The New American Colleges and Universities (NAC&U) will present its 8th annual Ernest L. Boyer Award to José Antonio Bowen, president of Goucher College, in Baltimore, MD, at the AAC&U Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 25, 2018, in Washington, DC. The Ernest L. Boyer Award pays tribute to Boyer’s legacy by honoring others who are making significant contributions to American higher education. Following the award presentation, President Bowen will deliver the 2018 Boyer Lecture, titled “Technology, The Liberal Arts and the New Learning Economy.”

Event Details:
Date: Thursday, January 25
Time: 10:30-11:45 a.m.
Location: Constitution B at the Grand Hyatt Washington, 1000 H St. NW, Washington, DC

In addition to the Boyer Award presentation, NAC&U will host meetings for its board and chief academic officers’ constituency group prior to the start of the AAC&U Meeting.

NAC&U President Nancy Hensel will also present the following sessions during the AAC&U Meeting:

Incorporating Life and Work Skills into General Education
Thursday, January 25: 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Nancy Hensel, President, New American Colleges & Universities; Andrea Talentino, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Nazareth College (NAC&U member); Nicholas Santilli, Interim Provost and Academic Vice President, John Carroll University (NAC&U member)

Improving Learning and Teaching through Faculty Evaluation
Thursday, January 25, 4:15 – 5:30 p.m.

Nancy Hensel, President, New American Colleges & Universities; Stephen Wilhite, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Student Success, American University of Ras Al Khaimah; David A. Salomon, Director, Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, Christopher Newport University

NAC&U will also co-host a reception with CIEL, COPLAC, and Imagining America from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 26, in Tiber Creek A at the Grand Hyatt. All are invited.

About José Antonio Bowen

President Bowen has won teaching awards at Stanford, Georgetown, Miami and Southern Methodist University where he was Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts. He has written over 100 scholarly articles, edited the Cambridge Companion to Conducting (2003), is an editor of the 6-CD set, Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology (2011), and has appeared as a musician with Stan Getz, Bobby McFerrin, and others. He is the author of Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of your College Classroom will Improve Student Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2012) which was the winner of the Ness Award for Best Book on Higher Education from the American Association of Colleges and Universities. His latest book is Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes with G. Edward Watson (San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2017). He is also a Founding Board Member of the National Recording Preservation Board for the Library of Congress and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in England. Stanford honored him as a Distinguished Alumni Scholar in 2010. You can learn more about him by reading his blog at or following him on Twitter @josebowen. Copies of “Teaching Naked Techniques: A Practical Guide to Designing Better Classes” will be available at the conference.

About The Ernest L. Boyer Award

The Ernest L. Boyer Award honors the impact that Ernest Boyer had on NAC&U and higher education. Ernest L. Boyer’s influence on how we understand undergraduate education—as teachers, scholars, and learners —gave rise to NAC&U when like-minded private, comprehensive colleges, grounded in the liberal arts tradition, came together to define their distinctive mission and contribution to higher education in the early 1990s. Boyer spoke of the New American College as “integrative institutions”—ones that intentionally draw connections across the disciplines, between general education and the major, between faculty and students, between the classroom and campus life, between traditional education and the life-long learning, and between the campus and the larger world. Previous recipients of the Ernest L. Boyer Award include Beverly Daniel Tatum, Cathy Davidson, Ira Harkavy, Edward Ayers, Carol Geary Schneider, Betsy Barefoot and John Gardner, and Helen and Sandy Astin.

About The New American Colleges and Universities

Founded in 1995, The New American Colleges and Universities is a national consortium of selective, small to mid-size (2,000-7,500 students) independent colleges and universities dedicated to the purposeful integration of liberal education, professional studies, and civic engagement. To improve the quality and effectiveness of teaching and learning among its members, The New American Colleges and Universities sponsors projects and conferences, administrator and faculty affinity groups, surveys and data benchmarking, and international study programs. The New American Colleges and Universities collectively and individually are often cited as models of the intentional integration of teaching and learning, scholarship, and service. Follow them on Twitter @NACandU.