Mission Officers Conference


It is most helpful to have the opportunity to learn about how the position and responsibilities of Mission Officers are evolving on campuses.

                       --2014 Mission Officer Conference attendee





Catholic College and University Mission Officers Conference
January 30, 2015
Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Washington, D.C.

ACCU's fourth annual Mission Officers Conference will be held prior to the Annual Meeting in Washington. Join other mission officers to discuss ways to further mission on your campus as you explore "Mission and Faculty, Perfect Together:  Engaging the Faculty in Mission." The conference also includes special joint sessions with chief academic officers at Catholic colleges and universities on Saturday, January 31 (see schedule below). Please contact Mark Pranaitis, CM, vice president of operations and advancement, at mp@accunet.org if you have any questions about the event.

Visit the conference website for information on fees and the conference hotel discount, to see the full lineup of ACCU 2015 Annual Meeting events, and to register:


Preview the 2015 Mission Officers Conference schedule:

Friday, January 30, 2015
8:00 - 8:45 a.m Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:45 - 9:15 a.m. Opening Prayer
  Welcome and Overview

-Michael Galligan-Stierle, President, ACCU

9:15 - 9:45 a.m. Developmental Model of Mission Integration

-Fr. Mark Pranaitis, C.M., Ph.D., Vice President of Operations & Advancement, ACCU

9:45 - 10:45 a.m. Keynote

-Barbara Wall, Ph.D., Vice President for Mission & Ministry, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Villanova University

10:45-  11:15 a.m. Morning Pause/Break
11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Engaging New Faculty Members

-Sr. Lisa Mary McCartney, RSM, Ph.D., Vice President for Mission Integration, Mercyhurst University
-Kevin Hughes, Ph.D., Chairperson, Department of Humanities, Villanova University

12:15 - 1:15 p.m. Lunch 
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Engaging Continuing Faculty Members

-Colleen Hegranes, Ed.D., Senior Vice President, St. Catherine University
-Sr. Amata Miller, IHM, Ph.D., Professor of Economics and Director of the Myser Initiative, St. Catherine University

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. Mission and Charism in the Curriculum
  -Sr. Patricia Hutchison, OSF, Director, Neumann Institute for Fanciscan Studies, Neumann University

-John Nichols, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, Special Assistant to the President, Saint Joseph College (retired)

3:45 - 4:45 p.m. Planning for a Return to Campus
4:45 – 5:30 p.m. Closing Prayer Service
Other Events for Mission Officers
Saturday, January 31
9:30 - 10:30 a.m.

Mission Officer Handbook event

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Catholic Identity Assessment Project Briefing and/or CIT Project Briefing with Chief Academic Officers
  -Mark Gunty, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
  -Chad Pecknoid, Ph.D.,  Associate Professor of Theology, The Catholic University

-Thomas Mans, Ph.D., Vice President for Academic Support and Research, ACCU

12:15 -1:00 p.m. Lunch Buffet
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Enhancing the Academic Culture:  CAOs and Mission Officers 

How can the CAO and Mission Officer work together to best advance Catholic identity on campus?  This session will feature small group interactions about best practices on topics such as making the most of your mission office, enhancing the relationship with the local church, building mission into rank and tenure, and proven strategies to develop a faculty "mission" culture.

5:00 p.m. Opening Liturgy:  ACCU 2015 Annual Meeting

Related links:
Support for Catholic Mission and IdentityStrengthening Catholic Identity brochure series |  2013 Conference Program | 2013 Prayer Service | 2012 Conference Program | 2012 Prayer Service


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