Faculty Members Selected for AAC&U Institute

News Story: April 4, 2013

Five Sacred Heart University faculty members have been selected to participate in the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) Institute on High-Impact Practices and Student Success. Jody Bortone, associate dean and associate professor of occupational therapy; Pamela Buck, assistant professor of English; Cara Erdheim, English lecturer; Marie Hulme, English instructor and director of SHUsquare; and Sean Heffron, director of student experience in the Welch College of Business, submitted a successful application for attendance at the institute. They were mentored in the application process by Michelle Loris, professor of English and associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The application supports goals set by University Provost Laura Niesen de Abruna to engage the faculty in more high-impact practices and engaged student learning. In turn, this will lead to better retention and higher graduation rates, she said.

“Your acceptance reflects the strength of your application and our belief in your team’s potential to effect change on your campus,” the acceptance letter stated. The letter also noted that the number of applications for this year’s institute far exceeded expectations and capacity. 

The Institute will take place from June 11-15 at the University of Wisconsin. The goal of the institute is to improve both completion rates and the quality of student learning. de Abruna expects the SHU team to particularly focus on the areas of common intellectual experience, diversity/global learning and service learning/community-based learning. “I am looking forward to having them share the techniques they learn and the information they receive with the rest of the faculty,” she said.

From left are Jody Bortone, Pamela Buck,
Cara Erdheim,
Marie Hulme and Sean Heffron.