AAC&U News, December 2017

November/December 2017

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Dawn Whitehead (left) speaks at the 2017 International Liberal Arts Forum in Zhu Hai, China; Susan Albertine (at center in middle photo) poses with deans and faculty at Osaka University in Japan; and C. Edward Watson (right) spoke at the University of Georgia as part of the Center for Teaching and Learning’s National Speaker Series.

On November 7, Lynn Pasquerella, president of AAC&U, traveled to Malibu, California, to deliver a lecture at Pepperdine University’s Seaver College as part of their W. David Baird Distinguished Lecture Series. On November 9–10, she participated in a TIAA/Council on Foundations invitational meeting, "Managing Effectively Across Differences: The Impact of Implicit Bias on Leadership," in Durham, North Carolina. On November 13–14, AAC&U hosted, in consort with Dominican University of California, a gathering of college presidents and chief academic officers to discuss distinctive programs in the liberal arts.

On November 4, Tia Brown McNair, vice president in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, delivered a keynote address at the NODA Association for Orientation, Transition and Retention in Higher Education's Retention Symposium in Louisville, Kentucky. On November 9–10, McNair participated in the Higher Learning Commission’s Persistence and Completion Academy Advisory Board meeting in Oak Brook, Illinois.

On December 12–13 in Conway, Arkansas, Amy Jessen-Marshall, vice president for integrative learning and the global commons, led the curriculum review for Hendrix College's first-year experience program.

C. Edward Watson, associate vice president for quality, advocacy, and LEAP initiatives, spoke at the University of Georgia as part of the Center for Teaching and Learning’s National Speaker Series on November 7. The title of that presentation was "Improving Student Performance in Your Class: The Surprising Benefits of Open Educational Resources and How You Can Leverage Them to Help Your Students Succeed." On November 17, he provided the keynote for the American Accounting Association’s 2017 Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Colloquium. Translating educational research into educational practice, the keynote was titled "What Do We Really Know About How People Learn?" On November 30, he visited all three campuses of the University of North Georgia (UNG) to lead curriculum reform discussions in the service of UNG’s core curriculum revision efforts. 

Don Harward, director of Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP), traveled to the University of Warsaw, Poland, from December 3–7 to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the founding of Artes Liberales, the university’s liberal education department. Appointed as a Distinguished Visiting Professor in 2014, Harward helped plan and facilitate the event. As a board member of the Endeavor Foundation, a key funder of Artes Liberales, Harward extended congratulations on behalf of the foundation.

Caryn McTighe Musil, senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, was the opening speaker with her talk, "Rewarding Public Goods," and served as panel moderator at the Incorporating Community Engaged Teaching and Scholarship in Promotion and Tenure Institute hosted by Campus Compact Mid-Atlantic on November 15 at American University in Washington, DC. From November 16 to 17, Musil attended the 25th Anniversary Netter Center Conference at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and was part of the panel "Education, Citizenship, and Democracy." Musil traveled to Durham, North Carolina, to participate as a member of the DukeEngage National Advisory Board during their fall meeting from November 29 to 30 and to participate in their Community Partners Conference on November 28–29.

From November 14 to 16, Dawn Michele Whitehead, senior director of global learning and curricular change, participated in the 2017 International Liberal Arts Forum: Education and Globalization in the Liberal Arts at the United International College in Zhu Hai, China. She delivered a plenary, "Liberal Education as a Priority, Not an Option."

On November 8, Kate McConnell, senior director for research and assessment, conducted a workshop for the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) in Richmond, Virginia, on trends in general education and assessment. The following day, she facilitated two workshops at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida: “Using Assessment to Improve Learning” and “AAC&U’s VALUE Initiative on and Beyond Our Campus.” On November 16, she delivered the closing keynote, “Moving the Needle: From Low- to High-Impact, Boutique to Scale, Participation to Learning,” at the 2017 Virginia Assessment Group Conference in Richmond, Virginia. From December 2 to 5, she conducted a workshop titled “The Essentials of Integrating Institutional Effectiveness” with Susan Bosworth (of William & Mary University) and Joshua Brown (of the University of Virginia) and a concurrent session titled “The VALUE Approach: Assessing for Learning, Reflecting to Improve” at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges in Dallas, Texas.

Susan Albertine, senior scholar, traveled to Japan from November 3 to December 10, where she served as a visiting professor in the Center for Higher Education and Global Admissions at Osaka University. Albertine's presentations at Osaka University included a seminar titled "The Front Line of Liberal Education" for the Center for Education in Liberal Arts and Sciences on November 8 and two seminars with panel discussions on admissions practices and college learning, the first in Tokyo on November 17 and the second in Osaka on December 1. On November 13, Albertine presented a seminar titled "Liberal and General Education in the United States" at Hiroshima University. On November 20, she offered an International Seminar titled "Educational Improvement in a Global Market" at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. On November 22, she offered a seminar titled "Learning Outcomes and Assessment in the US" for Doshisha University in Kyoto. On December 2, she served as keynote panel moderator for a symposium titled "Is College Education Useful?" sponsored by the Japan Association for College and University Education and held at the Amagasaki Campus of Kansai University of International Studies near Kobe.

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