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2018 ACCU Chief Academic Officers Conference

Save the Date: Saturday, February 3, 2018

Planning for the 2018 ACCU CAO Conference is in full swing. The planning committee would love your feedback on a number of suggested topics. We have set up a very short survey, which should take just a few minutes to complete: Please share your thoughts by June 16.

A special thank you to Bryan LeBeau of the University of St. Mary, who has agreed to chair the planning committee, as well as the other members: Paul Benson (University of Dayton), Margaret Freije (College of the Holy Cross), Paul Koch (St. Ambrose University), Hugh Lena (Providence College), Molly Smith (Saint Martin’s University), and Colleen Hegranes (St. Catherine University).

2017 Small Research Grant Winners Announced

ACCU is excited to announce the following 2017 Small Research Grant awardees:

Assessment of Teaching Science and Technology in Light of the Catholic Catechism

Samuel Fox, Assistant Professor, Biology, Saint Martin’s University

Assessing the Understanding of Mission among Faculty, Administrators, and Staff in Jesuit Catholic Institutions

Emily Shipley, Director of Institutional Research, Xavier University

Catholic Social Thought in Catholic Business Schools: Current State of Curriculum and Faculty Training

Andy Gustafson, Associate Professor Business, Ethics and Society, Creighton University


A HUGE thank you to our reviewers, Ellen Boylan, Assistant Provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Manhattan College; Melissa Thorpe, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, Neumann University; and Chad May, Director of Institutional Research and Assessment, Holy Family University.


Global Migration Book

CRS University has announced a new book titled Global Migration: What's Happening, Why, and a Just Response. Authored by Liz Collier of Dominican University and Charles Strain of DePaul University, this book examines modern migration in an effort to “inspire reflection, provoke discussion, and empower students to respond to today’s greatest humanitarian crisis.” Those of you involved with the CRS Faculty Learning Commons may know that the 2017-2018 module on migration will use this work as the anchor text. For more information and to access course materials, see the CRS University site.


Professional Development Opportunity

Applications are now being accepted for a new American Council on Education program, Advancing to the Chief Academic Office, designed specifically for mid-career administrators (typically department chairs and above) who will be seeking a chief academic officer position within the next two years. Please share with deserving departments chairs and your AVPs.

Hiring for Mission

Joshua P. Hochschild, Monsignor Robert R. Kline Professor of Philosophy at Mount St. Mary’s University (MD),  recently published an article in Commonweal, titled “The Catholic Vision. Hiring for Mission: More than ‘Counting Catholics,’” which offers some useful guidance for recruiting and hiring faculty at a Catholic college or university. It is worth a read!