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On the Road

May/June 2019

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C. Edward Watson consulting with a university team at AAC&Us Institute on General Education and Assessment (far right in left photo); Dawn Michele Whitehead (left in center photo) at the Global Engagement Conference at the University of Washington–Tacoma; and Lynn Pasquerella (standing at far right) receiving an honorary degree during commencement ceremonies at the University of Rhode Island.

AAC&U President Lynn Pasquerella presented “Destabilizing a Dominant Narrative” on AAC&U’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation initiative at the Association of Research Libraries Conference in Minneapolis on June 14. From May 13 to 14, she attended the Lingnan Foundation Board meetings at the Luce Foundation headquarters in New York. President Pasquerella delivered the graduate commencement address at the University of Hartford and was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters on May 17. On May 18, she received an honorary degree from the University of Rhode Island. The previous evening (May 17), she also gave an address to initiates of the Beta Chapter of Rhode Island’s Phi Beta Kappa. A member of the Newman’s Own Advisory Board, President Pasquerella attended the Serious Fun Gala to support children with life-limiting illnesses on May 23 in New York. She traveled to Bowdoin College from May 29 to 30 to deliver a keynote address and facilitate workshops on integrative learning. From June 1 to 7, Pasquerella attended the German Leaders Council in Hamburg, Germany, where she spoke on “The Place of Universities in Society.” On June 12, she traveled to Toronto to present at the Worldviews 2019 Conference on “Cognitive Dissonance: The Response of Higher Education and Media to the Clash of Democratic and Populist Values” and “Current Innovations: The Conversation, EvidenceNetwork.ca, Academic Minute.” 

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       C. Edward Watson, Kate McConnell, Ashley Finley,
       and Terrel Rhodes at AAC&U
s Institute on
       General Education and Assessment

Ashley Finley, senior advisor to the president and vice president of strategic planning and partnerships, delivered the Eric Dey Memorial Keynote Address, “Finding Meaning through Inquiry: The Questions That Drive Good Data,” at the University of Michigan’s 16th Annual Student Life Research Symposium on May 15. She also attended the SeriousFun Gala hosted by Newman’s Own Foundation on May 23 along with AAC&U’s Board Chair Carol Leary and colleagues Lynn Pasquerella, Tia Brown McNair, and Andrew Flagel. From June 4 to 7, Finley served as an institute faculty member, along with AAC&U's Kate McConnell, Terrel Rhodes, and C. Edward Watson, for AAC&U’s Institute on General Education and Assessment at the University of Vermont.

On May 9, Tia Brown McNair, vice president for diversity, equity, and student success and executive director for the TRHT Campus Centers, delivered a keynote titled “Educating Today’s Student by Making Excellence Inclusive” and a workshop titled “Examining Equity: Intentionality by Design” at Southern New Hampshire University in Hooksett, New Hampshire. McNair delivered a keynote titled “Making Excellence Inclusive: Intentionally Approaching Discovery, Innovation, and Experience as Ways of Educating Today’s Student” and a workshop titled “Making Excellence Inclusive and Advancing Educational Equity: A Quality Framework for Experiential Education” at Suffolk University’s Annual Symposium on Innovation in Teaching and Learning in Boston on May 14. From May 16 to 17, McNair facilitated an equity academy at Northern Kentucky University focused on the institution’s strategic framework “Success by Design” in Highland Heights, Kentucky. McNair facilitated workshops titled “Examining Equity, Equality, and Justice: Intentionality by Design” at Southwest Tennessee Community College’s 17th Annual Summer Institute on May 20 in Memphis. On May 21, she facilitated a workshop titled “Equity and Learning Assessment: Inextricably Linked for Student Success and for Social Justice” at New England Educational Assessment Network’s 2019 Summer Assessment and Learning Institute in Keene, New Hampshire. On May 23, McNair delivered a keynote on “Committing to Equity and Social Justice” and facilitated a workshop on “Putting Equitable Practices into Action” at Delaware Technical Community College’s 2019 Equity Summit in Dover, Delaware. McNair attended SeriousFun Children’s Network’s Gala on May 23 in New York. On May 29, McNair attended a National Advisory Board Meeting for the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Humanities Center at Cuyahoga Community College in Highland Hills, Ohio. On May 30, McNair delivered the opening keynote on racial equity and social justice at Bridgewater State University’s Leading for Change Racial Equity and Justice Institute in Bridgewater. McNair participated in a panel titled “What Challenges and Opportunities Will Universities Face as They Collaborate on the World Stage?” at Times Higher Education’s Teaching Excellence Summit on June 5 in London, Ontario, Canada. On June 11, McNair delivered a keynote titled “A Vision for Equity, Inclusive Excellence, and Quality” and a breakout session titled “Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Advancing Student Learning and Success” at the Christian Adult Higher Education Association’s 25th Conference in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Dawn Michele Whitehead, vice president of the office of global citizenship for campus, community, and careers, served on the faculty of the AAC&U summer institute on High-Impact Practices at Villanova University from June 18 to 21, and she participated in the international symposium on global community-engaged learning in Ho, Ghana, from June 23 to June 29. From July 16 to 19, Whitehead facilitated AAC&U’s Integrated Learning and Signature Work Institute at Emory University in Atlanta. From July 10 to 11, she attended the board of directors meeting and a joint meeting with the council of the Forum on Education Abroad in Providence, Rhode Island.

From May 15 to 21, Terrel Rhodes, vice president for quality, curriculum, and assessment, and executive director of VALUE, attended the Sixth International Forum on Industry and Education (IFIE) in Beijing and delivered an address, “Changing Nature of Work and Careers: The University Is a Hub for Establishing a Lifelong Learning System.” The conference focused on building an education system for lifelong learning, and Rhodes engaged in conversations about why liberal education is important, what American liberal education is like, and how to promote liberal education values to Chinese universities. Following the conference, Rhodes toured multiple universities in Xi’an with representatives of GATE, the Chinese education organization that hosted the forum. From June 4 to 7, Rhodes served as an institute faculty member for AAC&U’s Institute on General Education and Assessment at the University of Vermont.

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Caryn McTighe Musil at 
“Making Democracy Work.”

On May 28, Caryn McTighe Musil, senior director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, presented a keynote, “Cultivating Democratic Habits for Learning, Work, and Life,” and led a breakout session, “A Deeper Dive into Designs for Democratic Habits,” at the 5th Annual Civic Learning and Civic Engagement Conference, “Making Democracy Work,” held in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. On June 7, Musil presented a workshop, “Designs for Democratic Learning and Agency: Civic-Oriented Projects,” at the 2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The workshop explored how project-based capstones in the major can embed democratic engagement as an outcome to help students build more flourishing communities.

From June 5 to 8, the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) American Democracy Project and NASPA: Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education held their 2019 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. BTtoP Director David Scobey attended the conference alongside faculty, student affairs professionals, senior campus administrators, students, and community partners to discuss how to best prepare today’s students for civically engaged lives.

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