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Summer Institute

The New American Colleges and Universities’ Summer Institute, held for faculty and administrators from member colleges and universities, provides a unique opportunity for professional development, discussion of issues common to our member institutions, and networking.

Summer Institute 2014
University of Redlands
June 25-27, 2014
Theme: Creating Community through Collaboration

This year’s 2014 Summer Institute will focus on NAC&U’s new initiative, the New American Academic Community (NAAC), to provide new opportunities for students and faculty through collaboration among NAC&U members.  The New American Academic Community is a creative and innovative way to realize the promise of consortial collaboration – which is often aspired to in the abstract but seldom realized in practice.  NAAC’s operational assumption that “my student is your student” is the key to its success, for it enables members to leverage their collective assets to the benefit of all students – and thus all institutions.  The Summer Institute will explore possibilities to enhance the educational experience through collaboration among NAC&U members, with campuses, and between campuses and their communities. Dress is casual for warm weather.


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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

8:00 am – 6:00 am Registration
9:00 – 11:30 am NAC&U Board Meeting: Senior Administrators and Campus Ambassadors
11:30 – noon State of the Consortium
Nancy Hensel, President, The New American Colleges and Universities
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Opening Luncheon
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm Opening Plenary: Future of Scholarship
Edward Ayers, President University of Richmond and 2014 Boyer Award
2:15 pm – 2:30 pm Coffee Break
2:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Constituency Meetings

Chief Academic Officers Sara Varhus, Chair
Chief Student Affairs Officers Mark Ferne, Convener Innovation Summit Participants Heidi Laudien and David Salomon

2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Conversation with Bill Sullivan, author of forthcoming NAC&U book
Book Proposal

Expanding Civic Engagement from Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Multi-University Consortium
J. Wesley Leckrone, Associate Professor of Political Science; Loyd Bastain, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Coordinator of Undergraduate Research; Angelo Corbo, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies; Richard Goeke, Associate Professor of Business Administration; Timothy M. Sullivan, Associate Professor Higher Education and Director, Graduate Programs in Higher Education, Widener University

The Pacific Northwest Learning Conference: A Cross-Institutional Learning Collaborative
Dave Veazey, Director of University Assessment, Accreditation and Research, Pacific Lutheran University

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Conversation with Bill Sullivan, author of forthcoming NAC&U book
(For those who weren’t able to attend the earlier session)
Book Proposal

Ingenuity: High-Impact Practices and Transformative Learning for the Global World Thomas Burns, Provost; Beverly Schneller, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs; Mimi Barnard, Assistant Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies and Global Education; David Sneed, GPS Director and Director of Sophomore Year Experience; Patricia Jacobs, Director of Career Services, Belmont University

Global Engagement
Suk-Chung Yoon, Associate Provost for Experiential Learning and Global Education; Pat Dyer, Professor of English and Director of the Writing Center, Widener University

5:00 pm – 5:30 pm Panel Report on Teagle Project
Beverly Schneller, Associate Provost, Academic Affairs, Belmont University; Lynn Hunnicutt, Professor of Economics and Director of Wild Hope Center for Vocation, Pacific Lutheran University, Rachel Bailey Jones, Assistant Professor of Education, Nazareth College
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Reception
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm Dinner and Welcome
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm Social Gathering

Thursday, June 26, 2014

7:00 am – 8:30 am Breakfast Buffet With Disciplinary Groups
8:00 am – 3:00 pm Registration
8:30 am – 9:30 am Plenary Session: Change, Flip, and Listen
David Asai, Senior Director, Science Education Programs, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
9:30 am – 10:00 pm Coffee Break
10:00 am – 11:00 am

Concurrent Sessions

Global Service Learning in Greece: How Business and Communication Merged to Teach Leadership, Citizenship, and Social Responsibility
Regina Waters, Professor of Communications; Robin Scronce, Associate Professor of Management, Drury University

Violence Against Women Act and Title IX
Alan Sickbert, Dean of Students, Hamline University; Mark Ferne, Associate Provost for Student Development and Dean of Students, Westminster College, Francine G. Navakas, Bramsen Professor in the Humanities, Associate Academic Dean

Six Strategies for Creating and Sustaining a Partnership Between Academic and Student Affairs

Wendelyn Shore, Professor of Psychology; Eva Frey Johnson, Dean of Student Development and Director of Student Involvement and Leadership; Amber Dehne Baillon, Associate Director of Student Involvement and Leadership, Pacific Lutheran University

Building an Online Civic Engagement Hub
Elizabeth Housholder, Assistant Dean of Civic Engagement, Widener University

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Discussion: Feedback on Teagle Project

Teagle Goal 1: Faculty Evaluation
Beverly Schneller, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, Belmont University; Nick Richardson, Associate Professor of Chemistry, Wagner College, Lori Quigley, Dean, Esteves School of Education, The Sage Colleges
Draft Report

Service –Learning and Inclusion: Moving Toward Transformative Practice
Leela MadhavaRau, Associate Dean, Campus Diversity and Inclusion; Tony Mueller, Director of Community Service Learning, University of Redlands

Globalizing the Curriculum: Building First Year International Experiences
Nancy G. Rosoff, Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies; Sandra Hordis, Associate Professor of English and Director of International Academic Programs, Arcadia University

The Academic Support Umbrella: Assisting Students through Multiple Avenues
Amy Wilms, Assistant Dean of Academics and Student Life; Courtney Carter, Assistant Director, Academic Success; Meigan Karraker, Academic Support Counselor; Fred Rabinowitz, Professor and Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Ruben Robles, Associate Dean of Student Life

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch & Networking
(Lunch seating arranged by affinity groups)
1:15 pm – 2:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Building Our Community: Drury University Summer Scholars
Bruce Callen, Professor and Chair of Physics and Associate Dean of the College; Peter Meidlinger, Professor of English and Vice President for Undergraduate Affairs; Francine Pratt, Executive Director, Drury University Scholars Program; Mary Wood, Professor of Chemistry; Charlyn Ingwerson, Instructor of English, Drury University

General Education at the Intersections – How NAC&U Colleges and Universities Express Their Integrative Character and Institutional Identity
Francine Navakas, Svend and Elizabeth Bramsen Professor in the Humanities and Associate Academic Dean, North Central College; Rachel Bailey Jones, Assistant Professor of Education, Nazareth College

Evidence-Based Assessment in the Honors Program
Beverly Schneller, Associate Provost for Academic Affairs; Jonathan Thorndike, Honors Program Director; Andrew Johnson, Leadership Studies Director, Belmont University

Academic Collaboration in the Digital Age
Heidi Laudien, Associate Professor of English, Manhattan College; David Salomon, Associate Professor of English, The Sage Colleges

Internalization, Faculty Development, and Project-based Learning
John Noakes, Associate Provost for Faculty Advancement and Student Learning; Warren Haffar, Associate Professor of Political Science and Dean of International Affairs; Sandra Hordis, Associate Professor of English and Director of International Academic Programs, Arcadia University

2: 15 pm – 2:45 pm Coffee Break
2:45 pm – 3:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Teagle Goal 2: Holistic Departments
Joseph Bognar, Chair, Department of Music, Valparaiso University; Lynn Hunnicutt, Professor of Economics and Director Wild Hope Center for Vocation, Pacific Lutheran University; Rick Gillman, Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs, Valparaiso University
Draft Report

Partnerships, Privilege, and Pedagogy: Re-imagining an Alternative Perspectives General Education Course
Joel Zylstra, Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service; Vidya Thirumurthy, Associate Professor of Education, Pacific Lutheran University

Redesigning Student Literacy: Rewriting the Story of Writing on Your Campus and Ours
Scott Stevens, Seiter Endowed Chair, Director of Writing, University of Redlands; Richard Hansen, Professor of English, California State University, Fresno

Cultural Immersions: Plunging into Experiencing and Understanding a Different Cultural/Global Perspective
Denise Gifford, Associate Provost and Dean of Student Services, Widener University

Service –Learning and Inclusion: Moving Toward Transformative Practice
Leela MadhavaRau, Associate Dean, Campus Diversity and Inclusion; Tony Mueller, Director of Community Service Learning, University of Redlands

4:00 pm – 9:00 pm Optional Excursion

Friday, June 27, 2014

7:00 am – 8:15 am Breakfast Buffet with campus teams
8:30 am – 9:45 am Plenary Session: Create. Connect. Collaborate.
Robin Heyden, Educational Consultant, Heyden Ty, LLC
10:00 am – 11:15 am

Concurrent Sessions

Collaborating with Native Nations
Nora Pulskamp, Supporting the Educational Journey in Native American Student Programs; Larry Gross, Assistant Professor, Race-Ethnic Studies; Heather Torres, Creating a Passion for Learning Coordinator; Leela MadhavaRau, Associate Dean, Campus Diversity and Inclusion, University of Redlands

Teagle Goal 3: Integrating Liberal Arts and Professional Studies
Pat Tooker, Dean of Integrated Learning and Professor of Nursing, Wagner College; Rachel Bailey Jones, Assistant Professor of Education, Nazareth College

Networking Students, Faculty, and Courses to Enhance the Curriculum at Liberal Arts Colleges
Rebecca Frost Davis, Director of Instructional and Emerging Technology, St. Edward’s University, and Fellow, National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE)

A University-Based Charter School as a Vehicle for Reforming Urban Education and Rebuilding University-Community Relationships
Marcine Pickron-Davis, Chief Community Engagement and Diversity Officer; Stephen Wilhite, Provost, Widener University

Social Justice in Unexpected Places: Tunnel of Oppression in The Mathematics Classroom
Ksenija Simic-Muller, Assistant Professor of Mathematics; Amber Dehne Baillon, Associate Director of Student Involvement and Leadership, Pacific Lutheran University

11:30 am – 12:00 pm Wrap up and looking forward

Conference Speakers

Edward L. Ayers
Opening Plenary: “Future of Scholarship”

Photo of Edward AyersEdward L. Ayers has been president of the University of Richmond since 2007 and is a noted historian and the author of ten books on the American South. He is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the National Medal for the Humanities, awarded by President Obama at the White House in the summer of 2013.  He has also won the Bancroft Prize for distinguished writing in American History and the Beveridge Prize for the best book in English on the history of the Americas since 1492 as well being named a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. Dr. Ayers’ digital archive project, The Valley of the Shadow: Two Communities in the American Civil War, has been used in thousands of classrooms around the world, and he works closely with the Digital Scholarship Lab at UR on a digital atlas of American history, funded by a large grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Dr. Ayers is also a co-host of BackStory, a nationally syndicated radio show that ties history to the present day. Dr. Ayers is an accomplished teacher. In 2003 he was awarded the National Professor of the Year from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and he annually teaches an undergraduate seminar for first-year students.

David Asai
Thursday Plenary: "Change, Flip, and Listen."

Photo of David Asai by Hadar GorenDavid Asai is senior director of science education programs at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  At HHMI, his group is responsible for:  (i) science education grants to colleges, universities, HHMI Professors, and organizations in the greater Washington, D.C. area; (ii) fellowship programs for undergraduates, graduate students, and medical students; and (iii) courses including the Science Education Alliance and advanced courses at the Marine Biological Laboratory, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and the Jackson Laboratory.  Before moving to HHMI in the autumn of 2008, David was on the faculty for 19 years at Purdue University and for 5 years at Harvey Mudd College.  He was Head of Biological Sciences at Purdue and Stuart Mudd Professor and Chair of Biology at Harvey Mudd.  He was elected to the Purdue University Teaching Academy in 2000 and was inducted into the Purdue Book of Great Teachers in 2003.  He was an elected member of the Board of Trustees of the Higher Learning Commission-North Central Association, and is an Honorary Life Member of the National PTA.  David’s research focuses on the molecular motor dynein; he and his lab have published over 75 research papers and edited two books in the Methods in Cell Biology series.  David currently serves on the Advisory Committee to the NSF Biology Directorate (BIO AC), and several other advisory groups including Understanding Interventions, Science Education Forum, PULSE implementation of Vision and Change, and the working group on Evolutionary Medicine Education of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCENT). 

Robin Heyden
Friday Plenary: “Create. Connect. Collaborate.”

Photo of Robin HeydenRobin Heyden is the founder and principle partner of Heyden Ty, LLC, an educational consultancy. Robin works with schools, universities, hospitals, national organizations, software developers, and publishers to design and produce online educational materials and experiences that leverage the unique affordances of social media and virtual worlds. Robin maintains a regular blog, where she reflects on the impact of new media tools on education. For the last two years, Robin has collaborated with NAC&U on their Teagle Grant, “Preparing 21st Century Students through New Visions for Faculty Evaluation, Campus Governance, and Curriculum." She also facilitated the NAC&U Innovation Summit in November 2013


Air Travel

Ontario International Airport (ONT)
We recommend flying into Ontario International Airport, located just 25 miles west of the University of Redlands. Ontario International Airport is serviced by most major airlines and offers convenient access to Southern California’s Inland Empire.

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Los Angeles International Airport is located 80 miles west of the University. While it may offer more flight options, the ground transportation time between LAX and campus can be substantial and is dependent upon rush hours and traffic. If you do decide to fly into LAX, please allow for 2-4 hours of travel time to reach Redlands.

Ground Transportation

Rental cars
Both airports offer rental cars through a variety of national chains.

Town car services
Audrie’s Limousine Service
Phone: 909-792-9229

Showcase Limousines
Phone: 951-653-9811

Shuttle services
Super Shuttle
Phone: 909-467-9600

Driving Directions to Campus

University of Redlands is located in the City of Redlands off the I-10 freeway, 90 minutes east of Los Angeles and 40 minutes west of Palm Springs. If you are traveling during peak commuting times (7-9 a.m.; 4-6 p.m.), a 60-mile drive on Interstate 10 or adjoining freeways can take up to two hours. Keep traffic in mind when scheduling your visit to the University or return flights.

From Ontario International Airport (ONT):

  • Join I-10 west.
  • Exit at University Street and turn left at bottom of ramp.
  • At the four-way stop, turn right onto Colton Avenue, the main entrance to the University.

From Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

  • Join I-105 east.
  • To I- 605 north.
  • To I -10 east to Redlands.
  • Exit at University Street and turn left.
  • At the four-way stop, turn right onto Colton Avenue, the main entrance to the University.

Hotel – Campus Shuttle

For your convenience, a shuttle will run daily at selected times between the hotel and campus.

Hotel Reservations

Ayres Hotel
1015 W. Colton Ave
Redlands, CA 92374

Future Summer Institutes

June 17-19, 2015Summer Institute 2015, Hamline University

June 21-23, 2017Summer Institute 2017, Valparaiso University

June 20-22, 2018Summer Institute 2018, Pacific Lutheran University

June 26-28, 2019Summer Institute 2019, John Carroll University


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