Dr Cormac Behan
Centre for Criminological Research | University of Sheffield | UK
Cormac Behan teaches criminology at the Centre for Criminological Research, University of Sheffield. His research interests include penal history, prisoners’ rights movements, prisoners and citizenship, prisoner writings/convict narratives and prison education. Prior to taking up this position, he taught politics and history in Irish prisons for 14 years. He is the author of Citizen Convicts: Prisoners, Politics and the Vote (Manchester University Press) which was published in paperback in 2017. Dr Behan has a number of publications on prison education, most recently, ‘Prison Education in Europe’ in I Biao. (ed.) Strategic Learning Ideologies in Prison Education Programs (IGI Global). He is one of the founders and is currently the Editor of the Journal of Prison Education and Re-entry. His latest publication is ‘“We are all convicted criminals”? Prisoners, Protest and Penal Politics in the Republic of Ireland’, Journal of Social History, 52 (2018): 501-526.
Dr Clint Carpenter
WSD Superintendent | Texas | USA
Clint Carpenter has been an educator for 30 years. He started in the 1980s as a math and science teacher and became a district superintendent in 1994. After completing the Doctorate degree from Texas Tech, specialising in Education Finance and Policy, in 2004 he became an Assistant Professor at West Texas A&M. Three years later he accepted a position at Texas Tech where he taught Doctorate courses and supervised the Superintendent Certification program for the University. His research in higher education centred on the focus of expenditures to improve the performance of “at risk” educational populations.
In 2008, Dr Carpenter worked with the Texas Youth Commission (TYC) in the redesign of the educational programming of the State’s juvenile prison system. Soon after he was appointed as a Deputy Director of TYC. In 2013, Dr Carpenter was confirmed as the 6th superintendent of Windham School District. In the past 3 years, Windham has implemented a focus on training and job skills, connecting to employers and support organisations for released offenders, and streamlining operations to place more educational staff and opportunities in the TDCJ facilities.
Dr Carpenter is working to improve the success of released offenders by strengthening educational supports for offenders and providing higher income vocational training in trades with high demand for skilled employees.
Centre for Courage & Renewal | Tasmania | Australia
Rosalie Martin is a clinical speech pathologist with 35 years of clinical experience, a criminologist, and a facilitator of reflective dialogue with the Centre for Courage & Renewal.
Ms Martin has long lamented inequity and inadequacy in the services which are intended to support people with impaired communication and literacy. In 2013 she founded the charity Chatter Matters Tasmania as a vehicle to develop the agency-producing capacities of communication and positive relatedness within settings of disadvantage. This work began at Tasmania’s Risdon prison with the Just Sentences literacy pilot project and the Just Time parent-child attachment program.
To gain better context for bringing speech pathology interventions into prison settings, Ms Martin completed Criminology Honours in 2016. She continues to develop Chatter Matters’ programs, as well as working in her own state-wide private speech pathology practice. She runs regular reflective dialogue retreats and other dialogue events across Tasmania and the country; as well as speaks at conferences and workshops on the topics of communication, connection, and their relationship to justice.
In 2017, Ms Martin was the Tasmanian recipient of the Australian of the Year honour for the work she began at Risdon prison.
Career Consultant | British Columbia | Canada
Gray Poehnell is an experienced career consultant from Canada with 30 years-experience in career development, with a strong focus on holistic approaches to engage multi-barriered clients into education and pathways to employment.
As a partner in Ergon Communications, he has written extensively and developed numerous career resources that cultivate hope, practical spirituality, creativity, imagination and career integrity.
Mr Poehnell’s Hope-Filled Engagement approach is being used widely with Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal populations across Canada, Australia, New Zealand and parts of Europe. His work aims to increase self-esteem, self-awareness and identify transferrable skills through storytelling and relating life experiences and personal interests to career/work planning. Mr Poehnell is of Metis descent (one of the 3 Indigenous groups in Canada) and was the 2011 recipient of the Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Counselling and Career Development. This was in recognition of his visionary leadership, exemplary achievement, and inspired dedication to the advancement of excellence in career development in Canada.
Mr Poehnell is widely recognized for his dynamic training of career practitioners, conference sessions and keynotes both nationally and internationally.