Keynote Speaker: Dr. Dorothy Zinsmeister

If Ethics is Moving to the Head of the Class,
Why Are So Many Failing the Test?

The 2010 NCTA keynote address featuring Dr. Dorothy Zinsmeister, Interim Executive Director of the Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics, and Character, will be Thursday, September 9, following the 12:30 lunch. Dr. Zinsmeister's topic "If Ethics Is Moving to the Head of the Class, Why Are So Many Failing the Test?" is certainly sure to be of interest to members of the testing profession whose reputations, due especially to the nature of their responsibilities, rely heavily on ethical standards.

This program will help promote increased attention to the ethical issues and problems that people face in their everyday and professional lives. From developing a greater range of ethical awareness, to incorporating practical ethics into civic and professional life, to integrating ethics into everything we do, this presentation will discuss developing a culture of ethical behavior that promotes personal and professional integrity and responsibility.


Dr. Dorothy Zinsmeister joined the Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Character at Kennesaw State University in January 2009 as the Interim Executive Director. Prior to her appointment in the Institute, she served as Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and as Associate Project Director for Higher Education for the Math/Science Partnership Initiative in the University System of Georgia. She was a faculty member at Kennesaw State University, served as chair of the Department of Biology/Physics, and is currently Professor Emerita of Biology at KSU.

Dr. Zinsmeister has been a professor of biology for more than 20 years and has taught in a variety of educational environments including Ghana, West Africa; Clark College (Atlanta), and Kennesaw State University, among others. She has authored over 40 articles, publications and presentations—many of which address providing leadership for raising the quality of education. A recipient of numerous awards and recognition for her work, Dr. Zinsmeister has been honored with the Distinguished Service Award from Kennesaw College, the Fulbright-Hays Fellowship, and several research and educational grants. In addition, she has volunteered her time and energy for numerous regional and national academic endeavors.