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Innovations, Efficiencies, and Disruptions—To What Ends?

AAC&U Annual Meeting
January 23-26, 2013
Atlanta, Georgia / Hyatt Regency Hotel

Sessions on Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement

Thursday, January 24

Linking Classrooms, Campuses, Communities, and Colleagues via Social and Civic High Engagement Learning
Project Pericles works with faculty to enhance links between the curriculum, campus, communities, and colleagues, encouraging students to connect knowledge with real-world responsibilities.  Periclean Faculty Leaders from different institutions and disciplines will discuss curricular programs that strengthen critical thinking, skills, social responsibility, and active engagement while promoting faculty development. The panel explores real-world social issues: food insecurity, political participation, and cultural survival. With audience participation, panelists will discuss replicable best practices, tactics, challenges and solutions.
Jan Liss, Executive Director, Project Pericles; Ben Berger, Associate Professor of Political Science, Swarthmore College; Marina Barnett, Associate Professor of Social Work, Widener University; Emily Kane, Professor of Sociology, Bates College; Molly Olsen, Associate Professor of Hispanic and Latin American Studies, Macalester College

Strengthening The Case for Community Engagement in Higher Education
We invite you to join a conversation with Campus Compact's 2012 Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award winner, Andrew Furco. During the last two decades, we have seen tremendous growth in the number of higher education institutions that have integrated community engagement into their research and teaching initiatives. Community-engaged work, however, continues to struggle for full legitimacy as a central component of higher education’s work. One of the strongest, persistent criticisms is the belief that the field lacks strong evidence regarding the impact of community engagement on student development. This session will examine the current state of research on the impact of community engagement on student outcomes and will engage participants in discussing the additional evidence that they believe is needed to strengthen the case for community engagement in higher education.
Andrew Furco, Associate Vice President for Public Engagement and Associate Professor of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development, University of Minnesota
This session is presented by Campus Compact

A Crucible Moment: Not Just a Report but a Change Agenda
This session will focus on some of the specific initiatives national organizations have launched to make AAC&U’s report, A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy’s Future, a lever for change. Members of the Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Steering Committee, representing groups committed to implementing the report’s ambitious civic agenda which they helped shape, will highlight the strategies, focus, and insights thus far of their organizations’ efforts to make a difference at the ground level so civic learning becomes an expected outcome of every college graduate.
Moderator: Caryn McTighe Musil, Senior Vice President, AAC&U
Presenters: Gwendolyn J. Dungy, Executive Director Emeritus, NASPA; Ariane Hoy, Senior Program Officer, The Bonner Foundation; and Brian Murphy, President, De Anza College, and Co-Founder, The Democracy Commitment

Service, Disrupting Citizenship, and the Neoliberal Academy
University service opportunities for students are co-implicated with broader neoliberal moves on college campuses. They often promote technological rather than political understandings of social suffering and inculcate in students not so much critical thinking as entrepreneurialism and administrative prowess. Universities concerned with cultivating students for lives in a robust democracy may need to rethink how they encourage students to channel their laudable desires to change the world.
John Bodinger de Uriarte, Associate Professor of Anthropology, Director of Diversity Studies , and Shari Jacobson, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Chair—both of Susquehanna University

Not Your Grandmother's Community Engagement: Institutional Perspectives and Considerations on Student Demographics and Community Engagement
As higher education becomes increasingly diverse a one-size-fits-all approach to community engagement is not successful. A panel of four institutional leaders will examine how the “new” assets of diverse students shape their respective community-based learning models. Participants will build strategies for their own institutions.
Susan Agre-Kippenhan, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean of Faculty, Linfield College; Sherril Gelmon, Chair, Division of Public Administration, Professor of Public Health, Portland State University; Devorah Lieberman, President, University of La Verne; Judith Ramaley, President Emerita, Winona State University, Distinguished Professor of Public Service, Portland State University

Friday, January 25

Civic Engagement and Economic Development: Developing Engaged Learning Economies
The top finalists from Campus Compact's 2012 Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award will respond to Campus Compact’s recent white paper, “Engaged Learning Economies: Aligning Civic Engagement and Economic Development in Community-Campus Partnerships.”  The finalists will bring their unique perspectives to the connection between civic engagement and economic development, discussing strategies, pros and cons, and good practices for working with community partners to develop vibrant economies. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on how civic engagement can jumpstart economic development.
Peter Bortolotti, Associate Professor of Marketing, Johnson & Wales University; Gabriel Garcia, Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean for Medical School Admissions, Stanford University School of Medicine; Stephen Philion, Director, SCSU Research Group on Immigrant Workers in Minnesota, Associate Professor of Sociology, St. Cloud State University; and Gary Welborn, Associate Professor of Sociology, Buffalo State College
This session is presented by Campus Compact

Civic Mission of Higher Education
What are the fundamental issues about the civic mission of higher education? Bringing Theory to Practice has launched a series of publications on this question, including civic scholars who work at the forefront of the field. Panelists will provide provocations, followed by active participation with the audience. The discussionwill provide insights and stimulate responses regarding the complexities of the civic and how those issues connect to the triad (engaged learning, student well-being, and civic awareness) of core commitments that underlie the missions of our institutions and the work of Bringing Theory to Practice.
Moderator: Barry Checkoway, Professor of Social Work and Urban Planning  and  founder of the Ginsberg Center, University of Michigan; Michelle Fine, Professor of Social and Personality Psychology, Graduate Center, CUNY; Corey Keyes, Associate Professor of Sociology, Emory University; Matthew Countryman, Assistant Professor of History and American Culture, University of Michigan

Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement (CLDE): A Report from the Field One Year Later
The AAC&U report: A Crucible Moment: College Learning and Democracy's Future calls on higher education to reclaim our civic mission. Presenters will include preliminary report from NASPA’s 50 Lead Institutions and three specific institutional examples of how institutions are implementing civic learning and democratic engagement (CLDE). Participants are encouraged to read the report prior to the program session. A downloadable version is available here.
Laura E. Sponsler, NASPA Fellow for Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement , NASPA - Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education; Steven Neilson, Vice President for Student Affairs, and Micki Meyer, Lord Family Director of Community Engagement—both of Rollins College; Katherine Nordyke, Director, Citizenship and Service-Learning, Missouri State University; Laura Osteen, Director, Center for Leadership and Civic Education, Florida State University

Civic Professionalism: A Pathway to Engaged Faculty Work
This panel addresses how faculty development and institutional support can further educational practices connecting disciplinary knowledge with vocational exploration and civic inquiry. Panelists present research on faculty motivation for and structural barriers to civic engagement, and introduce two models deploying the framework of civic professionalism to support faculty engagement.
Paul Schadewald, Associate Director, Civic Engagement Center,  Macalester College; Amy Koritz, Director Center for Civic Engagement, Drew University; Timothy Eatman, Co-Director Imagining America, Imagining America; KerryAnn O'Meara, Associate Professor Higher Education, University of Maryland

Pluralism as a Goal for the Global Century:  Assessing and Promoting Religious Understanding and Multi-faith Cooperation on College Campuses
Often missing from campus conversations about engagement with cultural diversity is attention to the religious diversity of students (including students with no confessional affiliation). Facilitated by an inter-institutional team, this session will overview the methods and findings from a year-long assessment of campus climate guided by the Interfaith Youth Core.  Session participants will then critique a rubric, drafted in the style of the VALUE rubrics, to measure students’ knowledge of, and engagement with, religious pluralism.
Trina Jones, Associate Professor of Religion, Ellen Goldey, Kenan Professor and Chair of Biology, Wofford College; Peter Felten, Assistant Provost, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning, Professor of History, Lauren Emery, Assistant Chaplain, and Brooke Barnett, Senior Fellow and Advisor to the President—all of Elon University; Ashley Finley, Senior Director of Assessment and Research, AAC&U; Katie Bringman Baxter, Director of Campus Engagements, and Alana Kinarsky, Campus Engagement Associate—both of Interfaith Youth Core

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