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

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

Don't Miss Out!

This year's conference will feature two incredible keynote speakers, faculty-led breakout sessions on four relevant themes, and a book raffle to celebrate our Pearl Anniversary of the Fall Teaching Conference. 

Register Now for the 30th Annual Fall Teaching Conference

Are You Joining Us for New Faculty Orientation 2024?

Well, Save The Date for August 7, 8, and 9!

We are excited to welcome new faculty this coming Fall (2024)!  

Orientation will focus on engaging new faculty in a collaborative learning experience focused squarely on student success, community building, and exploration or campus resources for both faculty and news students.

  • Highlight critical information about the university, guiding new faculty to construct for themselves a greater understanding of (a) the mission, vision, and values of Grand Valley State University, (b) what is meant by student success, and (c) the hallmarks of a successful new faculty experience
  • Model learner-centered teaching strategies (including interactive discussions, experiential learning, case studies, special topic choices)
  • Foster a sense of community and build relationships among new faculty  
  • Motivate new faculty to see themselves contributing to a supportive, collaborative campus community

We look forward to meeting and engaging with you soon!


Wednesday August 7, 2024
8:30 a.m. – 5:15 p.m. 
Grand River Room
Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus

Thursday, August 8, 2024
8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
L.V. Eberhard Center,
Room 215 on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Day 3
Friday, August 9, 2024
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Henry Hall on the Allendale Campus

Summer Book Club: The Campus Novel

The campus novel is a subgenre of fiction spotlighting the human comedy of academic life. Wherever you are—at the beach, overseas, in your office toiling away—join us Fridays in July 3:00-4:00pm in Zoom to talk about a book. Register for one or as many discussions as you like, and FTLC will send you the print or audio version, your choice. Please register only for the book(s) you will meet to discuss. Open to all GVSU faculty and staff.

July 5 | Changing Places: A Tale of Two Campuses

Changing Places book cover

Changing Places: A Tale of Two Campuses, by David Lodge (1984)

"At an English Department party an assistant professor gets tipsy and jokes about having never read Hamlet. Several years later, the incident is raised when he goes up for tenure…."

Register Here for the Changing Places (Lodge, 1984) Book Club Meeting

July 12 | Adjunctivitis

adjunctivitis book cover

Adjunctivitis by Gordon Haber (2013) - The author of this novella will join our discussion!

"An adjunct writing instructor tries to land a tenure-track position."

Register Here for the Adjunctivitis (Haber, 2013) Book Club Meeting

July 19 | Dear Committee Members

dear committee members book cover

Dear Committee Members, by Julie Schumacher (2014)

"This epistolary novel is told entirely in letters of recommendation in which a tenured professor bemoans his colleagues, students, administration, the state of academe in general, and his own undistinguished career."

Register Here for the Dear Committee Members (Schumacher, 2014) Book Club Meeting

July 26 | Real Life

Real Life book cover

Real Life by Brandon Taylor (2020)

"A queer Black graduate student in biomedical science comes of age in a White midwestern college town."

Register Here for the Real Life (Taylor, 2020) Book Club Meeting

The Robert and Mary Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center serves as a catalyst for promoting a culture of teaching excellence at Grand Valley State University.  Rooted in a liberal education tradition and informed by the scholarship of teaching and learning, we advocate innovative teaching and student-centered pedagogies.  We partner with faculty as they prepare students to contribute meaningfully to their professions and societies.

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