ACCAC ACC Academic Consortium Sun, 05 May 2019 14:28:01 +0000 en-US hourly 1 2018 InVenture Prize Finalists Sat, 09 Jun 2018 02:34:43 +0000

2018 InVenture Prize Finalists

Collage of teams presenting and receiving awards at the Innoventure Prize competition.

Kolby Hanley won Georgia Tech’s InVenture Prize for his invention, an aiming device for competitive archery. His lightweight scope with integrated light, called StarLight, is the latest product developed by his company, UltraView.

PedalCreator placed second, a prize that comes with $10,000, a free patent filing and a spot in Flashpoint. Their device, Disruption, is an affordable guitar effects pedal.

The People’s Choice Award went to pHAM. They designed a filter to reduce acidity in coffee. They incorporated a mineral blend into the structure of the filter paper, which reduces the acidity of the brewed coffee without negatively affecting the taste.

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2017 ACCelerate Festival at the Smithsonian Sat, 09 Jun 2018 02:20:34 +0000

2017 ACCelerate Festival at the Smithsonian

ACCelerate Fest 2019 promotional collage featuring a live musicians and a dancer

Virginia Tech and the Smithsonian Institution presented the first ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival on October 13-15, 2017, at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. The festival was a celebration of creative research happening at the nexus of science, engineering, arts and design. The 2017 ACCelerate festival was programmed by Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology and the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History, Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation.

The festival featured performances, talks, and 48 interactive installations from across the 15 ACC schools around seven thematic areas: civic engagement, art and technology, sustainability and environment, biomimetics, health and body, and making.

The next ACCelerate festival will be April 5-7, 2019, at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

More info on the ACCelerate festival at

2018 ACC Meeting of the Minds conference Sat, 09 Jun 2018 02:10:58 +0000

2018 ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference

People standing in an atrium at a poster presentation

Boston College hosted the 2018 ACC Meeting of the Minds conference. The conference took place April 6–8 at Boston College campus in Chestnut Hill, MA.

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Student Leadership Colloquium Thu, 26 Apr 2018 01:36:44 +0000

Student Leadership Colloquium

Each year, usually in February, 5-10 student leaders (accompanied by a faculty/staff member) from each ACC university gather at a host university to study and teach, to swap and share both leadership strategies and knowledge regarding a specific social issue. Typically, the conferences have the following features:

  • The topical focus is upon socially responsible initiatives.
  • Cross-university teams each develop a strategic action plan to alleviate the issue under study.
  • Faculty experts from the host institution consult with the teams, offer seminars on the topic and on leadership, and judge the various action plans.
  • Student leaders, often via field trips, are exposed to local agencies dealing with the issue.
  • The conference begins with dinner on Friday and ends with lunch on Sunday.
  • All expenses are paid by the ACCAC (the total budget is $80,000).
  • Planning and hosting responsibilities are rotated among the universities.
  • Each university chooses its delegates.

Each year the host institution plans the program, under the general guidance of an Advisory Committee (currently chaired by Andrew Wiemer from the University of Miami).  Students interested in being a delegate should consult with their local leadership office or VP for Student Affairs. A list of coordinators is available on this website under “Other Groups and Committees”

Future Conferences

  • Feb. 22-24, 2019 – NC State University (Topic= Food Insecurity)
  • 2020 – University of Louisville
  • 2021 – University of Pittsburgh

Past conferences

Debate Contacts Wed, 25 Apr 2018 21:59:04 +0000 Liaisons to the ACC Debate Championship.

[This list is under construction]

Revised April 25, 2018.

John Katsulas, Director of Debate
St.Mary’s Hall South Room S360A

Academic Leaders Network Liaisons Fri, 30 Mar 2018 00:46:39 +0000

Academic Leaders Network Liaisons As of Feb 12, 2019

* Billy Soo, Vice Provost for Faculties, Boston College.  617-552-3963

John Griffin+, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Clemson University,  864-656-3942   

* Abbas Benmamoun, Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, Duke University.   919-684-4997

Janet Kistner, Vice President for Faculty Development & Advancement, FSU   850-644-6876.

* Bonnie Ferri, Georgia Tech.  404-894-3145

* Tracy D. Eells, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, University of Louisville.   502-852-6720

David Birnbach, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, University of Miami,   305-284-6442

Jean Morton Elia, Associate Provost for Strategy and Special Projects, UNC-Chapel Hill.     919-962-2624    

* Mike Mullen+, Vice Chancellor and Dean for Academic Affairs, North Carolina State University.  919-515-2446

* Laura Carlson, Vice President,  Associate Provost and Dean of the Graduate School , Notre Dame.   574-631-8052

* Laurie Kirsch, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs, Development, and Diversity, University of Pittsburgh.  412-624-5749

*Doris Rubio, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty, University of Pittsburgh,  412-692-2023

* LaVonda N. Reed, Associate Provost for Faculty Affairs and Professor of Law,   Syracuse University,   315-443-5525  

* Jennie Knight, Assistant Vice Provost for Faculty Development, jsk3t@Virginia.EDU.  Kerry Abrams, Vice Provost, University of Virginia   kla6t@Virginia.EDU   434-924-7361  

* Amy Hogan, Assistant Provost for Leadership Initiatives, Virginia Tech.  540-231-3273

* Kami Chavis, Associate Provost, Academic Initiatives, Wake Forest University,   336-758-3852

+Denotes ACCAC Advisory Committee Member

As of February 12, 2019

Host Campus Information Fri, 30 Mar 2018 00:16:57 +0000

ACC Academic Leaders Network Host Campus Information

A template for each on-site session has been developed, and is provided below. Each on-site session has several common elements (e.g., networking opportunities, collaborative conversations, campus tours, conversations with presidents and provosts) along with session-specific content aimed at building competency in three levels of leadership: interpersonal leadership, institutional leadership, and in the broader higher education context. Networking and common session elements should remain the same across all three sessions. Items highlighted as pertaining to interpersonal leadership, institutional leadership, and higher education context will vary in content according to the topics and objectives for the respective on-site session.

It is expected that host liaisons will be part of ongoing conversations about the program, as well as discussing host campus and participant feedback. Within-year adjustments may be made based on timely feedback, and year-to-year adjustments in topics, format, and structure will also take into account feedback and suggestions from liaisons and participants.

Host University Responsibilities

  • Manage logistics and planning for the hosted session
    • Reserve and manage facilities needs (including meeting spaces, meal planning, lodging blocks)
    • Develop leadership content as outlined for the session
      • Ensure content meets objectives outlined for the session
      • Confirm speakers
      • Share draft of complete session details with ALN Steering Committee 60 days in advance of session
      • Collaborate to incorporate ALN Steering Committee feedback and recommendations into session plan in advance of the hosted session
    • Manage registrations, confirm participant and liaison attendance
    • Manage consortium budget allocated for hosted session
      • Additional information provided below
  • The host university liaison will be in regular communication with the ALN Steering Committee and other host liaisons for the program year about the development of the hosted sessions

Recommendations for Session Planning

The host university has latitude in the development of specific content for their session, as long as the desired topics are covered and objectives are met. Recommendations include:

  • Keeping in mind a variety of modalities in session planning – this may include engaging a variety of speakers, panel discussions, “fishbowl” style interviews, time for reflection, small group activities, group discussions, etc.
  • Keep in mind the roles and experience represented in the cohort group, and gear examples, group activities, and discussions accordingly
  • Bringing current issues and examples into content conversations and discussion.
  • Remaining mindful of continuing threads geared toward building and leveraging diversity as well as inclusive language and practices

When looking to engage speakers in the session, keep in mind the broad objectives and crossinstitutional context of this program. Speakers should bring perspective that enhances this aim, rather than highlighting their internal work or the perspective of one particular institution.

When considering speakers for your session:

  • diversity of speakers should be a priority consideration.
  • plan to include speakers from at least 3 ACC institutions other than your own, considering also a mix of representation from public and private institutions. The steering committee is a resource to help identify potential speakers on various topics from the ACC universities.
  • be aware that speakers will not receive any honoraria or stipends. The budget provided to the host institution does include monies to cover speaker travel, food, and lodging expenses.

Session Budget Information

Each host campus will be advanced $55,133 from the ACC Academic Consortium, and should specify in advance whether funds should be made payable to the university treasurer, foundation, or some other entity. Fall and Winter hosts will receive a check in August 2018. Spring hosts will receive their check in February 2019.

Funds advanced to host institutions are to cover all on-site expenses (including program materials) for all program participants, all speakers (travel, meals, and lodging), all liaisons, and the ACCAC coordinator. Any costs associated with staffing a hosted session will be absorbed by the host university. Each university is responsible for their participants’ travel to and from each on-site session. The consortium office will reimburse liaison travel costs.

The $55,133 advance amount is based upon a budget for 60 participants spending the equivalent of 2 full days at each session. Actual costs are likely to vary by the number of participants who actually attend, the charges for meals and lodging, etc. If actual expenditures are less than the advance, unspent monies will be returned to the consortium. If actual expenditures exceed the advance, a request for additional monies will be considered by the consortium.

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2018 ACC Debate Championship Fri, 30 Mar 2018 00:07:19 +0000

2018 ACC Debate Championship

4 men holding a trophy

University of Miami’s Zach Homeijer and Artem Sviridov won the 2018 ACC Debate Championship. The event was held March 3-4 at Clemson University. The event was streamed live on YouTube. View the final round below.

Participant Selection Information Thu, 29 Mar 2018 02:54:58 +0000

ACC Academic Leaders Network Participant Selection Information

This program is geared to further inter-institutional networking and collaborations and provide leadership competency development for faculty who have already gained some experience in academic leadership roles.

We invite you to select Department Chairs or Heads, Assistant or Associate Deans, Assistant or Associate Provosts (or similar titles as they may vary from institution to institution) with at least 1-2 years of experience in their current role for participation.

2018-19 Program

September 20-22, 2018
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

February 7-9, 2019
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, GA

May 28-30, 2019
University of Notre Dame
South Bend, IN

Participant Information

Once you have selected your participants, please send the following information for each to the ALN Steering Committee:

  • Name
  • Administrative Title
  • Department Affiliation
  • Email

Participant information is due by April 30, 2018. If you have any concerns about meeting this deadline, please contact Amy Hogan.

About the ACC Academic Leaders Network Thu, 29 Mar 2018 02:48:31 +0000

About the ACC Academic Leaders Network

Today’s top-tier universities recognize that future success requires bringing together resources from a broad variety of different sources in ways that leverage collaboration and innovation. The ability to continue to complete nationally and internationally requires broad networks and collaborations, diversity of ideas and approaches, and initiatives that go beyond the abilities of any one single institution. To that end, the ACC Academic Leaders Network (ALN) is designed to facilitate cross-institutional networking and collaboration among academic leaders while building leadership capacity for the participating institutions.

Each on-site session will begin with lunch at Noon on the first day, and conclude at Noon on the third day with a boxed to-go lunch. Meals will be provided throughout each session.

See the list of Academic Leaders Network Liaisons

2018-19 Program

September 20-22, 2018
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA

February 7-9, 2019
Georgia Tech
Atlanta, GA

May 28-30, 2019
University of Notre Dame
South Bend, IN

The ACC Academic Leaders Network seeks to build upon existing campus programs to continue supporting leader development, but also to broaden awareness, create distinctive learning opportunities, and capitalize on networking and collaborative opportunities in ways that no single university can accomplish on its own.

Participant Objectives

  • Build leadership competency in a variety of relevant areas for seasoned academic leaders at various levels in the university
  • Facilitate relationship building, networking, and collaboration among participants in ways that leverage interinstitutional contacts for the benefit of all
  • Broaden academic leaders’ awareness of leadership, policies, practices, and models in place across an array of institutions of higher learning
  • Gain practical insight into emerging trends and the broader landscape of higher education
  • Build awareness of higher education leadership needs and challenges in a setting providing exposure to multiple disciplines, organizational roles, and organizational structures

Benefits to the University

  • Creating an additional level of leadership development for promising academic leaders, building from existing campus programs
  • Providing access to information, perspectives, people, and approaches that no one university can offer on its own
  • Building internal leadership capacity, diversifying the leadership pool, facilitating succession planning, and developing internal networks and collaborations
  • Sharing and studying best practices and benchmarking across a diverse range of institutions, creating an enhanced ability to build departments, programs, and approaches that can result in competitive advantages
  • Gaining access to resources, information, and people not readily available at a single university
  • Seeding additional inter-institutional collaborations that will strengthen participating universities as well as overall Academic Consortium

Target Audience

This program is geared to further inter-institutional networking and collaborations and provide leadership competency development for faculty who have already gained some experience in academic leadership roles. Specifically in the first year, the program will focus on Department Chairs or Heads, Assistant or Associate Deans, and Assistant or Associate Provosts (or similar titles as they may vary from institution to institution) – with at least 1-2 years of experience in their current role.

Program Structure

The program consists of three sessions over the course of the academic year, each hosted at a different participating university campus. These sessions are designed to provide information, build skills, and facilitate conversations over a range of topics that support leader development on interpersonal, institutional, and broad higher education context levels.

Leadership Foundations
September 20-22, 2018
Implementing for Results
February 7-9, 2019
Resources and Systems
May 28-30, 2019
Elements common to all sessions:

  • Intentional inter-institutional networking
  • Campus tour
  • Talk with President and Provost of host institution
  • “Swap and Share” – conversations about current challenges, sharing resources and approaches for best outcomes
Higher Education Context and Beyond
  • Topics and trends in higher education this year and into the future
  • Building and fostering your network
  • Interdisciplinary and interinstitutional opportunities
  • Globalization and the student experience
  • External collaborations, drivers, and timing
  • Human Resources topics and trends
  • Diversity of faculty types and roles, trends
  • The changing student body
  • Evolving types and styles of student learning
  • Inclusion and Diversity: building the pipeline, hiring, retention, climate
  • Accountability in the 21st century
Institutional Leadership
  • Strategic thinking
  • Collaborative leadership
  • Outcome-based planning, accountability, and assessment
  • Facilitating interdisciplinary work
  • Leadership in your institutional context (balancing heritage/tradition with a focus on the future)
  • Inclusion and Diversity: climate and conversations across difference
  • Institutional governance
  • Academic structures
  • Financial models and approaches (budget, hiring, space, philanthropy/advancement)
  • Managing compliance matters
  • Leading change
Interpersonal Leadership
  • Self-awareness and accountability
  • Inclusion and Diversity: transcending personal biases and facilitating inclusion
  • Leading from the middle
  • Coaching and mentoring a variety of roles
  • Mediation and conflict management
  • Courageous conversations
  • Faculty development
  • Delegation
  • Time Management and Wellness
  • Influencing and inspiring engagement