18th Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence

January 7, 2020 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
January 8, 2020 - 9:00am to 3:30pm
Howard Gittis Student Center, 200

The Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) is excited to announce this year's Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence!


Tuesday, January 7: Solving the Frankenstein Problem: The Brain Basis for Integrated Social, Emotional and Academic Development
Day one will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, a Professor of Education, Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Southern California. She studies the psychological and neurobiological development of emotion and self-awareness, and connections to social, cognitive and moral development in educational settings. Dr. Immordino-Yang will present her research on the neuropsychology of social emotions, including these emotions' deep visceral roots in the feeling and regulation of the body and consciousness, their connections to memory and abstract thought, and their propensity to heighten one's own subjective sense of self-awareness, motivation and purpose.

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. Immordino-Yang's talk.

 

Wednesday, January 8: Using Technology Purposefully and Well: Frameworks for Enhancing Learning
Day two of the conference will feature plenary speaker, Dr. Michelle D. Miller, Director of the First Year Learning Initiative and Professor of Psychological Sciences at Northern Arizona University. She is the author of Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology (Harvard University Press, 2014), and has written about evidence-based pedagogy in scholarly as well as general-interest publications including College Teaching, Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning, and The Conversation. With an understanding of some key principles about how the mind works, we can use technology to create learning experiences that are memorable, compelling and effective. Dr. Miller will demonstrate and explain these key principles, emphasizing memory, attention, and thinking and the surprising ways these processes interact to produce learning.

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 18th 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 Tuesday, January 7th. 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 17, 2019)
 

Breakout Session Proposal
Breakout sessions will run on Wednesday, January 8th 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 17, 2019)
 

Lightning Rounds Proposal
The lightning rounds will run on Wednesday, January 8th. 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 5 times during the session, providing participants the opportunity to visit 5 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 17, 2019)

Day 1 - Keynote Speaker

Mary Helen Immordino-Yang, EdD is a Professor of Education, Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Southern California. She studies the psychological and neurobiological development of emotion and self-awareness, and connections to social, cognitive and moral development in educational settings. She uses cross-cultural, interdisciplinary studies of narratives and feelings to uncover experience-dependent neural mechanisms contributing to identity, intrinsic motivation, deep learning, and generative, creative and abstract thought. Her work has a special focus on adolescents from low-SES communities, and she involves youths from these communities as junior scientists in her work.

A former urban public junior high-school science teacher, she earned her doctorate at Harvard University in 2005 in human development and psychology and completed her postdoctoral training in social-affective neuroscience with Antonio Damasio in 2008. Since then she has received numerous awards for her research and impact on education and society, among them an Honor Coin from the U.S. Army, a Commendation from the County of Los Angeles, a Cozzarelli Prize from the Proceedings of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences editorial board, and early career achievement awards from the AERA, the AAAS, the APS, the International Mind, Brain and Education Society (IMBES), and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences Foundation (FABBS).

Dr. Immordino-Yang was a 2018-2019 Spencer Foundation mid-career fellow. She served on the U.S. National Academy of Sciences committee writing How People Learn II: Learners, Contexts and Cultures, and on the Aspen Institute's National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development.

Day 1 - Agenda
TIMESESSION
8.15am-9.00am

Registration and Breakfast
(Lobby and 200C)

Please check-in at the registration table upon arrival.

9.00am-9.15am

General Session: Welcome (200C) 

9.15am-10.45am

General Session: Keynote Speaker, (200C)
Dr. Mary Helen Immordino-Yang

10.45am-11.00am

Break

11.00am-12.15pm

Breakout Sessions (217A-D, 220, 223)

12.15pm-1.00pm

Lunch (200B, C)

1.00pm-2.00pm

Poster Session on Teaching Excellence (200A)

2.00pm-3.15pm

Breakout Sessions (217A-D, 220, 223)

3.15pm-3.30pm

Break

3.30pm-4.00pm

General Session: Wrap Up (200C)

Poster winners announced.

Day 2 - Plenary Speaker

Michelle D. Miller, PhD trained as a cognitive psychologist specializing in working memory, memory encoding, and the psychology of language, earning her Ph.D. from UCLA in 1997. After leaving UCLA, Dr. Miller was a postdoctoral research associate at Rice University, studying memory processes in brain-injured individuals and helping to design functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) studies of brain areas involved in working memory. She continued to study memory after joining the faculty of Northern Arizona University as an assistant professor, then over time, turned her research efforts towards investigating effective online and face-to-face learning activities in college courses.

This interest in evidence-based, technologically-enhanced pedagogy led Dr. Miller to join the course redesign movement sparked in the mid-2000s by the National Center for Academic Transformation. She was selected as an NCAT Redesign Scholar in 2007 and began to lead the NAU Course Redesign Team shortly thereafter. As a redesign expert, Dr. Miller has presented workshops and provided consulting at a diverse array of institutions including California State University-Fresno, University of Central Florida, and the University of Arizona.

At Northern Arizona University, Dr. Miller co-created and eventually came to direct the First Year Learning Initiative, a major, cross-disciplinary program for enhancing student success in foundational gateway courses. This initiative was designed to address student effort, motivation for learning, and persistence through methods of course design. Dr. Miller's work on teaching and course design culminated in her 2014 book Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology (Harvard University Press). The book has elicited praise including a strong review in the Chronicle of Higher Education by teaching expert and author James Lang. Minds Online continues to generate interest from readers who are attracted to its clear, conversational style and practical, evidence-based strategies.

Day 2 - Agenda

 

TIMESESSION
8.15am-9.00am

Registration and 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: Plenary Speaker, (200C)
Dr. Michelle D. Miller

10.45am-11.00am

Break

11.00am-11.45am

Breakout Sessions (217A-D, 220, 223)

11.45am-12.45pm

Lunch (200B, C)

12.45pm-1.30pm

Breakout Sessions (217A-D, 220, 223)

1.30pm-1.45pm

Break

1.45pm-3.00pm

Lightning Round (200C)

3.00pm-3.30pm

General Session: Wrap Up (200C)

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