Schedule at a Glance

Preliminary Program

All times listed are Eastern Standard.

Monday, November 2, 2020

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Preconference Workshop 1: Decoding the Disciplines: Helping Students Succeed in STEM Courses

Tuesday, November 3, 2020

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Preconference Workshop 2: Democratizing STEM Higher Education through Contemplative Practices

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Preconference Workshop 3: Experience the Difference: A Virtual Approach to Leadership Development

Thursday, November 5, 2020

9:00 am – 9:30 am 

Morning Mindfulness Meditation

9:45 am – 10:15 am 

Concurrent Sessions

10:30 am – 11:30 am 

Concurrent Sessions

11:45 am – 12:30 pm 

AAC&U Newcomers Welcome

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm 

Concurrent Sessions

2:30 pm – 3:00 pm 

Concurrent Sessions

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm 

Concurrent Sessions

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Conference Welcome and Keynote Address

Executive Orders

For as long as the United States has existed, executive orders (EO) and their equivalents have been used by presidents to create change.  Beyond national policy, the EO is a metaphor for how change happens in higher education.  Every EO is motivated by a goal, but that goal is often obscured by the language of the EO; thus, what really matters is not the wording of the EO but what actually happens to people when the words of the EO are put into action.  In higher education, our responsibility is to engage in a continuous cycle of reflection, learning, and accountability.  Engaging in this cycle has never been more important than today, when our institutions are grappling with structural racism.

David J. Asai, Senior Director, Science Education—Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Friday, November 6, 2020

9:00 am – 9:30 am

Morning Mindfulness Meditation

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Concurrent Sessions

10:15 am – 11:15 am

STEM Central Lobby (Live Chat Rooms)

11:30 am – 12:45 pm 

Plenary Session

Powerful Leadership: Strategies for Impact in a Chaotic World  

The call for leadership has never been louder. Are you prepared for the challenges ahead?  Impact requires winning strategies and the confidence to use them.  This keynote explores four essential tactics for leadership success and how to use them, and will provide opportunities to diagnose your leadership strengths, preferences, and flat spots.  

Joan V. Gallos, Professor Emerita—Wheelock College

1:30 pm – 2:00 pm 

Midday Mindfulness Meditation

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm 

Concurrent Sessions

3:15 pm  4:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions

4:30 pm  5:30 pm

Poster Session

6:00 pm  7:00 pm

STEM Central Lobby  (Live Chat Rooms)

Saturday, November 7, 2020

9:00 am – 9:30 am

Morning Mindfulness Meditation

9:45 am – 10:45 am

Concurrent Sessions

11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Closing Plenary

Cultivating the Imprint in Your Soul

This closing plenary picks up where the AAC&U STEM Conference left off last year. In it, Dr. Fries-Britt talks about the importance of “letting our souls catch up with our bodies.”

Sharon L. Fries-Britt,  Professor of Higher Education—University of Maryland, College Park