Invited Keynote Speakers

2015 Keynote Speaker

Robert M. Augustine holds the position of Senior Vice President for the Council of Graduate Schools in Washington D. C. Dr. Augustine served as Dean of the Graduate School, Research, and International Students & Scholars at Eastern Illinois University for 17 years where he held tenure as Professor of Communication Disorders and Sciences.  During his tenure as Dean, Dr. Augustine earned multiple regional and national awards for innovation in graduate education including the Midwestern Association of Graduate School’s Award for Excellence in Graduate Education, the ETS/CGS Award for Promoting Success in Graduate Education and the TIAA-CREF/CGS Award for Advancing Financial Literacy. Prior to his tenure as Dean, Dr. Augustine served as Department Chair and as Associate Vice President for Academic Technology.  Dr. Augustine holds a Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale where he earned the Departmental Distinguished Alumnus Award. He holds baccalaureate and master’s degrees in speech-language pathology from Illinois State University and was recently inducted into the University’s College of Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame.  

His keynote address is titled, "Envisioned Outcomes:  Enhancing Career Path Opportunities." The presentation will include a summary of findings of CGS research on steps that assist the PHD
degree completion process followed by practice guidelines to consider in order to create multiple career pathways.  Strategies from recent CGS presentations based on the experiences of PHD candidates who followed both tradition and non-traditional careers will be included. 

He will also lead a networking workshop entitled, "Connections Matter:  The Value of Networking."  The workshop will offer tips on ways to create networks that enhance professional effectiveness and support career pathways.