AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella presented on “Frances Perkins’ Legacy, Democracy, and the Importance of Place” at the Frances Perkins Center in Newcastle, Maine, on August 18. On August 26, she delivered opening remarks for the German Rector’s Conference, “An Appeal to Reason: Academia’s Response to Current Shifts in Political Culture,” in Los Angeles. Pasquerella was a guest on EdSurge Live’s podcast and online discussion on “Explaining the Value of Liberal Education” on August 20. She also gave the opening keynote address at the Teaching and Learning Conference of the annual meeting of the American Association of Political Science on August 31 in Washington, DC.
Ashley Finley, senior advisor to the president and vice president of strategic planning and partnerships, attended the Guided Pathways Collaborative meeting held on August 7 in Washington, DC, where she gave an update on AAC&U’s “Strengthening Guided Pathways and Career Success by Ensuring Students are Learning” project. Finley also provided the keynote address at the Connections Day events at Tarrant County College’s Trinity River Campus on August 13 in Fort Worth, Texas. On September 3, she delivered the convocation address at County College of Morris in Randolph, New Jersey.
Tia Brown McNair, vice president for diversity, equity, and student success and executive director for the TRHT Campus Centers, delivered a keynote address, “A Vision for Equity, Inclusive Excellence, and Quality,” and facilitated a workshop, “Intentionality by Design: Implementing a Framework for Equity, Inclusive Excellence, and Quality,” at Radford University’s annual Institutional Effectiveness Day in Radford, Virginia, on August 19. On August 20, McNair delivered a keynote address on diversity, equity, and inclusion and facilitated a workshop entitled “Curricular Strategies for Thinking about and Experiencing Diversity” at Nebraska Wesleyan University’s opening week in Lincoln, Nebraska. On August 22, she gave a keynote address, “Becoming a Student-Ready College by Strengthening Guided Pathways,” at Mountain View College’s Return Week in Dallas, Texas. At Middlesex Community College’s Professional Day in Bedford, Massachusetts, on September 3, McNair delivered the opening keynote address on equity and closing achievement gaps.
On August 10, Dawn Michele Whitehead, vice president of the Office of Global Citizenship for Campus, Community, and Careers, received a Bicentennial Medallion for distinguished and distinctive service from Indiana University in Bloomington.
From August 5 to 7, C. Edward Watson, CIO and associate vice president for quality, pedagogy, and LEAP initiatives, traveled to Asheville, North Carolina, to provide the closing keynote, “Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes,” at the 2019 Lilly Conference on Innovative Strategies to Advance Learning.
From August 5 to 8, Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) Director David Scobey joined other educational leaders to share best practices and collaborate on the advancement of great education for new majority learners at the Great Colleges Network’s fourth summer institute at Johnson C. Smith University, a historically black institution in Charlotte, North Carolina.
On August 8, 2019, Caryn McTighe Musil, senior director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, participated in the first meeting of the Kaur Foundation’s Advisory Council of Educators, to which she was recently appointed. Founded by the American Sikh community, the Kaur Foundation’s mission is “to bring communities together through education initiatives that encourage dialogue and foster cultural inclusion.”