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October 25, Registration & Introduction
Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom

8:45 - 9:00 A.M.


Morning refreshments available
Visit our registration page to Register

9:00 - 9:10 A.M.

Gen Ed is about Student Learning

2013 Gen Ed Video; 5:49

9:10 - 10:00 A.M.

Intro: History of Gen Ed & Overview


10:15 - Noon, Concurrent Sessions

Boardroom 1

Managing the Senate Recertification Process:

  • Understand the senate curriculum process and workflow
  • Identify proper consultation group for a course proposal
  • Create high quality responses to the curricular proposal prompts, particularly course objectives and learning assessments
  • Identify key contacts in the senate office, the Office for General Education, and academic units
  • Maggie Slattery, Assistant Dean for General Education and Director
  • Suzanna Linn, Professor of Political Science, College of the Liberal Arts
  • Suzanne Weinstein, Interim Associate Vice Provost of Learning Outcomes Assessment
Boardroom 2

Promotion, Dossiers, and Structures that Support Integrative Teaching

  • Identify university policies intended to support innovative teaching
  • Document innovative and integrative teaching well in your dossier
  • Synthesize innovative and integrative teaching in your promotion narrative/statement
  • Nan Crouter, Dean, Health & Human Development
  • Wendy Hanna-Rose, Interim Department Head, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Eberly College of Science
  • Richard Brazier, Associate Dean for Faculty & Research, Commonwealth Campuses
  • Kathleen Bieschke, Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs
Ballroom ABC

Effective Teaching in Integrative Studies Courses

  • Differentiate between a “regular” and “integrative thinking” courses and identify associated behaviors required of students and faculty in the latter
  • Recognize student challenges to developing skills and identify ways to help them adjust
  • Identify faculty obstacles to and solutions for collaborating across domains with colleagues with different scholarly traditions and values
  • Develop explicit learning objectives and select teaching strategies for an assignment or activity that promotes integrative thinking across disciplines
  • Edmund Hansen, Senior Research Associate, Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence
  • Michael Murphy, Research Associate, Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence
Ballroom D

Inclusive Teaching in Gen Ed Courses

  • Identify established inclusive teaching practices that you already use and commit to trying additional inclusive teaching strategies
  • Discuss why these practices are inclusive and why inclusion is critical for student success in Gen Ed courses
  • Recognize contexts and actions that create exclusion in our courses
  • Strategize alternative actions and plan potential responses for when exclusionary incidents occur
  • Angela Linse, Executive Director and Associate Dean for Teaching Excellence, Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence

Noon Lunch, Nittany Lion Inn Ballroom

12:15 - 1:00 P.M.

Wrap-up/Q&A with Provost Jones

The conference with culminate with comments and a Q&A session featuring Provost Nick Jones. Dean Peggy Johnson, Schreyer Honors College, will provide wrap-up comments about the conference and introduce Provost Jones.

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