69th Annual Meeting: American Conference of Academic Deans

Educating Engaged Citizens: The Dean's Role in the Advancement of Liberal Education

Wednesday January 22, 2014 8:45am to 4:30pm

ACAD’s Annual Meeting program will feature 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 and are open to all meeting attendees. 
ACAD welcomes Pearson as our Annual Meeting exclusive sponsor

ACAD Third Annual Deans’ Institute, Wednesday, January 22
8:45 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

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

The featured plenary speaker for the day is Susan Resneck Pierce, President Emerita of the University of Puget Sound and President, SRP Consulting, LLC.  Dr. Pierce will examine the ever-changing, complex role of the CAO in today’s environment and how deans and provosts can be true to academic values while helping the faculty successfully navigate this new environment.

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 www.acad-edu.org.


ACAD Keynote Luncheon
Friday, January 24, 11:45 a.m. –1:15 p.m.

Cecilia A. Conrad

Inspiring Creativity
Cecilia A. Conrad, Vice President of the MacArthur Fellows Program, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation


ACAD Workshops
Wednesday, January 22, 2:00 –5:00 p.m.

Reanimating Liberal Studies through Intentional and Innovative Experiential Learning
The tired assumption that liberally educated students, particularly those in the liberal arts, are somehow less employable than their pre-professional peers, is cousin to the libel that liberal studies are fit only for the elite. These commonplace falsehoods drive down enrollments in arts and sciences programs and likely even drive potential employers from consideration of arts sciences graduates as viable job candidates.  In today¹s socio-economic climate in which universities and colleges are under intense scrutiny for accountability and outcomes, expectations regarding career preparation are becoming even more prominent among students, parents, and, increasingly, politicians.  How can administrators take a significant step forward in making a 21st Century case for liberal education?  Who has done so effectively, and how can other schools adapt these practices on their campuses?  How can both liberal arts and comprehensive institutions honor their missions while engaging all students, no matter their majors?

The answers, in short, may be found through the intentional and innovative framing of experiential learning.  This interactive presentation harnesses the deliberative processes of five institutions that created new and innovative experiential learning arrangements to (1) enhance institutional mission, (2) facilitate integration and transition of classroom-based knowledge and transition from college to career, and (3) achieve competency-based outcomes.  Workshop leaders will offer recommendations for diverse organizational structures to administer experiential learning efforts.  In addition, they will propose key components of an experiential learning “opportunity structure” that resonates with institutional mission and develops the habits of mind and skills that students will need in a rapidly changing economic, political and social landscape.  Workshop participants will gain greater insight into and resources for creating innovative experiential learning arrangements that reflect the mission, ecology, and goals of their own campus.

Mary-Ellen Boyle, Associate Provost and Dean of the College, Clark University;Mary Ellen Carroll, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Experiential Learning, Loras College; Laura O’Toole, Dean of Arts and Sciences, Salve Regina University; Jim Salvucci, Dean, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Anne Scholl-Fiedler, Vice President, Career Services—both of Stevenson University; Michael G. Tannenbaum, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Hartwick College


Undergraduate Research, Institutional Transformation, and Administrative Leadership:   Effective Practices for Lasting Change
Engaging students in undergraduate research positively impacts student learning, engagement, retention and graduation rates.  Evidence of undergraduate research’s particular efficacy with respect to closing of student achievement gaps between ethnic and racial groups has accelerated the push by many institutions to expand and support this high-impact practice.  There is a great need for Deans and Provosts to more fully understand how institutions have been able to expand undergraduate research opportunities across disciplines and the curriculum.   The facilitators of this workshop have leadership roles within the Council of Undergraduate Research and have extensive knowledge of the state of undergraduate research across the higher education landscape. Topics of discussion will include how undergraduate research can be integrated into faculty workload, garnering resources to scale up undergraduate research opportunities, and how undergraduate research can be articulated in promotion and tenure guidelines.  Using the focus group model, for each topic session participants will first hear about some successes and then engage in interactive small group discussions with peer facilitators.  The greater group will share ideas, address questions and then move to the next topic.

Mary Crowe, Associate Provost of Experiential Education, Florida Southern College; Julio Rivera, Provost, Carthage College; David Brakke, Dean, College of Science and Mathematics, James Madison University; Jeffery M. Osborn, Dean of the School of Science, The College of New Jersey


ACAD Sessions

ACAD sponsored sessions are open to all attendees and include topics such as “The Dean as Connector”; “The Role of Institutional Norms in Shared Governance”; “Two- and Four-Year Institutional Collaborations to Educate Engaged Citizens”; and “Assistant/Associate Deans—Catalysts for Engagement.” 


ACAD Reception
Friday, January 24, 5:30 p.m.

Hosted jointly by ACAD and the Phi Beta Kappa Society

For more information about the ACAD meeting, including a full program of events, please visit www.acad-edu.org.