University Dialogue: University of Illinois Springfield

In our first University Dialogue of 2017, members of the Higher Education Committee returned to Illinois to meet with the Faculty Advisory Council of the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Representatives from Cengage, McGraw Hill and Pearson traveled to the University of Illinois Springfield to meet with more than 30 faculty from two-and four-year colleges and universities across the state to discuss digital course materials in higher education. Inspired by our 2015 University Dialogue in Chicago, Marie Donovan, chair of the Faculty Advisory Council and professor at DePaul University, invited AAP members to address the full council during their monthly meeting.

During a lively two hour conversation, participants discussed barriers to course material access and options and faculty and student support. Publishers reiterated that they often collaborate with institutions to solve technology access concerns by offering offline access, print-on-demand or other unique options. Publishers also helped faculty understand that digital course materials are just one component to overall learning, and that faculty will always be crucial to getting students to be successful.

Event Agenda



  • David E. Anderson, Executive Director, Higher Education, Association of American Publishers
  • Michael Bathgate, St. Xavier University
  • Jennifer Becker, Enterprise Sales Director, McGraw-Hill Education
  • Heather Chapman, Heartland Community College
  • Vicki Childs, University of Illinois at Springfield
  • Julie Clemens, Illinois Central College
  • Vickie Cook, University of Illinois at Springfield
  • John Corrigan, Association of American Publishers
  • Steve DePasquale, Kankakee Community College
  • Marie Donovan, DePaul University, Chair, Faculty Advisory Council, Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • Doug Dowell, Heartland Community College
  • Randall Egdorf, John Wood Community College
  • Bettina Francis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Jessica Garcia, Vice President, Central Region, Strategic Partnerships, Pearson Education
  • Jesse Gutierrez, Vice President, Government Affairs, McGraw-Hill Education
  • Andy Howard, Illinois Institute of Technology
  • Dan Hrozencik, Chicago State University
  • Rick Jones, South Suburban College
  • Teri Karpman, University of Illinois System
  • Gretchen Lohman, Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • Pat Malik, University of Illinois
  • James Marshall, Illinois College
  • Jerri Norris, Partnership Director, Institutional Sales, Cengage Learning
  • Matthew O’Brien, Bradley University
  • Lucy Park, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Mike Phillips, Illinois Community College
  • Steve Rock, Western Illinois University
  • Suzanne Sanders, Wright College, City Colleges of Chicago
  • Phil Schaefer, Lincoln Land Community College
  • Ray Schroeder, University of Illinois Springfield
  • Shawn Schumacher, DeVry University
  • Phyllis Soybel, College of Lake County
  • Paul Stoddard, Northern Illinois University
  • Gayla Stoner, University of Illinois at Chicago Extended Campus
  • Amanda Straub, Special Assistant for Policy, Higher Education, Association of American Publishers
  • Adam Tournier, McKendree University
  • Joy Towner, Judson University
  • Larry White, Eastern Illinois University
  • Jason Wiedenhoeft, Sales Representative and Regional Trainer, Pearson Education
  • Susan Wiediger, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville