SRU’s Center for Teaching and Learning to host virtual conference for PASSHE faculty


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Slippery Rock University’s Center for Teaching and Learning is hosting a virtual professional development conference for faculty at five State System universities, Dec. 8-9, to help foster teaching excellence in all forms.

Nov. 9, 2020

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. — Slippery Rock University's Center for Teaching and Learning will host a professional development conference for faculty from five schools in Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education, Dec. 8-9. The event, titled The PASSHE West Virtual Conference on Teaching and Learning, is a free, virtual conference to share the latest advances in theory, practice and scholarship of teaching and learning. Presenters and attendees from SRU, California University of Pennsylvania, Clarion University, Edinboro University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania are invited to participate.

"We've been helping prepare faculty to be successful at teaching within online and remote modalities, particularly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic," said Brian Danielson, director of SRU's CTL. "What we're really trying to do now is create opportunities to highlight the creative things that faculty have been doing that lead to student success so that other faculty can learn from them."

Brian Danielson


The conference will consist of 20-minute sessions throughout each day beginning at 9 a.m., with no more than three occurring at one time. Each day will conclude with two 90-minute faculty and student virtual roundtable discussions at 4 and 6 p.m. featuring selected faculty and SRU students addressing special topics related to teaching and learning. All sessions will be recorded and made available on demand from Dec. 16 to March 16, 2021.

"We have a really strong investment in faculty professional development," said Jeremy Lynch, associate professor of special education and the CTL's Faculty Development Fellow who is helping organize the conference. "This is an opportunity for us to share some of the great things that faculty have done in the past seven months, not just with our faculty but with other institutions in our region."

Registration for the conference will open Nov. 23 via a link on the SRU CTL webpage, at which time the conference schedule will be posted with descriptions of each session. Faculty who submitted proposals to present will be notified Nov. 13 if their proposals were accepted.

For more information, visit the conference webpage, email or call Danielson at 724.738.2473.

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