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The New American Colleges and Universities’ Summer Institute, held for faculty and administrators from member colleges and universities, provides a unique opportunity for professional development, discussion of issues common to our member institutions, and networking.

The next Summer Institute will be held at Hamline University on June 17-19, 2015.

2015 Summer Institute, Hamline University
Theme: Convergence: Developing the Holistic University

This year’s 2015 NAC&U Summer Institute will focus on the many ways in which the traditional boundaries of higher education have become blurred. Faculty work has significantly changed and the distinction between teaching, research, and scholarship no longer exists. The work of faculty and student affairs officers also has merged in some areas. The Summer Institute will explore possibilities to enhance the educational experience through a holistic approach for educating undergraduate students. Presentations may describe existing projects or may engage conference participants in working sessions to develop new ideas for collaboration. View this year's program

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2015 Summer Institute Speakers

Ira Harkavy
“Creating the Connected Institution: Towards Realizing Benjamin Franklin’s and Ernest Boyer’s Revolutionary Vision for American Higher Education”
Photo of IraIra Harkavy is associate vice president and founding director of the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships, University of Pennsylvania. An historian with extensive experience building university-community-school partnerships, Harkavy teaches in the departments of history, urban studies and Africana studies, and in the Graduate School of Education. Harkavy is vice chair of the National Science Foundation’s Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE); US chair of the International Consortium on Higher Education, Civic Responsibility, and Democracy; chair of the National Anchor Institutions Task Force; a member of the Board of Trustees of Widener University; and a member of the Harvard College National Advisory Board for Public Service. Among other honors, Harkavy is the recipient of the University of Pennsylvania’s Alumni Award of Merit and Campus Compact’s Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning, and a Fulbright Senior Specialist Grant. Under his directorship, the Netter Center for Community Partnerships received the inaugural William T. Grant Foundation Youth Development Prize awarded by The National Academies. In addition, with Harkavy’s and the Netter Center’s leadership, Penn has twice received the Presidential Award in Higher Education Community Service (2008 and 2012) and tied for the number one ranking as "Best Neighbor" University (2009) by the national Survey of Best College and University Civic Partnerships.

Scott Jaschik
Photo of ScottOne of three founders of Inside Higher Ed, Scott Jaschik co-leads its editorial operations, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Jaschik is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and has published articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Jaschik served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Jaschik was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. He grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

Rebecca Frost Davis
"Engaging Undergraduates with Collaborative Digital Scholarship Projects"
Photo of RebeccaRebecca Frost Davis is the director for instructional and emerging technology at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX and co-editor of Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments (under contract with the MLA), an open-access, curated collection of downloadable, reusable, and remixable pedagogical resources for humanities scholars interested in the intersections of digital technologies with teaching and learning. Previously, Davis served as program officer for the humanities at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), where she also served as associate director of programs. Prior to her tenure at NITLE, she served as assistant director for instructional technology at the Associated Colleges of the South Technology Center and assistant professor of Classical Studies at Rhodes College, Denison University, and Sewanee: The University of the South.

At Rebecca Frost Davis: Liberal Education in a Networked World, Davis blogs about the changes wrought by new digital methods on scholarship, networking, and communication and how they are impacting the classroom. In her research, she explores the motivations and mechanisms for creating, integrating, and sustaining digital humanities within and across the undergraduate curriculum. She holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.A. (summa cum laude) in classical studies and Russian from Vanderbilt University.

Satyan L. Devadoss
“The Decline of Disciplines and the Renaissance Revival”
Photo of SatyanA graduate and valedictorian of North Central College in 1993, Satyan L. Devadoss is professor of mathematics at Williams College and holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from The Johns Hopkins University.  Before joining the faculty at Williams, he was an Arnold Ross assistant professor at The Ohio State University. 

Devadoss has earned accolades for both his scholarship and his teaching.  Among these are the William Kelso Morrill Award for excellence in mathematics and the Henry L. Alder National Award, honoring young faculty whose teaching has been extraordinarily successful with influence beyond their own classroom.  Devadoss is also an inaugural Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, for members who have made outstanding contributions to mathematics. 

Devadoss has authored a textbook on computational geometry, created a DVD lecture series on the shape of nature, and written dozens of research articles on topics ranging from origami and cartography, to phylogenetics and particle collisions.  In addition, he has attracted support from the National Science Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, and the Department of Defense, as well as holding visiting positions at The Ohio State University, the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. 

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