AAC&U News, January/February 2018
On the Road

December 2017–February 2018

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella traveled to the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia, on December 8 in her ex officio capacity as president of the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s Alpha Chapter of Virginia to participate in the chapter’s fall initiation ceremony. On December 11–12, she participated remotely in a meeting of the Board of Trustees of the Lingnan Foundation (on which she sits). On December 13, she spoke at a plenary session, “Leading in Higher Education in a Post-Truth Era,” alongside Bennington College President Mariko Silver at the Annual Meeting and Conference of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges in Boston, Massachusetts. On December 20–21, she participated in a “Roundtable on Systemic Change in Undergraduate STEM Education” at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, DC. On January 4, she spoke at a plenary session on “The Humanities and Public Policy” at the Modern Language Association’s annual convention in New York City.

On January 3–4, Tia Brown McNair, AAC&U vice president for diversity, equity, and student success, delivered presentations titled “Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success” at North Hennepin Community College in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, and Anoka Ramsey Community College in Cambridge, Minnesota. On January 5, McNair delivered a presentation titled “Becoming a Student-Ready College” at Harford Community College in Bel Air, Maryland. On January 8, McNair delivered a keynote address and facilitated a break-out session on becoming a student-ready college at Southern Nazarene University in Bethany, Oklahoma. On January 11–12, McNair delivered a presentation on “Equity, Inclusion, and Becoming Student-Ready” at Stetson University in Daytona, Florida. On February 7–8, McNair delivered several presentations on “Becoming a Student-Ready College: Our Collective Responsibility” at the State University of New York at Fredonia in Fredonia, New York, as part of their spring semester faculty and staff professional development day. 

Amy Jessen-Marshall, vice president for integrative learning, participated in the “Forum on Non-Tenure Track Faculty: Dialogue and Cooperation across the Disciplines,” convened by the American Historical Association in Washington, DC, on January 4. On January 11–12, she led a two-day workshop on “Integrative Learning in the Core Curriculum” at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa. She was also invited to judge the “Signature Experience: Interactive Qualifying Projects” for Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Massachusetts, on February 2.

On January 17, C. Edward Watson, associate vice president for quality, advocacy, and LEAP initiatives, delivered the opening keynote for Teaching and Learning Day at the College of Brockport in Brockport, New York. The presentation was based on his book, coauthored with José Antonio Bowen, on Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes. Later in the day, he delivered a session titled “Why All Postsecondary Institutions Should Adopt Open Educational Resources (OERs).”

Caryn McTighe Musil, senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, gave a keynote address titled “Lab Report: Disciplining Civic Engagement” at the SENCER-Southwest Spring Regional Symposium on Civic Learning by Design, hosted by Texas Woman’s University in Denton, Texas, on February 2.

On January 9, Susan Albertine, senior scholar, traveled to the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, to present an interactive keynote lecture titled “General Education in the United States: Trends and Practices.” On January 15–17, Albertine participated as a subject matter expert at Southern New Hampshire University's General Education Competency Workshop in Manchester, New Hampshire. On January 30–31, Albertine traveled to San Francisco to participate in the offsite review for reaffirmation of accreditation for United States International University–Africa, which is based in Nairobi, Kenya.

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