Annual Meeting Breakfasts and Luncheons


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


Thursday, January 21, 7:00–8:30 a.m.
Networking Breakfast for Women Faculty and Administrators

Is it Really My Fault?  Confronting the Myths Surrounding Women’s Advancement

Lynn M. Gangone is Vice President for Leadership Programs at the American Council on Education (ACE) where she is responsible for guiding ACE’s suite of programming for current and future higher education leaders, including women’s leadership and advancement.  Dr. Gangone has served higher education as a faculty member, administrator, association executive, and lobbyist and policy analyst.  She is the former Dean of Colorado Women’s College at the University of Denver; served as Vice President of the Maryland Independent College and University Association; and is a member of the board of the Women’s College Coalition.

Thursday, January 21, 7:00–8:30 a.m.
Pedagogy and the “Big Questions”:  Engaging Global Perspectives and Issues in and Outside 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. Across disciplines, students need to be introduced to global perspectives as they explore these problems 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.  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 Whitehead, Senior Director for Global Learning and Curricular Change, AAC&U

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

Thursday, January 21, 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. 
Networking Luncheon for Faculty and Administrators of Color

What Is Your Power and To What End?

Gwendolyn Jordan Dungy—an accomplished speaker, leader, and educator—served for seventeen year as Executive Director of NASPA: Student Affairs Professionals in Higher Education, the world’s largest professional association for student affairs.

Notwithstanding the bias in gender among the most popular super heroes today, the accepted wisdom of the day is that special and superhuman powers are needed to address extraordinarily difficult and chronic challenges. Educators, especially women of color, are in positions where we can make a difference in higher education using our special powers. Identifying our powers and articulating what motivates us to use them are essential steps in vanquishing injustices that hinder equitable progress for our New Majority.

Friday, January 22, 7:00–8:30 am

Guided Learning Pathways:
Open Dialogues on Transfer, Transition, and Transformation

With mounting evidence that guided learning pathways advance a definition of student success that includes not only college completion but workforce preparedness and civic engagement, faculty and academic leaders ask:

  • What distinguishes a guided learning pathway? 
  • How can we create clear on-ramps to and smooth transitions within a curricular pathway?
  • How might faculty collaborate to align the curricular pathway to shared learning outcomes?
  • How might academic and student affairs leaders collaborate within and across institutions to support student progression along the pathway?
  • How can we define shared learning outcomes to ensure long-term flourishing for college graduates?

We invite colleagues from all types of institutions—large and small, public and private, research and master’s universities, liberal arts colleges, community colleges, and state systems—to join us for breakfast and an informal discussion around emerging and provocative questions on the design of guided learning pathways that prepare students for successful transition from college to both work and civic life.

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

Discussion Leaders:

Georgette Perez, Interim Dean of Students, Miami Dade College

Mark Williams, Project Director, Male Student Success Initiative, The Community College of Baltimore County

Julius Dodds, Director of Academic Retention, Chattanooga State Community College

Donna Seagle, Director, Faculty Center, Chattanooga State Community College

Frantz Alcindor, Director/Academy Advising, CUNY Queensborough Community College

Brian A. Kerr, Director of Articulation, Transfer & Educational Partnerships, CUNY Queensborough Community College

Andrea S. Salis, Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor of Health and Physical Education, CUNY Queensborough Community College

Adam Porro, Director of Student Centered Services, Miami Dade College

Sonja Montas-Hunter, Assistant Vice Provost, Student Access and Success, Florida International University


Friday, January 22, 7:00–8:30 am

Presidents’ Breakfast
Speaker to be announced


Friday, January 22, 7:00–8:30 am

ACAD Business Breakfast

This event is sponsored by Pearson


Friday, January 22, 11:45 am–1:15 pm
ACAD Keynote Luncheon

This event is sponsored by Pearson

Equity and Quality in College Experiences and Graduate Outcomes

Findings from the Gallup-Purdue Index—the largest representative study of college graduates with more than 60,000 respondents—provide fascinating and surprising insights on equity in college student experiences and graduate outcomes, and disappointing and challenging insights about the quality of higher education. How do graduates of different races and first-generation status fare on the likelihood of achieving key student experiences in college?  How do graduates of different races and first-generation status fare on long-term outcomes such as being engaged in their work and thriving in their overall well-being?  And how do these insights guide us in improving policy and practice in higher education?     

Brandon Busteed, Executive Director, Education and Workforce Development, Gallup Education


Friday, January 22, 12:00-2:00 pm
Presidents' Luncheon

Kentaro Toyama
W.K. Kellogg Associate Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information, and author of Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology.