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The Teaching Professor Annual Conference



If you’re like most higher education professionals, you don’t pursue excellence for its own sake—you pursue it because you want to affect the lives of your students.

There’s simply no better place than The Teaching Professor Annual Conference to explore and celebrate your commitment to the art and science of teaching.

This two-and-a-half-day event presents the newest thinking on improving teaching and learning. Meet and network with like-minded colleagues, and learn from innovators whose presentations showcase the proven methods and approaches that they’ve used with their students.

Register today for the 2018 Teaching Professor Annual Conference, held June 1–3 in Atlanta, Georgia.



Why This is the Event for You

At the conference, choose from more than 80 concurrent sessions (for all experience levels) that are concentrated in the following areas:

  • Learner-Centered Course Design

  • Student Engagement

  • Teaching Specific Types of Students

  • Instructional Vitality: Ways to Keep Teaching Fresh and Invigorated

  • New Faculty

  • Teaching and Learning with Technology

  • Grading and Feedback that Promotes Learning

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

  • Faculty Development



At the 2018 Teaching Professor Annual Conference, you can also participate in quality plenary sessions, poster sessions, optional preconference workshops, and a welcome reception.

During the interactive sessions, presented by leaders from around the country, you’ll explore:

  • Recent pedagogical research

  • Innovative classroom techniques

  • The latest technology tools

  • Emerging challenges of a global classroom

  • Proven best practices in teaching

This event provides a thought-provoking and stimulating forum for educators to share best practices that advance college teaching and learning. You’ll learn, discuss, and collaborate with passionate instructors from around the country. Register for this event today!




2018 Teaching Professor Conference


New This Year: Track for Faculty Developers

Having qualified and inspired academic faculty is a must in higher education. This year, we have developed two dedicated pre-conference workshops and 14 concurrent sessions created for faculty developers looking for effective new ways to foster and promote instructional growth and innovation on their campus. Topics include:

  • Mentoring New Faculty

  • Assessing the Success of Faculty Development Initiatives

  • Navigating the Role of Faculty Developer

  • Faculty Development Through the Lens of Learning

  • Fostering Pedagogical Innovation on Campus

  • Faculty Development 2.0

If you’re a faculty developer looking for new innovative approaches to foster the growth of instructors on your campus, this is the solution for you!




Who Should Attend

The Teaching Professor Annual Conference is a flagship event, dedicated to teaching and learning. Educators and administrators of all disciplines and experience levels leave the event with actionable ideas and insights that they can start implementing right away. Sessions are especially geared toward:

  • Faculty

  • Instructors

  • Faculty developers

  • Instructional designers and technologists

  • Curriculum developers

  • Deans

  • Administrators

The Teaching Professor Annual Conference is where passionate higher education professionals like you hone their craft. You’ll come away energized and inspired, with new tools and techniques to apply in your classroom.

Be a part of this exciting event by registering today!





Conference Schedule


Friday, June 1, 2018
Preconference Workshops (Additional Fee)

7:30–8:30 am

Registration open for morning preconference participants only

8:30 am–8:00 pm

Registration open for all participants

8:30 am–Noon

Preconference workshop (Registration and Fee required):
ALIVE Teachers and Exhilarated Learning

8:30 am–Noon

Preconference Workshop (Registration and Fee required):
Assignments: Revisiting Details that Make a Difference

8:30 am–Noon

Preconference Workshop (Registration and Fee required):
Large-section Classes: Structuring, Grading, Engaging, and Connecting with Students

8:30 am–Noon

Preconference Workshop (Registration and Fee required):
Laying the Foundation for Meaningful Conversations About Diversity

8:30 am–Noon

2018 Teaching Professor Conference Preconference Faculty Developer Workshop (Registration and Fee required):
Faculty Are Learners Too: How Learning Principles Can Inform Professional Development

10:00 am–8:00 pm

Exhibit displays open

1:00–4:30 pm

Preconference Workshop (Registration and Fee required):
Circles of Innovation: Bricks, Clicks and Teacher Tricks

1:00–4:30 pm

Preconference Workshop (Registration and Fee required):
Facilitating Meaningful Conversations About Diversity

1:00–4:30 pm

Preconference Workshop (Registration and Fee required):
Teaching and Learning in Professional Programs: Exploring the Challenges, Opportunities & Best Practices

1:00–4:30 pm

2018 Teaching Professor Conference Preconference Faculty Developer Workshop (Registration and Fee required):
Supporting Faculty Through Online Educational Development

3:00–8:00 pm

Poster sessions

5:00–5:15 pm

Conference welcome

5:15–6:30 pm

Opening plenary session:
Teaching and Learning: Lost in a Buzzword Wasteland

6:30–8:00 pm

Reception and poster sessions: meet & greet colleagues, presenters, exhibitors, and peruse many poster sessions

8:00 pm

Dinner and evening on your own



Saturday, June 2, 2018

7:30 am–2:00 pm

Registration open

7:30–8:30 am

Continental breakfast

8:00 am–5:00 pm

Exhibit displays open

8:45–9:45 am

Concurrent sessions

10:15–11:15 am

Concurrent sessions

11:30 am–12:30 pm

Lunch

12:45–1:45 pm

Concurrent sessions

2:15–3:15 pm

Concurrent sessions

3:45–4:45 pm

Concurrent sessions

4:45 pm

Dinner and evening on your own


Sunday, June 3, 2018

7:30 am–Noon

Registration open

7:30–8:30 am

Continental breakfast

8:30–9:30 am

Concurrent sessions

9:45–10:45 am

Concurrent sessions

11:00 am–Noon

Closing plenary session:
Make Every Day a Good Teaching Day: How Communication Research Can Help

Noon–1:00 pm

Lunch



Preconference Workshops (Additional Fee)




The Teaching Professor Annual Conference offers a selection of half-day preconference workshops to further enrich your conference experience.



ALIVE Teachers and Exhilarated Learning

Friday, June 1, 2018 | 8:30 am–Noon


Billy Strean, professor, University of Alberta


Billy Strean Billy Strean,
University of Alberta


In our current environment of fast-paced change, unprecedented distractions, and increasing demands, people are often disconnected from themselves, each other, and our planet. In this preconference workshop, we will examine how each disconnection has particular negative impacts on us. We will then explore five factors that can enhance energy and attention, increase kindness and caring in relationships, expand passion and creativity, reconnect us with nature, and add greater joy to our lives. When we become ALIVE as teachers, we are enabled to provide more vibrant learning environments for students. We will investigate three dimensions of exhilarated learning and consider how to apply all of the ideas to our individual contexts.


Learning goals:


  • Describe the current challenges of disconnection from self, others, and nature and list, describe, and discuss the value of five factors for flourishing and thriving

  • Apply the five factors with specific actions in your own lives and relate the benefits of flourishing as a teacher to student wellness and student learning

  • Articulate the three dimensions of exhilarated learning

  • Apply the elements of exhilarated learning to your own teaching contexts








Assignments: Revisiting Details that Make a Difference

Friday, June 1, 2018 | 8:30 am–Noon


Carl R. Lovitt, professor emeritus, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities and Maryellen Weimer, editor, The Teaching Professor newsletter, professor emerita, Penn State Berks


Maryellen Weimer Maryellen Weimer,
Penn State Berks


Carl R. Lovitt Carl R. Lovitt,
Connecticut State Colleges


Every course has assignments. Generally students think of them as things teachers make them do. Generally teachers think of them as demonstrations of what students know and can do. Both teachers and students need to think of them more as learning experiences. Good assignments engage students with the content and require use of important learning skills. Unfortunately, not all assignments accomplish those objectives. Good assignments can be completed poorly and are regularly by students who don’t care about the course or learning. But sometimes the problem is the assignment—they too can get in the way of learning.


Assignments are easy to recycle and many are, until they reach the point of being old and tired. Moreover, there’s a tendency to rely on the similar assignment formats regardless of the disciplines or course levels. Students often do the same kinds of assignments in introductory surveys and capstones in the major. How fresh, interesting, and creative are the assignments in your courses?


This workshop takes a look at assignments, exploring the implications of considering them learning experiences. It offers a chance to revisit some of the details that enhance their learning potential, such as how they’re described. Can assignments be designed so they motivate students to devote time and energy to their completion? What design details make a difference when the assignment has students working in groups? What about some new, creative options for writing assignments? And finally, there’s the issue of what kind of learning an assignment promotes. Would you give students an assignment they hate if the learning that resulted was transformative?


Learning goals:


  • Be able to think more clearly about assignments as learning experiences and have ideas for enhancing the learning potential of assignments

  • Understand how design details influence the learning that occurs when students complete an assignment

  • Be motivated to revisit and possibly revise your collection of assignments







Large-section Classes: Structuring, Grading, Engaging, and Connecting with Students

Friday, June 1, 2018 | 8:30 am–Noon


Anthony Sweat, assistant professor, Brigham Young University


Anthony Sweat Anthony Sweat,
Brigham Young University


Teaching classes with large student enrollments is a necessity for many college and university instructors. However, large classes present inherent challenges that often aren’t addressed in typical research literature and teacher training. For example, how do we invite active learning into large lecture halls or auditoriums? How do we grade hundreds of students effectively but also efficiently? How do we personally connect with and create rapport among students we may never meet due to the masses? How do we structure our courses to minimize hundreds of emails and maximize self-directed learning? As a professor who typically teaches 2,500 students per year, Sweat proposes methods to help solve the unique difficulties created by large enrollment courses.


Learning goals:


  • Enhance active learning in large class settings through the “Know, Feel, and Do” model

  • Build strategies to personally connect with students in large classes

  • Explore efficient grading methods to provide student feedback in large classes

  • Structure an efficient, self-directed large-section class





Laying the Foundation for Meaningful Conversations About Diversity

Friday, June 1, 2018 | 8:30 am–Noon


Tasha Souza, associate director for the Center for Teaching and Learning and professor, Boise State University and Tolulope Noah, assistant professor of liberal studies/undergraduate education K-8, Azusa Pacific University


Tolulope Noah Tolulope Noah,
Azusa Pacific University


Tasha Souza Tasha Souza,
Boise State University


In this interactive workshop, participants will learn how to lay the foundation for meaningful conversations about diversity in the classroom setting. The workshop will address strategies for building trust and rapport amongst students, encouraging openness to dialogue, and establishing group agreements. In addition, participants will explore activities that can be used to help students unpack their personal identities, biases, and privileges. This is a stand-alone workshop. Participants should also consider the afternoon session for facilitating difficult dialog and managing "hot" moments.


Learning goal:


  • Participants will leave the workshop with practical tools they can use to foster a supportive classroom environment where students are more open to engage in dialogue about diversity






2018 Teaching Professor Conference
Faculty Are Learners Too: How Learning Principles Can Inform Professional Development

Friday, June 1, 2018 | 8:30 am–Noon


Amy B. Mulnix, founding director of the Faculty Center at Franklin and Marshall College


Amy B. Mulnix Amy B. Mulnix,
Franklin and Marshall College


This preconference workshop will highlight six learning principles and explore how they can be embedded in faculty development activities from workshops to learning communities to individual consultations. By focusing on the principles at the foundation of learning (e.g., knowledge is constructed, practice with feedback enhances learning), faculty developers can help faculty apply what they are learning to a wide variety of circumstances. Like their students, they too can move successfully beyond the content of introductory courses to become independent and creative practitioners.


Learning goals:


  • List and define six learning principles that are relevant to your work

  • Analyze barriers to successful programming through the lens of learning principles

  • Apply learning principles to think strategically about programs




Circles of Innovation: Bricks, Clicks, and Teacher Tricks

Friday, June 1, 2018 | 1:00–4:30 pm


James May, faculty fellow for innovation and technology, Valencia College and Sharon May, professor new student experience, Valencia College


Sharon May Sharon May,
Valencia College


James May James May,
Valencia College


This interactive, hands-on preconference workshop highlights a variety of techniques designed to leverage bricks (brick and mortar best practices), clicks (cutting-edge digital tools), and teacher tricks (best practices from game theory, brain science, and viral learning). Learn new methods to keep your teaching fresh and invigorate today’s learners. The presenters discuss digital and pedagogical shifts and the needs and expectations of learners in the twenty-first century. They share a wide variety of face-to-face classroom and online engagement and communication techniques and resources that you can add to your bag of tricks for your own classroom.


Learning goals:


  • Build creative confidence and identify discipline agnostic ideation strategies

  • Discover 21st Century communication strategies for enhancing connections with Generation C

  • Examine best practices for making learning go viral

  • Discuss bricks, clicks, and teacher tricks for elevating instruction both in the classroom and online

  • Employ a variety of active learning strategies that galvanize student learning








Facilitating Meaningful Conversations About Diversity

Friday, June 1, 2018 | 1:00–4:30 pm


Tolulope Noah, assistant professor of liberal studies/undergraduate education K-8, Azusa Pacific University and Tasha Souza, associate director for the Center for Teaching and Learning and professor, Boise State University


Tasha Souza Tasha Souza,
Boise State University


Tolulope Noah Tolulope Noah,
Azusa Pacific University


This interactive workshop focuses on techniques for facilitating dialogue about diversity and managing hot moments that may arise in the classroom. Participants will learn what to do during and after difficult dialogues and practice communication frameworks for responding to "hot" moments. The workshop addresses strategies for responding to student resistance and microaggressions in the classroom. This is a stand-alone workshop. Participants should also consider the morning session to learn more about how personal background and bias can contribute a classroom dynamic.


Learning goal:


  • By this end of this workshop, participants should be better equipped to facilitate and navigate difficult dialogues about diversity in the classroom setting








Teaching and Learning in Professional Programs: Exploring the Challenges, Opportunities & Best Practices

Friday, June 1, 2018 | 1:00–4:30 pm


Lolita Paff, associate professor, Penn State Berks and Olive Yonge, vice dean and professor, University of Alberta


Olive Yonge Olive Yonge,
University of Alberta


Lolita Paff Lolita Paff,
Penn State Berks


Content knowledge is critical for any course or program. Faculty and administrators invest significant time coordinating disciplinary content and designing courses that promote learning and build competencies. A frequent measure of professional program effectiveness is successful completion of licensing exams and other certifications. These high stakes exams force faculty to focus content coverage and professional skill development, even though most who teach in these programs also aspire to develop the learning skills students need for ongoing career development.


This interactive workshop is an opportunity to explore and discuss challenges unique to professional programs: test anxiety caused by high stakes exit exams; faculty pressure resulting from program reputation in part dependent on exit exam performance; the need within tight time frames to teach content, develop professional skills, and cultivate professional behavior; and staff delivering the programs who have the skills and content knowledge but no teaching experience and no experience in academic teaching environments.


This is a chance for teachers and program leaders to pause and consider the many details related to teaching and learning in professional programs. This workshop presents a unique occasion to explore the similarities and differences, opportunities and challenges faced by educators from a range of professional disciplines. Our goal is for participants to leave with new ideas and practical strategies gleaned from others who share this challenging teaching assignment.


Learning goals:


  • Initiate dialogue to clarify goals, identify barriers, and explore opportunities

  • Understand the relationships between technical skills, theory and learning

  • Advocate for new approaches and strategies







2018 Teaching Professor Conference Supporting Faculty Through Online Educational Development


Friday, June 1, 2018 | 1:00–4:30 pm


Josie Baudier, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning instructional designer and part-time instructor, Kennesaw State University and Traci Stromie, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning instructional designer and part-time instructor, Kennesaw State University


Traci Stromie Traci Stromie,
Kennesaw State University


Josie Baudier Josie Baudier,
Kennesaw State University


In order to reach instructors who cannot come to campus for traditional educational development experiences, faculty developers can create learning opportunities using online delivery models to meet the needs of their faculty. Whether faculty are part-time instructors, online instructors, or just have demanding schedules, offering variations to the traditional one-hour face-to-face workshop can help extend support to all. In this preconference workshop, faculty developers will examine the research supporting alternative delivery modalities, explore technologies, and create a plan for inclusive faculty development opportunities.


Learning goals:


  • Investigate research-based online delivery models

  • Explore new technologies and engagement tools to support active learning in online faculty development

  • Create a plan for educational development opportunities by using the Backward Design model, considering campus culture and faculty needs that align to university and center goals


Advisory Board

Neil haave

The Teaching Professor 2018 Conference Chair:

Neil Haave
Professor
University of AlbertaJennifer Waldeck

Past Chair:

Jennifer Waldeck
Associate Professor
Chapman UniversityNicki Monahan

Conference Advisors:

Nicki Monahan
Faculty advisor
George Brown CollegeKen Alford

Ken Alford
Professor
Brigham Young University

The Teaching Professor 2018 Conference Advisory Board Members:

Pete Burkholder
Pete Burkholder

Professor
Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityScott Gabriel
Scott Gabriel

Associate professor
Viterbo UniversityClaire Major
Claire Major

Professor
University of AlabamaAmy Mulnix
Amy Mulnix

Director, Faculty Center
Franklin and Marshall CollegeLolita Paff
Lolita Paff

Associate professor
Penn State BerksMaryellen Weimer
Maryellen Weimer

Editor, The Teaching Professor newsletter
Professor Emerita, Penn State Berks





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