For over 245 years, Salem College has been committed to the tradition of academic excellence. From generation to generation, the women of Salem have distinguished themselves in their undergraduate work in the creative and performing arts, humanities, social and natural sciences, professional programs, and teacher education. An integral part of the Quality Enhancement Plan, the faculty instituted the Celebration of Academic Excellence in 2008 following the articulation of the College’s core values, which emphasized the importance of community in the academic and creative development of our undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty. This event is a treasured addition to the many traditions we have enjoyed throughout Salem’s history, representing the pride that Salem has in all of its students. In 2014, the event was named for Salem’s nineteenth president, Susan E. Pauly.

Our celebration begins with the Faculty Research Symposium, followed by concurrent sessions representing scholarly academic research and creative expression of Salem’s undergraduates. The day includes a community luncheon, with additional concurrent sessions in the afternoon. A poster session is also included during the day.

At dinner, the College community gathers for the annual Leadership Banquet honoring outstanding students for their leadership and service while at Salem. Evening sessions follow with presentations from more undergraduate disciplines, and the Center for Women Writers.

We invite you to join with us in celebrating and publicly acknowledging the academic and creative accomplishments of our students and faculty.