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Opportunities

This page is dedicated to providing a list of upcoming conferences, workshops and other events that appeal to a broad spectrum of faculty.  More specifically, our goal is to provide a venue in which to publicize opportunities that promote cross-disciplinary work, the Christian Liberal Arts and diversity. Contact the provost's office to have events listed.

If you are interested in attending one of these conferences, please contact the provost's office regarding funding.  Be prepared to address the ways in which you will bring what you have learned back to campus.

 

 

Past Conferences

AAC&U Annual Meeting: January 21-24, 2009

READY OR NOT
Global Challenges, College Learning, and America’s Promise
Seattle, Washington

AAC&U’s Annual Meetings provide opportunities for participants to examine the relationship between college learning and society.  In recent years, we have collectively insisted that attention to the tradition, language, and practice of liberal education is critical if we hope to meet the many challenges of the world today.  Our failure to fully engage our publics with the kinds of learning best suited to our current needs persists even as the creative energies, widespread innovations, and intentional efforts of campuses across the nation are signaling resurgence in the vitality and relevance of liberal education.

Are we ready to exercise the leadership higher education and American society needs?  Are our students ready to learn?  How can we boost their readiness?  Is society ready to make difficult choices about educational priorities?  Are our institutions ready to face the societal and economic changes at hand?  

Conference details.

Christians on Diversity in the Academy: March 25-27, 2009

“Envisioning the Future”

Doubletree Hotel Monrovia-Pasadena

This second annual national conference hosted by the Office of Diversity Planning and Assessment and the Faculty of Color Network of Azusa Pacific University is a groundbreaking interdisciplinary forum where scholars and practitioners can dialogue and learn about diversity in higher education and how we as Christians respond to the issues.

We invite you to learn more about the conference details and register today!

NCORE 2009: May 26 - May30, 2009

Hilton San Diego Bayfront
San Diego, California

National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education.

Additional information.

Engaging Science, Advancing Learning: November 6 - 8, 2008

Association of American Colleges and Universities

Providence, Rhode Island

This conference will explore the place and practice of science in college learning for the twenty-first century. 

Conference sessions will feature practices that engage students with the power and centrality of science and with the global reach of science and technology in addressing the world’s urgent challenges.  Participants will work on ways to accelerate hands-on learning in science, both in general education and in majors, especially reforms that put critical inquiry, undergraduate research, and social responsibility at the center of the educational experience.  And they will work on ways to remove the many barriers—in campus culture and the reward systems—that still impede faculty efforts to teach “science as science is done.”

Conference Web Page

Diversity, Learning, and Inclusive Excellence: October 16-18, 2008

Network for Academic Renewal Conference (AAC&U)
Long Beach, California

Diversity, Learning, and Inclusive Excellence: Accelerating and Assessing Progress will highlight curricular, co-curricular, and institutional models that enable higher education leaders to develop, implement, assess, and continually learn from the experience of fostering diverse learning environments—environments in which all students develop, in increasingly sophisticated ways, critical knowledge, skills, and capacities for work and citizenship.

Conference Web Page

Summer Institute for Intercultural Communication: July 2008

The Intercultural Communication Institute (ICI) is a private, nonprofit foundation designed to foster an awareness and appreciation of cultural differences in both the international and domestic arenas.

ICI is based on the beliefs that 1) education and training in the areas of intercultural communication can improve competence in dealing with cultural difference and thereby minimize destructive conflict among national, ethnic and other cultural groups; and 2) we therefore share an ethical commitment to further education in this area.

One, three, and five-day workshops on a wide range of Intercultural and Diversity issues are offered. Please consult the ICI website.

NCORE 2008: May 28 - 31

“The leading and most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in higher education.” 

  • Assisting higher education institutions to create inclusive education environments, programs, and curriculum; improve racial and ethnic relations; and expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations
  • Highlighting exemplary working models and approaches capable of being adapted in other institutional settings
Christians on Diversity in the Academy: April 23 - 25, 2008

This first annual national conference hosted by the Office of Diversity Planning and Assessment and the Faculty of Color Network of Azusa Pacific University is a groundbreaking interdisciplinary forum where scholars and practitioners can dialogue and learn about diversity in higher education and how we as Christians respond to the issues. The conference hotel is the Sheraton Suites Fairplex in Pomona.  For information visit the conference web site.

4th International Barcelona Conference on Higher Education: 31 March - 2 April, 2008

New Challenges and Emerging Roles for Human and Social Development

Higher education is undergoing a process of continued change and adaptation to the new realities arising from globalization. The requirement to contribute to socio-economic development is compounded by the need to

contribute to other key aspects of human and social development.  This is why the conference will explore the new challenges and emerging roles of higher education regarding local, national and regional development, as well as the need to open up new channels for dialogue and the interchange of values with society.

Evangelical Voices on Science & Culture: A Symposium

6:00 PM, November 15, 2007

Azusa Pacific University

Click here to see flyer.

Service Learning Workshop: Sept. 29, 2007

 9:00 am to 2:00 pm in the Founders Room

This on campus workshop is presented by Wabash Center consultants Joseph Favazza (Stonehill College) and F. Michael McLain (Rhodes College).  Stipends are available.  Please contact Ginny Murray.

For more details see workshop invitiation and workshop_agenda

NCORE 2007: May 30 - June 2

“The leading and most comprehensive national forum on issues of race and ethnicity in higher education.”

  • Assisting higher education institutions to create inclusive education environments, programs, and curriculum; improve racial and ethnic relations; and expand opportunities for educational access and success by culturally diverse, traditionally underrepresented populations
  • Highlighting exemplary working models and approaches capable of being adapted in other institutional settings