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Kathryn Peltier Campbell Named Senior Academic Editor and Editor, Liberal Education and Diversity & Democracy

Friday, June 2, 2017 - 10:45

AAC&U announced today the appointment of Kathryn Peltier Campbell as Senior Academic Editor and Editor, Liberal Education and Diversity & Democracy. Campbell most recently served as Senior Editor for Equity and Civic Engagement and Director of Member Communications and has overseen the development and editorial direction of Diversity & Democracy, AAC&U’s quarterly publication on diversity, equity, global learning, and civic engagement. 

Campbell joined AAC&U in 2007 and has edited numerous AAC&U periodicals including Diversity & Democracy (previously Diversity Digest) and On Campus with Women, as well as other AAC&U publications such as America’s Unmet Promise: The Imperative for Equity in Higher Education (Witham et al. 2015), General Education Transformed: How We Can, Why We Must (Gaston 2015), and Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High Impact Practices (Finley and McNair 2013).

Campbell earned her master’s in English from the University of Virginia, where she participated in the English department’s American Studies interdisciplinary program. She also earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia, graduating with high honors in English Language and Literature and completing a second major in physics.

2018 Annual Meeting

CFP Open for the 2018 Annual Meeting

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:15

Proposals are due Friday, July 21, 2017, for the meeting, Can Higher Education Recapture the Elusive American Dream?, which will be held January 24–27, 2018, in Washington, DC.

2018 General Education and Assessment

Submit Proposals for 2018 General Education and Assessment Conference

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 10:15

Proposals are due Friday, July 14, 2017, for the conference, Foundations for Democracy, which will be held February 15–17, 2018, in Philadelphia, PA.

AAC&U Selects Nearly 200 Institutions to Participate in Summer Institutes

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 09:15

Teams of five or more will attend Institutes on General Education and Assessment, High-Impact Practices and Student Success, and Integrative Learning and Signature Work. Individual faculty members will attend the Project Kaleidoscope STEM Leadership Institutes.

Lynn Pasquerella

AAC&U President Urges Graduates to Find “Your Best and Most Authentic Selves”

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 15:15

On May 20, Lynn Pasquerella delivered the commencement address to graduating students at Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, urging graduates to use the invaluable skills they acquired through a liberal education to enhance their personal lives and strengthen democracy. “Elizabethtown College takes seriously our nation’s historic mission of educating for democracy,” Pasquerella said. “Yet, beyond the public purpose of higher education, your education has served a personal purpose, as well . . . Elizabethtown has set you on the path of finding your best and most authentic selves.” 


Feature Your Department in a New Project on Civic and Social Responsibility

Friday, May 19, 2017 - 10:00

AAC&U has launched a new project to describe how different departments and disciplines incorporate learning for civic and social responsibility into requirements and pedagogy of a student’s major or specialized program.

Newman's Own Foundation

Newman’s Own Foundation Appoints AAC&U President to Advisory Board

Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 14:45

Newman's Own Foundation has appointed Lynn Pasquerella, president of AAC&U, to its advisory board. In January, AAC&U received a grant from Newman’s Own Foundation for a three-year initiative supporting the collaboration with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to create Centers for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) at higher education institutions across the country. The grant will support a multi-year initiative to implement ten TRHT Centers, which will be designed to engage and empower campus and community stakeholders to break down racial hierarchies and create a positive narrative about race in the community.

"We are delighted to have Dr. Pasquerella join the Newman's Own Advisory Board," Bob Forrester, president and CEO of Newman's Own Foundation and executive chairman of Newman's Own, Inc., said in a press release. "Lynn is a distinguished scholar and teacher, whose lifelong commitment to bringing empowerment and opportunity to the least advantaged in our world will make her a valued colleague and advisor."

Beyond the ‘A’ Word

Register now for Webinar: Beyond the ‘A’ Word on April 17

Monday, April 3, 2017 - 13:00

A new webinar, “Beyond the ‘A’ Word: Assessment that Empowers Faculty,” will provide techniques, strategies, and case studies that demonstrate an approach to assessment that promotes innovation and enables creative practices for marrying teaching and learning with authentic assessment.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation

AAC&U Receives Grant to Develop Centers for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 10:00

AAC&U has received a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support the initial development of ten Centers for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation at higher education institutions across the country.

Gender Values

Gender Values: Meeting the Challenge for STEM Gender Diversity

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 16:00

This project offers a powerful, dynamic assessment tool designed to assist US colleges and universities in tailoring best practices and resources to meet their own unique institutional goals for diversifying STEM faculty.

Mellon/ACLS Fellows Program

Applications Due March 22 for the Mellon/ACLS Fellows Program

Thursday, March 9, 2017 - 14:00

The Mellon / American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Public Fellows Program is a career-building fellowship initiative designed to expand the reach of doctoral education in the humanities. In 2017, the Public Fellows Program will place up to twenty-two recent PhDs from the humanities and humanistic social sciences in two-year staff positions at partnering organizations in government and the nonprofit sector. Fellows will participate in the substantive work of these organizations and will receive professional mentoring; an annual stipend of $67,500; and health insurance. 

The application deadline for the Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows Program is March 22, 2017 (8 p.m. EDT).

The Public Fellows Program is offered by ACLS with generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Please direct all inquiries about the fellowship program to ACLS.

Diversity Learning Network 2017

Register Now for Voices Leading Change: Diversity, Learning, and Student Success Conference

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 13:00

March 16–18, 2017, Jacksonville, FL—AAC&U's Diversity, Learning, and Student Success conference will engage participants in exploring how students, faculty, staff, and community partners can be catalysts for transformative campus and social change.


Webinar on Tracking Student Access to High-Impact Practices in STEM

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 08:15

On Wednesday, March 8, from 1 to 2 p.m. (ET), AAC&U will cohost a free webinar with the Coalition of Urban Serving Universities and the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities on Tracking Student Access to High-Impact Practices in STEM. Certain High-Impact Practices (such as internships, undergraduate research, capstone courses, and learning communities) help undergraduate students persist and succeed. However, a number of these practices take place beyond the classroom, and universities may not have the capacity to fully track student access to these practices and their impact on learning outcomes. During this webinar, we will explore some of the evidence for High-Impact Practices and learn about innovative efforts to track student participation at California State University, Northridge and the University of South Carolina. Click here to register.

Value Report 2017

VALUE Report Shows It's Possible to Meaningfully Measure Learning for Outcomes that Matter in Work and Life

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 08:30

On Solid Ground shares the results from the first two years of data collection for the VALUE initiative, a nationwide project that examines direct evidence of student learning and performance on key learning outcomes.

C. Edward Watson

AAC&U Announces Appointment of C. Edward Watson as Associate Vice President for Quality, Advocacy, and LEAP Initiatives

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 14:30

The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) announced today the appointment of C. Edward Watson as Associate Vice President for Quality, Advocacy, and LEAP Initiatives. Watson will join AAC&U from the University of Georgia (UGA) where he is the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and Fellow in the Institute for Higher Education. Watson will lead the association’s national and state-level advocacy and policy efforts to advance quality in undergraduate student learning. He also will guide AAC&U’s agenda, grounded in the LEAP initiative, to advance educational quality initiatives within institutions, state systems, and state-based consortia, and will serve as the leader for the LEAP States initiative.

At UGA, Watson has led university efforts associated with faculty excellence and student learning. His areas of responsibility have included faculty instructional development, student learning outcomes assessment, teaching assistant development, learning technologies, media / production services, learning spaces, and the scholarship of teaching and learning. He has taught courses on college teaching, student learning, and course design. He is the cofounding Executive Editor of the International Journal of ePortfolio and the Executive Editor of the International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. He has published extensively about teaching and learning, including his recent book, coauthored with José Bowen, Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes (Jossey-Bass) and his forthcoming book, Playing to Learn with Reacting to the Past: Research on High Impact, Active Learning Practices (Palgrave Macmillan), which will be out later this year. 

Eddie Watson will join AAC&U’s senior leadership team in July 2017. His appointment is located within the Office of Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment.