Facilitators - Ready for Life, Ready for Work: Transformative Learning for Personal and Professional Development

Workshop Facilitators


Melanie Booth 

Melanie Booth, AVP for Institutional Effectiveness & the Dominican ExperienceDominican University of California

Melanie Booth was the Founding Executive Director of The Quality Assurance Commons and led the development of the Essential Employability Qualities program. Prior to this, Melanie served from 2013-2016 as the Special Assistant to the President and Vice President of Educational Programs for WASC Senior College & University Commission (WSCUC). From 2005-2013, Melanie was the Dean of Learning & Assessment and Director of the Center for Experiential Learning and Assessment at Marylhurst University in Portland, OR, where she led the connections between prior learning assessment, career development, the Liberal Arts Core, and degree programming to learners’ employability development. She has also held positions at Saint Mary’s College of California, Grays Harbor Community College, and San Diego State University, and most of her postsecondary work has been with and focused on non-traditional (now “new traditional”) learners. Melanie is a recognized expert on Prior Learning Assessment / Credit for Prior Learning, and she has consulted with institutions nationally and internationally about PLA and the assessment of learning from traditional and non-traditional sources. Her other areas of expertise include experiential learning, heutagogy, faculty development, and adult learning and development. She is also one of the original co-founders of the international Heutagogy Community of Practice, a teaching approach that facilitates learners’ self-direction and capacity for continuous learning.


Jeff King







Jeff King, Executive Director, Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and LearningUniversity of Central Oklahoma

Jeff King is Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching and Learning at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Oklahoma. His research and application interests have long focused on what college faculty can do to help their students learn, to be motivated toward deep learning strategies, and to persist in their educations. Dr. King works to provide information and tools shown by quality, applicable research to help students succeed, whether via cutting edge approaches or time‑tested strategies. Because evaluating one’s success at helping students learn is important for becoming a better teacher‑scholar, Jeff is also interested in ways faculty can gather feedback about their teaching and use it to fine‑tune their effectiveness. Before moving to UCO’s Transformative Learning‑focused environment, Jeff was the Director of Texas Christian University’s Koehler Center for Teaching Effectiveness. No matter his location, though, his work over the years both as college faculty member and in faculty professional development matches passion to position in helping students learn.