January Teaching Conference

For more than 40 years, the January Teaching Conference has provided faculty and librarians with the opportunity for professional development focused on instructional innovations and student success.

Co-curricular & Curricular Teaching: Overlap & Opportunities 

Friday, January 22, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

This virtual conference is designed to enhance faculty and staff collaborations across Academic Affairs and Student Affairs to promote student learning, retention, and success. View the program in PDF form.

Welcome and Keynote (10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.)

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10:00 - 11:15 a.m. Welcome and Keynote

Dr. Kim Schatzel, President

Dr. Melanie Perreault, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs

Dr. Vernon Hurte, VP of Student Affairs

Keynote Speaker Dr. Bridget Burns, Executive Director of the University Innovation Alliance

Panopto Video
11:15 - 11:30 a.m. Break

Fifteen minute break before concurrent session.


Concurrent Session I (11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)

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11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Designing and Teaching a Service-Learning Course

This session will outline the Service-Learning Faculty Fellows involved. The faculty panelists will share their pathway to service-learning as well as their experiences in the Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Programs.  This session aims to inform and educate about academic service-learning at Towson University, challenge folks to engage with their own communities through service, and provide insight to individuals in all stages of the process

Ms. Stephanie Austin, Interim Director and Assistant Director, Community Engagement and co-presenters.

Panopto Video
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Diversity & Inclusion Faculty Fellows: Modeling Inclusion in Scholarly Work

The Diversity & Inclusion Faculty Fellows program was created to provide selected faculty members of various rank with opportunities to infuse diversity and inclusion into existing curriculum, create models to include classroom dynamics in support of social justice, or identify strategies to enhance institutional practices.  This panel will highlight the 2020 projects sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

Dr. Shaunna L. Payne Gold, Assistant Provost for Diversity & Inclusion and co-presenters.

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11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Interprofessional Graduate Student Dialogues and Reflections on Racial Identity

Presenters will describe the reflective process of creating and implementing a pilot project that introduced students to issues of racial identity, antiracism, cultural competence and cultural humility, while also providing spaces for difficult conversations.  Discussion will include reflections on student feedback and future plans.  

Dr. Iona Johnson, Clinical Associate Professor, SPPA and co-presenters.

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11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Continuing the Momentum: Fostering Civic Agency Inside and Outside the Classroom

The past election, the 2020 Census, ongoing social and racial unrest, and the COVID-19 global pandemic, are only some of what made 2020 an unprecedented year when it comes to political engagement and advocacy for issues of concern.  Recognizing the invaluable role of co-curricular and curricular teaching in the civic and voter engagement efforts that took place in 2020, this session aims to create a space to engage in meaningful conversations about how we as a campus community can continue to foster civic engagement and social change efforts at multiple levels, both inside and outside of the classroom.  

Mr. Luis Sierra, Assistant Director for Civic Engagement, Office of Civic Engagement & Social Responsibility

Panopto Video
11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Demystifying Student Case Management and CARE: A Holistic Approach to Promoting Learning, Retention, and Success

The pandemic has only highlighted and underlined - - with an exclamation point - - how tightly mental health and social factors are intertwined with students’ well-being, availability for learning, and persistence.  The TU Student Case Management Team and the CARE Team work with students in distress and vulnerable populations in all manner of ways to promote student success through empathetic support and intervention: this important work within Student Affairs extends well beyond just crisis intervention.  

Mrs. Amy Morales, Manager of Student Case Management, Dario DiBattista, Director of the Military and Veterans Center, Adjunct Faculty and panelists.

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11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Onboarding New Students in a Virtual Environment at TU: Providing social and academic advising support in an online orientation

The Office of New Student and Family Programs and the Academic Advising Center work together to provide new students with an introduction to academic expectations, campus resources, and the opportunity to connect with the classmates during their orientation to TU.  This presentation will highlight the changes made to orientation during the COVID-19 pandemic to sustain a social and academic connection for the incoming students.

Ms. Kathleen Murray. Director, New Student and Family Programs and co-presenters.

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11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. The Partnerships that Students Built: How Community Engagement Can Foster Student Success 

Dr. Matthew Durington, Professor, Sociology, Anthropology & Criminal Justice and co-presenters

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Lunch (12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

Concurrent Session II (1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.)

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1:00 - 1:45 p.m. CliftonStrengths: A Tool for Career Preparedness in the Undergraduate Classroom

Faculty in a first-semester undergraduate nursing course partnered with staff in the TU Office of Student Activities to develop an interactive leadership and collaboration workshop based on Gallup CliftonStrengths.  Using this tool in the classroom gave students the opportunity to learn about their strengths, and how they can enhance their personal, academic, and career aspirations.

Dr. Briana Snyder, Assistant Professor, Nursing and Dr. Ashly Huff, Assistant Director of Leadership, Office of Student Activities

Panopto Video
1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Comprehensive Learner Records: Capturing Curricular & Co-Curricular Learning

This presentation will introduce the CLR concept to the campus community and report on TU’s CLR framework and progress to date.  Presenters will also talk about engaging departments to begin mapping their curriculum to the CLR competencies.

Dr. Greg Faller, Associate Dean, COFAC and co-presenters.

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1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

Opportunities and Strategies for Integrating Career Development: Engaging in Your Career Community

Learn about the Career Center’s Career Communities framework and opportunities for career development support with your students.  Hear from Career Coaches and faculty on various programs, classroom support, and experiential learning opportunities used to engage students.  

Mrs. Casey Miller, Associate Director, The Career Center and co-presenters.

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1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

Collaborate, Connect, Inspire Action: Incorporating Library Programing into Course Curricula

This session will explore how faculty and staff can collaborate with Cook Library’s co-curricular programming to achieve student learning outcomes while helping students make connections between concepts learned in the classroom and lived experiences to generate meaningful action.  Participants will explore concrete examples of past collaborations and participate in a generative brainstorming session.  

Ms. Clare Kuntz Balcer, Librarian for Outreach and Marketing, Albert S. Cook Library and co-presenters.

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1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

Talking in Circles: Working WITH Students in Co-Curricular Environments

Attendees will explore ways in which collaborations could be formed to utilize restorative practices in the curricular and co-curricular settings, such as in setting classroom expectations and responding to disruptive classroom behavior.  Part practice, and part learning, this session will walk participants through the basics of a restorative circle and give them a taste of what could be a useful tool to work WITH students.  

Ms. Alison Peer, Director, Student Conduct & Civility Education and co-presenters.

Panopto Video
1:00 - 1:45 p.m.

I Know What You Did Last Summer: Undergraduate Research Investment

The faculty panel will discuss best practices and common challenges of summer undergraduate research programs.  Combining elements of curricular instruction and co-curricular activities, these programs are vitally important for the career development of our students.  

Dr. Alexei Kolesnikov, Professor, Chair of Undergraduate Research and panelists.

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1:00 - 1:45 p.m..

Academic and Student Affairs Collaboration for an Improved Student Health Safety Net: What it Means to be a JED Campus

This presentation provides an overview of the JED Foundation and how TU’s partnership with JED will facilitate the collaboration of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs to build a stronger safety net for student mental health and wellness.  We will provide specific suggestions for faculty to incorporate mental health support into their teaching and mentoring roles in appropriate ways.  

Dr. Mollie Herman, Interim Director & Training Director, Counseling Center and co-presenters.

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Concluding Remarks (1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.)

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1:45 - 2:00 p.m. Concluding Remarks

Dr. Patricia L. Westerman, Assistant Provost Faculty Academic Center of Excellence at Towson (FACET)


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