The International Transformative Learning Conference is organized by the collective ideas, energies and efforts of members of the wider transformative learning community. We invite you to learn more about the people serving on the committees for ITLC 2022 below.

We’ll continue to update this page as committees form and begin their work. If you are intersted in volunteering to serve on a committee, more information on how to join us is also provided below.

ITLC 2022 Steering Committee


Frank Conner, PhD

Frank Conner, PhD is professor of psychology and chair of the psychology department at Grand Rapids Community College. As a Cognitive Scientist, Dr. Conner brings a sociocultural framework to his research and understanding of the ways in which human beings construct meaning. A constant thread in his work has been a whole-systems approach to organizational and community change, believing all people should have a voice in the construction of their world. Dr. Conner began his career as a consultant in the training and implementation of technology. With a focus on the application of Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing, he authored or co-authored a dozen books on this subject. 

Grand Rapids Community College

Conference Co-Chair


John Dirkx, PhD

John Dirkx is Professor and Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Chair (Emeritus) in Higher and Adult Education at Michigan State University. He received his doctorate from UW – Madison in 1987 with a focus on transformative learning. He is a former editor of the Journal of Transformative Education, and author of A Guide to Planning and Implementing Instruction for Adults, and numerous book chapters and journal articles on adult learning.

Michigan State University

Conference Co-Chair


Aliki Nicolaides, EdD

Aliki Nicolaides is Associate Professor of Adult Learning and Leadership at the University of Georgia. Dr. Nicolaides seeks to optimize vital developmental conditions for the evolution of self and society. Her research has led to the development of Generative Knowing: Ways of being and becoming. Specifically, her work suggests that under certain conditions and with intentional scaffolding, encounters with ambiguity and complexity can evoke deep learning and reveal hidden potential that generates response-ability. Dr. Nicolaides is a founding steward and current Director of the International Transformative Learning Association.

University of Georgia


Marguerite Welch, PhD

Marguerite Welch is the Program Director for the MA in Leadership Program at Saint Mary’s College of California (SMC). She designs and facilitates innovative and transformative learning experiences for working professionals in the areas of building cross-cultural capacity, online learning, leadership, and action research. Her scholarship focuses on developing capacity in white people to thrive in multicultural environments.

Saint Mary’s College of California


Victoria Marsick, PhD

Victoria J. Marsick is Professor of Adult Learning & Leadership at Columbia University, Teachers College. She holds a Ph.D. in Adult Education from the University of California, Berkeley. Victoria’s publications have reported on informal and incidental learning, team learning, and organizational learning (system dynamics, learning organization, and learning cultures).

Teachers College, Columbia University


Pierre Faller, EdD

Pierre Faller is a lecturer and faculty member in Columbia Teachers College Department of Organization and Leadership. He has authored several book and journal articles about the role of reflection and sense-making in workplace learning. He holds an EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University, an MBA from Darden Graduate Business School, University of Virginia and is certified from the Columbia Coaching Certification Program.

Teachers College, Columbia University

Chair, Scientific Committee

Scientific Committee

The Scientific Committee is responsible for designing and facilitating the proposal submission and review process for the conference. For ITLC 2022, we are innovating on our process by organizing a team of nearly 60 volunteer reviewers into one of seven “Review Pods” led by members of the Scientific Committee, below. 

Grace Alcid – Teachers College, Columbia University

Francesca Bracci – University of Florence

Kristen Del Simone, Co-Chair – Saint Mary’s College of California

Urusa Fahim – Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore

Pierre Faller, Chair – Teachers College, Columbia University

Ted Fleming – Teachers College, Columbia University

Elizabeth Kasl – Independent Scholar

Randee Lawrence – Teachers College, Columbia University

Alessandra Romano – University of Siena

Victoria Marsick – Teachers College, Columbia University

Marguerite Welch – Saint Mary’s College of California

Other Committees (still forming)

Committees are forming for the following activity areas:

  • Communication and Marketing
  • International Outreach
  • Hospitality
  • Diversity and Inclusion

If you are interested in expanding your role with the conference and wish to volunteer your time on one of these committees, please let us know by clicking on the “Volunteer” button below.