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COPLAC Annual Meeting: Interdisciplinarity: Campuses@Crossroads

Northern Vermont University-Johnson
Monday, June 17 – Wednesday, June 19, 2019

We’re looking forward to a productive, exciting summer meeting with our fellow COPLAC institutions. Read on to see what we have planned for the event.




3 – 4:30 p.m. Room Check In Fireplace Lounge, Stearns Student Center
5-8:30 p.m. Optional Farm-to-Table Dinner: This experience includes a one-hour educational tour of a beautiful certified organic farm, nestled into the picturesque Pleasant Valley outlined by gently rolling organic fields and breathtaking backdrop views of the majestic Mt. Mansfield. After the tour, guests will mingle with the farmers while enjoying appetizers, a family style dinner, dessert (Farmer Joe’s homemade maple ice cream made fresh that day) and local wine. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free dinner options available. (Registration for this event is available on the registration page.) Valley Dream Farm, Cambridge VT




3-5 p.m.  Annual Meeting Check-in Fireside Lounge, Stearns Student Center
5 p.m. Welcome, Opening Reception, and Dinner Dining Hall, Stearns Student Center
7 p.m. Evening Entertainment: Bread and Puppet Performance (Learn more about Bread and Puppet here.) Dibden Center for the Arts




8-9 a.m. Annual Meeting Check-in Fireside Lounge, Stearns Student Center
Breakfast Performance Space, Stearns Student Center
CAO Networking Breakfast and Updates Ellsworth Room, WLLC 210/211
9:10-10:30 a.m. Introduction and Keynote Presentation:
Dr. Julie Thompson Klein
Bentley 207
10:30-10:50 a.m. Break Refreshments served in Bentley 200
10:50 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Working Groups Bentley 207 (Breakout space Bentley 101)
Board of Directors Meeting Ellsworth Room, WLLC 210/211
12:30-1:30 p.m. Lunch Performance Space, Stearns Student Center
Board of Directors Lunch Ellsworth Room, WLLC 210/211
1:45- 2:45 p.m. Working Groups Bentley 207 (Breakout space Bentley 101)
Board of Directors Business Meeting Ellsworth Room, WLLC 210/211
2:45 – 3 p.m. Break Refreshments served in Bentley 200
3 – 4 p.m. Concurrent Sessions Bentley Hall (See descriptions below)
5 – 7:30 p.m. Optional ExcursionBrewery Tour — This brewery tour includes VIP behind the scenes tours and beer tasting sessions at two breweries in the Stowe/Morrisville area. Transportation is included. We will arrange for custom pick-up and drop-off at locations once we confirm where tour guests are staying. All taxes/gratuities are also included. (Registration for this event is available on the registration page.) Event registrants will be notified of pick-up location.

Session Descriptions

Concurrent Session A: Panel Presentation (Bentley 207)
A1:  “Moving Forward, Stepping Back: The Promise and Precariousness of Interdisciplinary and Integrated Studies at the University of South Carolina Aiken,” Natalia Taylor Bowdoin (Interdisciplinary Studies Coordinator / Library Collections Coordinator / Associate Professor)

A2:  “No Delusion: Culminating Interdisciplinary Experiences at Truman,” Bridget Thomas (Director of Interdisciplinary Studies and Professor of Classics); Monica Barron (Professor of English and Chair of Women’s and Gender Studies); Jen Hurst (Professor of Exercise Science and Chair of Disability Studies); Christine Harker (Professor of English and Chair of Environmental Studies)

Concurrent Session B: Discussion Session (Bentley 206)
B1:  “Moving Forward with COPLACDigital: Next Steps at the End of the Grant Period,” Ellen Holmes Pearson (Professor of History, University of North Carolina Asheville) and Jeff McClurken (Chief of Staff, University of Mary Washington)

8-9 a.m. Breakfast Performance Space, Stearns Student Center
Breakfast for Interested CAOs with Teagle Grant Representatives Ellsworth Room, WLLC 210/211
9:15-10:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions: Panel Presentations (See descriptions below) Bentley Hall
10:15-11 a.m. Plenary Session: Mellon Grant Presentation Bentley 207
11-11:15 a.m.  Break Refreshments served in Bentley 200
11:15 a.m.-12 p.m.  Plenary Session: Teagle Grant Presentation Bentley 207
12:15-12:45 p.m. Report Out from Working Groups and Concluding Remarks Dining Hall, Stearns Student Center
12:45-2 p.m.   Lunch and Gift Exchange Dining Hall, Stearns Students Center

Panel Presentation Descriptions

Concurrent Session C (Bentley 207)

C1: “Interdisciplinary Critical Literacy Initiatives for Civic Engagement,” Emily Reeves (Associate Professor) and Janise McIntyre (Associate Professor)

C2: “Practicing What We Teach: Equity/Diversity, Interdisciplinary Collaborations and Co-curricular Activities at Keene State College,” Dottie R. Morris (Associate Vice President for Institutional Equity and Diversity and Associate Professor of Psychology); Darrell Hucks (Associate Professor – Education); Karen Jennings (Professor – Psychology); Karen Cangialosi (Coordinator of Faculty Enrichment and Professor – Biology); Kya Roumimper (Coordinator of Multicultural Student Support and Success and Equity Educator); Hunter Kirschner (Program Assistant for LGBTQ students)

Concurrent Session D  (Bentley 206)

D1: “Environmental Studies as an Interdisciplinary Model at University of Montevallo,” Susan Caplow (Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies); Andrea Eckelman (Assistant Professor of Political Science); Clark Hultquist (Professor of History); Tom Sanders (Associate Professor of Management); Meredith Tetloff (Associate Professor of Social Work); Scott Turner (Professor of Political Science)

D2:  “Mythos or Mission? Transformative Meanings of Interdisciplinarity,” Judy Beck (Physics); Laura Bond (Interdisciplinary Studies); Heidi Kelley (Anthropology); Kenneth Betsalel (Political Science)


If you have any questions about the event, please contact Associate Professor and Associate Academic Dean Kathleen Brinegar at or 802.635.1472.