NAC&U 2018 Summer Institute Will Focus on Civic Engagement and Civil Dialogue

Special Plenary and Workshop to Address Student Learning and Course Design

The theme for this year’s Summer Institute, to be held June 19-20, 2018, at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash., is “Engaging Civility: Leading Dialogue in and Beyond the University,” and, as the title suggests, will offer many opportunities to advance conversations that began at last year’s Summer Institute. In addition, attendees will learn strategies to re-design courses in a way that improves learning outcomes.

The event will begin with a plenary session from Lawrence Potter, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of La Verne. Dr. Potter, a nationally recognized scholar-teacher in the areas of diversity, inclusivity, and the impact of race in higher education, will offer strategies on nurturing dialogues on civil discourse and inclusivity in ‘uncivil’ times.

On Wednesday, June 20, José Antonio Bowen, president of Goucher College and the 2018 NAC&U Boyer Award recipient, will deliver a plenary based on this book, “Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your Classroom Will Improve Student Learning.” Following the plenary, he will co-lead a workshop with Eddie Watson, CIO and associate vice president for Quality, Advocacy, and LEAP Initiatives at AAC&U. The practical workshop will look at research on student learning and how to translate that into better course design.

As always, the Summer Institute will provide attendees with many opportunities to share best practices as well as discuss challenges that they are facing, whether related to student learning or to civil dialogue and civic engagement.

“One of the strengths of NAC&U is the ability of its members to have candid conversations with like-minded peers,” said Nancy Hensel, president of NAC&U. “Although these discussions happen throughout the year via conference calls and email communication, there is no substitution for the relationships that are built at the Summer Institute.”

Many of the sessions will examine efforts at member institutions that have or seek to promote civil dialogue and civic engagement. The primary approach for all presenters will be to empower attendees with tools and strategies to implement these or similar initiatives on their own campuses.

Content will also include:

  • A Hamline University presentation on its Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) Campus Center
  • A Pacific Lutheran University MediaLab presentation on its documentary series, “A World of Difference,” which explores issues of diversity, including gender, race, immigration and social class
  • Sessions on addressing the needs of student veterans, a new Center for Social Impact that strives to reach every student with Community Engaged Learning, and events that addressed community healing following local violence that garnered national attention

Registration is now open for NAC&U members at this link. Registration will close on May 31, 2018.

Please see the Summer Institute event page for more information on the schedule, speakers, and lodging/travel.

Pre-Conference Meetings, including the NAC&U Board Meeting, will take place all day on Tuesday, June 19.

 

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