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Pearls and Perils Annual Conference

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We invite all faculty to attend the annual Pearls and Perils conference hosted by the Council for Teaching and Learning.

A volunteer working group of the Council created an alternative conference to recognize the year worked without a contract. Rather than ask you to deliver the concurrent sessions we invite you to participate in an interactive keynote and two workshops that will help all of us create healthy, equitable, engaged learning environments.    

Event Details

May 17, 2019
8:30 am-3:30 pm
Central Campus

Call for Proposals

Faculty, staff and librarians are invited to propose presentations, roundtables, and hands-on workshops. Pearls and Perils is an all-day conference that focuses on teaching and learning issues. This conference, funded by the Council for Teaching and Learning and hosted by them for 21 years, is being facilitated by the Center for Teaching Innovation because of constraints imposed during the second year of work to rule. Submit your conference proposal.

Keynote: How Good Teaching Can Change the World

As educators, we prepare students to be architects of and actors in a better, more inclusive world. The very strategies that lead to better understanding of course content also prompt students to learn about themselves – and about themselves in relation to others. Through good teaching we enable diverse students to learn from each other, work with each other, solve problems, and envision possibilities together. Students who participate in active, engaged and collaborative learning are stretched to consider different experiences, perspectives and ideas. They build relationships that challenge stereotypes and dismantle biases. Collectively, these are the skills students need to be full participants in a diverse, 21st century democratic society. This keynote will highlight how excellent teaching can change the world for the better.    

Pamela E. Barnett is a Fellow of The Best Teachers Institute led by Ken Bain, author of What the Best College Teachers Do. Dr. Barnett began her career as a professor of English and African-American studies at the University of South Carolina - Columbia where she was named an English Department Outstanding Teacher of the Year in 2003. She is a passionate advocate for bringing the research on how people learn and best teaching practices to academic leadership. She is Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at LaSalle University in Philadelphia. Her book Dangerous Desire: Literature of Sexual Freedom and Sexual Violence Since the Sixties (Routledge, 2004) examines literature written in response to the liberation movement of the 1960s. Her more recent writing aims to advance diversity and inclusion in higher education.  

When 3:30pm
Marc Ebenfield

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