacher and researcher, her most recent work on college student thriving has studied more than 20,000 students from 150 universities across the U.S., Canada, and Australia and has led to numerous publications in About Campus magazine and most recently the edited book Thriving in Transitions: A Research-Based Approach to College Student Success (University of South Carolina, 2012). She has been at APU since 2002.

Keith Hall, Ed.D.

Keith E. Hall, Ed.D., is the director of Azusa Pacific University’s Noel Academy for Strengths-based Leadership and Education, which is committed to advancing the strengths and thriving movements in higher education. Hall has been teaching and serving students in higher education for 14 years, starting when he was a psychology instructor teaching and advising undergraduate psychology students at Tennessee State University. He later transitioned to Lipscomb University and served as the director of multicultural affairs, where he developed programming and facilitated trainings that promoted diversity and cultural sensitivity for university faculty, staff, and student groups. In 2007, he and his family transitioned to Southern California, and he provided leadership for undergraduate faculty as program chair of undergraduate studies at Argosy University-Inland Empire. Hall earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Middle Tennessee State University, a master’s degree in guidance and counseling psychology at Tennessee State University, and a doctoral degree in organizational leadership at Pepperdine University. He and his wife, Lawanda, have been married 15 years, and they have two children, Shakayla and Keith Jr.