PWR 2016 Featured Speaker - Dr. Shireese R. Perez

Dr. Shireese R. Perez is an Assistant Dean of Curriculum at Kaplan University.  She is an expert on learning management, curriculum and program development, and adult education persistence research.  Many years ago she fell in love with curriculum development and managing the process of bridging curriculum with filling academic gaps. Her mission is to help adults complete their goal of earning a college education to improve their life opportunities. Dr. Perez is an advocate for the education and the abetment of at -risk women. She has served as chairperson of a non-profit organization and she has been a volunteer at the National Network to End Domestic Violence for over 20 years.  Her research projects include: Epistemology of Adult Cognitive Development in the 21st Century;  Higher Education Investment: Value Proposition, and Decision Theory Analysis of Higher Education for Adult Learners.

Dr. Perez earned a PhD in Learning Management from Walden University, and completed her PhD residency at Universidad Europea de Madrid in Spain.  She also earned a Master’s degree in Education from Kaplan University; a Master’s degree in Business Management and a Bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership & Management from Regent University.  She has been able to leverage her experience and passion for educating adults to understand the impact curriculum has on student educational goals, their aspirations, and the influence education has on overcoming socioeconomic barriers.  She divides her time living between their Chicago and Washington, D.C. homes with her husband and daughter.