January Conference

The January Conference provides faculty and librarians with the opportunity for professional development, to learn about new teaching strategies, and to obtain updates on academic initiatives.

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Constructive Classroom Conversations:
Addressing Difficult Dialogues


The construct of "Difficult Dialogues" relates to conversations around potential contentious or divisive topics, such as race and inclusion, in order to bring a fuller examination of issues to the forefront for thoughtful discussion.  "Difficult Dialogues" can arise or be part of a planned teaching methodology in educational spaces.      Snow date: January 17, 2018.

registration opens november 6


8:00–8:30 AM: Networking and Continental Breakfast

8:30–8:45 AM: Welcome

  • President Kim Schatzel, Towson University
  • Provost Timothy J. L. Chandler, Towson University

8:45–9:45 AM: Keynote Address

  • Professor Roger L. Worthington, Ph.D., a national leader in diversity education, and the Chief Diversity Officer and Interim Associate Provost at the University of Maryland, College Park will provide the keynote address. 

9:45–10:00 AM: Break

10:00–11:15 AM: Concurrent Sessions I

  • Beyond Self: Challenging Students Through Difficult Conversations (Panel Discussion)
  • Diversity Faculty Fellows (DFFs)
  • Intergroup Dialogue
  • Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Keynote Small Group Discussion
  • Using the ORID (Objective, Reflective, Interpretive, Decisional) Framework to Hold a Focused Conversation about a Difficult Topic

9:45–2:45 PM: Innovation Lab & Tiger Stations

  • Innovation Lab is a space where attendees can explore the creative academic approaches that their colleagues and campus partners are implementing at TU. Conference participants may visit the Innovation Lab throughout this period of time.

11:30 AM–12:00 PM: Lunch Pick-Up

12:00–12:30 PM: Lunch and Recognitions

  • TU University System of Maryland Regents' Faculty Award Nominees presented by S. Maggie Reitz, Vice Provost, Towson University
  • Office of Academic Innovation (OAI) Innovation in Teaching Awards presented by Jane Neapolitan, Assistant Provost for OAI, Towson University

12:40–1:20 PM: Student Stories

1:20–1:30 PM: Break

1:30–2:45 PM: Concurrent Sessions II

  • Investigating Privilege
  • Facilitating Challenging Conversations in Our Classrooms
  • Faculty Development Research Committee (FDRC)
  • Faculty Academic Center for Excellence (FACE)
  • Valuable Classrooom Discussion without Chaos or Insipidness
  • CORE Revision Review

Past January Conferences


Theme: Ensuring Excellence & Equity in Teaching, Research, and Student Success featuring keynote speaker Dr. KerryAnn O'Meara.