The SCAIR Annual Conference was held January 29-30, 2018 at the Springhill Suites by Marriott in downtown Columbia, SC.
2018 Conference Speakers
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Amber Bloomfield
Amber Bloomfield, Ph.D., is Data Scientist at the Office of Institutional Research, Planning, and Assessment at University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Bloomfield's research interests include data-mining, educational program assessment, and change in skills over time. Dr. Bloomfield has statistical expertise in data-mining approaches such as random forest and gradient boosted models and in latent growth and multi-level modeling. Prior to joining the IRPA office, Dr. Bloomfield worked as a research scientist at the Center for Advanced Study of Language at University of Maryland, College Park. Dr. Bloomfield received her Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology from Northwestern University in 2005.
Plenary Speaker: Craig Parks
Craig Parks is the Assistant Director for Tax Policy for the South Carolina Senate Finance Committee and also serves as the Committee’s Senior Budget Analyst for Higher Education. The Finance Committee is tasked with developing the state's annual budget as well as tax policy. Craig's areas of responsibilities include state tax policy analysis and formation and higher education finance. In 2009, Craig was selected as lead staffer for the South Carolina Tax Realignment Commission, an independent blue-ribbon panel charged with assessing the effectiveness of the state's tax structure. Prior to moving to the State Senate in January 2006, Craig was a Fiscal Policy Analyst with the SC Board of Economic Advisors, Budget and Control Board from 2000 to 2005, and he also worked as a Labor Market Analyst at the SC Department of Employment and Workforce from 1999 to 2000 after finishing graduate school.
Craig received his bachelor's degree, cum laude, in Government from Wofford College and his master's degree in Public Administration from the University of South Carolina. In 2010, Craig was named Wofford College "Young Alumnus of the Year" and in 2011, Craig was appointed by Richland County Council to serve on the Hospitality Tax Advisory Committee, where he continues to serve today. Craig is married to Amy, his wife of 17 years, and they have three children, Anna Grace (13), Coleman (9) and Addyson Virginia (6).