On the Road with AAC&U, June/July 2016
On June 6, Carol Geary Schneider, president of AAC&U, traveled to New Haven, Connecticut, to speak at an international symposium, held by Yale-NUS College, on globalizing the liberal arts. On June 10, Schneider addressed liberal learning and democracy at MetroCITI’s “Landscapes for Learning: Creating Liberal Education in Urban Colleges and Universities,” held in New York City. On June 23, Schneider traveled to the CUNY Stella and Charles Guttman Community College in New York City to deliver remarks at the institution’s commencement and receive their Presidential Medal from President Scott Evenbeck. The award is bestowed upon those persons who “play a fundamental role in envisioning and supporting” the students and mission of the institution.
Susan Albertine, senior scholar and director of LEAP States, traveled to the University of Michigan on May 19 to cofacilitate a conference workshop titled “Diversifying the Faculty: A Guidebook for Search Committees.” This session was part of “The Future of Diversity Research,” a conference sponsored by the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) from May 18 to 20. At the session, participants discussed themes and topics for the second edition of AAC&U’s Diversifying the Faculty, which Caroline Sotello Viernes Turner is preparing for publication with AAC&U and NCID. On May 25, Albertine traveled to Hofstra University to meet with leaders from both Hofstra and Japan’s Kansai University of International Studies (KUIS). KUIS is an institutional member of the Japan Association for College and University Education (JACUE), and JACUE and AAC&U have formed a partnership to encourage such connections. Hofstra University invited KUIS leaders to visit campus centers and programs that are using experiential learning and high-impact practices.
Tia Brown McNair, vice president in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, presented to faculty on high-impact practices at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, on May 6. On May 23, she attended the Diversity and Inclusion Researcher Roundtable at the US Department of Education in Washington, DC. McNair will deliver the keynote address at the inaugural United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Career Pathways Initiative Convening in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 6–8. She will also deliver the keynote address at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University’s Pathways General Education Summer Institute, held June 13–15 in Blacksburg, Virginia. On June 28, McNair will present during the CUNY Stella and Charles Guttman Community College’s signature assignment/work-focused faculty development institute in New York, New York.
On May 19–20, Dawn Michele Whitehead, senior director of global learning and curricular change, participated in the “Reimagining American Colleges and Universities for Culturally-Responsive Teaching, Learning, and the Well-Being of Students” gathering at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. From May 22 to 25, Whitehead was a co-leader for the campus track at the Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization at Indiana University-Bloomington. On June 9–10, Whitehead was a featured speaker at the Global MindEd Conference in Denver, Colorado. She spoke for the higher education and policy tracks.
Caryn McTighe Musil, senior scholar and director of civic learning and democracy initiatives, participated as a member of the DukeEngage National Advisory Board in their spring meeting from May 11 to 12 in Durham, North Carolina. From May 22 to 25, McTighe Musil traveled to Bloomington, Indiana, to consult and present at the Institute for Curriculum and Campus Internationalization Summer Institute hosted by Indiana University and cosponsored by AAC&U. Musil gave a keynote, “The Civic Dimensions of Global Engagement,” and moderated the panel “Innovative Practices in Internationalization: ICCI Alums in Action.” From June 1 to 4, Musil attended the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement 2016 conference in Indianapolis, Indiana, sponsored by AASCU, TDC, and NASPA, where she and Carol-lynn Swol presented Civic Prompts: Making Civic Learning Routine across the Disciplines, and also organized and moderated a mini-institute, “Citizenship Under Siege: Finding Common Ground Amidst Fractious Differences,” with eight leaders from the seven community colleges in AAC&U’s Citizenship Under Siege project.