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Dear colleagues,


ntellectual curiosity, a passion for learning, a deep desire for personal growth — those are the things we strive to instill in our students. They’re also what drive us: as any educator can attest, we never really stop being students ourselves. Inside every great teacher dwells a committed, lifelong learner. So it’s little wonder that every year some of the outstanding educators from around the country can be found at The Teaching Professor Conference, honing and refreshing their teaching skills, exploring innovative concepts in pedagogy, and learning from and with each other. This year, I hope to count you among them. Hundreds of your peers from institutions nationwide will help us mark the 9th annual conference, and I believe it will be the most dynamic and thought-provoking event we’ve ever held. We have an outstanding lineup of plenary speakers and presenters, as well as some exciting new features (think dedicated LinkedIn group and Twitter backchannel) and a truly exceptional location — Washington, D.C., sure to be at its most resplendent in early June. I promise you’ll leave the conference inspired and exhilarated. I promise you’ll have a lively exchange of ideas with your fellow delegates. And I promise you’ll learn new things. So please join us June 1-3 as we explore ways to become the very best teachers we can be. I look forward to seeing you in Washington! Sincerely,

Maryellen Weimer Editor, The Teaching Professor P.S. Remember that while The Teaching Professor Conference is an exceptional value at any time, you’ll enjoy significant savings if you register soon!

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“I enjoyed interacting with teachers across many disciplines. Since most of us generally attend discipline-specific conferences, it was a joy to meet others who share a common passion (teaching).” —2011 Teaching Professor Conference Attendee


The Teaching Professor Conference

June 1-3, 2012 Washington, D.C.

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“The quality of the sessions and the keynote address were outstanding. Content was geared specifically to classroom instruction in higher education.” —2011 Teaching Professor Conference Attendee

The Teaching Professor Conference Advisory Board The advisory board reviews, rates, and selects the top workshop proposals. Advisory Board Conference Chair: Ken Alford, associate professor, Brigham Young University, Past Conference Chair: Marilyn Steinberg, assistant professor, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Conference Advisor: Ike Shibley, associate professor, Penn State Berks, Advisory Board Members: Gerald Kobylski, associate professor, United States Military Academy, Nicki Monahan, Faculty Facilitator, Staff & Organizational Development, George Brown College, Patricia Phelps, director of the Instructional Development Center, University of Central Arkansas, Donna Qualters, associate professor, Suffolk University, Catherine Stover, managing editor, Magna Publications, Maryellen Weimer, editor, The Teaching Professor newsletter and professor emerita, teaching and learning, Penn State Berks,

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Conference Schedule Friday, June 1, 2012 Preconference Workshops (additional fee): 8:00 a.m. - Noon A: Being There: Establishing and Maintaining Teaching Online Presence 8:00 a.m. - Noon B: Ideas and Strategies for Developing Life Long Learning Skills in the College Classroom 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. C: How to Infuse Active Learning into the Classroom while Maximizing Student Learning and Satisfaction Conference: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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Registration open Partner displays open Poster Sessions (Group A) Opening Plenary Session Reception and Poster Sessions (Group B) Meet and greet colleagues, presenters, and exhibitors; peruse many interactive poster sessions. Dinner and evening on your own*

Saturday, June 2, 2012 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m. - Noon Noon - 1:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

Registration open, Partner displays open Continental breakfast / Roundtable discussions 11 concurrent workshops 11 concurrent workshops Lunch break Luncheon Plenary Session 11 concurrent workshops 11 concurrent workshops Dinner and evening on your own*

Sunday, June 3, 2012 8:00 a.m. - Noon 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m. - Noon Noon - 1:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.

Registration open Continental breakfast / Roundtable discussions 10 concurrent workshops 10 concurrent workshops Lunch and closing discussion Conference ends

*Enjoy Dinner With Your Peers! Near the conference registration desk there will be a sign-up for informal dinner roundtables with other attendees at a variety of restaurants. Continue the great conversations you started, begin new ones, and meet other motivated teaching and learning professionals.


The Teaching Professor Conference

June 1-3, 2012 Washington, D.C.

Opening Plenary Session Friday, June 1, 2012 5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Evidence-based teaching: Just the facts or thinking like scientists? Presenter: Diane Ebert-May, Michigan State University Science in the 21st century is driven by cross-cutting questions that involve many disciplines yet, undergraduate introductory science courses are widely criticized for overemphasizing details and rote memorization at the expense of helping students develop higher-level cognitive skills. We are participating in a revolution to address this problem by creating courses and curricula designed to help students develop the skills and build conceptual connections within biology and across the curriculum. We will critically examine our Diane Ebert-May research that addresses questions about teachers teaching and students learning, and how we use data to drive instructional decisions. Together we will think about, how learner-centered is our teaching?

Closing Discussion and Lunch Sunday, June 3, 2012 Noon – 1:00 p.m. During our final time together, we will begin this session by sharing our perspective of the conference—new ideas, good strategies, interesting questions, and good examples of what we have learned these past few days. We will then open the session for others to share reactions, questions, concerns, lessons learned, and hopes for the future. The goal of this session is to highlight how the conference has focused attention on many different aspects of teaching and learning.

“Each session was practical, gave me ideas of ways to implement small changes that will have big impact over time. Networking was good, met some colleagues and shared ideas.” —2011 Teaching Professor Conference Attendee

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Conference Workshops


he Teaching Professor Conference offers more than 60 workshops for you to choose from. Five of the workshops include invited presenters from the previous conference. They are:

Four Fabulous Free Technology Tools for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment Presenters: Derek Weber and Melanie Morris, Raritan Valley Community College Engage students while assessing their progress at every opportunity in any classroom. Motivate learning through the use of collaboration tools such as podcasting, screencasting, and collaborative wikis in face-to-face, online, and hybrid classrooms. Energize your lessons with interactivity and capture student performance through real-time assessment. The four free tools featured in this session combine to create a virtual learning environment that both enhances and transcends the classroom. Keywords: collaboration, wikis, podcasting, screencasting

“This was the first non-academic technology conference I've been to in a long time which was refreshing because the focus was purely on teaching.” —2011 Teaching Professor Conference Attendee


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Active Learning: Seeing Your Classroom from a Student Perspective Presenter: Ken Alford, Brigham Young University During this presentation we’ll use video clips from student interviews (representing several academic years and numerous majors) to turn the tables and give students an opportunity to share their views regarding what they think works (and perhaps more importantly what doesn’t work) when it comes to using active learning experiences in the classroom. Along the way we’ll discuss and model some easy-to-use teaching ideas that are adaptable to nearly all college disciplines and classrooms. Keywords: teaching ideas, student feedback, active learning, classroom tools, interactive learning

AIR Model of Ethical Awareness: Presenter: Donna Qualters, Tufts University The Awareness, Investigation, and Response (AIR) model of reflective ethical inquiry is an educational tool for helping students and faculty think creatively about cultivating ethical inquiry. It prepares students with interdisciplinary skills, resources and confidence to make more caring, compassionate choices in the ethical situations they encounter as a student and in their field of study. AIR provides a bridge for students to increasingly become more sophisticated in their ethical inquiry processes. Keywords: ethics, ethical inquiry, curriculum integration

June 1-3, 2012 Washington, D.C.

Jump Around, Jump Up and Get Down

Joy Ride

Presenter: Sean J. Glassberg, Horry Georgetown Technical College Following a review of researchbased benefits of active learning, this session will highlight the following teaching strategies: Guess the Fib, Stand & Share, Toss a Question and Brainstorming 101. These exercises are active learning mechanisms that can increase the energy level in the classroom. The purpose of sharing these strategies with fellow instructors is to show what they can do to lecture less and allow for a more student-centered approach to learning. Keywords: active learning, collaborative learning, studentcentered learning

Presenter: Patty H. Phelps, University of Central Arkansas Without a doubt, the journey of teaching involves numerous bumps along the way but there are also many joys. This session reminds faculty of the sources of joy as well as provides strategies to seize more joy while helping faculty to recognize robbers of joy. The presenter will share her "joy ride" experience and encourage participants to join the journey. Keywords: faculty renewal, faculty development, burnout avoidance

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“Even for professors who have been in the classroom for many years, this conference offered many new and useful ideas for dealing with practical issues. Absolutely a worthwhile experience and look forward to future conferences.” —2011 Teaching Professor Conference Attendee

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Optional Preconference Workshops Friday, June 1, 2012 — $175 each 8:00 a.m. – Noon Being There: Establishing and Maintaining Teaching Online Presence Presenters: Larry Ragan, Penn State University and Kim Eke, Univ. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill A critical issue for retaining the learner in the online classroom is helping them feel "connected" to their peers, the institution and most importantly, to their instructor. The role of the online instructor is crucial as the primary bond between the learner and their learning system. Establishing and maintaining a teaching presence serves to create both an instructional and personal connection that can greatly facilitate student completion of the online class. This interactive workshop will engage participants in identifying various dimensions of "teaching presence" and generate strategies toward methods and techniques for creating and maintaining both instructional and personal presence in the online classroom. Keywords: teaching presence, community of inquiry, teacher engagement, faculty development

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8:00 a.m. – Noon Ideas and Strategies for Developing Lifelong Learning Skills in the College Classroom Presenters: Hilary Fletcher, Lee Evans, Kristin Arney, Jerry Kobylski, United States Military Academy at West Point We will focus on methods for developing innovative problem solving and communication skills, and effective habits of mind in our students. Although appropriate for any discipline, we will emphasize methods' applications in the math and sciences. Participants will develop strategies for developing problem solving and communication skills, and good habits of mind in their students and then how to assess these strategies. 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. How to Infuse Active Learning into the Classroom while Maximizing Student Learning and Satisfaction Presenter: Keith J. Whittington, Rochester Institute of Technology This workshop will demonstrate how to engage students and maximize their learning with active learning techniques. Successful infusion of active learning into the classroom requires more than just handing out materials and telling the students to talk. Attendees will participate in a variety of easy-to-use exercises designed to demonstrate how to effectively conduct activities, manage students, and synthesize active learning with lectures. These activities are also highly adaptable for all classrooms and subject matter. Keywords: active learning, cooperative learning, classroom management, pedagogy

June 1-3, 2012 Washington, D.C.

More about the Conference Selected Presenters Each year, we send out a call for proposals and receive more than 250 proposed sessions. Those selected for the conference program have been blind reviewed by our faculty advisory panel using a rubric posted on The Teaching Professor Conference website. Our goal is to provide interactive sessions on topics important and relevant to teaching professors. For an up-to-date list of all 64 presenter workshops, visit Poster Sessions Faculty members will display a visual representation highlighting content of a model or strategy for teaching and learning. A first round of poster sessions will be on display the afternoon of the opening day and a second round will be showcased in conjunction with the opening night reception. Conference delegates can meet with the designers of the poster for question and answers regarding the project, program, or research. It’s a great place to meet, advance learning, and interact with colleagues.

Maryellen Weimer Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning Award Magna Publications and The Teaching Professor will announce the winner of this prestigious award during the Saturday luncheon. Now in its fourth year, the award recognizes an exemplary scholarly article on teaching and learning. The winner will be present.

Last year’s winners

“It is an extremely well-organized conference with engaging sessions and opportunities for discussion.” —2011 Teaching Professor Conference Attendee

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he host city for the 9th annual Teaching Professor Conference is Washington, D.C. where you’ll enjoy access to fascinating, free attractions, historic buildings, and monuments. Touch a moon rock, marvel at the Hope Diamond, view Dorothy’s Ruby Red slippers, or explore Native American culture at the Smithsonian Institution’s fifteen Washington, D.C. area facilities. Discover treasures like the Gutenberg Bible at the Library of Congress, the only Leonardo da Vinci painting in North America at the National Gallery of Art, and historic documents like the Declaration of Independence at the National Archives.

“Everything was easy to do - from registering, making a hotel reservation, parking arrangements, and finding my way around the conference. Great food! I LOVE this conference.” —2011 Teaching Professor Conference Attendee


The Teaching Professor Conference

June 1-3, 2012 Washington, D.C.

Host Hotel – Grand Hyatt Washington


scape to extraordinary elegance at the Grand Hyatt Washington. Centrally located in trendy Penn Quarter — with convenient in-lobby Metro Center access — this downtown Washington D.C. hotel is an ideal spot to explore the nation’s capital. Guests enjoy stylish guestrooms with plush Grand Bedsô, indulgent amenities, multiple dining venues and access to a fitness center, pool, sauna and steam rooms. Conference attendee room rates: Single/double occupancy: $194 Triple/quad occupancy: $204 Conference attendees who stay at the Grand Hyatt will receive free wireless Internet in their sleeping rooms. Prices do not include a 14.5% room tax. Reduced rates are available 3 days before and after the conference dates based on availability. Reservations must be made by May 2, 2012. Make your reservation online or call the Grand Hyatt Washington at 202-582-1234 and tell them you’re attending The Teaching Professor Conference.

Transportation and Travel Details Airport Information: The closest airport for this conference is the Reagan National Airport (DCA) which is about 5 miles from the hotel. The airport is served by nearly all the major carriers, including Air Canada, AirTran, American, Continental, Delta, Frontier, JetBlue, United, and US Airways. Transportation to the Hotel By Metro: From Reagan National Airport, take the Metro to the Metro Center stop. There is an entrance to the Grand Hyatt Washington in the station. When exiting the train, please follow the signs to the 11th Street Exit. Go to the turnstile and walk straight ahead towards the signs for Grand Hyatt/Washington Center. Follow escalators and signage towards hotel lobby. By Taxi: Taxicab stands are conveniently located near the Arrivals (baggage claim) exits of each terminal. Dispatchers at each stand will help you select a taxicab based on your destination. No advance reservations are required— service is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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