30th Annual Fall Conference on Teaching and Learning (2024)

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Join us for the 30th Annual Fall Conference on Teaching and Learning. This milestone event promises a day filled with insightful discussions, innovative teaching strategies, and networking opportunities. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with fellow educators and enhance your teaching practice!

Thursday August 15, 2024
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. 
L.V. Eberhard Center
Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus

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8 a.m.

Breakfast Available 

8:30 – 9 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

9 – 10:30 a.m.

Keynote Presentation by Dr. Lauren Barbeau 

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Faculty-led Concurrent Sessions: Teaching Excellence & Experiential Sessions 

12 – 1 p.m.

Lunch and Book Raffle Winner Announcement 

1 – 2:30 p.m.

Keynote Presentation by Dr. John Warner 

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. 

Faculty-led Concurrent Sessions: Disciplinary AI Breakout Discussions 


Six Essentials of Effective Instruction: Using Critical Teaching Behaviors to Transform Conversations about Teaching 


How can we effectively communicate about and collaborate on teaching with our colleagues and students? In this presentation, we introduce the Critical Teaching Behaviors (CTB) framework, a tool that synthesizes research on effective teaching practices in higher education into six categories of observable behaviors. Definitions and behaviors listed on the CTB framework help faculty develop a shared understanding of good teaching. This foundation prepares faculty to have productive conversations about teaching with colleagues. When we speak a common language, we can claim agency in telling our teaching stories, share and recognize effective teaching practices, and collaborate to develop more equitable measures for evaluating teaching. In this session, we will lay the foundation for these discussions by exploring the framework, using it to reflect on our teaching, and sharing our strengths and strategies with colleagues.

Dr. Lauren Barbeau is the Assistant Director for Learning and Technology Initiatives at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She earned her Ph.D. in English, specializing in 19th century American Literature with a certificate in American Culture Studies, from Washington University in St. Louis. Before becoming an educational developer, she taught writing and literature courses. She began her educational development career at Georgia Southern University and subsequently served as the Assistant Director for Faculty Development and SoTL at the University of Georgia. Her research interests include teaching with technology as well as documenting and assessing teaching. 

Dr. Lauren Barbeau

Dr. Lauren Barbeau 



A former college instructor with 20 years of experience across multiple institutions (University of Illinois, Virginia Tech, Clemson, College of Charleston), Warner now works as a writer, editor, speaker and consultant. In addition to his work in education, for over a decade he’s been a weekly columnist for the Chicago Tribune, writing about books and the habits of reading as his alter ego, “The Biblioracle.” In 2021 he started an associated Substack newsletter, The Biblioracle Recommends, which was a Substack Featured Publication for 2021.

Warner is the other of five other books, including the Washington Post #1 best seller, My First Presidentiary: A Scrapbook of George W. Bush (Crown, co-authored with Kevin Guilfoile), a parody of writing advice books, Fondling Your Muse: Infallible Advice from a Published Author to the Writerly Aspirant (Writer’s Digest), a novel, The Funny Man (Soho), and a collection of short stories (Tough Day for the Army (LSU Press). His fiction, humor, essays and commentary have been published in dozens of outlets including Slate, The Washington Post, and Salon.

From 2005 until 2009 he was editor of the McSweeney’s website (mcsweeneys.net), winning two Webby awards in the process. He continues an association as an editor-at-large for the site. Every year he joins his friend Kevin Guilfoile in the commentary booth for The Morning News Tournament of Books, an annual March Madness tournament to find the “best” work of fiction in a given year. A native of Chicago, Warner lives with his veterinarian wife Kathy in the Charleston, SC area. He is a faculty affiliate at the College of Charleston.

Dr. John Warner

Dr. John Warner 

Morning Concurrent Session

This year's conference will feature sessions around four themes as well as hands-on sessions that provide an experiential window into our classrooms.  

ONE – Student Engagement Refresh: Successful change instructors have made in the last few years to better engage students in learning

TWO – Reclaiming a Liberal Education: Deeply and explicitly engaging students in a liberal education

THREE – Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Telling the story of teaching excellence at GVSU

FOUR – Equity-Minded Approaches: Meeting the needs of all students, multicultural approaches to course design

FIVE – Experiential Sessions: Hands-on sessions wherein participants can experience a colleague's classroom firsthand and learn how instructors are tackling common instructional questions. Each session will feature two faculty providing ~15min instructional demonstrations, followed by a debrief and Q&A.  


Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Following Dr. Warner’s keynote, we invite you to join colleagues for focused discussions addressing questions such as:

  • How are you engaging with AI tools?
  • How are you engaging students with AI tools?
  • Which of the many contextual factors are you planning to discuss in your courses?
  • In what ways you are (re)designing assignments and assessments?
  • How are you articulating expectations for engaging (or not) with AI tools in your courses?
  • What resources and supports do you need this year as you plan and deliver your courses?

Following these discussions, additional materials will be added to the Pew FTLC Generative AI in Education resource page.

ONE: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Arts + Humanities

TWO: College of Liberal Arts and Sciences – Physical, Natural + Social Sciences 

THREE: Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

FOUR: Seidman College of Business

FIVE: College of Education and Community Innovation

SIX: College of Engineering + College of Computing

SEVEN: Kirkhof College of Nursing + College of Health Professions


The following books are not only wonderful resources, but will also be raffled during the 2024 Fall Conference on Teaching and Learning and added to the Pew FTLC Library (068 JHZ). To the extent possible, these books will also be made available in eBook form through University Libraries.

Book Title


GVSU Library Link

Critical Teaching Behaviors: Defining, Documenting, and Discussing Good Teaching (2023)

Lauren Barbeau & Claudia Cornejo Happel

Access the Barbeau and Cornejo Happel ebook via the GVSU Library

Teaching with AI: A Practical Guide to a New Era of Human Learning (2024)

José Antonio Bowen & C. Edward Watson 

Access the Antonio Bowen and Edward Watson ebook via the GVSU Library

The Learning-Centered University: Making College a More Development, Transformational, and Equitable Experience (2024)

Steven Mintz

Access the Mintz ebook via the GVSU Library 

Cultures of Growth: How the New Science of Mindset Can Transform Individuals, Teams, and Organizations (2024)

Mary Murphy

Access the Murphy ebook via the GVSU Library

Pedagogy of Kindness (2024)

Catherine J. Denial

Access the Denial ebook via the GVSU Library

Hope Circuits: Rewiring Universities and Other Organizations for Human Flourishing (2024)

Jessica Riddell

Access the Riddell ebook via the GVSU Library

Failing Our Future: How Grades Harm Students, and What We Can Do about It (2024)

Joshua R. Eyler


The Anxious Generation: How the Great Rewiring of Childhood is Causing an Epidemic of Mental Illness (2024)

Jonathan Haidt

Access the Haidt ebook via the GVSU Library 

The Abundant University: Remaking Higher Education for a Digital World (2023)

Michael D. Smith

Access the Smith ebook via the GVSU Library

Academic Belonging in Higher Education: Fostering Student Connection, Competence, and Confidence (2024)

Eréndira Rueda & Candice Lowe Swift, eds.

Access the Rueda and Lowe Swift ebook via the GVSU Library

Creating Culturally Affirming and Meaningful Assignments: A Practical Resource for Higher Education Faculty (2024)

Christine Harrington, ed.

Access the Harrington ebook via the GVSU Library

Reigniting Curiosity and Inquiry in Higher Education: A Realist’s Guide to Getting Started With Inquiry-Based Learning (2023)

Stacey L. MacKinnon & Beth Archer-Kuhn

Access the MacKinnon & Archer-Kuhn ebook via the GVSU Library

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