The inaugural Faculty Conference on Issues in Higher Education explored the nature and future of a contemporary liberal education and the demands on higher education to embrace a global and multicultural reality in scholarship, creative endeavors, teaching and learning.

Plenary presentations were given by Susan Albertine and William Durden, experienced thought leaders who have contributed mightily to the advancement of liberal and global higher education.

Presented by the Adelphi Faculty Senate and the Office of the Provost.


9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast (AUPAC Lobby)
9:30 a.m. Welcome and Overview (AUPAC Concert Hall)

Christine M. Riordan, Ph.D., President – Welcome

Devin G. Thornburg, Ph.D., Chair, Faculty Senate

Sam L Grogg, Ph.D., Interim Provost and Executive Vice President – Overview

9:45 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. The Future of Liberal Education and Adelphi: Foundational, Experiential, Consequential (AUPAC Concert Hall)

Susan Albertine, Ph.D., Senior Scholar, Office of Integrative Liberal Learning and the Global Commons; Director, LEAP States Initiative, AAC&U Susan Albertine is a senior scholar at AAC&U. She has directed the LEAP States Initiative since 2008 and leads the Faculty Collaboratives project. She served as vice president of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success at AAC&U (2010-2016). In that role, she provided leadership for programs and activities related to college readiness and student success, and for the Making Excellence Inclusive initiative. A career-long literacy educator and advocate for educational reform, Dr. Albertine became a secondary school teacher through the alternative school movement in the early 1970s. She received her B.A. from Cornell University, her M.A. from the State University of New York at Cortland, and her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, all in English and American literature. As a professor, she taught American literature and English composition at St. Olaf College and then at Susquehanna University. Later she served as assistant to the provost, University of Pennsylvania, and then vice provost, Temple University, where she began her national work in higher education reform. In 2002 she became Professor of English and Dean of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the College of New Jersey, where she served until joining AAC&U in 2008.


10:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Concurrent Discussion Session I: Focus on Adelphi’s Current and Future Learning Experiences

  • Future of Adelphi General Education (Hagedorn 108)
    Discussion Leaders: Joy McClure, Brian Rose
    Discussion Notes (PDF)
  • Evolving Adelphi’s First Year Experience (Hagedorn 219)
    Discussion Leaders: Emily Kang, Lisa Minicozzi, Peter West
    Discussion Notes (PDF)
  • Active Learning and High Impact Teaching Practices (AUPAC 215)
    Discussion Leaders: Dana Battaglia, Reem Khamis-Dakwar, Eugenia Villa-Cuesta
    Discussion Notes (PDF)
  • Adelphi’s Capstones and Culminating Learning Experiences (AUPAC 216)
    Discussion Leaders: Deborah Ambrosio, Jonna Coombs, Kees Leune
    Discussion Notes (PDF)
12:00 p.m. Lunch (AUPAC Lower Level)
1:00 p.m. The Globalization of Higher Education—Future Opportunities and Future Challenges (AUPAC Concert Hall)

William G. Durden, Ph.D., former president of Dickinson College, Fulbright Scholar, and currently Chief Global Engagement Officer for Shorelight Education

William G. Durden is President Emeritus of Dickinson College, where he served for 14 years, and currently the Chief Global Engagement Officer of the International University Alliance (IUA), a mission-driven organization that advances the international aspirations of top-tier universities. He also holds a joint professorship (research) in the School of Education, the Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Durden was most recently founding Dean of the School of Business and Entrepreneurship, Bath Spa University (UK). Directly prior to his 14-year tenure at Dickinson College, Dr. Durden was simultaneously president of a division of the Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc. (today Laureate Education, Inc.) and vice president of academic a airs for the Caliber Learning Network—originally a joint venture of MCI and Sylvan. Prior to Sylvan, Dr. Durden was a member of the German Department at the Johns Hopkins University and founding Executive Director of the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) for 16 years. During his Hopkins’ engagement at CTY, he was also a senior education consultant to the U.S. Department of State for 11 years and chaired the Advisory Committee on Exceptional Children and Youth. He served as a “private tutor” to then Prime Minister Tony Blair on the topic of talent development in the UK.

Dr. Durden served as chair of the advisory board of the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars (the Senior Fulbright program) and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute of International Education (IIE) as well as a trustee of St. Paul’s School (MD) and Indian Mountain School (CT). He currently serves as a director of Walden University and Squashwise Baltimore, a non-profit organization to help Baltimore City youth achieve their academic goals through squash and associated academic tutoring. He is also chair of the board of trustees of Columbia College Hollywood, a non-profit higher education institution focused on the liberal arts, the arts, film and media. He was appointed to the Honorary Council of LEAD WITH LANGUAGES campaign commencing March 1, 2017. This campaign is undertaken at the bipartisan request of the U.S. Congress.


2:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. Concurrent Discussion Sessions II: Focus on Adelphi’s Global, International and Multicultural Teaching and Learning  

  • The Integration of International Students into the Adelphi Learning Experience (AUPAC 215)
    Discussion Leaders: Ryan Ehrhart, Sarah Eltabib
    Discussion Notes (PDF)
  • The Internationalization of Adelphi Curricula (Hagedorn 108)
    Discussion Leaders: Nicole Rudolph, Carol Cohen
  • Opportunities for Global Focused Graduate Programs (Hagedorn 219)
    Discussion Leaders: Zachary Johnson, Diana Feige
    Discussion Notes (PDF)
  • Diversity and Inclusion in the Multicultural Learning Environment (AUPAC 216)
    Discussion Leaders: Laura Quiros, CarolAnn Daniel
    Discussion Notes (PDF) 
3:15 p.m.–3:45 p.m. Wrap Up and Next Steps (AUPAC Olmsted Theatre)
Presentation of highlights of sessions—discussion of the day and a final presentation on the profile of the students Adelphi will be teaching in 2025.


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