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Save the Date! 23rd Annual Celebrating College Teaching Conference, Oct. 20-21

The 23rd annual Celebrating College Teaching Conference will take place Oct. 20 and 21 at the Kent Student Center. The University Teaching Counsel’s annual conference focuses on the four pillars of a Kent State undergraduate curriculum — knowledge, insight, responsibility and engagement.

The Thursday afternoon dialogue will highlight “Political Discussions: Classroom Narratives,” presented by Paul Haridakis and Bessie House-Soremekun on Oct. 20, from 3-5 p.m. in the Governance Chambers, Kent Student Center.

On Friday, Oct. 21, many favorite activities will be returning: the Provost’s Continental Breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by an emeriti presentation, refereed roundtables; invited roundtables; panel discussions lightning rounds, poster displays; the President’s Luncheon; and the Glenn W. Frank Lecture, presented by Cynthia Barb, associate professor of mathematical science at Kent State University at Stark and a recipient of the 2012 Distinguished Teaching Award. 

A new feature for 2016 will be lightning talks to promote contemporary ideas on innovative teaching techniques. Lightning rounds are designed to provide fast, five-minute introductions and explanations of innovative teaching strategies. The lightning rounds will be followed by roundtable discussions so that attendees can investigate topics in greater detail in a small-group setting. Also new this year will be a graduate student roundtable, presented by graduate teaching assistants.

The conference culminates with a dessert reception at 2:30 p.m. to honor recipients of the Distinguished Teaching Awards and the Outstanding Teaching Awards, as well as the wealth of teaching excellence at Kent State.

All conference events are free and open to all those who teach or support teaching at Kent State. Instructors are urged to plan their course syllabi so they may attend.

The call for proposals is out for any Kent State faculty members or graduate teaching assistants who are interested in presenting at the conference. To learn more, visit the University Teaching Council website for a link to the call for proposals. The submission deadline is July 1, 2016.

For more information about the conference, contact Kimberly Peer at 330-672-0231 or