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The Interlink Alliance to host second faculty development conference in Durham

Presidents from eight historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Ohio University will address "Teaching and Learning in the 20th Century" during an academic conference March 9-10 at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham.

Hosted by The Interlink Alliance, this faculty development conference will provide higher education instructors the opportunity to share best practices in teaching and learning, discuss research on teaching and learning processes and establish relationships with faculty from other Interlink Alliance campuses.

"The conference is a wonderful opportunity for faculty to network with colleagues and develop ideas for improving student learning, future research, grant writing and other scholarly activities," said NCCU's Janice Harper, assistant vice chancellor for university programs and Interlink Alliance conference co-chairs.

Conference programs and activities will center on four tracks: Teachers and Leaders; Teaching the Millennial Student with Technology; Knowledge Economy and University-Industry Research Collaborations and Distance Education.

"One of the key goals of The Interlink Alliance is to bring faculty from our universities together so they can engage, collaborate and learn from each other," said Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis. "We also want to help provide them with tools, resources and professional opportunities they need to be exceptional teachers and scholars. This second conference is just one way we are working to achieve our goal of supporting the faculty at our institutions who are committed to student education, development, engagement and leadership."

The conference will open with a luncheon on, Friday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m. and feature keynote speaker Chancellor Charlie Nelms of NCCU. As chancellor, Nelms is committed to student success. Most recently, NCCU Board of Trustees approved a comprehensive academic restructuring program enabling the university to enhance its quality, efficiency and effectiveness. Since his arrival in 2007, U.S. News and World Report ranked NCCU as the top public HBCU in the country three years in a row.

Marybeth Gasman of the University of Pennsylvania will serve as the keynote speaker on March 10 and present, "When Learning Comes Alive!" A professor in the Graduate School of Education, Gasman teaches the history of American higher education, HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions. She is an expert on African American history, African American leadership and the roles of fundraising and philanthropy within African American contexts.

A frequent contributor to news and higher education publications, Gasman has also authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and written numerous books about higher education, including "Envisioning Black Colleges," "Understanding Minority Serving Institutions," "A Guide to Fundraising at HBCUs: An All Campus Approach," "The Morehouse Mystique" and "Uplifting People: African American Philanthropy." Her work has also been featured on CNN, NPR and in the New York Times, Washington Post, TIME and U.S. News and World Report.

In addition to North Carolina Central University and Ohio University, members of The Interlink Alliance are Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia; Wilberforce University and Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio; Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina; Spelman College in Atlanta; South Carolina State University in Orangeburg; and Virginia State University in Petersburg.

Through The Interlink Alliance, the nine inaugural members will share resources and talent to make possible new programs, innovative projects and crucial research emphasizing three specific areas: faculty development, student leadership and an African-American Male Initiative.

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Note: The media are invited to attend conference luncheons:

Friday, March 9, at 11:30 a.m.
W.G. Pearson Cafeteria Banquet Hall, North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C.
Keynote Speaker - Charlie Nelms, Ph.D., Chancellor, North Carolina Central University    

Saturday, March 10, at noon
Turner Law Building Great Hall, North Carolina Central University, Durham, N.C.
Keynote Speaker - Marybeth Gasman, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania.