Ticketed Breakfasts and Luncheons

(There is a separate registration and fee required for the functions listed below.)


Thursday, January 26, 7:00–8:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast for Women Faculty and Administrators

Glass Cliffs, Queen Bees, and the Snow Woman Effect:
Persistent Barriers to Women’s Leadership in the Academy

Lynn Pasquerella, who assumed the presidency of AAC&U on July 1, 2016, has demonstrated throughout her career a deep and abiding commitment to access to excellence in liberal education regardless of socioeconomic background. A graduate of Quinebaug Valley Community College, Mount Holyoke College, and Brown University, Pasquerella joined the Department of Philosophy at the University of Rhode Island in 1985, later serving as Vice Provost for Research, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and Dean of the Graduate School. She was also Provost at the University of Hartford, and, in 2010, was named President of Mount Holyoke College. Pasquerella has written extensively on medical ethics, metaphysics, public policy, and the philosophy of law. She also serves as Vice President of Phi Beta Kappa and host of Northeast Public Radio's The Academic Minute.


Thursday, January 26, 7:00–8:30 am
Pedagogy and the “Big Questions”


Engaging Global Perspectives and Issues in and Outside of the Classroom

The problems of the twenty-first century are inherently global in nature—food security, health issues, human rights, migration, natural disasters, sustainability, and, water security—in their framing and in potential solutions. Students across our nation and world are rising up to keep their campuses, nations, and our world accountable on issues of environmental sustainability, equity, justice, and acts of reconciliation and restorative justice.

Across disciplines, students need to be introduced to global perspectives as they explore these problems and issues and need to be willing and able to solve the problems in collaborative, interdisciplinary teams. Students need opportunities to braid their course-based intellectual experiences with practical experiences in diverse communities at home and abroad. How do we prepare students to do this? How do we construct educational experiences that give students opportunities to engage in global challenges and encourage them to think broadly and innovatively as they attempt to tackle these challenges?

This breakfast discussion will focus on how to productively engage in solving global challenges using tools, activities, experiences and perspectives from multiple disciplines. Participants will share experiences and techniques. 

Discussion Leader:  Dawn Michele Whitehead, Senior Director for Global Learning and Curricular Change, AAC&U

(Participation is limited to 30 individuals, so please register early.)


Thursday, January 26, 12:00–1:30 pm
Networking Luncheon for Faculty and Administrators of Color

Building and Sustaining Allies for Turbulent Times

Michelle Asha Cooper is president of the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP)—one of the nation’s most effective voices in championing access and success. She previously served as the deputy director for the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance at the U.S. Department of Education, and has held various leadership positions at AAC&U, the Council for Independent Colleges, and King’s College. Cooper was selected by ESSENCE magazine as a “powerful visionary,” celebrating Black women under 40 who are trailblazers; and by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education in their 25th anniversary issue as one of “25 to Watch” featuring up-and-coming higher education leaders who are carrying the diversity mantle forward in an avowed commitment to progress. Cooper received her B.A. from the College of Charleston, an M.P.S. from Cornell University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park.


Friday, January 27, 7:00–8:30 am
ACAD Members Business Breakfast


Friday, January 27, 7:00–8:30 am
Designing Intentional Pathways to Make Excellence Inclusive 

As educators communicate the value of a liberal education in preparing students for work, life, and citizenship, they must also design pathways that promote intentionality, learning, and completion.

  • What are evidence-based pathways that help students develop as intentional learners?
  • How do those pathways promote the principles and practices of inclusive excellence?
  • How can we help students plan and succeed in individualized courses of study that are tied to their goals, lives, and emerging interests?

We invite colleagues from public, private, two-year, and four-year institutions to join us for breakfast and facilitated roundtable discussions on strategies for defining, communicating, and practicing inclusive excellence through the design of intentional pathways.

Welcome by Tia Brown McNair, Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success, AAC&U


For Presidents and Foundation Leaders:
Friday, January 27, 7:30–8:45 am
Presidents’ Networking Breakfast

This breakfast provides an opportunity for presidents to come together informally to discuss particular challenges, gain advice from colleagues, and exchange best practices around negotiating the complexities and pressures of leadership within the academy.


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

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 Casap, Education Evangelist, Google, Inc.


For Presidents and Foundation Leaders:
Friday, January 27, 12:00–2:00 pm
Presidents’ Luncheon

Why Reporters Won't Pay Attention—Except When I Don't Want Them To

Scott Jaschik, Editor, Inside Higher Ed