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
#NCPACE19 

Call for Proposals released: September 24/Deadline: November 1

Registration opens: October 15/Closes: January 25

Keynote Speaker

John B. King, Jr. 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.
 

 

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.
2018

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. 
2016

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

2015

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

2014

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

2013

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

2012

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
 
2005

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.