AAC&U News, June/July 2017

On the Road with AAC&U

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Dawn Michele Whitehead (center in left photo) and Caryn McTighe Musil (in center photo) served as faculty leaders for participants (right) at the Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), attended a meeting of the Advisory Board of the Newman’s Own Foundation in Westport, Connecticut, on May 12–13. On May 20, she spoke at Elizabethtown College’s 114th commencement, where she received an honorary doctorate of public service. On June 3, she spoke at Bishop’s University’s convocation in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, and received an honorary doctorate in civil law. In Arlington, Virginia, on May 8, she spoke on a plenary panel, “You’re Part of Something Big: The Landscape of Change in Doctoral Education,” at the American Historical Association’s Career Diversity Institute. On June 15–16, she spoke at the Global Forum on Higher Education for Diversity, Social Inclusion, and Community in Rome, Italy; she then attended an international “Business Conference for the Common Good” at Dynamo Camp in Limestre, Italy. On June 24, she traveled to the Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado to serve as an Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Aspen Fellow.

Bethany Zecher Sutton, chief of staff and senior advisor to the president, represented AAC&U at the American Council of Learned Societies Annual Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, on May 11–12. Sutton also served as a faculty advisor at the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) Denver Summer Institute from June 24 to 30.

Amy Jessen-Marshall, vice president for integrative learning and the global commons, led a two-day workshop on developing student learning outcomes and assessment for high-impact practices at Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia, on May 10–11. She led a one-day workshop on translating learning outcomes for signature work and capstone courses at Mercer College in Atlanta, Georgia, on May 12. On May 16, she delivered a keynote address, “High-Impact Practices for All Students: Quality, Equity, and Student Success,” for the annual curriculum festival at the University of Hartford in Hartford, Connecticut. 

Terrel Rhodes, vice president for quality, curriculum, and assessment, hosted a panel at the Association for Assessment of Learning in Higher Education called “Multi-Perspectives on the Multi-State Collaborative: A National Project Focusing on Advancing the Quality of Student Learning via VALUE Rubrics.” The panel shared institutional-level perspectives from both a four-year and two-year institution, as well as a state-level perspective regarding the use of VALUE rubrics to score student work. Additionally, he served as an institute faculty member for Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s 2017 Institute on Project-Based Learning.

On May 10–11, Tia Brown McNair, AAC&U vice president in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, participated in Lumina Foundation’s Learning System Network convening in Indianapolis, Indiana, and facilitated a work session titled “Identifying and Innovating System Resources & Landscape Mapping." On May 24–26, McNair participated in the South Africa National Resources Center (SANRC) First-Year Experience Conference 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she delivered a keynote address and served as a respondent during the “Global FYE Perspectives Workshop.” On May 31, McNair delivered the Eric Dey Memorial Keynote during the University of Michigan’s Student Life Research Symposium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. On June 1, McNair delivered an address, “High-Impact Practices and Student Success: Intentionality, Innovation, and Implementation,” during the Colorado College Teaching and Learning Retreat in Colorado Springs, Colorado. On June 6, McNair delivered a keynote address titled “Equity-Driven Guided Learning Pathways” and facilitated a break-out session titled “Equity-Driven Guided Learning Pathways for Success: Practices and Implementation,” during the University of Missouri–Kansas City’s 2017 Professional Development Conference in Kansas City, Missouri.  On June 12–13, McNair met with faculty and staff leaders at the University of Alaska Anchorage in Anchorage, Alaska, and led discussions on Becoming a Student Ready College, a book that she cowrote.  

Dawn Michele Whitehead, senior director for global learning and curricular change, facilitated a workshop, “Ensuring Global Learning is a HIP: How Global Competency Improves Student Learning,” at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, on May 10–11. On May 21–24, Whitehead cofacilitated the global learning track at the Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Whitehead participated in the NAFSA: Association of International Educators annual conference in Los Angeles, California, where she presented in the “Faculty Role in Linking Education Abroad Learning Outcomes to Employability” session and delivered an address, “The Fierce Urgency of Now: Expanding Community and Strengthening Connections for Global Learning,” for the Liberal Arts and Women’s College Luncheon. On June 11–12, Whitehead participated in Elon University’s Center for Engaged Learning Symposium, “Integrating Global Learning with the University Experience,” and gave the closing plenary. From June 18 to 22, Whitehead participated in the Summer Institute for Global Health in Allegheny, Pennsylvania, offering sessions on global learning assessment and course-based assignments. 

From May 4 to 6, Caryn McTighe Musil, senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, attended the National Community Engagement Summit in Ogden, Utah, which was sponsored by Weber State University and the city of Ogden to foster deeper partnerships between colleges and their communities. On May 21–23, she was a consultant at the Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana, and delivered a plenary, “Global Citizenship without a Passport.” She attended the Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) conference, “The Whole Student: Intersectionality and Well-Being,” from May 24 to 26 in Chicago, Illinois, as an adviser to an upcoming special issue of AAC&U’s Diversity & Democracy, produced in partnership with BTtoP, that will focus on these themes. From June 8 to 10, she attended the 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, and copresented two sessions: “A Crucible Moment: What Was Accomplished? What’s Our Next Move?” and “Embedding Civic Inquiry and Action in All Courses, All Levels, All Disciplines: Yes, You Can!” While there, she also convened a meeting of the CLDE Action Network and attended a meeting of the Ogden Collaborative. In Rome, Italy, from June 13 to 16, she was member of the planning committee for the 2017 Rome Global Forum: “Higher Education for Diversity, Social Inclusion, and Community: A Democratic Imperative,” and she moderated the plenary session, “Can We Make Our Campuses Both Inclusive and Diverse?”

Susan Albertine, senior scholar and director, LEAP States, delivered a keynote presentation titled "The Future of Liberal Education and Adelphi" at the 1st Annual Faculty Conference on Issues in Higher Education at Adelphi University in Garden City, Long Island, on May 10. On June 5, Albertine facilitated an assignment design charrette for faculty at a workshop sponsored by the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) in Washington, DC. Together with Dawn Michele Whitehead, Albertine joined the faculty of the 2017 Teaching Global Health Summer Institute for Undergraduate Curriculum and Course Design, an event cosponsored by AAC&U and Allegheny College, on June 19–21 in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Other sponsors included the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Great Lakes Colleges Association, the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, and Child Family Health International.

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