University Dialogue: Baltimore

During our largest University Dialogue to date, members from Cengage, Macmillan, Pearson, Sage and Wiley met in Baltimore to join administrators from colleges and universities around Maryland to share in the common goal of helping students learn. Maryland Acting Secretary of Higher Education Dr. Jennie Hunter-Cevera co-hosted the event and led a discussion around issues such as how to better help students with developmental and intellectual disabilities, student choice in course materials, integration of platforms and learning systems and how technology can lower costs for students.

Education learning companies are undergoing transformative change from traditional print textbook publishers to digital learning companies. The implications of this transformation are enormous and in an era where transformative change is occurring everywhere and at once, it is easy for different sectors to talk at each other rather than with each other. AAP is inspired by that idea of dialogue. We know that the vast technological changes that are going on and that they provide great opportunities to enhance the learning experience, improve student performance and reduce cost.  We also know that we are part of the conversation.  

Event Agenda | University Dialogue Brochure


  • Dr. Jennie Hunter-Cevera, Maryland Acting Secretary of Higher Education
  • David E. Anderson, Executive Director, Higher Education, Association of American Publishers
  • MJ Bishop, Director, William E. Kirwan Center for Academic Innovation, University System of Maryland
  • Tina Bjarekull, President,  Maryland Independent College & University Association
  • Alan Bogage, Senior Director of Library, Media, and Distance Learning, Carroll Community College
  • Mary Way Bolt, President, Cecil College
  • Cathy Bosse, Manager of Instructional Technologies for Science & Technology, Anne Arundel Community College
  • John Burke, Division of Information Technology, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Lisa Culhane, Director, Program and Channel Development, John Wiley & Sons
  • Pamela R. Deering, Director of Instructional Technologies & Multimedia Services,  Allegany College of Maryland
  • Gayle Fink, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, Bowie State University
  • Michelle Franz, Director of eLearning, Howard Community College
  • Laura Frazier, Assistant Professor in the Department of Education,  Mount St. Mary’s University
  • Jeff Freels, Co-Director for the Center for Faculty Innovation, Prince George’s Community College
  • Scott Harris, Senior Product Manager, SAGE Publications
  • Robin Hoffman, Director of Instructional Technology and Online Learning, University of Maryland, Eastern Shore
  • Sherry Lynn Kinslow, Co-Director, Center for Faculty Innovation, Prince George’s Community College
  • Craig Klimczak, Chief Information Officer, Technical Services, Community College of Baltimore County
  • George Kroner, Enterprise Solutions Architect, University of Maryland University College
  • Cynthia Brown-LaVeist, Director, Morgan Online, Morgan State University
  • Sherri Braxton-Lieber, Director, Instructional Technology, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
  • Melissa B. Littlefield, Associate Professor and Chair of MSW Department, Morgan State University
  • Tom Malek, Vice President, Channel Partnerships, Pearson Education
  • Kurt Massey, Engagement Specialist Manager, East Region, Cengage Learning
  • Deborah Mateik, Assistant Director, DIT Learning Technology Services, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Daphne A. Morris, Interim Chair, Distance Learning & Faculty Development, College of Southern Maryland
  • Karen Rege, Director for eLearning and Instructional Resources, Harford Community College
  • Steve Saling, Senior Publishers’ Representative, Macmillan
  • Philip Tang, Vice Provost for Academic Services, Johns Hopkins University