2014 AAU Arts & Sciences Deans Conference

AAU Arts & Sciences Deans Conference
March 20-22, 2014 | New Orleans, Louisiana

Conference Information

Greetings from Dean Altiero and Dean Haber


We look forward to hosting the 2014 AAU Arts & Sciences Deans Conference here in New Orleans, Louisiana. The conference will run from March 20 to 22, 2014.

On this website, you should find all of the information you will need regarding traveling to New Orleans, the program, and registration.

Please contact Candy Guedry at candy@tulane.edu if you have any additional questions not answered on this site.


Nicholas J. Altiero
Dean, School of Science and Engineering
Tulane University

Carole Haber
Dean, School of Liberal Arts
Tulane University

Top ⇑Conference Schedule

Thursday, March 20, 2014

After 3 p.m.

Hotel Check-In
Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel (see below)


7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Reception and Dinner at Cochon Restaurant
Calcasieu Private Dining by Chef Donald Link
930 Tchoupitoulas Street
(2 short blocks from hotel)

Friday, March 21, 2014

7 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Registration/Check-In and Breakfast
Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel


8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.



8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Enhancing General Education
The AAU is engaged in a major 5 year initiative to improve undergraduate STEM education. More broadly, general education curricula and pedagogy are under considerable scrutiny. AAU President Hunter Rawlings will join us for this session, to provide more information about the AAU STEM initiative and engage with us in a discussion of institutional and departmental change and how to facilitate it.
Presenter and discussion leader: Hunter Rawlings (President, AAU).


10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.



10:15 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Promoting Faculty Diversity: Challenges and Potential Solutions Using UCLA Life Sciences as a Case Study
Despite all efforts, from the NSF Advance Program to institutional initiatives, faculty diversity remains an ongoing challenge. What else can we do that we are not doing already? How do we address challenges posed by geographical location, institutional history, or departmental practices? Victoria Sork will share her experiences and a model from UCLA.
Presenter and discussion leader: Victoria Sork (UCLA)


12 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.



1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Supporting Faculty Careers
In this discussion, we will address some of the challenges that all of us experience: How do we encourage long-term associate professors to revitalize their work? How do we balance institutional and personal professional needs for faculty with (partial) appointments at foreign institutions? How do we encourage faculty to retire when this would be in the institution’s best interest?
Moderator: Beate Schmittmann (Iowa State University)
Panelists: Nick Altiero (Tulane), Laurie Patton (Duke), Jeff Roberts (Purdue), Meredith Woo (U Virginia)


3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.



3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Managing Up and Down
How do we best work with our provost? How we best support our department chairs? What are best practices for hiring and evaluating chairs? In this session, we will share ideas, tools, and memorable stories, and invite the audience to do the same.
Moderator: Linda Hicke (UT Austin)
Panelists: Danny Anderson (U Kansas), David Manderscheid (Ohio State), Virginia Sapiro (Boston U)


5:15 p.m.

Shuttle leaves from Renaissance Arts Hotel to Reception and Dinner at the President’s Residence
#2 Audubon Place, facing St. Charles Avenue
(includes bus tour of Tulane University Uptown Campus)


6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Reception and Dinner


8:30 p.m.

Shuttle departs President’s Residence for the Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel

Saturday, March 22, 2014

7 a.m. – 8 a.m.

Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel


8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Experiences and Initiatives in Open Access Publishing
AAU Executive Vice President John Vaughn has been working with a task force of AAU provosts and Association of Research Libraries library deans and directors on new initiatives in scholarly communication. The most ambitious of these seeks to improve scholarly book publishing by moving from subsidizing presses to subsidizing authors to produce digital, open access books. The AAU/ARL task force also is looking at ways to accelerate progress toward high-quality open access journals, and the OSTP public access policy launched by a February memorandum from OSTP Director John Holdren holds great promise for expanding access to the results of federally funded research. 
Presenter and discussion leader: John Vaughn (Executive Vice President, AAU)


9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.



9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

Planning for 2015


11:15 a.m.


Top ⇑Register

Register for Conference

Top ⇑Hotel and Travel

Online Reservations:

  1. Go to the dedicated website.
  2. Found on the left side of the page, select your check in and checkout dates.
  3. Click the "Check Availability" Button.
  4. The Room types and Special Group Rate will populate along with the group name at the top of the page.
  5. Select the room type you would like to book by clicking the "book now" button.
  6. Complete the next page with all of the necessary information.

Phone Reservations:

  1. Call: 1-504-412-2572
  2. Specify the dates you are arriving and reference the "AAU Arts & Sciences Deans Conference"


The official conference hotel is the:

Renaissance New Orleans Arts Hotel
700 Tchoupitoulas Street
New Orleans, LA 70130 USA

Phone: 1-504-613-2330
Fax: 1-504-613-2331
Sales: 1-504-412-2572
Sales fax: 1-504-412-2564
Toll-free: 1-800-431-8634
(Toll-free Reservations Worldwide)

Booking Code Instructions

Group Dates: March 20th – March 22nd, 2014
If you would like to arrive earlier or stay longer than the dates listed above please contact the sales department for your reservation.

Reservations by attendees must be received on or before 5:00pm, Thursday, February 20, 2014. After the cut off date remaining rooms will be released for general sale. Any reservations made after the cut off date will be at the hotel’s then current availability and general public rate.


Nearby Airport: Louis Armstrong New Orleans International (MSY) Airport