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Registration Open for AAC&U’s 2019 Annual Meeting

Raising Our Voices: Reclaiming the Narrative on the Value of Higher Education
January 23–26, 2019, Atlanta, Georgia
Register by November 16 for best rates

AAC&U’s 2019 Annual Meeting will open Wednesday evening with a presentation by Kwame Anthony Appiah, professor of philosophy and law at New York University and writer of "The Ethicist" column for the New York Times, on “The Honor Code in America Today.” The opening plenary—"Code Switching: Making the Case for Liberal Education Amidst Critics, Skeptics, and Trolls”—will be moderated by AAC&U president Lynn Pasquerella with speakers Gail O. Mellow, president of LaGuardia Community College–CUNY; Mary Schmidt Campbell, president of Spelman College; Kirk Carapezza, education reporter for WGBH Boston; Brandon Busteed, president of Kaplan University Partners; and Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core. Linda Greenhouse, the Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law and Knight Distinguished Journalist in Residence at Yale Law School, will deliver the final plenary: “The Role of Journalism in Undermining, Preserving, and Reclaiming the Narrative of American Society.” The meeting will also feature a special performance on Thursday, “Music of the Movement,” inspired by the music of the civil rights movement; the 2019 Premeeting Symposium, “Is There a Rubric for That? A Decade of VALUE and the Future of Higher Education”; and the Tenth Annual Forum on Digital Learning and ePortfolios.

Register Now: Global Engagement and Spaces of Practice Conference

Exploring Global Challenges across Disciplinary Boundaries
October 11–13, Seattle, Washington

In today’s interconnected world, place is a crucial point of departure for inquiry, collaboration, and discovery. The Global Engagement and Spaces of Practice conference will consider how educators are using place-based disciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiry to focus and integrate learning across a variety of geographic, cultural, and philosophical domains to engage students in issues that matter to them and to society. Jessica Evert, executive director of Child Family Health International, will deliver the keynote address on “The Power and Perils of Interdisciplinary Education and Global Engagement.” Mark Kingwell, professor of philosophy at the University of Toronto, will deliver the closing plenary, “Where Is the University? Thoughts on Place, Thinking, and Thinking in Place.” View the final conference program for more information on sessions, workshops, and speakers.

Register Now: Transforming STEM Higher Education Conference

Confirming the Authority of Evidence
November 8–10, Atlanta, Georgia
Register by October 8 for best rates

Hosted by AAC&U and Project Kaleidoscope, this conference’s mission is to chart a daring path toward the reform of STEM higher education by strategically integrating disciplinary introspection, social consciousness, and self-reflection into an unparalleled conference experience that gives deeper meaning and purpose to our way of knowing, understanding, and advancing STEM higher education practice, research, and policy. Keynote addresses include “Using Evidence for Organizational Learning and STEM Institutional Change” by Sylvia Hurtado, professor of education at the University of California–Los Angeles; “Uncorking Curricular Bottlenecks to Student Success in STEM” by Nathan Klingbeil, professor of mechanical engineering at Wright State University; and “Post-Secondary STEM Education: A Path or a Wall to Modern American Citizenship?” by Kamau Bobb, senior director of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology.

AAC&U Webinar: Civic Prompts in the Major: Disciplinary Knowledge, Democratic Culture, and the Public Good

October 16 from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (EDT)
Free for AAC&U Members; $100 for Nonmembers

This webinar, “Civic Prompts in the Major: Disciplinary Knowledge, Democratic Culture, and the Public Good,” is part of AAC&U’s larger project on incorporating civic learning in the major. During the webinar, three campus practitioners leading efforts to build strong civic learning pathways for departmental majors will describe what worked best to engage colleagues about disciplinary-driven questions of social responsibility. They will also share how they are creating more intentional designs focused on the public good in courses scaffolded across requirements for their majors. Moderated by Caryn McTighe Musil, senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives at AAC&U, the webinar includes panelists Anita Tesh, associate professor in the School of Nursing and assistant dean of the undergraduate division and undergraduate program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Cindy Koenig Richards, associate professor and chair of the Ringe Media Lab and director of communication and media at Willamette University; and Douglas Crews, Professor of anthropology and public health at the Ohio State University.

AAC&U Webinar: Advancing Diversity through Multilevel Strategic Leadership

November 5 from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. (EST)
Free for AAC&U Members; $200 for Nonmembers

AAC&U’s upcoming webinar, “Advancing Diversity through Multilevel Strategic Leadership,” builds on Kathy Takayama, Matthew Kaplan, and Alison Cook-Sather’s article in Liberal Education to articulate the strategies and processes that are needed to synergistically coordinate university-wide leadership efforts, interactions and initiatives at the school/college or department level, and efforts by individual instructors and activists to create change in their own classrooms or more broadly at their institutions. Tia Brown McNair, vice president for diversity, equity, and student success at AAC&U, will moderate a panel including Alison Cook-Sather, director of the Teaching and Learning Institute at Bryn Mawr and Haverford Colleges; Kathy Takayama, senior science education fellow at Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and Matthew Kaplan, executive director of the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan. There will be time for Q&A during the webinar, and we encourage participants to send questions in advance to webinars@aacu.org.

Project News

2019 Ness Book Award Winner: “The New Education” by Cathy Davidson

AAC&U announced the winner of the 2019 Frederic W. Ness Book Award, which recognizes the book that best contributes to the understanding and improvement of liberal education. Journeying from elite private schools to massive public universities to innovative community colleges, The New Education profiles iconoclastic educators who are remaking their classrooms by emphasizing creativity, collaboration, and adaptability over expertise in a single, often abstract discipline. Working at the margins of the establishment, these innovators are breaking down barriers between ossified fields of study, presenting their students with multidisciplinary, real-world problems, and teaching them not just how to think, but how to learn. Davidson is distinguished professor of English and founding director of the Futures Initiative at the Graduate Center at CUNY, and the R. F. DeVarney Professor Emerita of Interdisciplinary Studies at Duke University where she served as Duke’s (and the nation’s) first Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies. She will speak about the themes and topics of The New Education at AAC&U’s 2019 Annual Meeting.

PKAL–Undergraduate STEM Education News

Save the Date: Join AAC&U and PKAL in Celebrating Active Learning Week

AAC&U and Project Kaleidoscope invite STEM faculty to join us in celebrating Active Learning Week from October 22–26 by integrating culturally responsive, active learning strategies in your classroom. In 2016, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy introduced Active Learning Day as part of a nationwide effort to improve STEM higher education. AAC&U’s Project Kaleidoscope and their STEM higher education partners are proud to extend the value and impact of this important work by creating Active Learning Week, an opportunity for STEM faculty and administrators to join in a collective effort to raise STEM faculty awareness of active learning strategies, expand institutional capacity for STEM diversity and inclusion, and improve the undergraduate experience of all students in STEM. This year, Active Learning Week will offer webinars and online resources to integrate and promote our collective work as change agents at the forefront of STEM higher education reform. Click here to take the pledge.

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE) Action Network News

New Resources to Support Democratic Learning, Political Engagement, and Interfaith Best Practices on Campus

The Institute for Democracy & Higher Education offers an easy-to-navigate toolkit and a collection of resources that will aid higher education professionals in educating for the 2018 election season and beyond. The Interfaith Youth Core has shared "Best Practices for Interfaith Learning and Development in the First Year of College," which shares data from the Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS), providing “guidance for higher education leaders, practitioners, and faculty who seek to support students in making the most of their first critical year on campus.” The NASPA LEAD Initiative publication, A Student Affairs Perspective on the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Theory of Change, explores the CLDE Theory of Change framework through a student affairs lens.

New Podcasts from CLDE Action Network Members

The Compact Nation Podcast, produced by Campus Compact, opened their third season with an “All Politics is Local” episode that discusses new research on student voting and examines what people mean by the word “politics.” Another podcast, Imagining America’s IAStoryShare, offers “one-on-one conversations between publicly engaged artists, designers, scholars, students, and community members who share their human stories.”

Two-Day Workshop to Advance Campuses’ CLDE Ethos

AASCU's American Democracy Project and the NASPA LEAD Initiative are organizing the two-day Engaged Campus Institute. This workshop, to be held in Washington, DC, from February 1–2, 2019, is “designed for teams from colleges and universities interested in strategic planning of their civic learning and democratic engagement efforts.” Applications are due November 19.

Campus Compact, Imagining America, NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education, AASCU’s American Democracy Project, the Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, and the Interfaith Youth Core are members of the CLDE Action Network, an alliance of twelve leading civic learning organizations convened by AAC&U. Responding to the ambitious goals set forth in A Crucible Moment: College Learning & Democracy's Future, the CLDE Action Network coordinates, constructs, and advances efforts to prepare college students for informed and responsible citizenship and make civic inquiry and engagement expected rather than elective in college. See the CLDE events calendar for upcoming civic conferences and webinars.

Other News

AAC&U Mourns the Unexpected Passing of Its Beloved Senior Scholar, L. Lee Knefelkamp

AAC&U mourns the death of L. Lee Knefelkamp, who passed away unexpectedly on September 7, 2018. Most recently, she had been professor of psychology and education at Teachers College, Columbia University and senior scholar at AAC&U. While AAC&U has benefitted from the intellectual and professional contributions of many brilliant leaders in higher education, Lee influenced the direction and content of major AAC&U initiatives, meetings, and conferences longer and more profoundly than perhaps any other senior scholar. This is in part because of her ability not only to widen the intellectual horizon on educational questions but also to touch the hearts and lives of all those who worked with her. Read AAC&U’s full statement or add your own remembrances about Lee here.

Two Funding Opportunities from the Teagle Foundation

The Teagle Foundation has launched two new funding initiatives: Education for American Civic Life and Pathways to the Liberal Arts. Along with its ongoing support for Liberal Arts and the Professions, the Teagle Foundation will review grant requests for all three initiatives on a rolling basis. To be considered for a grant, please review the Teagle Foundation’s application guidelines and submit a brief three-to-five-page concept paper to proposals@teagle.org. While concept papers are reviewed on a rolling basis, priority consideration will be given to those submitted by December 1, 2018. If you have questions about the RFPs, please contact Loni Bordoloi Pazich (bordoloi@teagle.org) or Desiree Vazquez Barlatt (desireev@teagle.org).

New Book by Eboo Patel, “Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and the American Promise”

This recent book by Eboo Patel, founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, explores how religious language has given the United States some of its most enduring symbols and inspired many of its most vital civic institutions, and asks how the American experiment can evolve to include our increasing religious diversity. Read chapter one for free and purchase the book here. AAC&U is pleased to be partnering with IFYC to help colleges and universities make interfaith cooperation an institutional priority.

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