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Friday, March 16, 2018

Hosted by the Center for Teaching Excellence at Duquesne University
with support from the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education
and sponsored by Colleagues in Connection, a Regional Professional Development Collaborative

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Symposium Abstracts and Day Planner

We cordially invite you to participate in the first Pittsburgh Regional Faculty Symposium on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Duquesne University.

The Symposium is a regional collaboration of colleges and universities with attendance made up of faculty, graduate student instructors and faculty support specialists from across disciplines and institutions in the greater Pittsburgh area.

Keynote speaker: James M. LangPicture of James Lang

Lang is a Professor of English and Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption College. He is a regular contributor to The Chronicle of Higher Education and an internationally recognized authority on teaching. We have chosen Lang's 2016 Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning as the focus for the symposium. Lang insists, "You can create powerful learning for your students through the small, everyday decisions you make in designing your courses, engaging in classroom practice, communicating with your students, and addressing any challenges that arise."

The four goals for the symposium's participants include:

  1. Building regional faculty collaboration and community
  2. Showcasing teaching practices that help students learn via posters and presentations
  3. Discovering new practices to use in their own contexts
  4. Becoming founding members of the Pittsburgh Regional Faculty Collaboration

Our 2018 theme focuses on the power of small changes in teaching and learning in higher education that promote student learning and are

  • Known to benefit students equitably
  • Achievable by instructors in varied contexts
  • Open to creativity
  • Based on principles of learning

Shape of the Day - updated (2/26/18)

8:30 Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:15 Welcome 

9:30 Keynote Speaker - James Lang

10:15 Coffee Break

10:45 Concurrent Interactive Workshops

11:30 Break / Change Location

11:45 Lunch 

1:00 Steal My Idea Showcase

1:45 Break / Change Location

2:00 Concurrent Interactive Workshops

2:45 Change Location

3:00 Posters and Recipes for Success Showcase (Refreshments)

4:00 Wrap-up Session with James Lang

Co-Sponsoring Entities:

Center for Teaching Excellence, Duquesne University - Host 

Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE)

PCHE member institutions:
Carlow University, Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, Community College of Allegheny County, Duquesne University, La Roche College, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Point Park University, Robert Morris University, and the University of Pittsburgh.

Chatham University |Community College of Beaver County | Duquesne University: Bayer School of Natural & Environmental Sciences, Core Curriculum, Center for Community Engaged Teaching & Research, Disability Services, ESL Program, Freshmen Development, Gumberg Library, Gussin Spiritan Division, Mary Pappert School of Music, McAnulty College of Liberal Arts, Mission & Identity, Office of Classroom Technologies, Office of Military & Veteran Students, Office of Retention & Advisement, Online Learning & Strategy, School of Education, School of Law, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy, Weber Learning Skills Center, Women's & Gender Studies, Writing Center | La Roche College | Point Park University Center for Inclusive Excellence | University of Pittsburgh University Center for Teaching & Learning | University of Mount Union | Westmoreland County Community College

Thank you for your support!

Planning Committee Members:

Steven Hansen, Duquesne University, Chair
Karina Chavez, Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education
Jessica Diehl, Community College of Beaver County
Valery Keibler, Community College of Allegheny County
Lauren Panton, Chatham University
Erin Rentschler, Duquesne University
Carol Washburn, University of Pittsburgh
Laurel Willingham-McLain, Duquesne University