Franklin Pierce University Ready to Present 2021 Academic Showcase

Tuesday, April 20

April 16, 2021

RINDGE, N.H. – The 12th Annual Academic Showcase at Franklin Pierce University will take place virtually in 2021, and will be open to the public on the university’s website,, on Tuesday, April 20. 

Academic Showcase is a much-anticipated spring tradition, highlighting the scholarly and creative work produced by students and faculty throughout the year. In accordance with Franklin Pierce and the State of New Hampshire’s health and safety guidelines, students and faculty work is being shared on the University website rather than in the usual day-long campus event. 

Academic Showcase 2021
“Academic Showcase is our long-standing annual celebration of the projects, research, and creative work of our students and faculty. Across all majors and disciplines, members of our community continue to find creative ways to conduct research and share their work, and the last year is no exception. Over the last year, our faculty and our students were presented with challenges relative to COVID-19, and adapted to this online format to ensure the health and safety of our community. Not even a global pandemic has been able to stop our Annual Showcase presentations,” said President Kim Mooney. “We’re proud to share the accomplishments of our students and faculty with the community and look forward to future events when we can welcome guests back for in-person presentations and events.”

The theme of the 2021 Showcase centers around the United Nation’s 17 Goals to Transform Our World – further distilled down to nine goals for Franklin Pierce, with two central components being Sustainability and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). Both sustainability and DEI initiatives are central to the University’s current Strategic Plan, Pierce@60, aptly named as the University will celebrate its 60th anniversary in the Fall of 2022. This guiding document outlines four overarching strategic goals for the insitution’s future and growth, with an objective to optimize avenues for diversity, equity and inclusion as well as sustainability across the university.

Mr. James McKim, Managing Partner of Organizational Ignition, a Management Consulting practice, will participate in the 2021 Academic Showcase, presenting 'How to Hold Difficult Conversations'. McKim is a sought-after organizational performance speaker, coach, and change manager, and is known nationally for his current focus on organizational and individual performance through diversity, equity, and inclusion. As President of the Manchester, N.H. Branch of the NAACP, he works regularly with governments and businesses to eliminate discrimination.

“We are thrilled to have Mr. McKim join this year’s Academic Showcase as we continue to incorporate our ongoing commitment to DEI initiatives across all areas of the University. The experitise and experience he has to share with our community is so relevant to the goals laid out in Pierce@60.”

“Guided by the theme of sustainability, our students have explored everything from the Psychosocial Gender Gap to Birth, Life, and Death in the Global Age and even emerging sustainable and holistic treatments for depression,” said Dr. Laura Christoph, Associate Professor of Health Sciences and the 2021 Academic Showcase Committee Chair. “Sustainability means so many different things to different people, and it’s been exciting to see the students use the nine goals as a guideline for the research.”

Other faculty and student collaborations include presentations on topics of art and culture around the world, a look at technology and the military, a live strength and conditioning session, and performances by music students and the Pep Band. 

A guide to this year’s Academic Showcase is available on the University website at The site highlights work through posters, demonstrations, roundtables, exhibitions, panel discussions, papers, and musical performances. Visitors can leave comments, reactions, and questions for the presenters on the website.

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