14th Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence

January 22, 2016 - 8:30am
Howard Gittis Student Center, Room 200



This year's regional conference will feature plenary speaker Christy Price, 2012 U.S. Professor of the Year. Dr. Price has studied teaching techniques that influence student motivation, but her most recent research focuses on engaging Millennial learners and preventing incivility in the classroom. She is currently a professor in both the School of Liberal Arts and the School of Health Professions, and founding director of the Center for Academic Excellence at Dalton State College.
In addition to our plenary session, there will be breakout sessions on related topics, facilitated by Temple University's Provost's Teaching Academy faculty, and a poster session featuring submissions from faculty around the region.
Registration for the 14th Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence is now open. Click register above to reserve your seat today!
If you would like to receive information about this conference send us an email at tlc@temple.edu.  

Registration and Continental Breakfast (Lobby and 200C)

Please check-in with us upon arrival. Registration tables will be
located in the lobby area before you enter the conference


General Session: Welcome (200C)

Hai-Lung Dai, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic
Affairs, Laura H. Carnell Professor of Chemistry


General Session: Plenary Speaker, Christy Price, Why Don’t
My Students Think I’m Groovy? The New “R”s for Engaging
Modern Learners

What factors influence student motivation and desire to learn?
Obviously, there are some influences beyond the professor’s
control, but research in educational psychology suggests one
thing we can do to increase student engagement is to create
learning environments that are in some ways linked to, and
supportive of, the current student culture. During this
participatory session, we will briefly review the literature
regarding the culture of the Millennial student and apply the
findings of the presenter’s research regarding modern learners
(both Millennials age 18-24 and non-traditional learners age
25 and older). We will specifically discuss the characteristics
of ideal learning environments for modern learners, their
preferences regarding assessments, their perceptions
regarding the characteristics of the ideal professor, and
their ideal institutional practices. 



Breakout Sessions (217A-D, 220, 223)

Sessions led by members of Temple's Provost's Teaching
Academy will focus on teaching strategies that support
student success.

Lunch (200B, C)

Lunch and small group discussion at roundtables.


Poster Session on Teaching Excellence (200A)

Posters on best teaching practices feature submissions from
faculty around the region.

Breakout Sessions (217A-D, 220, 223)

Sessions led by members of Temple's Provost's Teaching
Academy will focus on teaching strategies that support
student success.

General Session: Wrap Up (200C)

Poster winner and raffle announcements.


Call for Poster Proposals & Submission Details
The Temple University Teaching and Learning Center invites faculty from both Temple University and from neighboring universities to submit proposals for poster sessions to be presented at the 14th Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence.  
Posters are visual presentations displayed on tables and bulletin boards. Presenters stand next to their displays to explain content and answer questions. 
Poster sessions will present effective and innovative teaching practices or projects in any discipline. Each proposal should be grounded in the research on teaching and learning.
Your proposal must include:
To submit your proposal, please click on the link below, fill in your information, and upload your proposal as a Word Document. 
The deadline for poster proposals submissions has passed. 
Getting to Temple's Campus and Howard Gittis Student Center

Howard Gittis Student Center (South Entrance) is located on Temple's main campus,
13th Street between Montgomery Avenue and Cecil B. Moore Avenue.
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Arrive at Temple by car or public transportation

By car: Enter 1801 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122 into your GPS or Google Maps as your destination. This will take you to the Liacouras garage, Temple's primary visitor lot. From Liacouras garage, walk east on Montgomery Avenue to 13th street and turn right. Other parking lot options are listed below.

Visitor parking lots include Areas #1, #10, Towers Parking Lot and Liacouras Garage ($15.00/day). There is a discounted lot located on Cecil B. Moore Avenue between 11th and 12th Streets ($6-8/day).

Please download the Campus Map with parking locations. For more information about parking at Temple, including operating hours for each lot, handicap parking areas, and street parking areas to avoid, visit the TU Parking Services website

Regional Rail: Temple University has its own stop on Septa regional rail. Find out which line is best for you at Septa.org. From the Temple University train station, exit the platform via the Berks Street stairs.  At the bottom of the stairs turn right (West) onto Berks Street which will become Polett Walk, walk under the underpass between Anderson and Gladfelter Hall, pass the Bell Tower and Paley library, and turn left onto 13th Street. Walk south toward Montgomery Avenue. Cross Montgomery and enter the Howard Gittis Student Center through the south entrance (not the entrance on the corner, but the second entrance, located between Montgomery Ave. and Cecil B. Moore Ave.).

Subway: Take the Broad Street Line to Cecil B. Moore. Walk east on Cecil B. Moore and turn left on 13th street. The south entrance to Howard Gittis Student Center will be on your right.

Septa buses also stop on Temple's campus. Find the best route for you at Septa.org. As stops vary, please refer to the Campus Map for directions to HGSC.

An interactive map of Temple main campus is located here.

Facility Map

Howard Gittis Student Center, 2nd Floor

Registration: lobby outside of 200C

General Session (Plenary Speakers): 200C

Luncheon & Breakfast: 200AB

Breakout sessions: 217 A, B, C, D, 220 and 223

Breakout Session and Facilitator Information

Averting Death by Academic PowerPoint! From Killer Professors to Killer Presenters
Facilitator: Christy Price
Room: 217C

Even when using active learning methods, most college professors still have to disseminate information to students via mini-lecture or lecture capture, often employing PowerPoint to support the content they are providing. In order to be effective in this endeavor, we may need to change the way we think about conveying messages to our modern learners. We will draw from the research in both cognitive and educational psychology to apply what we know about learning and memory, and then look to the business, communication, and persuasion literature in order to optimize our effectiveness in motivating students. The secrets of great communicators and what works regarding planning, design, and delivery of information will be discussed. Together, we will model these practices and participants will receive a guide for developing content and practices that resonate, captivate and transform students.

Facilitating ESL Students’ Writing Development across the Curriculum
Facilitator: Jill Swavely
Room: 220

As English as a second language (ESL) student populations continue to increase, our classrooms are increasingly enriched by the knowledge, skills and experiences these students bring.  At the same time, many faculty are challenged by the need to adapt their teaching to best support these students. This workshop will engage participants in discussion and activities designed to help faculty develop effective strategies for responding to and assessing ESL student writing. Through analyses of sample student texts and reflection on teaching experiences, participants will learn how to set priorities when responding to student texts and how to develop ethical and efficient ways of assessing these texts.

Reality Check:  Using Real World Scenarios in Higher Education
Facilitator: Storm Wilkins
Room: 223

“Why do we have to know this?” and   “Will we ever really use this?” are frequent refrains in the college classroom.  This session will examine utilizing Problem Based Learning and Case Studies in your course design, techniques which have been found to increase student motivation.  Attendees will discuss how to develop problems and case studies, and will strategize about how to overcome the challenges inherent in the use of these dynamic learner-centered approaches.

Take a Risk! Engaging Students in the Art of Creative Thinking
Facilitator: Rebecca Michaels
Room: 217A

The purpose of thinking is to collect information and make the best possible use of that information. Creative thinking skills help students restructure information into new ideas. Focusing on four of the Creative Thinking Strategies from Edward DeBono’s "Lateral Thinking Theories," this session will engage you in the risky behavior of creative thinking and will address why creative thinking is an important skill in all disciplines.

Using Metacognitive Techniques to Turn your Students into Self-Regulated Learners
Facilitator: David Ingram
Room: 217D

Some students just seem to have it: they know how to go about learning at the university level, no matter the subject matter.  Others, unfortunately, passively endure classes, making minimal effort and falling apart when they encounter any obstacle. The truth is that many students don't know how to go about the job of being a student. But with only minor changes to our classes, we can help them develop those skills as they learn the content of the class. Participants in this session will consider how metacognition - the ability to self-assess one's own thinking and learning - can be used to get students to truly engage with the material and develop as self-regulated learners not just in our classes, but for the rest of their lives

Participation and Practice through Polling: Active Learning in the Classroom
Facilitator: Casey Breslin
Room: 217B

While today’s college students can’t be torn away from their electronic devices, the research affirming the benefits of active learning is mounting. Stop competing, and start incorporating this technology in your classroom to actively engage students in their learning! Come to this breakout session to discuss the pedagogy behind allowing devices in class to engage students and assess learning.



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