PACE Conference

NC Campus Compact’s annual Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) Conference seeks to grow and share the practice and scholarship of engagement. Plenary and breakout sessions advance the higher education SLCE (service-learning and community/civic engagement) field by sharing research findings, innovative programs and partnerships, effective curricular or co-curricular models, strategies for institutional capacity building, and best practices. Faculty, staff, students, and community partners are all welcome to explore “Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement.” The Call for Proposals is typically released in September, with a deadline in early November.

At PACE, the Compact also presents its annual Engagement Awards to an outstanding faculty, staff member, president or chancellor, and community partner from the network. Learn more about our Awards.

Save the Date!

2023 PACE Conference
February 15, 2023
High Point University

Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena and Conference Center

Brief History of PACE

1998 – Elon University hosts 1st “Service-Learning Institute” in partnership with NC Campus Volunteers (NCCV) Coalition
2003 – NC Campus Compact becomes the conference host
2004 – Name changed to Service-Learning Conference
2009 – Name changed to PACE
2011 – Inaugural Presidents Forum hosted in conjunction with PACE

Past PACE Conferences

The list includes the year and keynote speakers. All PACE conferences are held at Elon University, unless otherwise indicated.

2022 [VIRTUAL]
Eric Liu, CEO, Citizen University

Agenda │ Workshops 

2021  [VIRTUAL]
Dr. Emily M. Janke, Ph.D., Director, Institute for Community & Economic Engagement and Associate Professor, Peace and Conflict Studies, UNC Greensboro
Michael A. Hemphill, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Kinesiology, UNC Greensboro, 2020 Ernest Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement recipient

See the agenda and workshops.

Dr.  Jennifer Domagal-Goldman, president of The ALL IN Democracy Challenge

See highlights here.

2019 at UNC Greensboro
Dr. John B. King, Jr., president and CEO of the Education Trust
Dr. Adam Gismondi, Director of Impact, Institute for Democracy & Higher Education, Tufts University

Dr. Nick Longo, chair of Public and Community Service Studies and professor of Global Studies at Providence College

We suspended PACE in 2017 to encourage support of the Gulf South Summit  hosted at UNC Greensboro.

2016 at High Point University
Dr. Edward Zlotkowski, Dr. Patti Clayton, and Dr. Sarah Stanlick, Service Learning and Community Engagement Future Directions Project

See highlights here.

Dr. Rick Battistoni, Professor of Political Science and Public and Community Service Studies, and Director of the Feinstein Institute for Public Service, at Providence College
Dr. Byron White, Vice President for University Engagement and Chief Diversity Officer at Cleveland State University

See highlights here.

2014 at UNC Wilmington
Dr. Jody Kretzmann, co-founder and co-director of the Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) Institute, Northwestern University
Dr. Barbara Holland, Researcher and Consultant

See highlights here.

Dr. Peter Levine, Lincoln Filene Professor of Citizenship & Public Affairs,   Jonathan Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service, Tufts University and Director, CIRCLE, The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement
Dr. Judith Ramaley, President Emerita and Distinguished Professor of Public Service, Portland State University and President Emerita, Winona State University

2012 at the Friday Center, UNC Chapel Hill (Special 10th year Anniversary event)
Dr. Caryn McTighe Musil, Association of American Colleges and Universities
President Mark Gearan, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Syracuse University

Nicole Gallant, Director, Learn & Serve America, Corporation for National & Community Service

Dr. Robert W. Franco, Kapi’olani Community College, University of Hawai’i
Robert L. Sigmon, Service-Learning pioneer

Jamie Merisotis, Lumina Foundation for Education

Dr. Kenneth Reardon, Cornell University

Dr. Barbara Holland, Director, Service-Learning Clearinghouse

Dr. Janet Eyler, Vanderbilt University

Dr. Edward Zlotkowski, Bentley College & Senior Faculty Fellow, Campus Compact
James Williams, Student Engaged Scholar, Campus CompactWe also hosted a Faculty Development Institute on Service Learning in 2005 featuring the following:
Dr. Robert Bringle, Director of the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning,
Dr. Gary Hesser, Professor of Sociology at Augsburg College
Dr. Andrew Furco, Director of UC Berkeley’s Service Learning Research and Development Center

Dr. Barbara Jacoby, University of Maryland – College Park

Alice-Anne Kern A.K. Powe Elementary School in Durham
Dr. Rosalind R. Reichard , VP for Academic Affairs, Meredith College
Dr. Norman Clark, Appalachian State University
Darris Means, student leader, Elon University