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2017 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Jennifer L. Bloom

Co-founder of the Appreciative Advising and Appreciative Education movements



Jenny Bloom joined the Department of Educational Leadership and Research Methodology at Florida Atlantic University in August 2015 as an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Higher Education Leadership Master’s Degree Program.  She previously served as a Clinical Professor and Director of the Master’s degree program in the Higher Education & Student Affairs Program housed in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policies at the University of South Carolina (USC) from August 2007 to August 2015. Prior to USC, she served as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs & the Medical Scholars Program at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign. She

earned her doctorate in Higher Education Administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1995.


Dr. Bloom is a co-founder of the Appreciative Advising and Appreciative Education movements. She established the annual Appreciative Advising Summer Institute, the Appreciative Education Conference, an on-line Appreciative Advising course, the process for Certifying Appreciative Advisers, and other exciting initiatives related to Appreciative Advising and Appreciative Education.


Dr. Bloom served as the 2007-08 President of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).  She was named the 2015 FAU Graduate Academic Advisor of the Year by the FAU Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA) and the 2016 Advisor of the Year by FAU’s Chi Sigma Alpha Honor Society Chapter. She received the NACADA Outstanding Advising Administrator Award in 2005 and University of Illinois’ Campus Academic Professional Excellence Award in 2007. In 2008, she received the University of South Carolina’s Black Graduate Student Association’s Faculty Mentor Award. In 2011, she was named the Faculty Partner of the Year by the Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support at the University of South Carolina.


Dr. Bloom has co-authored 6 books, 4 book chapters, and 26 articles. She co-founded and serves as a section editor for the Journal of Appreciative Education (JAE).  Dr. Bloom has delivered 30 webinars and 350+ presentations on her work at institutions and conferences across the globe.

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