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The Interlink Alliance to hold fourth faculty development conference at Morgan State University


Numerous African-American scholars, including guest speakers from Ohio University and Morgan State University, will be attending "Teaching, Learning and Leading: Advancing Pedagogical Solutions for Globalization in Higher Education” during the fourth faculty development conference April 21 and 22 at Morgan State University (MSU) in Baltimore, Md.

The faculty development conference, hosted by The Interlink Alliance, provides 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.

Conference programs and activities will center on four tracks:

  • Track I: Technology and Pedagogy 
  • Track II: Leadership in the Academy 
  • Track III: Integrating Global Communities
  • Track IV: Innovative and Engaged Teaching and Learning


“The changing times certainly demand a change in pedagogy. This is particularly important among The Interlink Alliance member schools, given our commitment to African American students,” said Founder/Chair of The Interlink Alliance and President Emeritus of Ohio University, Roderick J. McDavis. “Leadership in the 21st Century demands a 21st Century education. It is my hope that this year’s conference will provide the necessary tools to take our teaching methods to this next level.”

The conference will open with a luncheon on Friday, April 21 at 12 p.m. and a welcome address from MSU President Dr. David Wilson. Dr. Wilson has more than 30 years of experience in higher education administration and holds four academic degrees, including a B.S. in political science and an M.S. in education from Tuskegee University; an Ed.M. in educational planning and administration from Harvard University and an Ed.D. in administration, planning and social policy (also from Harvard University). Dr. Wilson was chancellor of both University of Wisconsin Colleges and the University of Wisconsin–Extension before becoming the president of MSU in 2010.

Dr. Roderick J. McDavis, President Emeritus of Ohio University and Founder/Chair of The Interlink Alliance, will serve as the breakfast keynote speaker on April 22. Dr. McDavis led Ohio University to record enrollment growth, the recognition of three Centers of Excellence by the state of Ohio and the naming of three academic colleges during his 13 years as president. Under his leadership, The Promise Lives fundraising campaign surpassed its goal, raising half a billion dollars by its conclusion. In addition, President McDavis steered several affordability initiatives for OHIO, including The OHIO Guarantee and The OHIO Match programs. Dr. McDavis became the new Managing Principal and Chief Executive Officer of AGB Search on March 1, 2017.

Dr. MJ Bishop, director of the William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation at the University System of Maryland (USM), will serve as keynote speaker during the luncheon portion of the conference on April 22. Bishop, who holds a doctorate in instructional design and development from Lehigh University, was previously an associate professor and the program director of the Teaching, Learning and Technology (TLT) Program at Lehigh University. She also received Lehigh University’s 2013 Stabler Award for “Excellence in Teaching.”

In addition to Morgan State University and Ohio University, members of The Interlink Alliance are Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia; Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia and Virginia State University in Petersburg, Virginia; Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina; North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina; South Carolina State University in Orangeburg; Spelman College in Atlanta; Wilberforce University and Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. Through The Interlink Alliance, the 11-member consortium 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.  A health careers pipeline program is being developed to address the needs of health disparities in rural and underserved communities.

The Interlink Alliance holds as its central purpose the development and preparation of African-American students to learn, live and lead in the 21st Century. The Alliance’s mission is to recruit, retain and encourage talented individuals to achieve their full potential for the betterment of community and society.

For more information, please visit: http://interlinkalliance2017.org/

Note: The media are invited to attend conference luncheons:

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 12 p.m.
Morgan State University Student Center

Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Morgan State University Student Center