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PACE Conference

NCCE’s annual Pathways to Achieving Civic Engagement (PACE) Conference seeks to grow and share the practice and scholarship of engagement. PACE is the longest running conference focused on this topic.

Plenary and breakout sessions advance the higher education CCE (community and 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 November.  

At PACE, NCCE presents the annual Engagement Awards.

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Brief History of PACE

1998 – Elon University hosts 1st “Service-Learning Institute” in partnership with NC Campus Volunteers (NCCV) Coalition (NCCE’s predecessor org)

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 keynote speakers. PACE conferences are held at Elon University, unless otherwise indicated.

2023 at High Point University

Dr. Ted Mitchell, President, American Council on Education

Drs. Ashley Finley and Kathryn Enke, AAC & U

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2022 [VIRTUAL]

Eric Liu, CEO, Citizen University


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


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

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


Suspended 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


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

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


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