28th Annual UTC Instructional Excellence Conference

May 10 - 11, 2016

“Engaging Students in Active Learning”

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The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Walker Center for Teaching and Learning, in collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, is hosting the 28th annual UTC Instructional Excellence Conference. This 2-day conference provides an opportunity for faculty to share and explore new teaching methods and network with other faculty at UTC and in the region. The Instructional Excellence Conference is a two-day event, beginning with an afternoon workshop on undergraduate research on May 10th, followed by all-day concurrent sessions of faculty presentations on May 11th. Please register for the day(s) that you would like to attend by clicking on the registration links below.  

May 10th Workshop: Supporting and Implementing Undergraduate Research Across the UTC Campus

John Mateja, Ph.D., President, Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation

3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M., University Center Chickamauga Room

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Mateja Presentation

Are colleges and universities providing the kind of education that today’s graduates need? The 2010 study by Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa entitled, “Academically Adrift: Limited Learning on College Campuses,” suggests that for a significant percentage of undergraduates we are not. 

Having been identified as one of the high impact educational practices that enhances students’ problem-solving, critical-thinking and communication skills, skills required to be competitive in today’s marketplace, ever increasing numbers of undergraduates are being given the opportunity to engage in graduate-school-like research. The Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research published by the Council on Undergraduate Research in 2012 summarizes the best practices and attributes of programs that support and sustain highly-effective undergraduate research environments.  In this interactive workshop, we will, starting with a brief discussion of the Characteristics of Excellence, explore and examine strategies that can be developed that support undergraduate research at the institutional, collegiate, departmental and individual faculty levels. 


May 11th Concurrent Sessions (Faculty Presentations)

8:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

UTC Challenger Center   (Directions: http://www.utc.edu/challenger-stem-learning-center/directions.php )

8:00 - 8:30 AM: Pick up your name tag, and have breakfast with us! 



Chapel Cowden, Jenny Holcombe: Incorporating Information Literacy into the Curriculum: A Problem-Based Learning Approach

April Ebbinger, Tammy Garland,
Jamie Harvey: This Isn't the 1950s: Rethinking Learners' Engagement
within an Online Forum using the
Quality Matters Framework

ThinkAchieve Faculty Fellows – Integrating Undergraduate Research in the Curriculum at UTC


Madonna Kemp: Successful Scaffolding with Social Media

Lindsay Holland: Implementing an Experiential Learning Assignment in PSYC 2120, Social Psychology

ThinkAchieve Faculty Fellows -
Integrating Undergraduate Research in the Curriculum at UTC (continued)


Will Stern: TEDEd: How HHP Students Engage and Learn by Creating and Using Videos

Jason Huddleston: Involvement
through Vicarious Victimhood:  Using Fictional Narratives and Media as Platforms for Social Engagement in English

Amy Doolittle: The Bessie Field Trip Experience

Stephanie Henderson: Informed Choices – Costume Design



Poster Sessions*



LUNCH (provided to registrants)


Hunter Holzhauer: Student Managed Investment Learning Experience (SMILE) Fund

Bo Baker & Emily Thompson:
Designing Multimedia Assignments
for the Digital Novice

Jarred Chambers: Learning Technology Demonstration


David Witt: From Grueling to Just Plain Hard – A Review of an Active Learning Implementation

Bengt Carlson: Experiential Learning the UTC Way: A How To

Heather Palmer: Creaturely Rhetorics and Critter Literature: An Experiential Learning Opportunity


Charlene Simmons: Design an Active Learning Activity

Takeo Suzuki: 7 Statistics Illustrating the Importance of Global Education and 7 ways to connect international students in your classrooms

Gaye Jeffers: Collaborative Creation - Theatre Offstage


*Poster Presentations:

Jessica Crowe: Falling for Falls Prevention Education - Engaging Students in Active Learning while Meeting Community Needs.

Dawn Ford and Chris Branson: Does Study Abroad Matter? The Impacts of a Bahamas Field Experience, 1977-present.

Jonathan McNair: Breath in a Ram's Horn - Daniel Asia, Composer in Residence.

Lyn White Miles, Madelyn Momchilov, & Louis Brill: Kula Creations: Active Learning in Anthropology


If you have any questions, please contact the Walker Center for Teaching and Learning at wctl@utc.edu or (423) 425-4188.