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Why attend ACHE 2018? A testimony from ACHE Vice President Amy Johnson

July 20, 2018 2:10 PM | ACHE Home Office (Administrator)

Association for Continuing Higher Education
80th Annual Conference and Meeting
Newport Marriott Hotel • 25 America’s Cup Avenue • Newport, RI

Dear Colleagues,

I am excited that ACHE is heading back to Newport, RI for the 2018 conference.  My first ACHE Meeting was in Newport nearly 14 years ago. I didn’t know then how much ACHE would influence my life and my career.  I started my volunteer work with the organization simply by agreeing to serve as a presider during a concurrent session at an ACHE South meeting.  Presiding doesn’t require much commitment.  You simply serve as an assistant to session presenters, distribute and collect evaluations, and help to ensure that the session ends on time.  At every subsequent meeting, I was encouraged by one of my colleagues to dive in a little farther into the work of the organization. Soon I was serving as chair of my region, running for the Board of Directors, and chairing committees.  Last year, I was honored to be elected Vice President of ACHE. ACHE has given me a team of colleagues who serve as both creative think-tank and crisis management team.  ACHE professionals are the people I call when I need ideas, solutions, and very often – courage.

One thing I rarely share with folks is that I’m a pretty big gambler. I love a good black jack game and I can spend hours at a slot machine.  Fortunately, a small casino, the  Newport Grand is less than 2 miles from the hotel.  I’m looking forward to meeting you in Newport – If I’m hard to spot, I’m sure it won’t be because I’m at a poker table.

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Amy Johnson
ACHE Vice President
East Tennessee State University

Amy Johnson has more than 15 years of experience in continuing higher education, adult degree programming, teaching & faculty development, and university first-year experience courses.  Dr. Johnson is the director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at East Tennessee State University.  In this role, she facilitates and assesses faculty workshops as well as facilitates interdisciplinary faculty learning communities aimed at helping faculty learn best practices for improving student engagement and critical thinking.  She is committed to changing adult lives through education and training.  Her scholarship has focused on the science of student learning, as well as success factors for adult and non-traditional students. Dr. Johnson has also been an active leader of the Association of Continuing Higher Education. She is currently serving as Vice President of the organization and has also served as co-chair of the conference planning committee, chair of the research committee, and regional chair of ACHE south.   Dr. Johnson earner her BA from the College of William and Mary in Virginia and an MA and EdD from East Tennessee State University. As a person, Amy enjoys a good campfire that is surrounded by good conversation, a few guitars, and lots of singing voices. She is a big fan of Americana and Folk music, low brow novels, and almost all HBO series.
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