Elon faculty present at 2021 AAC&U Global Learning Conference

Three Elon faculty present on mentoring undergraduate research in global contexts at the AAC&U Global Learning Conference on October 7-9, 2021

Several Elon University faculty members were presenters at the 2021 Association of American Colleges & University (AAC&U) Global Learning Conference which was held virtually from Oct. 7 through Oct. 9.

The goal of this year’s event was to explore the theme “Global Learning Reimagined.” There were two presentations featuring Elon faculty. A dialogue for learning session entitled, “Reimagining Mentored Undergraduate Research in Global Contexts,” Maureen Vandermaas-Peeler, director of the Center for Research on Global Engagement and professor of psychology at Elon, co-presented with four colleagues including Kris Acheson-Clair from Purdue University, Susan Buck Sutton, with the Institute of International Education, Kate Patch from Grinnell College and Dawn Michele Whitehead, a vice president at AAC&U.

The second presentation was a Pecha Kucha (“chit chat” in Japanese) session in which presenters showed 20 slides for 20 seconds each. Amy Allocco, associate professor of religious studies and director of the Multifaith Scholars Program, and Caroline Ketcham, professor and chair of exercise science, each presented high-quality models of mentored undergraduate research in global contexts.

All these presentations reflect an international, multi-institutional collaboration that commenced at the 2019 AAC&U Global Learning conference. As described in this Today at Elon story, a 2020 virtual think tank involving 30 professionals from around the world served as a catalyst for current research in progress.

Three Elon faculty members, including Vandermaas-Peeler, Olivia Choplin, associate professor of french, and Philip Motley, associate professor of communication design, were on this year’s Conference Planning Committee.