2019 AAC&U Annual Meeting: BTtoP Sessions

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 8:30am to Saturday, January 26, 2019 - 11:30am

BTtoP is honored to be participating in the Association of American Colleges and Universities' 2019 Annual Meeting: "Raising Our Voices: Reclaiming the Narrative on the Value of Higher Education".

This year, BTtoP will be offering three fishbowl sessions, featuring an inaugural circle of four or five discussants who will unpack the session's theme in conversation for twenty to thirty minutes, with the surrounding audience overhearing the dialogue. The audience members will then have the opportunity to tap into the fishbowl, replacing discussants and offering their own questions, comments, disagreements, and stories. We will also host our annual reception where we hope to see old and new friends alike! 

Student Well-Being and the Equity Imperative

Thursday, January 24, 2:45 PM-4:00 PM 
Inman Room

Student well-being has long been a core theme of Bringing Theory to Practice and our commitment to holistic, transformative education. In recent years, it has also emerged as a key issue for underserved and nontraditional college students and a key barrier to their full inclusion and success. This session will explore the place of well-being in a national equity agenda, and we hope that it will help to guide BTtoP’s equity commitment to the flourishing of all students. 

Discussants: Adriana Aldana, Assistant Professor of Social Work, California State University Dominguez Hills; Tim Eatman, Inaugural Dean of the Honors Living-Learning Community, Rutgers University-Newark; Katharine Broton, Assistant Professor of Educational Policy and Leadership Studies, University of Iowa; and Laurie Schreiner, Chair and Professor of the Department of Higher Education, Azusa Pacific University 

Work and the Purposes of College

Thursday, January 24, 4:15 PM-5:15 PM 
Inman Room

Educating students for secure employment has emerged as a defining—and often contested—theme in the current national conversation about higher education. For BTtoP, educating students to discern and prepare for meaningful work is a core purpose of college; at the same time, we remain critical of instrumental practices and policies that reduce “education for work” to “training for the first job.”  We are also mindful that the actual work-lives of students, the majority of whom are employed more than twenty hours a week, often represents a disabling challenge (but sometimes a rich contributor) to their learning and growth. This fishbowl conversation will explore the complex ways that work and college connect, and we hope that it will help develop BTtoP’s evolving commitment to meaningful work as a core need of all students.

Discussants: Laura Perna, James S. Riepe Professor and Executive Director of the Alliance for Higher Education and Democracy, University of Pennsylvania; Gilda Sheppard, Professor of Sociology and Cultural and Media Studies, The Evergreen State College—Takoma;  Allen Delong, Senior Associate Dean for Purposeful Work and Career Development, Bates College; Caroline Coward, Library Group Supervisor, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology

BTtoP Annual Reception

Thursday, January 24, 7:00 PM
Inman Room

Please join us for snacks, drinks, and conversation! We look forward to seeing old friends and meeting new colleagues.

Building the Community of Change: An Open Call to Envision the Future of Bringing Theory to Practice (and Higher Education)

Friday, January 25, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM 
Inman Room

Bringing Theory to Practice has completed 15 years of significant work, supporting innovative practice and institutional change on behalf of the core purposes of higher education. Now it is launching a new chapter of work, at a moment of turmoil, challenge, and creativity in higher education. How might the mission and values of BTtoP inform new ways of renewing and reshaping undergraduate education? What should the next chapter look like? Bringing Theory to Practice seeks to bring together a national community of practice to engage these questions and work together on the answer. Join us for a fishbowl conversation about the future of BTtoP--and undergraduate education. 

Discussants: Tessa Hicks Peterson, Assistant Vice President of Community Engagement and Associate Professor of Urban Studies, Pitzer College; Michelle Fine, Distinguished Professor of Critical Psychology, Women's Studies, American Studies, and Urban Education, The Graduate Center CUNY; Joyce Bylander, former Vice President and Dean of Student Life, Dickinson College; and David Scobey, Director, Bringing Theory to Practice