Concurrent Sessions

Additional concurrent sessions and presenters’ names will be added as they are scheduled.


How to Submit a Successful Grant Proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities (New Session)
The National Endowment for the Humanities offers grant-funded programs for which both institutions and individual faculty members can apply. A senior program officer from NEH will discuss the current array of grant opportunities and offer insights into preparation of successful grant proposals. A chief academic officer will discuss how NEH’s “Enduring Questions” grants have improved student learning at McDaniel College. 
  • Barbara Ashbrook, Assistant Director, Division of Education Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities
  • Thomas Falkner, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, McDaniel College

Internationalizing the Campus (New Session)
Internationalizing a campus reaches beyond curricular offerings. Recruiting international students to a campus as well as providing opportunities for students to spend time abroad are important aspects of broadening undergraduate students’ understanding of and receptivity to other cultures.  Among the questions CAOs interested in internationalizing the campus are asking include: Does the campus have established procedures and strategies for implementing international student exchange programs? How can the institution market its curriculum and co-curricular programs effectively to international applicants?  How does the campus prepare its students for their experience abroad?  Participants will learn about strategies and processes that help produce international outcomes.
  • James Lakso, Provost and Executive Vice President for Student Development, Juniata College
  • Terence Graham, Director of the Higher Education Programs Division, American Councils for International Education
  • Michael Curtis, Director of Program Development, American Councils for International Education

National College Application Week:  Reaching out to All Students (New Session)
To reach the national goal of once again leading the world in postsecondary degree completion, the number of first-generation and low-income students and adult students pursuing an undergraduate degree must increase.  Many first-generation students need assistance in taking the first step:  completing and submitting an application for admission.  Participants will learn about a program, “National College Application Week,” that has been implemented successfully on several CIC campuses.
  • Robert Canoy, Director, Institute for College and Career Success
  • Debbie Cottrell, Provost, Peace College
  • Ronald Roach, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Young Harris College

New Directions for World Language and Culture Courses (New Session)
Data from the Modern Language Association reveal that there have never been more students in foreign language classes than today.  Campuses are embracing globalization in the curriculum, in learning outcomes, and in experiential programs. Linguistic and cultural competence has become widespread graduation requirements. How are world language and culture programs becoming better integrated with other humanities disciplines?  How are these curricula responding to the increased demand for study-abroad programs?
  • Rosemary Allen, Provost and Dean of Faculty, Georgetown College
  • Steven Griffiths, Senior Vice President and Academic Dean, Simpson College (IA)
  • Rosemary Feal, Executive Director, Modern Language Association

Shared Governance: A Framework for Effective Collaboration (New Session)
Shared governance is very much a part of the academic culture of a campus. Understanding the role of faculty members as well as the role of the chief academic officer in the shared governance process is essential to effective decision-making on a range of issues. How does the CAO work effectively with faculty committees to implement new curricula? Where does the CAO enter the tenure and promotion process? How can the CAO help faculty members better understand the institution-wide budgeting process? How can faculty members become more involved in fundraising?  Experienced chief academic officers will share their experiences and lead a discussion about the shared governance process.
  • Stephanie Fabritius, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Centre College
  • Thomas Cornman, Academic Vice President, Cedarville University
  • Pamela Gunther-Smith, Provost and Academic Vice President, Drew University

Successful Strategies for Revising and Implementing a New Core Curriculum (New Session)
On the one hand, revision of the content of the core curriculum is the responsibility of faculty members. On the other, responsibility for the successful completion of the revision process and smooth implementation falls to deans and chief academic officers. What is the role of the chief academic officer in the process? What strategies does the CAO use to move the process along?  What are the faculty members’ concerns about shared governance in the process? Participants will learn about two institutions’ core curricula, one recently revised and one still in process, and specific strategies used by CAOs to insure that the process moves smoothly towards implementation. 
  • Dominic Aquila, Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of St. Thomas (TX)
  • Patricia Dwyer, Provost, Wesley College

Teaching Online and Teaching in the Virtual Classroom – Performance Expectations and Professional Development Opportunities (New Session)
Faculty members who undertake courses offered online or in virtual classrooms need professional development opportunities to adapt their teaching strategies to these new venues. Are the teaching and technology performance expectations for faculty members who teach online or in the virtual classroom different from those teaching in traditional classrooms? What resources are institutions making available to support technology-infused teaching and learning? A team of chief academic officers will discuss performance expectations and professional development opportunities for online and virtual classroom teaching.
  • Ann Landis, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Thomas University (GA)
  • Terry Smith, Executive Vice President and Dean for Academic Affairs, Columbia College (MO)

Building the Partnership
When a new senior officer is appointed, whether it is in advancement or academic affairs, it is important that the two create a good working relationship from the start. What are some of the opportunities for these senior officers to learn about each other’s job responsibilities? How can they “get inside each other’s heads” to debunk misconceptions and assumptions that they may hold about the other person’s “turf?” How does the conversation begin? Are there ground rules? How are boundaries established in a non-threatening way? What constitutes the partnership? A senior team from Agnes Scott College will discuss the evolution of their partnership.
  • Robert Parker, Vice President for College Advancement, Agnes Scott College
  • Carolyn Stefanco, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Agnes Scott College
Chief Academic Officers and Chief Advancement Officers “Open Mike”
Chief academic and chief advancement officers have an opportunity to ask for advice from colleagues on specific issues and to seek information regarding trends and practices in academic affairs and advancement on private college and university campuses.
  • Moderator: Patrick Allen, Provost, George Fox University
  • Moderator: Kimberly Motes, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, College of Saint Benedict
Donor-funded Academic Programs
Matching donor interests with academic program priorities can result in successful enhancements to the curriculum or campus facilities. Careful planning and collaboration between academic affairs and advancement are important. The advancement office identifies the donor pool and individual interests; the academic affairs–advancement team defines the set of program options to be presented to donors; and the team establishes a communication strategy and a timeline for the process. The team from Earlham College will discuss the plans that led to Earlham’s programs in Chinese studies and Jewish studies.
  • Gregory Mahler, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Earlham College
  • James McKey, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Earlham College

Good Practices for Effective Engagement with the Board and Its Committees
How valuable is your board and its committees to the work that you do? Are board members strategic partners or micromanagers? When it comes to fundraising, are they informed and engaged, or are they “missing in action?” What can you do to enhance board engagement, especially in committee work, so that board members are strategic assets? An experienced chief academic officer and chief advancement officer will join an expert from the Association of Governing Boards for practical talk about how to enhance the way you work with the governing board.   
  • Susan Whealler Johnston, Executive Vice President, Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges
  • Rita Knuesel, Provost, College of Saint Benedict/St. John’s University
  • Robert Kallin, Vice President of Development, Alumni, and Parent Relations, Gettysburg College
Linking Fundraising, Academic Program Goals, and the Institutional Strategic Plan
Developing a campaign plan should be a collaborative process that matches academic program priorities with fundraising goals. A panel of chief academic and chief advancement officers will relate their experiences that culminated in successful campaigns. They will focus on the collaborative process for developing a campaign plan that links the institutional strategic plan, academic goals, and fundraising priorities to support those goals.
  • Bradley W. Bateman, Provost, Denison University
  • Katie Conboy, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Stonehill College
  • Francis Dillon, Vice President for Advancement, Stonehill College
  • Julia Beyer Houpt, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Denison University
Mentoring Faculty Members
Mentoring programs for faculty members should vary with the needs of faculty members at different stages in their professional development and are especially important in the pre-tenure years. Are the best mentors necessarily in the same discipline? Under what circumstances is it wise to have different mentors at different stages? How can the mentoring program support the professional evaluation process? Participants will learn about successful mentoring programs that help faculty members navigate the pre-tenure period.
  • Julie Wollman, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Wheelock College
  • Edward Ericson, Vice President for Academic Affairs, John Brown University
New Responsibilities for Chief Academic Officers
Chief academic officers are increasingly being asked to become more involved in fundraising. They are eager to learn how they can collaborate with the chief advancement officer on fundraising projects, what their appropriate role is in the campus fundraising plan, and how they might enlist the assistance of key faculty members and deans. What skills do chief academic officers  bring to the partnership? While they may be familiar with fundraising initiatives to support specific academic projects, how do they learn about working with alumni, community partners, and corporations? What types of activities are good starting points? Chief advancement and chief academic officers will share their experiences in developing successful fundraising partnerships on their campuses.
  • Edward J. Kvet, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Loyola University (LA)
  • Patricia Lynott, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Southern New Hampshire University
  • Thomas Young, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Gustavus Adolphus College
Preventive Law I – Managing the Hiring Process
Current economic challenges require chief academic and chief advancement officers to think ever more carefully about the legal risks campuses face when conducting searches for new faculty and staff members. An attorney with experience in relevant cases will discuss best hiring practices, including drafting the position description, appointing the search committee, managing candidate files, checking references, completing background checks, and interviewing candidates on the phone and in person.
  • Kathleen A. Rinehart, Attorney, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek
Preventive Law II – Best Practices in Employee Evaluation
Chief academic and chief advancement officers must carefully consider the legal risks for campuses surrounding instances of unacceptable behavior, poor performance, or potential termination of employees. In this interactive session, an experienced higher education attorney will address the legal considerations associated with these issues and provide senior officers with some of the necessary tools to manage them while minimizing risk to the institution.
  • Kathleen A. Rinehart, Attorney, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek
Support for Academic Programs with Large Initial Costs
Responsibility for curriculum development lies squarely with faculty members. However, when a new program is being developed that will require a significant infusion of resources, including new faculty positions, new or refurbished facilities, and equipment, collaboration between the chief academic officer and chief advancement officer is essential to achieve a positive outcome. Senior officers from two institutions will discuss how they developed and executed plans for a nursing program (Bluefield College) and pharmacy and physician assistant programs (University of Charleston).
  • Benjamin Beakes, Vice President for Development, University of Charleston (WV)
  • Ruth Blankenship, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Bluefield College
  • Robert Shippey, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Bluefield College
  • Letha Zook, Provost and Dean of Faculty, University of Charleston
The Future of the Humanities – Continuing the Conversation
Several chief academic officers participated in the day-long Symposium on The Future of the Humanities offered by CIC and Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC, on March 29, 2011. Speakers addressed the big issues: “Why the Humanities?” “The Humanities, the Individual, and Society,” “The Humanities and Public Policy,” and “The Humanities and the Institutions that Promote Them.” A panel of CAOs will discuss what they learned about the importance of the humanities and their future, explore how technology might help rejuvenate the humanities as the core of the liberal arts, and offer ideas about effective pedagogies to teach the humanities.
  • John Burney, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Doane College
  • Jonathan Green, Provost and Dean of the Faculty, Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Stephany Schlachter, Provost, Lewis University
  • C. Reynold Verret, Provost, Wilkes University
Unexpected Opportunities for Fundraising
What happens when a campus has the opportunity to move a half mile away, thereby increasing instructional space five-fold and adding an additional 30 acres? An event of this magnitude is the occasion for a carefully crafted plan to expand academic programs and a major gifts campaign to design and develop the new space that supports this expansion. The chief academic officer and chief advancement officer of Burlington College will relate their experience as they mobilized campus constituents and members of the board of trustees in preparation for this transformation.
  • Arthur Hessler, Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, Burlington College
  • Michael Luck, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Burlington College


Cultivating Relationships with Alumni (New Session)
Chief academic and chief advancement officers share a responsibility to provide an excellent undergraduate experience for students.  During the undergraduate years, faculty members form lasting relationships with students and are often the best source of information about their former students’ career paths. Upon graduation, these alumni become the major constituency for institutional support in many different forms, including but not limited to giving.  Frequently, however, faculty members are reluctant to share what they know about alumni with the advancement office. How can the chief academic officer and the chief advancement officer work together to maintain relations with alumni?
  • Ronald Cohen, Vice President for University Relations, Susquehanna University
  • Albert DeSimone, Vice President for Advancement, Kalamazoo College
  • Michael McDonald, Provost, Kalamazoo College
  • Carl Moses, Provost, Susquehanna University

Department and Division Chairs Learn to Lead from the Middle (New Session)
The theme of the 2011 Workshops for Department and Division Chairs, “Leading from the Middle,” signaled that effective chairs must learn to navigate the campus organizational hierarchy vertically, as well as across functions and campus constituencies. How can chairs understand the context for the departmental or divisional budget?  What questions do chairs raise about collecting and using data? How well are chairs prepared to handle personnel matters, especially the difficult conversations they have with their peers and students? A team of CAOs who were presenters at the workshops will share what they learned from interaction with the participants and lead a discussion about the roles and responsibilities of department and division chairs.
  • William Deeds, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Morningside College
  • Richard Ostrander, Provost, Cornerstone University
  • Elizabeth Rudenga, Provost, Trinity Christian College
  • Jeanine Stewart, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Hollins University

Enhancing Student Learning with The New York Times (New Session)
CIC and The New York Times have a partnership. Using The New York Times as a supplementary resource can enhance the curriculum in liberal arts disciplines by promoting critical thinking, developing writing skills, engaging students in active learning, and fostering global awareness. A panel of chief academic officers and a representative from the Times will discuss the ways in which the Times’ program aids student learning and brings Times reporters and photographers to campus. Also workshops for faculty members on interdisciplinary teaching and discounted rates for Monday-Friday delivery on campus are available.
  • Harriet Feldman, Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Pace University
  • Doris Tegart, Provost, Bellarmine University
  • Kathleen O’Connell, National Education Director, The New York Times

Improving Student Retention (New Session)
Helping students succeed in college requires a comprehensive approach that addresses any “at-risk” characteristics identified at the point of admission, as well as actual performance in the   classroom and cocurricular activities. Successful student retention programs connect many campus constituencies, including faculty members, residence hall advisors, tutoring and counseling staff, and coaches. They also work well with established campus systems to serve the greatest number of students and achieve the goal of overall student retention. What services do effective programs provide? Who is on the front line for students who struggle to succeed? What data do campus administrators track and report? Two chief academic officers will discuss the student retention programs that have been implemented recently on their campuses that rely on new approaches.
  • Daniel May, Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Findlay
  • Richard Nelson, Provost, Paul Smith’s College
  • David Yaskin, CEO, Starfish Retention Solutions

Collaboration to Promote Signature Programs
An institutional decision to highlight only a few distinctive academic programs in admissions materials and other publications is a first step in a marketing campaign. How does this decision become reality? How and by whom are the featured programs selected? What level of funding is needed? How are the funds secured? Two senior officers from Schreiner University will describe their collaborative approach to selecting and supporting signature programs in graphic design, field biology, and the “integrity ambassador in business program.”
  • Charles McCormick, Provost, Schreiner University
  • Mark Tuschak, Vice President for Advancement and Public Affairs, Schreiner University
Cultivating Donors
Individual donors are an important constituency in securing resources for academic programs. What attracts donors to colleges and universities? Why do they give? How can donor interests be cultivated? How can donor interests be aligned with academic priorities? Jerold Panas, executive partner and CEO, Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners, will discuss why wealthy individuals give to colleges and universities and how they can develop an interest in academic priorities.
  • Jerold Panas, Executive Partner and CEO, Jerold Panas, Linzy & Partners

Effective Collaboration to Secure Grants
A successful track record of grant funding to support academic programs is built on collaboration between academic affairs and advancement. When is it appropriate to seek grants to support academic program initiatives? How is an appropriate funding source identified? Which campus office assumes responsibility for writing the grant? Who manages the grant once it is obtained? Participants will learn about strategies for sharing the responsibility for obtaining and managing extramural funding.
  • John Greving, Vice President for Advancement, Nebraska Wesleyan University
  • Marion Terenzio, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, Bloomfield College

Partnerships that Help Students Develop Information Fluency
Student learning is significantly enhanced when faculty members and librarians collaborate to ensure students’ academic success. By moving beyond basic information literacy, faculty members, in partnership with librarians and academic officers, work to strengthen disciplinary teaching and involve students in meaningful research. Participants in the 2011 CIC Information Fluency Workshops in history and literature will discuss implementation of campus plans that were developed during the workshops for majors in history and literature.
  • Paula Dehn, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Kentucky Wesleyan College
  • David Garrison, Vice President for Academic Affairs, LaGrange College
  • Susan Barnes Whyte, Library Director, Linfield College
  • Susanne Woods, CIC Senior Advisor

Stopping to Breathe: Renewal Strategies for Chief Academic Officers
The chief academic officer’s duties demand long hours, day after day. Just at the moment when the job seems almost manageable, a new crisis will inevitably hit the campus that requires the CAO’s full engagement. How are time and space found for personal and professional renewal? Chief academic officers are invited to come to this open forum to exchange renewal strategies, share experiences, and provide one another a network of support.
  • Moderator: Stephanie Quinn, Executive Vice President and Dean of the College, Rockford College
Using NSSE Data to Build Support for Academic Programs
Data collected from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) have provided powerful support for making the case for the value of undergraduate educational programs at CIC institutions. What are the key messages from the data that help build case statements for additional scholarship support? How do NSSE data support requests for additional funding for internships, clinical assignments, or other field experiences? How can NSSE data support the development of new academic programs?
  • Jillian Kinzie, Associate Director, Center for Postsecondary Research and NSSE Institute
  • Harold V. Hartley III, Senior Vice President, CIC


Assessing Global Learning Outcomes
As campus leaders plan curricula with outcomes intended to help students become more globally aware citizens, how are those outcomes measured? How is individual or collective student development assessed? How is the campus environment assessed? The Global Perspective Inventory (GPI), an assessment instrument, is designed to measure the global dimensions of student learning and development and to demonstrate the importance of campus environment. Seventeen institutions in the Appalachian College Association (ACA) are currently piloting the GPI. Three chief academic officers from the ACA will relate their experiences using this instrument and what they have learned about students’ global perspectives from the data.
  • Thomas Hess, Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Pikeville
  • Bettie Starr, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Lindsey Wilson College

Sustaining Undergraduate Research Programs
Collaborative student-faculty research programs have been proven to enhance undergraduate learning. The practical and logistical aspects of launching and maintaining a program, typically run during the summer months, are challenging, especially for tuition-driven campuses. How does the advancement officer learn about student-faculty research programs? How can advancement and academic affairs work together to secure the necessary funding? How can academic affairs provide data that show undergraduate research programs improve student learning? Teams of senior officers from two campuses will discuss how they collaborated on plans to sustain an undergraduate research program.
  • Anne Berry, Vice President for Advancement, Lebanon Valley College
  • Barbara Gayle, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Viterbo University
  • Michael Green, Vice President for Academic Affairs, Lebanon Valley College
  • Gary L. Klein, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Viterbo University