2014 Academic Innovation Conference

Learning Communities in the Disciplines

Shippensburg University Conference Center, Shippensburg, PA

October 17, 2014


Scroll down to view the conference program/presentations and the post-conference monograph.


The focus of the third annual Academic Innovation Conference is the exchange of student and faculty success strategies within the context of academic programs and disciplines. This event is also designed to foster the development of faculty professional interest groups across multiple PASSHE universities. This one day conference is composed of a series of concurrent sessions highlighting the work of faculty and academic departments.  Additionally, keynote speakers will provide insight into emerging national themes in higher education. This conference will be held at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA.



Program and Schedule of Presentations



The call for presentation proposals is now closed.  Proposals were reviewed by the planning committee using a rubric.  The program will include concurrent presentations in the following three areas:


1. Evolving Pedagogies in the Disciplines


This track focuses on new and innovative pedagogies and strategies, uniquely applied to specific academic disciplines, and which are designed to increase classroom engagement, learning outcomes, student retention and success, degree completion, and cost efficiency. Proposals in the following areas are encouraged: adaptive learning technology; open educational resources; mobile learning, devices, and aps. Proposals that demonstrate the use of assessment results from these pedagogies to improve learning, the curriculum, and support activities are especially encouraged.

2. Program Collaboration across PASSHE


This track focuses on program and discipline collaborations across multiple PASSHE universities, which are designed to increase student learning, retention, and success, support faculty research, scholarship, and professional development, and maximize resource utilization. Proposals with a clear assessment of such activities are especially encouraged.

3. New Approaches to Faculty Advising

This track focuses on new and innovative approaches to advising which are designed to enhance student success as well as improve completion rates for students. Inclusive university teams are encouraged to showcase their new student success advising models to include the assessment plan and measurable outcomes thus far.

Information for Presenters:  Presenters will be allotted a total of 60 minutes for their concurrent session, and should plan for no more than 50 minutes of presentation, allowing 10 minutes for questions and answers.  Each presentation room will ONLY be equipped with a projector, wireless internet, a long table at the front/side of the room for presentation materials, flip chart and markers, and chairs for the audience will be arranged theater style. Presenters are expected to bring their own presentation laptop (or other suitable device); presenters who plan to bring an Apple product as their presentation computer should also bring their own adapter. Presenters are expected to bring any additional materials that they may need to achieve the learning objectives of their presentation. Presentation handouts are not required; presenters who wish to provide handouts should plan to bring 35-40 copies as copy facilities will not be available at the Conference Center. Presenters will have the opportunity to contribute their presentation slides (and/or other materials) for posting on the conference website. You will receive information about this opportunity as we get closer to the conference.


Post-Conference Monograph


The following presentation materials and papers were submitted by presenters for posting on this website:



Registration Information

Seats are limited and available on a first-come basis ... so register early!  Registration ends on October 14, 2014 (or earlier if seats have been filled prior to Oct 14).

Registration Fee: $100 (includes continental breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon breaks, and conference materials).


To register, go to http://register.ship.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=PCD8061460



Location, Driving Directions, Parking, and Campus Map

This event will be held at the Shippensburg University Conference Center. For GPS or other mapping software, use the address 500 Newburg Road, Shippensburg, PA 17257. CLICK HERE for driving directions to the Conference Center (be sure to following directions to the Conference Center, not to Shippensburg University). The Conference Center is building #49 on the Shippensburg campus map. There is ample parking in front of the Conference Center, and parking permits/passes/stickers are not needed.


Lodging Information

CLICK HERE for a list of lodging options in the Shippensburg area.

Conference Sponsors

This event is co-sponsored by Shippensburg University and PASSHE's Office of the Chancellor

Conference Planning Committee


  • Aaron Dobbs, Assistant Professor, Systems and Electronic Resources Librarian, Shippensburg University
  • CJ Ezell, WEDnetPA Partner, Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education, Shippensburg University
  • Debbie Gochenaur, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, Shippensburg University
  • Daniel Harris, Assistant Professor, Earth Sciences, California University
  • Kathleen Howley, Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs, PASSHE Office of the Chancellor
  • Emily Kramer, Assistant Professor, Biology, Shippensburg University
  • Charlene Lane, Assistant Professor of Social Work and Gerontology, Shippensburg University
  • Sabrina Marschall, Director of the Learning Center, Assistant Professor, Shippensburg University
  • Amanda Olejarski, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Shippensburg University
  • Christina Sax, Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Outreach and Innovation, Shippensburg University
  • Dana Schneider, Assistant Professor, Psychology, California University
  • Matthew Shupp, Assistant Professor, Counseling and College Student Personnel, Shippensburg University
  • Kimberly Vanderlaan, Assistant Professor, English, California University


Questions and Additional Information

For additional information about this event, contact CJ Ezell (cjezel@ship.edu or 717-477-1123 extension 3381) in Shippensburg University's Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education.