17th Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence

January 9, 2019 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
January 10, 2019 - 9:30am to 3:45pm
Howard Gittis Student Center, Room 200

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) is excited to announce this year's Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence will be extended to include a second day! 


Wednesday, January 9: Small Changes, Big Impact
Day one will feature keynote speaker, Dr. James Lang, Professor of English and Director of the D’Amour Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. Dr. Lang, a well-known scholar of teaching and learning in higher education will discuss his most recent book, Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2016). This interactive lecture will introduce principles from the learning sciences and offer practical suggestions for implementing them in the college classroom.

In addition to the keynote address, the day will feature a poster session with submissions from faculty around the region and breakout sessions facilitated by Temple University's Provost's Teaching Academy faculty that will focus on concepts from Dr. Lang's talk.

 

Thursday, January 10: Using Technology to Promote Connection, Engagement, and Empowerment
Day two of the conference will feature plenary speaker Dr. David Yearwood, a Professor in the School of Entrepreneurship and past chair of the Technology Department at the University of North Dakota. Dr. Yearwood's talk will explore how technology can be used to make connections and engage students, as well as empower them to use what
is learned in creative and meaningful ways.

In addition to the plenary address, the second day of the conference will feature breakout sessions and lightning talks which focus on teaching with technology in higher education.

 

Registration is Open!

If you would like to receive information about this conference send us an email at cat@temple.edu.

Call for Proposals

Temple University's Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) invites faculty and administrators to submit a proposal in any of the following three categories for the 17th Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence. 

To be accepted, proposals must:

  • Build upon a foundation of published literature or include original data
  • Be applicable across disciplines and higher education institutions
  • Be non-commercial

 

Poster Session Proposal
Poster sessions will run on Wednesday, January 9th. Posters should highlight innovative and effective teaching practices and/or projects in the field of higher education. Proposals should be grounded in research on teaching and learning.

Your proposal must include:

  • Title
  • Description of poster/project (500 words maximum)
  • Citations/references

To submit your proposal, please click on the link below, fill in your information, and upload your proposal as a Word Document or PDF file. You will receive notification via email concerning the acceptance of your poster to the conference.

Click here to submit proposal (Due November 10)
 

Breakout Session Proposal
Breakout sessions will run on Thursday, January 10th for 45 minutes each. Breakout sessions should highlight innovative and effective ways to teach with technology in higher education. Proposals should be grounded in research on teaching and learning.

Your proposal must include:

  • Title (10 words maximum)
  • Abstract (100 words maximum)
  • Brief description and outline of session (500 words maximum)
  • Citations/references

To submit your proposal, please click on the link below, fill in your information, and upload your proposal as a Word Document or PDF file. You will receive notification via email concerning the acceptance of your session to the conference.

Click here to submit proposal (Due November 10)
 

Lightning Rounds Proposal
The lightning rounds will run on Thursday, January 10th. Lightning talks should be designed to provide a fast (no longer than 5 minutes) introduction and explanation of an innovative teaching with technology strategy followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. The facilitator will give the same talk 4 times during the session, providing participants the opportunity to visit 4 different talks.

Your proposal must include:

  • Title (10 words maximum)
  • Abstract (100 words maximum)
  • Citations/references

To submit your proposal, please click on the link below, fill in your information, and upload your proposal as a Word Document or PDF file. You will receive notification via email concerning the acceptance of your talk to the conference.

Click here to submit proposal (Due November 10th)

Day 1 - Keynote Speaker

James M. Lang is a Professor of English and the Director of the D’Amour Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. He is the author of five books, the most recent of which are Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2016) Cheating Lessons: Learning from Academic Dishonesty (Harvard University Press, 2013), and On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of College Teaching (Harvard UP, 2008).  

Lang writes a monthly column on teaching and learning for The Chronicle of Higher Education; his work has been appearing in the Chronicle since 1999. His book reviews and public scholarship on higher education have appeared in a wide variety of newspapers and magazines, including the Boston GlobeChicago Tribune, and Time.  He edits a new series of books on teaching and learning in higher education for West Virginia University Press; he co-edited the second book in the series, Teaching the Literature Survey Course: New Strategies for College Faculty (2018). 

He has conducted workshops on teaching for faculty at more than a hundred colleges or universities in the US and abroad, and consulted for the United Nations on the development of teaching materials in ethics and integrity for college faculty. In September of 2016 he received a Fulbright Specialist grant to work with three universities in Colombia on the creation of a MOOC on teaching and learning in STEM education. He has a BA in English and Philosophy from the University of Notre Dame, an MA in English from St. Louis University, and a Ph.D. in English from Northwestern University. 

Day 1 - Agenda

 

TIMESESSION
8.15am-9.00am

Registration and Continental Breakfast
(Lobby and 200C)

Please check-in with us upon arrival. Registration tables will be located in the lobby.

9.00am-9.15am

General Session: Welcome (200C)

9.15am-10.45am

General Session: Keynote Speaker, (200C)
Dr. James Lang

10.45am-11.00am

Break

11.00am-12.15pm

Breakout Sessions (217A-D, 220, 223)

12.15pm-1.15pm

Lunch (200B, C)

1.15pm-2.00pm

Poster Session on Teaching Excellence (200A)

2.00pm-3.15pm

Breakout Sessions (217A-D, 220, 223)

3.15pm-4.00pm

General Session: Wrap Up (200C)

Poster winners announced.

 

Day 2 - Plenary Speaker

Dave Yearwood, Ph.D., CSTM is a Professor in the School of Entrepreneurship at
the University of North Dakota. He was a Graduate Director in two disciplines and also the past chair of the Technology Department. Dr. Yearwood has been teaching in higher education for 30 years at the undergraduate and graduate levels (Community College, Technology Department, and the Ph.D. program in Teaching and Learning). Yearwood’s two research interests are: 1. Electronic Pedagogy—the purposeful use of technological tools in education to enhance teaching and learning; and 2. The study of control or semi-automatic systems for use in commercial and/or consumer settings.

Yearwood's publications on instructional technology (including a book chapter on Podcasts) focus primarily on electronic pedagogy--how faculty infuse presentation or other technologies into their practice to connect and engage students, enhance their understanding of course content, and promote dialogue that leads to a critical examination. He has been featured as plenary speaker at the Magna Teaching with Technology Conferences.

Dr. Yearwood was presented with the outstanding teacher award in the College of Business and Public Administration (CoBPA) on two occasions, he also earned the coveted combined
Teaching, Service, and Scholarship award (CoBPA), and was nominated at the university level
for outstanding graduate and undergraduate teaching awards. In 2009 Dr. Yearwood was one of four professors recognized nationally by the Association of Technology, Management and
Applied Engineering (ATMAE ) as Outstanding Professor in the areas of Teaching, Research,
and Service.

Dr. Yearwood is a native of St. Vincent and the Grenadines—an island in the
Caribbean. 

Day 2 - Agenda

 

 

TIMESESSION
8.45am-9.30am

Registration and Continental Breakfast
(Lobby and 200C)

Please check-in with us upon arrival. Registration tables will be located in the lobby.

9.30am-9.45am

General Session: Welcome (200C)

9.45am-11.00am

General Session: Plenary Speaker, (200C)
Dr. David Yearwood

11.00am-11.15am

Break

11.15am-12.00pm

Breakout Sessions (217A-D, 220, 223)

12.00pm-1.00pm

Lunch (200B, C)

1.00pm-1.45pm

Breakout Sessions (217A-D, 220, 223)

1.45pm-2.00pm

Break

2.00pm-3.00pm

Lightning Round (200C)

3.00pm-3.45pm

General Session: Wrap Up (200C)

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