Retreat on the Teaching Life

Teaching Life Retreat for Full Professors: Connection, Reflection, and Integration

Thursday, June 22 - Friday, June 23, 2017
Kettunen Center, Tustin, MI

Please join us for an opportunity to explore teaching in a special retreat. By choosing to attend this time away from your office and the classroom with other full professors, sharing this stage in your career, you commit your time and energy to the challenge of refreshing your work. Both individually and together, we will explore the following topics: (a) the role of full professor at GVSU and the role of a public institution in a democracy, (b) teaching issues: in-class methods, motivating students, cognitive development and how people learn, and (c) community: discussions with other full professors, creating a thriving culture for all members of our community. We are planning a participant-driven agenda and offer these topics as the most popular responses from a recent interest survey. Possible outcomes of our time together may include shifts in teaching approaches, professional focus, or creation of continuing faculty learning communities. lodging in single rooms and four shared meals at a lovely retreat and nature center. The retreat is limited to 18 participants. We will gather at noon on Thursday, June 22 and conclude by 3pm on Friday, June 23. We ask that those who register stay for the entire retreat. To apply, please send an email to Christine Rener briefly describing your interest in the retreat. If you have any questions about this retreat, please contact Christine Rener


Past Teaching Retreats

19th Annual Teaching Life Retreat: Designing for Transformational Learning

Thursday, May 11 - Friday, May 12, 2017
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings, MI 

Do you plan to design or revise a course or assignment this summer? Are you interested in learning to better apply research-based teaching and learning principles? Do you have a few ideas - large or small - that would benefit from sustained focus and peer feedback? In this Teaching Life Retreat, you will focus on a course design, redesign or refresh project of your choosing. You will have the opportunity to interact informally with a group of colleagues, participate in small group discussions facilitated by the Pew FTLC staff, and also engage in solitary work. Participants will be provided with the text, Building a Pathway for Student Learning: A How-to Guide to Course Design, lodging in single rooms and four shared meals at a lovely retreat and nature center. The retreat is limited to 18 participants, with preference given to first-time attenders. We will gather at noon on Thursday, May 11 and conclude by 3pm on Friday, May 12.

 

18th Annual Teaching Life Retreat: Course (Re)Design and Refresh

Thursday, May 19 - Friday, May 20, 2016
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings, MI 

Do you plan to work on a course or assignment this summer? Do you have a few ideas - large or small - that would benefit from sustained focus and feedback? In this iteration of the Teaching Life Retreat, we will focus on a course design, redesign or refresh project of your choosing. You will have the opportunity to interact informally with a small group of colleagues from a range of disciplines. Peer feedback and individual consultations with Pew FTLC staff included. Ample time for solitary work is built into the schedule, as well. Participants will be provided with the text, Building a Pathway for Student Learning: A How-to Guide to Course Design, lodging in single rooms and four shared meals at a lovely retreat and nature center. The retreat is limited to 15 participants, with preference given to first-time attenders. We will gather at noon on Thursday, May 19 and conclude by 3pm on Friday, May 20. We ask that those who register stay for the entire retreat. To apply, please send an email to Christine Rener briefly describing the course project you have in mind. 
 

The 17th Annual Teaching Life Retreat

Thursday, May 7 - Friday, May 8, 2015
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute
Hastings, MI

Come to the retreat for reflection and dialogue around teaching. You will have the opportunity to interact informally with a small group of colleagues from a range of disciplines. Participants will chose their own retreat focus and be provided with one of the following three texts: 

  1. Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice, 2nd Edition, Maryellen Weimer, 2013
  2. Facilitating Seven Ways of Learning: A resource for More Purposeful, Effective, and Enjoyable College Teaching, James Davis & Bridget Arend, 2013
  3. The Skillful Teacher: On Technique, Trust, and responsiveness in the classroom, 3rd Ed, Stephen Brookfield, 2015

These books effectively bridge learning theory and teaching practice, providing a wealth of ideas for discussion. each Participant will be sent a copy of their chosen text in advance of the retreat.

Lodging in single rooms and four shared meals are provided. The retreat is limited to 16 participants with preference given to first-time attenders. We also ask that those who register stay for the entire retreat. For a more detailed retreat schedule, please see below. To register, find the event under the "Teaching and Learning" Category on Sprout.
 

Winter Teaching Life Retreat on Applying the Wisdom of Remarkable Women

December 17th, 10am - 18th, 2pm, 2014
Dominican Center at Marywood, Grand Rapids

The Pew FTLC and the GVSU Women’s Center are pleased to invite you to attend a collaborative retreat designed just for women faculty. Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to the May Teaching Life Retreat on Applying the Wisdom of Remarkable Women Leaders, we will offer this topic again as a 2 day non-residential retreat. Guided by the book, How Remarkable Women Lead, participants will actively engage in discussion and activities which encourage personal reflection about their leadership skills in the context of their professional and teaching goals.

Tenure-track, affiliate, visiting, and part-time faculty are welcome to attend. Registration is limited to 12 participants and will include meals and a copy of the book. To register, please go to http://www.gvsu.edu/seminar/ or call 616-331-3498 no later than Monday, December 1. Preference will be given to faculty who are new to attending a Pew FTLC retreat.
 

The Contemplative Teaching Retreat
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings, Michigan
Wednesday, June 4th - Friday, June 6th, 2014

The Institute offers a “breath of fresh air from the standard meeting place” and is situated on over 600 acres of forests, streams, lakes, and more in southwest Michigan.

This retreat affords us a spacious opportunity to further develop our contemplative practices and identify ways to integrate them into our teaching and learning. We will use the book “Contemplative Practices in Higher Education: Powerful Methods to Transform Teaching and Learning” as the basis of much of our discussions. This volume by Daniel Barbezat and Mirabai Bush has just been published and presents both foundational information as well as practical contemplative pedagogy strategies. Retreat participants will receive a copy of the book in advance of the retreat. Transportation costs, lodging in single rooms, and six shared meals are provided by GVSU’s Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center and FSU’s Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning. The retreat begins at 4pm on Wednesday, June 4th and concludes after lunch (approx.1pm) on Friday, June 6th. 

 

The 16th Annual Teaching Life Retreat 
Applying the Wisdom of Remarkable Women Leaders

Khardomah Lodge, Grand Haven, MI
Wednesday, April 30, 1pm - Thursday, May 1, 2014, 3 pm 


The Pew FTLC and Women's Center are pleased to invite you to attend a collaborative retreat designed just for women faculty. Guided by the book, How Remarkable Women Lead, participants will actively engage in discussion and activities which encourage personal reflection about their leadership skills in the context of their professional and teaching goals. Tenure track, tenured/promoted, affiliate, visiting, and part-time faculty are welcome to attend. Registration is limited to 12 participants and will include meals, lodging, and a copy of the book. To register, please go to [http://www.gvsu.edu/seminar/]or call 616-331-3498 no later than Monday, April 21. Preference will be given to faculty who are new to attending a Pew FTLC retreat.

 

15th Annual Retreat on the Teaching Life
Exploring the Impact of Contemplative Practices on Self and Students
A Retreat for Grand Valley State University and Ferris State University Faculty
June 5-7, 2013

This retreat was a culminating experience for a group of faculty involved in a semester-long Faculty Learning Community around contemplative pedagogy. Held at Pierce Cedar Creek in Hastings, MI, the retreat afforded a group of thirteen faculty a spacious opportunity to further develop contemplative practices and to consider their impact on ourselves and the students we teach. We had opportunities to learn with and from a small group of colleagues from a range of disciplines at Grand Valley State and Ferris State universities. We were fortunate to be joined by a guest facilitator, Dr. Suzanne Klatt from Miami University, Ohio.

 

14th Annual Retreat on the Teaching Life
Faculty at Mid-Career: Reflection, Celebration, Inspiration

May 2-3, 2012

The 14th Annual Retreat on the Teaching Life was held May 2-3, 2012 at Pierce Cedar Creek Institute in Hastings, MI. This retreat focused on reflection and dialogue around teaching. Each participant received a book "Inspired College Teaching: A Career-Long Resource for Professional Growth" by Maryellen Weimer. Lodging in single rooms and four shared meals were provided.



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