Pearls and Perils Annual Conference

Denise Horn

This year's Pearls and Perils Teaching Conference will be held on Friday, May 15 from 8 am-2:30 pm on Central Campus.


The Council for Teaching and Learning (CTL) invites faculty and staff to propose presentations, roundtables, and hands-on workshops for this year's Pearls & Perils Conference to be held on Friday, May 15 at Central Campus. Proposals should engage with this year's theme of global learning, reaching new populations, and inclusiveness.

Pearls and Perils is an all-day conference that focuses on teaching and learning issues. Sponsored by the Council on Teaching and Learning, the conference reflects the council's commitment to recognizing and fostering excellence in teaching at Salem State University.

This year's keynote address will be given by Denise Horn of Northeastern University, who has written extensively about global issues, women’s issues, and democracy. In addition to her talk, Dr. Horn will also offer a hands-on workshop.

This year’s conference will feature 3 distinct session types:

  • Presentations (20 minutes): provide an introduction to a teaching technique or learning strategy. Presentations will be clustered by theme (3 in each session).
  • Roundtables (60 minutes): give facilitators a chance to quickly present background information on a topic and engage participants in a discussion similar to a focus group.
  • Hands-on Workshops (90 minutes): present a new technology or teaching technique and give participants at least 45 minutes of hands-on activity applying the tool/technique to their own teaching. 

Event Schedule

8 am Registration and Continental Breakfast begins 8:30-9:30 am Session I (Roundtables and Presentations)
9:45-10:45 am Keynote

11 am-12 pm Session II (Roundtables and Presentations)
12-1pm Lunch

1-2:30 pm Afternoon Workshops