Concurrent Sessions

Sessions are offered at 11:15 a.m., 1:25 p.m., and 2:35 p.m. Join presenters from across the university as they lead one-hour breakout sessions focused on:

  • Students Today (Track 1): This track seeks to articulate ideas about who our students are and how we can effectively engage them in the learning process. Questions we explore in this track include: Who are today’s college students? How do we impart a commitment to excellence in our students? How can we better understand, respond, and work with our diverse students?
  • Teaching Methods (Track 2): This track examines instructional techniques and research-based models of teaching. Questions we explore in this track include: How do we foster excitement for learning? What can we learn from others who are experimenting with new pedagogical approaches and learning spaces?
  • Faculty Professional Growth (Track 3): This track shares approaches for inspiration and career growth. Questions we explore in this track include: How do we create excitement about teaching and learning? How might we connect all the pieces of who we are as faculty?
  • Click to Show/HideConcurrent Session I: 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
    • Click to Show/HideMotivated to Learn: Creating an Institutionally Responsive Environment for Adult and Nontraditional Learners
      (Tracks 1 & 2)
      Room 136A

      Presenter: Brad Shuck, Assistant Professor, and Matt Bergman, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Leadership, Evaluation, and Organizational Development, College of Education and Human Development

      Working with adult and non-traditional students presents an awesome opportunity to reach an exciting population of learners. Relevancy, immediacy, and experience are all cornerstones to unlocking the potential of this unique, and growing population. This evidence-based, yet informal and conversational workshop is designed for those at all levels seeking to learn more about this population and how to help adult and non-traditional students succeed in the classroom. Participants should expect a learning-focused format that promotes dialogue and reflection as well as group discussion.

    • Click to Show/HideCommunity-Engaged Scholarship: Connecting Teaching, Research and Service
      (Tracks 2 & 3)
      Room 136B

      Presenters: Vicki Hines-Martin, Professor of Nursing and Director, Office of Health Disparities and Community Engagement, School of Nursing; and Director, Office of Community Outreach, UofL Health Sciences Center; Henry R. Cunningham, Director of Community Engagement, Office of the Vice President for Community Engagement

      Have you been challenged in connecting your teaching, research, and service to community engagement? This tension is greater for junior faculty and those seeking promotion to full professor, particularly when there is no connection among teaching, research, and service. This session will explore how to consolidate engagement and have it reflected in your teaching, research, and service. We will describe a system by which all of those activities can be done as a unified whole for those interested in community engagement.

    • Click to Show/HideCreating an Inclusive Classroom: Enhancing Student and Faculty Comfort to Facilitate Learning
      (Track 2)
      Room 201

      Presenters: Laura M. Frey, Assistant Professor, Couple and Family Therapy (CFT) Program, Kent School of Social Work, Jennifer Middleton, Assistant Professor, Kent School of Social Work

      An inclusive classroom culture is one where students and faculty alike recognize, appreciate, and capitalize on diversity so as to enrich the overall learning experience. Given its importance, how can we intentionally create an inclusive classroom culture? This session will describe strategies to engage in positive interactions with students, use appropriate modes of address, eliminate classroom incivilities, and encourage open and inclusive classroom discussion. Participants will learn tools and activities they can apply directly in the classroom.

    • Click to Show/HideIn-Class Exercises to Engage Students in Writing
      (Track 2)
      Room 6

      Presenter: JoAnne Sweeny, Associate Professor, Brandeis School of Law

      Writing is a skill that every student should master but, because it is a skill, the only way to improve writing is through practice. Out-of-class assignments, combined with substantive feedback, are essential to help students learn the writing skills, but class time can also be used. This session will discuss a variety of in-class exercises the presenter has used to help students practice their writing skills. Each exercise focuses on a particular aspect of research and writing such as organizing paragraphs for coherence and flow, editing for conciseness, and crafting persuasive, thorough arguments. In addition, the exercises use different formats that capitalize on different learning styles and may also improve students’ soft skills such as collaboration.

    • Click to Show/HideSpecial Invitation-Only Session for Department Chairs
      Room 211

      This session is by invitation only.

  • Click to Show/HideConcurrent Session II: 1:25 – 2:25 p.m.
    • Click to Show/HideLightning Talks: Capturing the Magic Potential of Faculty-Student Interactions
      (Track 2)
      Room 6

      Facilitator: Nisha Gupta, Ideas to Action Specialist for Culminating Experiences

      In this dynamic and fast-paced session, invited faculty from across campus will each present a 6-minute talk to get you excited about proven strategies for engaged teaching in which interactions with students (in and outside of the classroom) are active, evocative, value added, effective, and have a high-impact for student learning and/or success. After the presentations, you will have a chance to join one or more of the speakers for a roundtable discussion of the topics that ‘sparked’ your interest.

      Speakers include:

      Mary Ashlock, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication, College of Arts and Sciences

      Tim Capps, Instructor, Equine Management, College of Business

      Judy Heitzman, Associate Professor, Kent School of Social Work

      Michael Losavio, Assistant Professor, Criminal Justice, College of Arts and Sciences

    • Click to Show/HideThe Whole Student: Views from the Couch on Creating Safe Spaces for Learning
      (Tracks 1 & 2)
      Room 136A

      Presenter: Kimberly Cherry, Counselor, University Counseling Center

      Our students come into our classroom with a host of experiences and varying points of view, including their sense of self. A core tenet shared between psychotherapy and teaching is the creation of a “safe space” that allows for clients and learners to explore difficult themes, foster an environment in which they reflect and grow, and develop intellectually and emotionally. In this session we will explore basic concepts in creating a safe environment for all students, both in classroom and curriculum design, and consider ways to recognize when the environment strays from being safe.

    • Click to Show/HideStudent Panel Discussion: Talkin’ ‘Bout My Generation: Reflections on Generation Z Research from Gen Z’ers Themselves
      (Track 1)
      Room 201

      Presenter: Michelle Rodems, Associate Director, Graduate Student Professional Development, School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies (SIGS)

      In this engaging mixture of traditional session and panel discussion, Dr. Rodems will share highlights from early research about Generation Z and ask a panel of Generation Z students to reflect on and respond to the information. Students will share thoughts, opinions, ideas, and experiences as they consider their identity as individuals as well as a generational cohort. Interactive technology and audience questions will enrich the conversation so that you will leave the session with a deeper understanding of this new generation of students.

    • Click to Show/HideA Discussion About How We Are Advancing Teaching at the Unit Level
      (Track 3)
      Room 136B

      Moderator: Marie Kendall Brown, Associate Director, Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning

      This moderated panel discussion of faculty leaders from across campus will consider the question: How can individual academic units raise the profile of teaching? The research mission of our institution can interfere with the ways in which we value, recognize, and enhance teaching at the unit level. Given our mission to also advance educational excellence and support student success, several units have reimagined the role of teaching by implementing professional development programs and research efforts to elevate teaching. Join us as we consider current practices, possibilities, obstacles, and best practices across UofL.

    • Click to Show/HideWhen Silence is Not Golden: Creating Space for Difficult Dialogues with Students
      (Tracks 1 & 2)
      Room 15

      Presenter: Marian Vasser, Director of Diversity Education and Inclusive Excellence, Office of Diversity and International Affairs

      This session offers practical tools for engaging students in difficult dialogues surrounding social justice issues. Participants will also explore ways of decreasing and effectively interrupting microaggressions.

  • Click to Show/HideConcurrent Session III: 2:35 – 3:35 p.m.
    • Click to Show/HideMoving Beyond Mental Health Biases to Help Students in Distress
      (Track 1)
      Room 14

      Presenters: Angela B. Taylor, Assistant Provost for Student Affairs and Assistant Dean of Students, and Aesha L. Tyler, Director, Counseling Center

      Have you ever questioned how to help a student in distress without becoming “too involved?” Have you been distressed by what a student said or did and been unsure of what to do? From what you should and shouldn’t do, to how and when to refer a student for additional help, this session will help you move beyond biases towards understanding of the mental health issues that students sometimes face. We will discuss how to recognize a student in distress, share resources for you and your students, and problem solve what to do in a crisis situation.

    • Click to Show/HideReady, Set, Reimagine!
      (Track 2)
      Room 201

      Presenter: Patty Payette, Executive Director, Ideas to Action

      This is spontaneous collaboration at its best! At this “unconference” session, you shape the content with your colleagues with help from a facilitator. Come ready to share your ideas, questions, and vision the areas you’d like to “reimagine” in your own teaching practices. You will first reflect and write individually, then generate your teaching-specific vision list before you dive into some lightning-fast structured sharing and organizing of all the lists from the entire group to identify the “hot spots” for collaboration. Groups or pairs will coalesce around shared interests in order to generate ideas, solutions, opportunities and then find a creative way to share their on-the-spot ideas with the whole group.

    • Click to Show/HideTeaching Across Cultural Strengths in College
      (Track 3)
      Room 211

      Presenter: Susan Longerbeam, Associate Professor, Counseling and Human Development, College of Education and Human Development

      This interactive, dynamic workshop will introduce you to a model of cultural frameworks in facilitating learning - through sharing multiple stories and examples. Teaching effectively across cultures is a daily challenge and opportunity for faculty in higher education, and college students increasingly reflect culturally diverse populations originating in differing cultural frameworks, epistemologies, and worldviews. The facilitator will assist you in beginning to apply a cultural lens to facilitating learning and reflective practice. You will also have an opportunity for some cultural introspection in relation to your practices and work with others in teaching and learning.

    • Click to Show/HideTeaching in the Active Learning Classroom – Experiences from the TILL
      (Track 2)
      Room 136A

      Presenters: Jeff Hieb, Associate Professor, Department of Engineering Fundamentals, J.B. Speed School of Engineering; Darcy DeLoach, Associate Professor, Director, and Concentration Coordinator of Music Therapy, School of Music

      Do you currently use active learning and sometimes find that the physical classroom space limits you and your students? Have you tried using active learning and it just didn't click? Are you still unsure exactly what is meant by active learning? Come to this session and hear the presenters talk about their experiences teaching in the Teaching Innovation Learning Lab (TILL) classroom. Session presenters will share what they have learned, including specifics about designing activities, delivering activities, managing students, and their reasons for continuing to explore the active learning classroom.

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