Annual Meeting

 The 58th Annual Meeting

will be held on

October 16th-17th, 2014

at The University of Portland 

in Portland, Oregon.

Online registration now open!




Questions? Contact Local Arrangements Chairperson:
Tara Maginnis
For information about graduate student support to
attend the Annual ACUBE Meeting,
see the Carlock Award



Want to know more about what goes on at our Annual Meeting?
Explore ACUBE's past programs and abstracts 


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           Thursday October 16th:
           7:30-8:30   Registration
           8:30-9:50   Opening Session
           10:00-10:20  Concurrent Sessions 
           10:30-11:50   Teaching Workshops
           12:00-1:30   Lunch
           1:40-2:20    Concurrent Sessions
           2:30-4:00   Concurrent Sessions  
           4:00-4:20    Concurrent Sessions
           4:30-8:00   Guest Speaker, Dinner, Awards (cash bar)
            Friday October 17th:
            8:00-9:50   Concurrent Sessions
           10:00-10:50  Exhibitor Workshops
           11:00-1:30   Lunch, Faculty Posters, Exhibitors
           1:40-3:00   Faculty Development Workshops
           3:10-3:30   Concluding Remarks, Presidential Address


Steering Committee Meetings to be held 
Wednesday at 6 pm and Friday afternoon at 3:30 pm,
both in the Murphy Room of Franz Hall (4th floor).




Complete registration (including abstract submittal for those presenting)
by August 15th, 2014 is $145


Registration (or an incomplete registration for those presenting)
after August 15th is $200

For students (graudate or undergraduate),
early bird registration is $50;
after August 15th is $75 



This registration fee is includes access to all events and workshops,
dinner on Thursday night, lunch on Thursday and Friday,
and a continental style breakfast Thursday morning.  



Transportation to, from, and in Portland:

While you may want a car to explore areas outside of Portland (such as Mt. Hood or the coast), Portland's public transportation is some of the best in the USA.  It is safe, reliable, convenient, and cheap.  See Portland's Tri Met website for everything you need to know about using Portland's buses, max, and street cars.  


If you do rent a car, here are some helpful driving directions:

from the Jupiter Hotel to the University of Portland

from the Crowne Plaza to the University of Portland

from the airport to the University of Portland

from the airport to the Jupiter Hotel

from the airport to the Crowne Plaza


Announcing the 58th Annual Meeting Keynote Speaker, Christopher Price



Christopher Price is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) at The College at Brockport, State University of New York. He has been at Brockport since receiving his PhD in Political Science from the University at Albany in 2004. In addition to his work at CELTChris teaches an undergraduate hybrid course in political thought and a graduate online course on democratic philosophies of education. Some of the teaching and learning workshops he has conducted include discussion-based teaching, communicating effectively with students, collaborative learning, academic integrity, and using critical reflection to improve teaching and learning. Chris established and directs the faculty learning community program at Brockport.  He lives in Rochester, New York with his wife Jessica and his children Lucy and Henry.

Chris will be speaking on Thursday October 16th about "Plagiarism in a Digital Age", a topic that is of concern to teachers at all higher education institutions.  


Annual Meeting Highlight:  Faculty Development Workshops 

The following four sessions will run concurrently on Friday October 17th.  See which session could best suit your professional development!

Session I:  Teaching Like a Pro in Your First Few Years

How can you maximize the cooperation of students, peers, and administrators as you implement the best in innovative pedagogy? Where can you find excellent “turn-key” activities?  Master teachers will guide you through:

  • Educational Outcomes and Criteria
  • Effective Assessments
  • Flipping your Class
  • Resources

Experienced educators will share their most effective and efficient strategies so that you can focus your time and attention on what matters most.

  • Syllabi that work
  • Efficient Feedback
  • Managing your time

Becky Burton, Janice Bonner, and Conrad Toepfer

Session II:  Pre-Health Care Advising

Do most of the undergraduates at your institution want to be doctors, dentists, or other related health professionals?  This workshop will provide attendees with up-to-date information on

  • Statistics on who IS getting accepted into medical school
  • How to best prepare students for medical school
  • How to guide students that may not be ready for the health professions

Gigi Makky and Debbie Meuler

Session III:  Getting an Academic Job

Teaching-intensive institutions (TIIs) have hiring criteria that are probably very different from those of the institution where you received (or will receive) your PhD.  This workshop will be led by faculty who serve on hiring committees for TIIs.  Topics will include:

  • What sets successful TII candidates apart
  • How to get the experience that TIIs expect
  • How to market yourself effectively to TII search committees
  • Pitfalls to avoid
Aggy Vanderpool, James Clack, and Tara Maginnis

Session IV:  Promotion and Tenure

Members and past members of T&P committees share their expertise on navigating the process successfully from your first day on campus until you order those new business cards.  Topics include:

  • Identifying the written and unwritten expectations
  • Optimizing service commitments
  • Documentation and presentation
  • Letters of support

Laura Salem, Greg Smith, and Paul Pickhardt


   Special Guest Speakers

Dick Prestholdt and Roger Wendlick:

   The Biology and Natural History of the Lewis & Clark Expedition

Lewis and Clark experts Dick and Roger will speak on the flora and fauna discovered and described by The Corps of Discovery between 1802 and 1806.  Lewis and Clark's infamous journey west led to a wealth of knowledge about the plants and animals of the Rocky Mountains and Pacific Northwest.  

Dick and Roger participated in the Lewis & Clark Bicentennial Event - an adventure that took them from Philadelphia to Oregon from 2002-2006 and included traveling by foot, boat, and horseback.  Both gentlemen are published Lewis and Clark experts.  They will be dressed in period clothing and their show-and-tell items include furs, books, weapons, medicinal plants, and a variety of the equipment Lewis & Clark had on the trail.