Telling Our Story, Making Our Case: From Classrooms to Constituencies

73rd Annual Meeting

How can we, as academic leaders, better articulate what our colleges and universities do well to focus multiple constituencies on the value of our institutions and our graduates?  The 2017 ACAD Annual Meeting program features sessions that academic administrators will find useful, challenging, and enriching.  ACAD sessions are known for their emphasis on practice and the use of interactive methods of presentation.


ACAD 6th Annual Deans’ Institute
Wednesday, January 25, 8:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

The Deans’ Institute provides an opportunity for academic administrators to develop their leadership abilities in a supportive environment.  It is designed especially for deans, provosts, associate deans and associate provosts, and other academic leaders above the rank of department head.

The featured opening plenary speaker for the day is Kathleen Murray, President, Whitman College, and the closing plenary speaker is Linda Cabe Halpern, Vice Provost for University Programs, James Madison University.  The Institute will also include a series of roundtable discussion opportunities on more than fifteen different topics/themes.

The goals of the day-long institute are:

  • Advancing the leadership abilities of deans and academic administrators
  • Sharing valuable information about the current state of the deanship
  • Providing updates on important developments in the world of higher education
  • Creating networking opportunities

A full Institute program can be found by visiting the ACAD website at


ACAD Workshops
Wednesday, January 25, 2:00–5:00 p.m.

  • Liberal Arts Institutions:  Survival Lessons of the Next Decade
  • Transforming Your Institution for Inclusive Excellence


ACAD Keynote Luncheon
Friday, January 27, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

Iteration and Innovation in Education 
As the world gets more connected, it also gets more complex.  We now operate on a global scale and our job in education is to help learners develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities they will need to thrive in this new environment.  We are preparing them to solve global problems we haven’t defined yet, using technology that hasn’t been invented, in roles that do not exist.  To thrive in this new era, learners need to know how to learn, problem solve, iterate, create, collaborate, communicate, and to think critically.  What we need more than anything in education is a culture of innovation and iteration in order to build new learning models supported and enabled by technology to foster student focused learning.

Jaime CasapJaime Casap, Education Evangelist, Google, Inc.

Jaime Casap is the Education Evangelist at Google. Jaime evangelizes the power and potential of technology and the web as enabling and supporting tools in pursuit of promoting inquiry-driven project-based learning models. Working with the Google for Education Team, Jaime collaborates with school systems, educational organizations, and leaders focused on building innovation and iteration into our education policies and practices. He speaks on education, technology, innovation, and generation z, at events around the world.

In addition to his role at Google, Jaime serves on a number of boards, including Inquiry Schools Dot Org, Seed Spot NEXT, and Mi Familia Vota.  He is part of the Phoenix Union School District Team, who created the Phoenix Coding Academy, an inquiry-based high school designed with computer science as the core language students use in pursuit of the problems they want to solve.  Jaime is also an adjunct professor at Arizona State University, where he teaches classes on policy, innovation, and leadership.

You can reach him on Twitter at @jcasap


ACAD Sessions

ACAD sponsored sessions are open to all attendees and include the following:

  • Telling the Story: New Colleges Centered on Learning and Connected with Communities
  • Succeeding in the Search Process
  • Seeding Grass-Roots Discussions: Equipping Administrators to Foster Faculty Engagement with Mission, Identity, and External Constituencies]
  • “Drinking from the Firehose”: Two African-American Deans Reflect on Their Leadership at Private Colleges/Universities in the Midwest and Southern California
  • Assistant/Associate Deans-Solving Problems (Before and After They Arise)
  • Setting up a System for Supporting Students with Mental Health Needs without Compromising Academic Integrity
  • Telling Your Story in the Noisy Marketplace
  • Why 90% Retention Isn’t Good Enough: Student Success and Diversity at the Selective Small College
  • The State of Shared Governance: Preliminary Results of the 2016 AAUP/ACAD Survey

A full program with a list of all ACAD sessions can be found on the ACAD website at: