April 2-3, 2016
St. Edward's University, Austin, Texas

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Timothy J. Cook
author of the 2015 book
Charism and Culture: Cultivating Catholic Identity in Catholic Schools (published by NCEA)

Dr. Cook is a Professor of Education at Creighton University.  He has extensive personal and professional experience with Catholic schools as a student, social studies teacher, principal, and school board member. He has also served as the chief administrator of a Catholic junior-senior high school in Rhode Island. 

Dr. Cook's research interests include Catholic school charism, religion teacher preparation, and mission-centered faith school leadership.  He is the author of a previous NCEA publication, Architects of Catholic Culture: Designing and Building Catholic Culture in Catholic Schools. Since the book's publication Dr. Cook has become recognized as an expert on Catholic school identity and culture issues stateside and abroad.

Dr. Cook earned his Ph.D. in Curriculum, Instruction and Administration at Boston College. He teaches a broad range of undergraduate and graduate courses in secondary school teaching methods, foundations of Catholic education, and school leadership.