Conferences and Leadership Development

AASCU creates professional development opportunities for member presidents and chancellors and their spouses and partners, along with complementary programs and services for the presidential leadership team and for women and racial/ethnic minorities who aspire to leadership roles. AASCU undertakes a systematic approach to fostering new leaders who will contribute to academic quality and educational innovation.
Upcoming Events
Research-Based Strategies for Fostering Constructive Dialogue October 06, 2022
Webinar at 2-3:30 p.m. ET

Join the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)’s American Democracy Project(ADP) and the Constructive Dialogue Institute (CDI) for an in-depth discussion on strategies for fostering constructive dialogue in classrooms and across campuses. Researchers from CDI will share recent research on the impact of constructive dialogue and discuss specific instructional strategies for facilitating dialogue in your classrooms and campuses. In addition, we'll hear from professors who have made fostering constructive dialogue a priority. Participants will spend significant time answering questions and discussing how to implement constructive dialogue in the classroom. This webinar is designed for faculty members to leave with specific strategies to incorporate constructive dialogue into their classrooms. 

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Speakers

Mylien Duong

Mylien Duong

Mylien Duong is senior director of research at the Constructive Dialogue Institute (CDI). She has deep expertise in developing scalable behavioral interventions. Trained as a clinical psychologist, she was previously a senior research scientist at the Committee for Children, where she led the research to develop a social-emotional learning program for teachers in K-12 schools. Prior to that, she was faculty at the University of Washington, where she conducted federally funded research studies to develop and test behavioral interventions for children and youth in school and juvenile justice settings. A researcher through and through, she has received over $17 million in grant funding and published over 40 scientific articles and book chapters.

Jake Fay

Jake Fay

Jake Fay is director of education at the Constructive Dialogue Institute (CDI). An educator at heart with years of experience teaching and thinking about civic discourse, he has taught at Bowdoin College (Maine), Harvard University (MA), and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was most recently a fellow at the University of California's National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement and an institutional fellow at the Edmond & Lily Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University, where he headed up the Intercollegiate Civil Disagreement Partnership. Fay holds an Ed.D. and Ed.M. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, received his M.A. in American history from Brandeis University (MA), and is a proud graduate of Shady Hill School’s Teacher Training Center. He is the co-editor of Dilemmas of Educational Ethics: Cases and Commentariesand Democratic Discord in Schools: Cases and Commentaries in Educational Ethics.

Lindsay Hoffman

Lindsay Hoffman

Lindsay Hoffman is an associate professor in communication at the University of Delaware. Hoffman holds a joint appointment in the University of Delaware’s Department of Political Science and International Relations and is the associate director of the Center for Political Communication. She is also the director of the university’s annual National Agenda speaker and film series. Hoffman’s research is theoretically grounded in political communication, mass communication, and public opinion. Her work emphasizes both the social circumstances and psychological predispositions that influence individual media uses and effects. Her research also examines the components of mediated messages that encourage individuals to participate in—or distance themselves from—political activities such as voting, viewing news, or simply expressing opinion. Hoffman holds a Ph.D. from Ohio State University and teaches courses in political communication, politics and technology, media effects, and research methods. 

Jimmy Urbanovich

Jimmy Urbanovich

Jimmy Urbanovich is an associate professor of communication studies at Crafton Hills College (CA). He has been teaching since 1989 in some capacity and has been at Crafton Hills College full time since 2006. He is the author of Critical Thinking in the Age of Social Media. Urbanovich is an active member of the Heterodox Academy (HxA) community and an avid user of perspectives with his students.

Who Should Attend

  • Faculty Members 
  • Provosts
  • Student Affairs Staff
  • Academic Affairs Professionals
  • Institutional Research Professionals
  • Deans

 

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Supporting Equitable Postsecondary Value Through Integrated Academic Operations October 13, 2022
Webinar at 2 p.m. ET

In the post-COVID era, colleges and universities looking to meet the evolving demands of students must examine the administrative processes that facilitate education delivery to students, known as academic operations. Integrating these often-siloed processes allows your institution to sustainably operate and support on-time completions for students. Join us for an informational overview of why integrated academic operations strategy is key to success.

Participants will:

  • Define academic operations and understand how academic operations traditionally have been managed
  • Examine empirical research on how inefficient academic operations negatively impact student success, financial stability, and operational excellence
  • Learn about the importance of integrating academic operations to help guide better decision-making
  • Understand how AASCU institution Northern Arizona University is approaching this issue head on and what this means for its students, staff, and the institution as a whole 


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Speakers:

John Georgas

John Georgas
Vice Provost for Academic Operations
Northern Arizona University

John Georgas is the vice provost for academic operations at Northern Arizona University. He earned a Ph.D. and two master’s degrees from the University of California, Irvine. He also holds a B.S. in computer science from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Zach Drollinger

Zach Drollinger
Director of Partnerships
Coursedog Inc.

Zach Drollinger is a director of partnerships at Coursedog Inc., where he has spent the last three years helping institutions understand the benefits of modernizing academic operations. Prior to joining Coursedog, he worked in analytics, infrastructure, and platform consulting across various roles. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara.


Who Should Attend

  • Provosts
  • Chief Information Officers (CIOs)
  • Registrars
  • Academic Affairs Professionals
  • Institutional Research Professionals
  • Deans
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GRC and OVW Webinar on New Initiative for HSIs, HBCUs, and TCUs October 20, 2022
Webinar at 2 p.m. ET

Join the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)’s Grants Resource Center (GRC) and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) for a webinar focused on fiscal year (FY) 2023 funding for the new Strengthening Culturally Specific Campus Approaches to Address Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking on Campus Program. 

This new initiative is for Hispanic-serving institutions (HSIs), historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), and tribal colleges and universities (TCUs). During the webinar, participants will receive an overview of the new initiative, program requirements, and the grant application process, including strategies to prepare for the application submission and available resources.

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Registration is free and available to AASCU and GRC members only.

Speakers

  • Darlene Johnson, associate director, OVW, Department of Justice
  • Latinisha Lewis, grant management team lead, OVW, Department of Justice
  • Erika Thompson, director, GRC, AASCU

Who Should Attend

  • Provosts
  • Sponsored Research Administrators
  • Grant/Proposal Writers
  • Title IX Administrators
  • Faculty

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AASCU 2022 Annual Conference November 13, 2022 - November 15, 2022
Park Hyatt Aviara - Carlsbad, CA

Join us for the AASCU 2022 Annual Conference, AASCU’s premier gathering of presidents, chancellors, spouses/partners, and former presidents and chancellors.

Cabinet members are invited to join virtually for select plenary sessions. Virtual registration will include livestreams and recordings of the plenary sessions, as well as access to the meeting app and resources.

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AASCU Celebrates International Education Week 2022 November 14, 2022 - November 18, 2022
Webinar Series

Read More >> Advancing Campus-Community Partnerships Through Data: Trends and Reflections From an AASCU Cohort November 16, 2022
Webinar at 2 p.m. ET

As Stewards of Place, it is essential that our institutions engage in strong campus-community partnerships to ensure we create more equitable and responsive relationships. This webinar will share progress from 33 institutions who participated in a national cohort facilitated by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)’s American Democracy Project and Collaboratory. In this webinar, the cohort will share concrete data trends and patterns. In addition, a panel of institutions will reflect on how this data has helped them deepen work with community partners and identify the most effective community partnerships and models to address pressing issues in their communities. 

Please join this webinar to connect with colleagues and explore how our institutions can learn from and respond to the communities in which they are situated. Together, we will discuss what data to collect, how to deploy it, and how to better tell the story of your institution.

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Who Should Attend

  • Vice Presidents
  • Vice Chancellors
  • Provosts
  • Assistant Provosts 
  • Faculty/Staff Members

     

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    2022 Higher Education Government Relations Conference November 30, 2022 - December 02, 2022
    Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel

    Strengthening Higher Education’s Value Proposition Through Advocacy

    Join us for the 2022 Higher Education Government Relations Conference (HEGRC), AASCU’s annual gathering of government relations professionals.

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