20th Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence

January 6, 2022 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
January 7, 2022 - 9:00am to 4:00pm
Hosted online via Zoom

Teaching for Equity: Making Meaningful Commitments for a More Just Future

January 6 & 7, 2022 

Temple University's Center for the Advancement of Teaching (CAT) invites proposals for the 20th Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence. This year’s conference will be a virtual event. 

Our theme for this year’s faculty conference is Teaching for Equity: Making Meaningful Commitments for a More Just Future. As faculty, we can be agents for positive change by supporting students to grow intellectually, professionally, and emotionally, mentoring them towards achieving their dreams and goals, and inspiring students to think broadly and deeply about issues of concern to themselves, their communities, and the world. But in order to create these transformative educational experiences, we must also think about whether the educational structures and habits inherited from our predecessors serve the diverse students in front of us today. Even as we see glimmers of a more normalized teaching situation, we should consider the barriers to learning and success that were highlighted during the pandemic, and determine ways to lower those barriers in order to elevate student learning and success. We can ask ourselves in what ways we can democratize education and practice cultural responsiveness to provide more equitable learning opportunities for students. And then we must make a commitment to doing just that. 

By examining the educational opportunities we create, the relationships we develop with students, and the content we teach, we can realize more equitable teaching and learning experiences that serve all of our students, and lead to a more just future. To begin, we may want to reflect on some important questions. How can we more fully engage all students in the promise of learning? Are we connecting students in meaningful ways to the value and relevance of what we teach? How can we create learning environments that are culturally responsive so that students know they belong? How can we use technology to improve access to learning and engage students actively in learning activities? Have we considered how to balance student voices, assets, and contributions in order to provide more equitable student interactions and collaborations? Can we support students to be self-regulated and powerful learners in control of their own learning path?

We invite you to submit proposals to share your ideas, insights, research, and strategies so that we can all learn together, harness our collaborative efforts, and make commitments that move teaching in higher education towards a more just future.  

Thank you for your interest in the Center for the Advancement of Teaching’s Annual Faculty Conference for Teaching Excellence and for your contributions to the scholarship of teaching and learning.

For detailed information about the conference, please visit sites.temple.edu/2022catafc  

For questions about the call for proposals, please contact cat@temple.edu.

For questions about the conference, please contact Sara Vann at svann@temple.edu

Day 1 - Keynote Speaker

Since beginning his educational career in 1970, Dr. Stephen Brookfield has worked in England, Canada, and the United States, teaching and consulting in a variety of adult, community, organizational and higher education settings. His overall project is to help people learn to think critically about the dominant ideologies they have internalized and how these can be challenged. 

He is particularly interested in methodologies of critical thinking, discussion and dialog, critical  reflection, leadership, and the exploration of power dynamics, particularly around racial identity and white supremacy. To that end he has written, co-written or edited twenty books on adult learning, teaching, critical thinking, discussion methods, critical theory, leadership and teaching race, six of which have won the Cyril O. Houle World Award for Literature in Adult Education (in 1986, 1989, 1996, 2005, 2011 and 2012).  His academic appointments have included positions at the University of British Columbia, Teachers College Columbia University (New York), Harvard University and the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul. 

He has consulted with numerous organizations and institutions across the world and delivered multiple workshops and conference keynotes. He is currently part-time Antioch University Distinguished Scholar, Adjunct Professor at Teachers College, Columbia University (New York) and Emeritus Professor at the University of St. Thomas (Minneapolis-St. Paul).

Day 2 - Plenary Speaker

Dr. Courtney Plotts is a licensed and certified psychologist who writes and speaks about culturally responsive teaching and community building. She has written two books on Latino/a and Black culture and online spaces. She is currently the National Chair of the Council for at Risk Student Education and Professional Standards. She has been recognized by the California State Legislature for A Bold Commitment to Change and Education in 2017. She also provides four professional developments on a national level for CASEPS. She offers workshops on topics related to building community and culture in online spaces, effective culturally responsive teaching, and best practices. She was also highlighted in Flower Darby's book: Small Teaching Online for her work with LGBTQA+ students and online spaces. 

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