AB Faculty & Staff Present at Regional Conference

Alderson Broaddus University (AB) faculty and staff delivered three presentations at the Appalachian College Association’s (ACA) Summit 2001 at the DreamMore Resort in Pigeon Forge, TN. The 2021 Summit’s theme was “A Community of Innovation.”

Kari Sisk, dean of the College of Education, Humanities, and Social Sciences, and Dr. Joni Gray, assistant professor of mass communication, provided a look into the unique characteristics of Gen Z students and meeting specific learning opportunities through game play technology.

Nathan Fortney, director of instructional design; Dr. Andrea Bucklew, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs; and Dr. Jim Owston, associate provost, discussed the importance of online course design in the retention of students.

AB’s third presentation by Drs. Owston and Bucklew illustrated how the institution was able to build a statewide presence without building campuses and centers. This presentation featured AB’s extended learning initiative.

“The ACA Summit provides opportunities for academicians to improve their practices and to network with others in our region,” said Dr. Andrea J. Bucklew. “AB is proud that all three of our submissions were selected for this peer-reviewed conference.”

Held on September 24 and 25, the 2001 Summit included presentations from ACA member institutions in the Central Appalachian region comprising Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.