Faculty, staff and administrators are invited to attend this daylong conference to grow and share the practice and scholarship of engagement. Plenary and breakout sessions inform and advance research and practice of community engagement by sharing research findings, innovative program design and partnership models, proven community/institutional impacts, effective curriculum or co-curricular models, institutional capacity building and institutionalization, and successful community engagement practices. The conference usually takes place on the first or second Wednesday in February. 

Conference Goals

• Introduce tools, research, and practice for strengthening "the engaged campus”
• Deepen understanding of community engagement, exploring diverse and newer perspectives on theory and practice
• Highlight research and practice on related topics, including disciplinary approaches to community engagement, engaged scholarship, and demonstration of impact
• Renew commitment to building transformative campus-community partnerships
• Recognize outstanding individuals with our annual engagement awards for a president or chancellor, a faculty member, and a staff member from the network. 

2019 PACE Conference
February 13, 2019 at University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Registration closed on January 25. If you have questions related to registration, please contact Rene Summers


A review copy of the conference program is here for planning purposes. No need to print as we will provide a hard copy at check-in. 

All events will occur in the Elliott University Center, 507 Stirling Street, Greensboro, NC 27412

8:30 a.m. Check-in, networking, and continental breakfast
9:30 a.m.

Opening Session 
      Presentation of 2019 Community Engagement Awards

      Keynote address: Dr. John B. King, Jr., President & CEO,  
      The Education Trust 

11:15 a.m. Workshop Block I
12:25 p.m. Lunch
1:40 p.m. Workshop Block II
2:50 p.m. Workshop Block III
4:00 p.m.

Closing Session
     Keynote address: Dr. Adam Gismondi, Director of Impact,
     Institute for Democracy & Higher Education

     Door prize giveaway

5:00 p.m.  Adjournment

Keynote Speakers

John B. King, Jr. Ed.D
President and CEO, The Education Trust

John B. King Jr. is the president and CEO of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close opportunity and achievement gaps, from preschool through college. King served in President Barack Obama’s cabinet as the 10th U.S. Secretary of Education. In tapping him to lead the U.S. Department of Education, President Obama called King “an exceptionally talented educator,” citing his commitment to “preparing every child for success” and his lifelong dedication to education as a teacher, principal, and leader of schools and school systems.

Before becoming education secretary, King carried out the duties of the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Education, overseeing all policies and programs related to P-12 education, English learners, special education, and innovation. In this role, King also oversaw the agency’s operations. King joined the department following his tenure as the first African American and Puerto Rican to serve as New York State Education Commissioner.

King began his career in education as a high school social studies teacher in Puerto Rico and Boston, Mass., and as a middle school principal.

King’s life story is an extraordinary testament to the transformative power of education. Both of King’s parents were career New York City public school educators, whose example serves as an enduring inspiration. Both of King’s parents passed away from illness by the time he was 12 years old. He credits New York City public school teachers — particularly educators at P.S. 276 in Canarsie and Mark Twain Junior High School in Coney Island — for saving his life by providing him with rich and engaging educational experiences and by giving him hope for the future.

King holds a Bachelor of Arts in government from Harvard University, a J.D. from Yale Law School, as well as a Master of Arts in the teaching of social studies and a doctorate in education from Teachers College at Columbia University. King serves as a visiting professor at the University of Maryland’s College of Education and is a member of several boards, including those for The Century Foundation, The Robin Hood Foundation, and Teach Plus. He also serves on several advisory boards, including Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher Initiative, the Rework America Task Force, the GOOD+ Foundation’s Fatherhood Leadership Council, and the National Center for Free Speech and Civic Engagement at the University of California.

King lives in Silver Spring, Md., with his wife (a former kindergarten and first-grade teacher) and his two daughters, who attend local public schools.You can follow King on Twitter via @JohnBKing.

Adam Gismondi, Ph.D. 
Director of Impact, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education

Adam works with qualitative research, resource production and dissemination, and social media outreach at IDHE. His research largely focuses on civic outcomes of media use by college students, and his doctoral dissertation focused on how college student social media use impacts student civic learning and engagement. Adam also currently serves as a part–time faculty member at the Boston University School of Education, as an advisory board member for SXSWedu, and as president of the William & Mary Alumni Boston Chapter. Prior to working in a research capacity, Adam spent six years working as a student affairs administrator at Florida State University and University of Florida. He holds a BA from William & Mary, an MEd from the University of Florida, and a PhD from Boston College.

His recent publications include: Gismondi, A. (2017). Informed and Active: Political engagement begins on campus. NASPA’S Leadership Exchange; Gismondi, A. & Osteen, L. (2017). Student activism in a digital age. New Directions for Student Leadership, No. 153. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass; Rowan-Kenyon, H. T., Martínez-Alemán, A. M., & Savitz-Romer, M. with Gin, K., Gismondi, A., Lewis, J., Knight, S., Radimer, S. (2017). Technology and Engagement: Making Technology Work for First Generation College Students, Rutgers University Press;  and Rowan-Kenyon, H. T., & Martínez-Alemán, A. M., with Gin, K., Blakeley, B., Gismondi, A., Lewis, J., McCready, A., Zepp, D., & Knight, S. (2016). Social media in higher education. ASHE Higher Education Report. 42(5), 7-128.

Parking & Driving Instructions

Oakland Parking Deck (free)
904 Oakland Ave
Greensboro, NC 27403, US
Link to directions: https://ec.ncpublicschools.gov/conferences-profdev/summer-institutes/parking-map.pdf

The Elliott University Center is across the street from the deck. 

Please note that the link lists a 650 Forest Street address (no entrance). Please use the address above (904 Oakland Ave) as the other address leads to the deck, but not an entrance.

Brief History of PACE

1998 – Elon University hosts 1st "Service-Learning Institute" in partnership with NC Campus Volunteers (NCCV) Coalition
2003 – NC Campus Compact becomes the conference host
2004 – Name changed to Service-Learning Conference
2009 – Name changed to PACE
2011 – Inaugural Presidents Forum hosted in conjunction with PACE 

Year Keynote Speaker (s)
(Click on the year to download the conference Program Booklet)
PACE Conferences held at Elon University unless otherwise noted.

Dr. Nick Longo, chair of Public and Community Service Studies and professor of Global Studies at Providence College

2017 We suspended PACE in 2017 to encourage support of the Gulf South Summit 2017 hosted by UNC Greensboro. 

See highlights here.

Dr. Edward Zlotkowski, Dr. Patti Clayton, and Dr. Sarah Stanlick, Service Learning and Community Engagement Future Directions Project

Hosted by High Point University, High Point, NC


See highlights here.

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 

Dr. Byron White, Vice President for University Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer at Cleveland State University


See highlights here.

Dr. Jody Kretzmann, co-founder and co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute, Northwestern University
Dr. Barbara Holland, Researcher and Consultant

Hosted by UNC Wilmington, Wilmington, NC


See highlights here.

Dr. Peter Levine, Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs,   Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University and Director, CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement

Dr. Judith Ramaley, President Emerita and Distinguished Professor of Public Service, Portland State University and President Emerita, Winona State University


Special 10th year Anniversary event (see highlights here)

Dr. Caryn McTighe Musil, Association of American Colleges and Universities
President Mark Gearan, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Syracuse University

Hosted at UNC's Friday Center, Chapel Hill, NC

2011 Nicole Gallant, Director, Learn & Serve America, Corporation for National & Community Service
2010 Dr. Robert W. Franco, Kapi'olani Community College, University of Hawai'i
Robert L. Sigmon, Service-Learning pioneer
2009 Jamie Merisotis, Lumina Foundation for Education
2008 Dr. Kenneth Reardon, Cornell University
2007 Dr. Barbara Holland, Director, Service-Learning Clearinghouse
2006 Dr. Janet Eyler, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Edward Zlotkowski, Bentley College & Senior Faculty Fellow, Campus Compact
James Williams, Student Engaged Scholar, Campus Compact

We also hosted a Faculty Development Institute on Service Learning in 2005 featuring the following:
Dr. Robert Bringle, Director of the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning,
Dr. Gary Hesser, Professor of Sociology at Augsburg College 
Dr. Andrew Furco, Director of UC Berkeley’s Service Learning Research and Development Center

2004 Dr. Barbara Jacoby, University of Maryland - College Park
2003 Alice-Anne Kern A.K. Powe Elementary School in Durham
Dr. Rosalind R. Reichard , VP for Academic Affairs, Meredith College
Dr. Norman Clark, Appalachian State University
Darris Means, student leader, Elon University

For questions related to PACE, contact Leslie Garvin, Executive Director.