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. 

Stay posted for dates & location of the 2019 PACE Conference

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.