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2016 Annual Summit

Undergraduate and Faculty Fellows Program for a Diverse Professoriate

August 18-19, 2016 in Chicago, IL

Co-sponsored by the ACM, the Big Ten Academic Alliance, and the University of Chicago


Summit agenda

Held at The Flats at East-West University, 829 S. Wabash Avenue.

Thursday, August 17

9:30 a.m. - Welcome and Introductions

Lilly Lavner, M.A., M.S., Liaison for the Fellows Program to Diversify the Professoriate, ACM

11:15 a.m. - Keynote Address

Moderator: Brian Williams, J.D., Vice President and Director of Faculty Development and Grant Programs, ACM

Keynote speaker: Dr. Brian A. Burt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Education, Iowa State University

Dr. Brian A. Burt

Keynote speaker Dr. Brian A. Burt at the 2016 Summit

12:30 p.m. - Lunch

1:45 p.m. - Graduate Student Panel

This session will feature graduate students sharing about their experiences in graduate school and undergraduate research programs.

  • Moderator: Brian A. Burt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Education, Iowa State University
  • Daniel Corral, Doctoral Student in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Alade McKen, M.S. Ed., Doctoral Student and Research Assistant in Higher Education Administration, Iowa State University
  • José Ángel Navejas, M.A., Doctoral Student in Hispanic Literary and Cultural Studies, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Jaelyn Peiso, Doctoral Student in Social Justice Neuroscience & Psychology, University of Chicago

3:00 p.m. - Networking 101

Lilly Lavner, M.A., M.S., Liaison for the Fellows Program to Diversify the Professoriate, ACM

4:00 p.m. - Small Group Break Out: How to Ask Good Questions in Academia

5:45 p.m. - Meet and depart for dinner at the ACM office

7:00 p.m. - Mixer and optional evening activities

Friday, August 19

8:30 a.m. - Breakfast

9:00 a.m. - The Complexity of Identity

Co-facilitator: Stephanie Hicks, M.Ed., Doctoral Student in Educational Policy Studies-Social Foundations, College of Education, University of Illinois at Chicago

Co-facilitator: Noor Ali, M.S.W., Assistant Director of Social Justice Education, Northwestern University

11:00 a.m. - Affinity Group Break Outs

12:30 p.m. - Lunch

1:45 p.m. - Research Presentations

This session will feature a combination of graduate students and faculty, each presenting for 15 minutes. Q & A and discussion follow the presentations.

  • Daniel Corral, Doctoral Student in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Alade McKen, M.S. Ed., Doctoral Student and Research Assistant in Higher Education Administration, Iowa State University
  • “Disarticulating and Communicating Revolution” - Lisa B.Y. Calvente, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, College of Communication, DePaul University

3:00 p.m. - Looking to the Future: Why Pursue a Career in Academia?

  • Moderator: Christopher Welna, Ph.D., President, ACM
  • Brian A. Burt, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Education, Iowa State University
  • Miguel de Baca, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Art and Art History, and Chair of American Studies, Lake Forest College
  • Hannah Schell, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, Monmouth College

4:00 p.m. - Wrap-up

Lilly Lavner, M.A., M.S., Liaison for the Fellows Program to Diversify the Professoriate, ACM


This program is funded in part by the Undergraduate and Faculty Fellows Program for a Diverse Professoriate, a generous grant received from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.