PACE 2015 Highlights

On February 18, over 170 faculty and staff from 28 institutions in 5 states shared research, model programs, and best practices involving institutions in community-based learning.  Many thanks to Elon University for hosting the 2015 PACE Conference. Download the conference program booklet here

Photos by Scott Muthersbaugh of Perfecta Visuals.  


"Beyond Service and Service-Learning: Educating for Democracy in College"

During the Opening Session, we were pleased to feature Dr. Rick Battistoni, Professor of Political Science and Public and Community Service Studies, and Director of the Feinstein Institute for Public Service, at Providence College. In his provocative address, he reflected on several of the defining documents, such as the Presidents' Declaration on the Civic Responsibility of Higher Education (1999), Millenials Talk Politics (2007), that called higher education to renew their commitment to educating students for democratic participation in public life. He pointed out the ways in which these stated ideals and goals have not yet been realized. Specifically he noted three problems with service and service-learning: 1) The Problem of Purpose; 2) The Problem of Time; and 3) The Problem of Accountability. He also proposed several important solutions to these problems.  

"Navigating the Power Dynamics Between Institutions and their Communities"

We were fortunate that Dr. Byron White, who was slated to present his keynote during the 2015 Civic Engagement Institute, scheduled for the previous day, was able to speak during the luncheon session.  The CEI was cancelled due to inclement weather.  Dr. White is the Vice President for University Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer at Cleveland State University. In his powerful message, he spoke of the importance of seeing our community as co-designers of our partnerships.  He noted that "motive is more important than outcome", "authority is not granted but gained by demonstrating we care," and that we should not seek "adoration" from our communities, but work to build up a measure of integrity and authenticity. 



Participants were able to choose from 29 workshops in topics ranging from social entrepreneurship to service-learning in online courses. We were pleased to partner with Community-Campus Partnerships for Health for the first time this year, who facilitated a four-part workshop series showcasing partnerships between communities and institutions that promote health equity and social justice.  

Thank you to the 2015 Workshop Proposal Review Committee: Dr. Sharon Hodge, Elon University; Dr. Annette Greer, East Carolina University; Dr. Scott Hicks, UNC Pembroke; Dr. Lesley Graybeal, Wake Technical Community College; and Dr. Benjamin Tanner, Western Carolina University.


During the luncheon, Dr. Nido Qubein, President of High Point University and Chair of the NC Campus Compact Executive Board, facilitated the awards ceremony during which we recognized the outstanding community engagement work of a president, a faculty member, and two staff members.  

Leo M. Lambert Engaged Leader
President Dr. Nathan Hatch, Wake Forest University

Robert L. Sigmon Service Learning Award
Travis Hicks, UNC Greensboro

Civic Engagement Professional of the Years Awards
Emerging Leader: Dr. Lane Perry, Western Carolina University
Sustainer: Dena Shonts, Central Piedmont Community College (to be presented at the 2015 Civic Engagement Administrators Conference in May)

Click here for an article about the winners. (Photo l to r: Hicks, Hatch, Qubein, Perry)

We appreciate the work of all who submitted nominations, and to those who helped review nominations including: Stephanie Schooley, Executive Director, Campus Compact of the Mountain West; Madeline Yates, Executive Director, Maryland-DC Campus Compact; and Tabitha Underwood, Executive Director, Missouri Campus Compact.


We thank The Community Engagement Collaboratory for their sponsorship of the 2015 PACE Conference. The Community Engagement Collaboratory is a cloud-based software application for higher education that seeks to improve scholarship and practice by developing a comprehensive description of your institutional community engagement and public service activities. 

We also appreciate the generosity of the publishers who donated 50+ publications for the Professional Resource Giveway. 

AAC&U Communications
American Association of Community Colleges, Community College Press
Campus Compact
Information Age Publishing
Jossey-Bass and John Wiley & Sons Publishing
Louisiana State University Press
Oxford University Press
Princeton University Press
SAGE Publications
Stylus Publishing
Teachers College Press
The New Press
Vanderbilt University Press

Save the Date

The 2016 PACE Conference is February 10, 2016 at High Point University.  The Call for Proposals will be released on September 17, 2015.