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. 

2018 PACE Conference
February 14, 2018 | Elon University

View the 2018 Conference Program
(attendees will receive a hard copy at check-in)

Registration closed on January 24.
If you have questions about registration, please call 336-278-7278 or email nccc@elon.edu.

The 2018 event will be held at Moseley Student Center on the campus of Elon University. 
Directions to Elon | Campus Map | PACE parking info

PACE drivers please note: do NOT park in the Inman Admissions Welcome Center lot.
Follow instructions on our parking info document

Agenda at a Glance

Time Activity (All events are at Elon University) 
8:00 a.m.   Registration check-in and continental breakfast (Moseley Center lobby, #30 on the campus map
9:00 a.m.

Opening Session (McKinnon Hall, Moseley Center)

  • Welcome
  • Acknowledgement of recipients of 2018 engagement awards
  • Keynote Address: “Next Generation Engagement: Building on History, Charting New Pathways” - Dr. Nick Longo
10:15 a.m. Workshop Block I
11:25 a.m Workshop Block II
12:30 p.m. Lunch (McKinnon Hall) 
1:30 p.m. Roundtable discussions facilitated by Nick Longo “Pinning a Butterfly: A Dialogue on the Role of Students in Creating Engaged Campuses”
2:40 p.m.  Workshop Block III
3:50 p.m. Workshop Block IV - Mini-Sessions
4:55 p.m.  Resource Giveway   (McKinnon Hall) 


Dr. Nick Longo, one of the co-authors of the 2016 publication Publicly Engaged Scholars: Next Generation Engagement and the Future of Higher Education " will discuss "Next Generation Engagement: Building on History, Charting New Pathways." He will also facilitate a conversation on "Pinning a Butterfly?  A Dialogue on the Role of Students in Creating Engaged Campuses" a reflection on the state of ideas proposed in a 2006 book he co-authored Students as Colleagues: Expanding the Circle of Service-Learning Leadership.

Nicholas V. Longo is chair of Public and Community Service Studies and professor of Global Studies at Providence College.  From 2006-2008, he served as the director of the Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute, an endowed civic leadership center at Miami University in Ohio. He also served as a program officer at the Charles F. Kettering Foundation in the area of civic education, and directed Campus Compact’s national youth civic engagement initiative, Raise Your Voice. 

Nick is author of a number of books, articles, and reports on issues of youth civic education, community-based leadership, global citizenship, and service-learning.  His publications include: Why Community Matters: Connecting Education with Civic Life (SUNY Press) and several co-edited volumes, including From Command to Community: A New Approach to Leadership Education in Colleges and Universities (Tufts University Press), Publicly Engaged Scholars: Next Generation Engagement and the Future of Higher Education (Stylus Publishing), and Deliberative Pedagogy:Teaching and Learning for Democratic Engagement (Michigan State University Press). He holds a Masters in Public Affairs from the Humphrey Institute and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Minnesota. 

Nick lives in Providence, Rhode Island with his wife, Aleida. Together, they have a great passion for educating the next generation of democratic citizens, starting with their children, Maya and Noah.


We have reserved a block of rooms at the Drury Inn & Suites for Tuesday, February 13 at the rate of $103.49 plus tax.

Drury Inn & Suites Burlington
1767 Glidewell Drive   Burlington, NC 27215

To make reservations, please use the link below or call 1-800-325-0720 and refer to group number #2320806. 


Make your reservations by January 24, 2018 to obtain the group rate. Reservations made after this date will be subject to prevailing rate and availability.

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.
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.