We are pleased to announce Lisa Dembouski as this year's keynote speaker!  Please join us for this session on Wednesday, August 16th, 12:45-1:45 in the Glenn Carlson Hall, St. Cloud Civic Center. 

Lisa M. Dembouski, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Education, Gustavus Adolphus College

I am... a teacher, learner, mentor, friend, sister, teacher educator, advocate, ally, feminist, volunteer, daughter, INFJ, Enneagram 5, introvert, bleeding heart idealist, and a really bad dancer. I regularly trip over flat surfaces* which may or may not correlate with my mad dancing skillz.

I do ... teacher education and preparation, mentoring, advocacy for exceptionalities (particularly my own), writing (critical pedagogy, socially just education, disability studies in education), and I work hard to cultivate allies and support allyship in all its forms. 

I learned … in a variety of places, including:  a B.A. in psychology from St. Ben’s/St. John’s (just down the road from this conference!), study abroad in Spain, and two years of service with the U.S. Peace Corps in Ecuador, South America. I have a Masters of Education in Special Education/Deaf and Hard of Hearing (D/HH) Education from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and worked for 15 years as a D/HH teacher and program lead in the St. Paul (MN) Public Schools. Somewhere in all that I also earned my Ph.D. in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction/Culture and Teaching, also from the U of MN – Twin Cities. I now work to train teachers-to-be at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, MN. My writing and research interests are varied, but have tended to gravitate toward qualitative, narrative scholarship on a variety of topics including D/HH learners, teacher candidates’ experiences of their training program, paving the way for new teachers’ success, and my own perspectives as an educator with a dis/ability. 

I love... the usual (reading, traveling, the outdoors, a great beach, cooking, gardening, taking pictures), the unusual (particularly in the arts), and beauty (which I find pretty much any place I look). Ask me what I'm reading or tell me where to find great Thai food and I'll enjoy our conversation a good long time.

I believe we all have times when we enjoy power and privilege, likewise we also have times when we do not; it’s a continuum. The trick, then, is to use our powerful times as an opportunity to empower others. My talk today will consider these notions, and offer suggestions for ways you can empower others in those times of plenty for yourselves, and to receive support and empowerment from others in your times of need. *I may trip on my way to the podium today, if you expect this, it won’t be too large a surprise if it actually happens.