Jul. 19-21, 2023
Baltimore, MD

2023 Academic Affairs Summer Meeting

Offering opportunities for colleagues from across regional comprehensive institutions to meet, share, and learn from each other’s challenges and successes.  

AASM 2023 - The Courageous New World of Teaching and Learning

Educational gag orders. ChatGPT. Political Extremism. Alternative Facts. Don’t Say Gay laws. The conditions for teaching and learning have rarely been this fraught.

How are faculty, staff, and students navigating this challenging terrain in the classroom and beyond? How are campus leaders responding to the challenges to academic freedom, the implications of artificial intelligence for faculty and students, and the rise of political extremism on campus? How do we maintain ‘brave spaces’ for teaching and learning in this context? How has teaching and learning changed since the mass shift to online learning during the pandemic? What did we learn?

2022 AASM Discussion Group
Attendees meet at AASM 2022.

Who should participate?

  • Provosts/Chief Academic Affairs Officers
  • Assistant and Associate Provosts
  • Student Affairs Leaders
  • Assistant and Associate Vice Presidents
  • Deans and Directors
  • Assistant and Associate Deans

How will you benefit?

  • Attendees gain knowledge and tools and have opportunities to build skills that are immediately applicable to their jobs.
  • Attendees have valuable opportunities to reflect individually, collectively within their campus teams, and across institutions on their work and common successes and challenges.
  • Participants will hear from, and engage in conversations, with experts and peers pushing the boundaries of what is possible across higher education.
  • Sessions are focused on and calibrated to the successes and challenges of regional comprehensive institutions.
  • Sessions are anchored in AASCU’s commitment to advancing equitable student success and the key considerations (e.g. practices, mindsets, policies, and structures) of what it takes to be a truly student-centered enterprise.
Program Highlights

We offer a rare opportunity for colleagues from across regional comprehensive institutions to meet, share, and learn from each other’s challenges and successes.

AASCU’s Academic Affairs meetings are a place of welcoming, acceptance, and belonging. Content presented celebrates and strives to advance the work accomplished at regional comprehensive institutions. Speakers, participants, and staff alike are committed to learning from and growing together.

2022 AASM Breakout Session
2022 AASM Breakout Session.
Schedule at a glance

This schedule is provided for informational purposes and is subject to change. Meeting attendees should refer to the meeting app for final session times, speakers, and locations.

Download the meeting app.
12–5 p.m.


Becoming A Provost Academy (BAPA) Closing Session
Student Success Institute (SSI) programming
Student Success Equity Intensive (SSEI) programming
5:30–7 p.m. Reception (BAPA, ANP, SSI. SSEI, and TSSEI cohorts)
8–3:30 p.m. Becoming A Provost Academy (BAPA)
8–11 a.m. Academy for New Provosts (ANP)
8:30–11 a.m. Student Success Institute (SSI)
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Student Success Equity Intensive (SSEI)
10 a.m.–12 p.m.


Lessons Learned from the Transfer Student Success Equity Intensive (Aspen College Excellence Program)

  • Heather Adams, Aspen Institute
  • Tania LaViolet, Aspen Institute
Building Resilient, Inclusive Communities of Knowledge: What Campus Leaders Should Know (The Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL) at American University)

  • Pasha Dashtgard, American University, DC
  • La’Nita Johnson, American University, DC
Academic Programs informed by Labor Market Data: The Truth, the Misinformation, and the Alternative Facts (Gray Associates)

  • Zachary Paz, Gray Associates
  • Christopher Davis, The University of Maryland Global Campus
12–12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30–2:30 p.m.


5 Critical To-Dos for Academic Leaders to Support Student Success and Mental Health (EAB)

  • Lindsay Schappell, EAB
  • Angela Street, EAB
Reframing the Response: Tools to Respond Effectively to Hate, Microaggressions, and Tense Moments on Campus (PEN America)

  • Kristen Shahverdian, PEN America
  • Neijma Celestine-Donnor, The University of Maryland, Baltimore
2:45–3:30 p.m. First-Time and New Member Attendees Welcome: Getting the Most From your AASCU Membership
3:45–5:15 p.m. Opening Remarks

  • Adrianna Kezar, Dean’s Professor of Leadership, Wilbur-Kieffer Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California

Plenary: ‘O Brave New World’: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Teaching and Learning

  • Colleen Bielitz, Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Outreach, Southern Connecticut State University
  • Andrew Magliozzi, Chief Executive Officer, Mainstay
  • Tonya Smith-Jackson, Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
  • Jessica Tenuta, Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder, Packback
5:45–7:45 p.m. Opening Reception

Harbor cruise with spectacular views of the Baltimore skyline and local landmarks.
Boarding 5:30 p.m.–6 p.m. | Sailing from 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m. | Dockside reception 7:30 p.m.– 8 p.m.

8–9 a.m. Breakfast
8–8:50 a.m. Focus Groups
9–10:30 a.m. Plenary: Preventing Hate-Fueled Violence: What Campuses Can Do

  • Rondall E. Allen, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • Timothy K. Eatman, Inaugural Dean of the HLLC, Rutgers University Newark (NJ)
  • Mari Fuentes-Martin, Vice President of Student Success and Engagement, Texas A&M University-San Antonio
  • La’Nita Johnson, Director of Training and Partnership Development, Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL), American University
  • Cynthia Miller-Idriss Professor, School of Public Affairs & School of Education and founding Director, Polarization & Extremism Research & Innovation Lab (PERIL), American University
10:45–11:45 a.m.


Globalizing Classrooms through Creating a Fulbright-Friendly Campus

  • Brian V. Souders, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Julie Taylor, Institute of International Education
  • Marc Zupan, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Changing Culture and Practice through Building an Equity Lens: From Data to Insight to Action

  • Kristin Landis-Piwowar, Oakland University (MI)
  • Britt Rios-Ellis, Oakland University (MI)
  • Song Yan, Oakland University (MI)
Using the Student Voice to Inform the Learning Ecosystem

  • Lauren Wright, Wiley University Services
  • Krysia Lazarewicz, Wiley University Services
  • Kimarie Whetstone, Winthrop University (SC)
Allocating Resources to Scale and Sustain Digital Learning and Student-Centered Initiatives

  • Tony DeFranco, State University of New York System
  • Donna Desrochers, rpk GROUP
  • Dawn Eckenrode, State University of New York at Fredonia
  • Mark McBride, Ithaka S+R
  • Seana Logsdon, State University of New York, Empire State College
Student Success Through a Systemwide Initiative: Three Institutional Strategies to Improving Degree Completion

  • Chaudron Gille, University of North Georgia
  • David Jenks, Middle Georgia State University
  • Costas Spirou, Georgia College & State University
11:45 a.m.–1 p.m. Lunch
12–12:45 p.m.


The Critical Role Graduate Education Plays in Institutional Health

  • Charles Ramos, RNL
  • Scott Jeffe, RNL
A Deep Dive Into the Challenges Facing Academic Affairs

  • Jackie Witchko, PeopleAdmin
  • Colin Vonvorys, PeopleAdmin
International Enrollment Management and Big Data

  • Basil Cleveland, Shorelight
Update from Capitol Hill

  • Luis Maldonado, AASCU
1–1:30 p.m.


Setting the Record Straight: Using Primary Sources to Teach Truth, Create a Sense of Belonging and Engage in Equity-Oriented Teaching

  • Karin Beck, City University of New York Lehman College
  • Victor Brown, City University of New York Lehman College
  • Julie Maybee, City University of New York Lehman College
  • Peter O. Nwosu, City University of New York Lehman College
Equity Academy: Using Disaggregated Data for Equitable Teaching

  • Janet M. Peters, Washington State University Tri-Cities
Fostering students’ sense of purpose through inclusive curriculum and HiPs

  • Bonnie Becker, University of Washington Tacoma
  • Cinnamon Hillyard, University of Washington Bothell
  • Eugene Van Sickle, University of North Georgia
Investing in Faculty & Empowering Students to Enhance Student Success

  • Regina McCoy, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
1:45–2:45 p.m.


More Talking, Less Fighting: Leadership Through Deliberative Dialogue

  • Catherine Copeland, AASCU
  • Steven Koether, Sam Houston State University (TX)
  • Walteria Tucker-Rolle, University of The Bahamas
  • Maria Woodside-Oriakhi, University of The Bahamas
Supporting Effective Teaching to Sustain Interest, Participation, and Performance in HBCU Students

  • Adeola Animasahun, Morgan State University (MD)
  • Adedayo Ariyibi, Morgan State University (MD)
  • Bolanle T. Daniel, Morgan State University (MD)
  • Vanessa Dodo Seriki, Morgan State University (MD)
  • Adeniyi Odebode, Morgan State University (MD)
  • Olatunde Oladejo, Morgan State University (MD)
Beyond Completion: Building Institutional Capability to Improve Career Outcomes

  • David Hood, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Kimberly Sluis, Strada Education Foundation
Creating a Thriving Learning Environment: Strategies for Implementing High-Impact

  • Kashif Asdi, Academic Partnerships
  • Tekoya Boykins, Academic Partnerships
  • Dana Harrison, East Tennessee State University
3–3:30 p.m.


Retention, Graduations, and Fiscal Impact: ADP Initiatives in Core Curriculum Courses

  • Catherine Copeland, AASCU
  • Eric Morrow, Tarleton State University (TX)
Getting the Whole University on Board: Kean’s Whistle-Stop Core Curriculum

  • Bridie Chapman, Kean University (NJ)
  • David Birdsell, Kean University (NJ)
  • Rachel Evans, Kean University (NJ)
  • Kimberley Harrington Markus, Kean University (NJ)
Posing a Model for Trauma-Informed Online Teaching in Higher Education

  • Virginia Byrne, Morgan State University (MD)
  • Juana Hollingsworth, Morgan State University (MD)
Immediately Implement Solutions to Help Faculty Navigate the Challenging Terrain in Higher Education

  • Terri Shelton, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Lisa Hanasono, NCFDD
3:45–4:45 p.m.


Teaching, Learning & Mentoring: The Faculty-Student Relationship Matters

  • Laura Dorsey-Elson, Morgan State University (MD)
Grappling with Learning Loss: A Blueprint for Faculty and Student Success

  • Anne Gaillard, Sam Houston State University (TX)
  • Amy Salazar, Sam Houston State University (TX)
  • Michael T. Stephenson, Sam Houston State University (TX)
Embracing the Future: Ethically Using AI in College Composition Classrooms

  • Mica Mecham, Jacksonville State University (AL)
  • Jennifer Ponder, Middle Tennessee State University
Leading New Experiential Learning Initiatives

  • Chris Freire, PeopleGrove
  • Jared Moffett, Bowie State University (MD)
  • Erin Webster-Garrett, Virginia Commonwealth University
5–6:30 p.m. Reception
7:30–8:30 a.m. Breakfast
7:30–8:20 a.m. Focus Groups
8:30–9:30 a.m.


Institutional Transformation for Equitable Student Success: Case Studies from the Higher Education Equity Network

  • Stephanie Houdek, St. Cloud State University (MN)
  • Cassie Walizer, Complete College America
  • Joan Zoellner, Dana Center
The American Democracy Project: Planning for the next 20 years

  • Catherine Copeland, AASCU
  • Timothy K. Eatman, Rutgers University Newark (NJ)
  • Peg Gray-Vickrey, Texas A&M University-Central Texas
  • George Mehaffy, Senior Consultant
  • Willie Redmond, Southeast Missouri State University
Creating and Sustaining a Campus COIL Program

  • Julie Whitlow, Salem State University (MA)
The Role of Academic Planning and the Course Schedule in Supporting Teaching and Learning

  • Lisa R. Hunter, Ad Astra
  • Catherine M. Wehlburg, Athens State University (AL)
9:45–10:15 a.m.


Furthering Student Success with Academic Coaches: A New Role for Student-Centered Adjunct Professors

  • Julie A. Mazur, Montclair State University (NJ)
  • Emily Isaacs, Montclair State University (NJ)
Recentering Relationships in Higher Education: A Campus-Wide Approach

  • Matthew Cooney, Governors State University (IL)
  • Beverly Schneller, Governors State University (IL)
Equity-centered Teaching and Learning

  • Bryan D. Berrett, California State University, Fresno
  • Xuanning Fu, California State University, Fresno
  • William Hardaway, California State University, Fresno
Empower Students & Administrators With Unified Academic Operations

  • Ben Chester, Coursedog Inc.
10:30–11:30 a.m.


Innovative Mentoring Practices Provide a Key Element of the Student Success Ecosystem

  • Joanne (JoJo) Ardovini, Gordon State College (GA)
  • Stephen A. Raynie, Gordon State College (GA)
  • Ayșe Șahin, Wright State University (OH)
  • Amy Thompson, Wright State University (OH)
Staying the Course: Math Prerequisites as a Gatekeeper on Students’ Paths to Calculus

  • Melodie Baker, Just Equations
  • Brit Kirwan, University of Maryland
  • William LaCourse, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Marcelo Almora Rios, Just Equations
Teaching Cultures, Identities, and Belonging through Interdisciplinary Global Service-Learning Projects

  • Shawna Code, Weber State University (UT)
  • Kevin Gustafson, Northern Arizona University
  • Yimin Wang, Northern Arizona University
  • Charquinta Sullivan, Northern Arizona University
Beyond Knowledge: Ensuring Learners Have the Critical Skills for Lifelong Success

  • Kathryn (Katie) Pedley, ETS
  • Leslie K. Roundtree, Chicago State University (IL)
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Lunch and Closing Plenary:
Equity-Centered Research and Design for Innovative Teaching and Learning

  • Alison Pendergast, Senior Program Officer: Digital Learning, Postsecondary Success, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Shree Lakshmi (SL) Rao, Director of Research + Strategy, Substantial
  • Ángel López, Design Director, BlinkUX
  • Daysha Jackson Sanchez, Vice President, Equity Solutions, Lumen Learning
1:30–5 p.m. Becoming A Provost Academy (BAPA) Opening Programming
8 a.m.– 8:30 p.m. Becoming a Provost Academy
Meet our speakers
Heather Adams



Senior Program Manager at the College Excellence Program

Aspen Institute

Rondall Allen

Rondall E.


Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

Colleen Bielitz



Associate Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Outreach

Southern Connecticut State University

Terry Brown



Vice President of Academic Innovation and Transformation


Neijma Celestine-Donnor



Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the School of Social Work

The University of Maryland, Baltimore

Christopher Davis



Vice President of Academic Quality

University of Maryland Global Campus

Tim Eatman



Dean of the Honors Living-Learning Community

Rutgers University-Newark (NJ)



Vice President of Student Success and Engagement

Texas A&M University-San Antonio

Mildred Garcia




California State University System

Daysha Jackson-Sanchez


Jackson Sanchez

Vice President, Equity Solutions

Lumen Learning

La'Nita Johnson



Director of Training and Partnership Development, Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL)

American University (DC)



Professor and Director of the Pullias Center for Higher Education

University of Southern California

Steven Koether



Assistant Professor – Biological Sciences; ADP Coordinator

Sam Houston State University (TX)



Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Weber State University (UT)

Tania LaViolet




Aspen Institute

Ángel López



Design Director


Andrew Magliozzi





Cynthia Miller-Idriss



Professor, School of Public Affairs and School of Education; Founding Director, Polarization and Extremism Research and Innovation Lab (PERIL)

American University (DC)

Peter O.



State University of New York at Oswego

Zachary Paz



Senior Partner and Chief Product Officer: Markets

Gray Associates

Alison Pendergast



Senior Program Officer: Digital Learning, Postsecondary Success

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

SL Rao

SL (Shree Lakshmi)


Director of Research + Strategy


Lindsay Schappell



Director, Student Success




Interim Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs

North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

Amy Sueyoshi



Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

San Francisco State University (CA)

Jessica Tenuta



Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder



“We continue to flex and adjust to the needs of students. This conference was valuable as both a benchmark for what others are doing and a catalyst for new ideas.”   

Comment from 2022 Attendee Survey

“Lots of ideas for things we can do at my campus! 

Comment from 2022 Attendee Survey

“The speakers were knowledgeable and helpful – content was inspiring.”   

Comment from 2022 Attendee Survey
Registration fees
Attendee Type By May 10    After May 10   
Member Rate, Full Conference  $700  $800 
*Team Rate, Members-only (per person for a group of three or more from the same member campus)   $650  $750 
Campus presenter (only for invited presenters)   $650  $650 
Non-Member Rate, Full Conference $950 $950


*To register three or more team members to receive the discounted rate, please contact Felicia Durham.

Not sure if your institution is a member?  Check our member map.

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Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace HotelRenaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
202 East Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Phone: (410) 547-1200

Stay along the waterfront on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, within walking distance of Charm City attractions like the National Aquarium and Oriole Park at Camden Yards. With the most recently renovated rooms on the harbor, Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel offers a host of amenities including a 24-hour fitness center, indoor pool and more than 30,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.

  • Rooms in the AASCU Room Block $209 (plus taxes and fees).
  • To receive the discounted room rate, please reserve your room by Tuesday, June 27. Reservation requests after June 27 will be accepted on a space available basis.
  • Refer to the snapshot of events above to confirm your hotel arrival and departure dates.
  • You may cancel your hotel reservation for no charge before 11:59 PM local hotel time one day before arrival.
  • Group rates will be honored three days before group arrival and three days after group departure based on availability. Book early.

Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) – 8 miles

Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) – 45 miles

Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) – 60 miles

Visit Baltimore for attractions and things to do in Baltimore.

AASCU is committed to the health, safety and well-being of all attendees at our gatherings. We follow all local rules and CDC guidance and closely monitor conditions related to COVID-19 and other public health emergencies. Attendees at all AASCU events agree to adhere to the following health and safety protocols. 

Before leaving home   

  • AASCU strongly encourages all participants to be fully vaccinated. The CDC Vaccines website provides definitions of “Fully Vaccinated” and “Up To Date”.
    Stay home if you feel unwell or have any COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.  We recommend attendees wear masks while traveling to and from the event and follow COVID-19 safety practices in the days leading up to the event.
    We strongly encourage attendees to take a rapid antigen COVID-19 test before traveling and before arriving to AASCU convenings. 

Onsite during the event   

  • Masks are recommended and will be available at the registration desk. 
  • If you are experiencing cold or COVID-19 symptoms please be respectful and wear a mask. 
  • Self-administered COVID-19 rapid antigen tests will be available at the registration desk. We encourage participants test themselves upon arrival before joining the conference. 
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol 
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands 
  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Throw used tissues in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes. 
  • If you feel unwell, develop symptoms of COVID-19, or test positive for COVID-19 at any time during the convening, seek medical care and do not attend the meals or gatherings. 
  • If you test positive during the conference, please notify AASCU staff by emailing meetings@aascu.org. 

AASCU reserves the right to modify these policies and procedures at any time given the rapidly changing nature of any current and ongoing public health emergencies. 

Registered participants who cannot attend are eligible for partial refunds as follows:  

  • Cancellation requests received until Wednesday, May 21 , 2023 (5pm ET) will be charged a $250 administrative fee.   
  • Cancellations received between May 22 and June 21, 2023 5 p.m. (ET) will incur a $500 cancellation fee.   
  • Cancellations received after 5 p.m. (ET) on June 21, 2023, and no-shows are not eligible for refunds.  

All refunds will be issued within 30 days of the receipt of the refund request.  

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