Fall 2013 Virtual Think Tank Program

NERCHE’s Virtual Think Tanks are webinars, or virtual discussions, designed to engage higher education practitioners in the exploration of collaborative change processes which address social justice in a diverse democracy.

These virtual discussions are intended to be useful whether participants are developing long-term strategic change efforts on their campuses or thinking about immediate programming and teaching issues.

Learn More About Virtual Think Tanks

Participants can register for a single Virtual Think Tank session or NERCHE’s three-part Virtual Think Tank Series.  A series examines common themes or issues in higher education from multiple perspectives.  NERCHE offers three series for the fall of 2013:

Learn More About The Series

To participate in a single Virtual Think Tank, click on the “Register Here” links in the session descriptions below. To register for any of the three series, click here.

The registration fee for participation in each real time Virtual Think Tank session is $300. The fee for participation in one of the three Virtual Think Tank series is $810, a 10 percent discount. NERCHE also offers recordings of past sessions for $200 and recordings of past series for $540.

For more information on payment methods and technology requirements, please see our Virtual Think Tank FAQ’s.

Session Descriptions

October 9, 2013
Susan Sturm

George M. Jaffin Professor of Law and Social Responsibility, Columbia Law School
This webinar will explore ways to frame the Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. The University of Texas so that higher education institutions and their partners can serve as engines of mobility, leadership, knowledge generation, and public problem solving.
Register this individual event here.
October 16, 2013
The Carnegie Foundation Elective Community Engagement Classification: Strategies and Approaches for Documenting Engagement

Emily Janke
Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
John Saltmarsh

Co-Director, New England Higher Education Resource Center
This webinar is intended for campuses that are applying for the 2015 Elective Community Engagement Classification from the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Register this individual event here.
October 23, 2013
Community Colleges and the Democracy Commitment Initiative

Brian Murphy
President, De Anza College
This webinar will examine how The Democracy Commitment-a national, 20-state initiative-provides a platform for developing and expanding community college programs, projects, and curricula aimed at engaging students in civic learning and democratic practice across the country.
Register this individual event here.
November 6, 2013
Desegregation and Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Elizabeth Lundeen
Ph.D. Candidate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Moving beyond the iconic legal victories by lawyers of the NAACP, this webinar will focus on the impact of desegregation lawsuits on historically black colleges and universities beginning in the 1930s. Specifically, the presentation will highlight the case of North Carolina College for Negroes-the predecessor to North Carolina Central University.
Register this individual event here.
November 13, 2013
Caryn McTighe Musil
Senior Scholar and Director of Civic Learning and Democracy Initiatives, Association of American Colleges and Universities

This webinar will examine why contemporary redefinitions of civic learning outcomes are so necessary to integrate as an expected dimension of college for every student today, whatever the specialization.

Register this individual event here.

November 20, 2013
Anne Blaschke  
Visiting Assistant Professor, Bridgewater State University
This webinar will examine the history of women college students and administrators who advanced gender parity and human rights through college athletics and will consider the implications of their experiences for current educational policy.
Register this individual event here.
December 4, 2013
Kimberly Burns
Associate Dean  for K-16 Partnerships, Middlesex Community College
This webinar will first briefly review the context of the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) at the community college.  It will then present the results of a study of community college faculty from around the country who engaged in a SoTL classroom research project.
Register this individual event here.
December 18, 2013
Michael Bernstein

Provost, Tulane University

This webinar considers how colleges and universities can integrate faculty engagement in academic-review processes and emphasizes the importance of expanding institutions’ understanding of the traditional review categories of research, teaching, and service to reflect achievements and successes in the area of public engagement.

Register this individual event here.

January 15, 2014
Andres Reyes

Professor, Bunker Hill Community College

This webinar will share findings from a narrative inquiry of the community college experience of unaccompanied refugee minors from South Sudan a decade after arriving in this country with interrupted educations, cultural adjustment challenges, and language needs.

Register this individual event here.