University Teaching Council


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The University Teaching Council (UTC) at Kent State University is prepared and committed to provide Kent State’s second century of high-quality, lifelong learning. With support from the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL), the UTC supports teaching and curriculum development to engage faculty and students in the learning process and provide excellence in scholarship.

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If interested in more information about the UTC, please contact Wendy Tietz.

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Annual Conference

The 22nd Annual Conference Celebrating Teaching

Oct. 22 -23 Call for Abstracts: Deadline EXTENDED TO July 30, 2015

This year the conference committee will be using a conference organization feature hosted by Digital Commons @ Kent State University Libraries. Having this and future conferences in the Digital Commons system will allow participants to provide additional materials (if desired) and their conference presentations will be findable online! When you first enter the system you will create an account if you do not already have one. Once the account is created you will be able to submit your proposal. Thank you for your support as we move towards this new system.

Submission divisions

  • Refereed Roundtables - Oct. 23 - Morning session: 9-10:30 a.m.
    • Two 40-minute sessions per roundtable will be presented
      • Deliver 10-minute presentation of key concepts (no PowerPoint or formal lecturing)
      • Stimulate and encourage discussion among participants at the table for the remaining 30 minutes
      • Provide at least 20 copies of handouts (where appropriate) for guests at the table (must not be multi modal presentations unless printable)
  • Panel Presentations - Oct. 23 - Morning session: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
    • Two panels of three speakers will engage the audience
      • Present brief overview of the project - 12 minutes each, followed by Roundtable facilitated by each speaker
      • Stimulate and encourage discussion among participants for the remaining 45 minutes through Q&A session.
  • Poster Sessions - Oct. 23 - Afternoon session: 1:15-3:15 p.m.
    • Unlimited poster or display format to involve interaction among conference attendees
      • Present in any modality that is appropriate to suit content (multi modal presentations allowed)
      • Note: Support from the CTL is available to assist presenters with the design and layout of poster presentation.

Submission requirements

  • Indicate submission division (Roundtable, Panel, or Poster) and which of the FOUR PILLARS are referenced (If your choice cannot be honored, you will be asked to present in a different format)
  • Submit a clearly worded 100 to 150 word abstract describing the nature of the work as it pertains to this proposal. Include its applicability to teaching and how the authors will engage participants.
  • Include title (no more than 10 words), all authors and institutions
  • Proposal submissions will be peer-reviewed by a Celebrating College Teaching Conference ad-hoc committee.

Submit a Proposal for the 2015 conference

Conference Schedule:

Thursday, OctOBER 22

A Dialogue with Scholars: "The Ethical Educator" (Kent Student Center, Governance Chamber |  3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.)

  • Deborah Barnbaum, Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy
  • Theresa Walton-Fisette, Associate Professor, School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration
  • Moderater: David Dees, Associate Professor, School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration and Director, Center for Teaching and Learning

Friday, OctOBER 23

Registration and Provost’s Continental Breakfast (Kent Student Center, Ballroom  |  8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.)

Round Tables (Kent Student Center, Ballroom  |  9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)

Invited Round Tables, including Emeritus Round Table:
  • “Teaching at Large and Small Universities”  |  Emeritus Round Table: Norman Duffy, Affiliate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Wheeling Jesuit University
University Teaching Council Round Table:
  • “Best Practices in Flipped Classrooms”  |  University Teaching Council Round Table: Lynne Guillot-Miller, Associate Professor, School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences
Dialogue Round Table:
  • “The Ethical Educator”  |  Thursday Dialogue Round Table: Deborah Barnbaum, Professor and Chair, Department of Philosophy and Theresa Walton-Fisette, Associate Professor, School of Foundations, Leadership and Administration
Refereed Round Tables:
  • “The Power of the Portfolio: Using Portfolios to Enhance Student Learning”  |  Marcy Caplin, Tina Saunders and Ann Ancona

  • “Predicting Resilience From Prior Bully Victimization Among Middle Adolescent Students”  |  Taylor Chapanar

  • “Preparing College Graduates for the Global Workplace”  |  Davison Mupinga

  • “Flipping the Architecture History Survey Course”  |  Steven Rugare

  • “Strategies That Work for Online Discussion”  |  Bonnie Shaker and Gary Hanson

  • “Faculty-Student Relationships in Online Learning Environments”  |  Yvonne Smith and Alicia Crowe

  • “In the Service of Community Literacy: Service-Learning in the Composition Course”  |  Ana Wetzl

Concurrent Panel Discussions Followed by Round Tables (Kent Student Center, Third floor  |  10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)

President's Luncheon and Glenn W. Frank Lecture (REGISTRATION IS CLOSED) (Kent Student Center, Ballroom  |  12:30 - 2:00 p.m.)

  • “21st-century Higher Education: Its Purpose and Opportunity”  |  â€‹George Garrison, Professor, Department of Pan-African Studies
  • Distinguished Teaching Awards and Outstanding Teaching Awards Ceremony
    • Todd A. Diacon, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs; David Dees, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning; Maria Schneider, '86, President, National Alumni Board of Directors; Anne B. Morrison, Associate Professor, School of Lifespan Development and Educational Sciences

Dessert Reception (Kent Student Center, Ballroom  |  2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.)

  • Please join us in honoring recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Award and Outstanding Teaching Award and in celebrating the wealth of teaching excellence at Kent State.
  • Poster Sessions
    • Presented by Past Recipients of University Teaching Council Grants and Others
  • Concurrent Displays
    • University Teaching Council and Center for Teaching and Learning


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