2011 PKAL Atlanta Regional Network Fall Meeting

2011 PKAL Atlanta Regional Network Fall Meeting

Think Nationally: Act Locally

November 4, 2011
Agnes Scott College
Lower Evans Hall
141 E. College Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030

Many faculty are aware of national initiatives and trends associated with the improvement of STEM teaching and learning, however many often struggle in translating these ideas to their campus environments or lack a supportive critical mass of like-minded colleagues to achieve effective results. The PKAL Atlanta regional network fall meeting will highlight different types of programs and activities that local institutions have put in place to improve STEM teaching and learning and to support faculty development. These include formal programs and activities coordinated by centers for teaching and learning (CTLs) and less formal grass-roots efforts such as faculty-led STEM pedagogy groups.  Attendees will learn how different institutions are supporting STEM faculty and students and discuss steps individual faculty can take to initiate some of these activities on their home campuses.


              8:30 - 9:00am

Registration & Coffee

9:00 - 9:15am

Welcome and Program Overview

9:15 - 11:00am

Panel Presentation
Locally Owned: Highlighting local campus and regional initiatives
Panelists will describe ongoing programs or activities at their home institutions that support STEM faculty in their efforts to improve student learning, and how those programs/activities are organized, operated and staffed.

Lydia Soleil, Assistant Director, TA Programs and Graduate Student Development, Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Nancy Bliwise, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Emory University

Donna Llewellyn, Director, Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at the Georgia Institute of Technology

Michael S. Rogers, Assistant Vice-Chancellor of Faculty Development, University System of Georgia

Stella A. Smith, Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence, Georgia Gwinnett College

11:00 - 11:15am


11:15 - 12:00pm

Concurrent Sessions
Engaging Faculty

Breakout session where on-going work relative to classroom teaching, undergraduate research or professional development support for faculty is discussed

Concurrent Session I - Influential Interventions: Improving Student Learning Outcomes in Gateway STEM Courses

Jim Diedrick, Associate Dean of the College and Professor of English, Agnes Scott College

Srebrenka Robic, Assistant Professor of Biology, Agnes Scott College

Molly Smith, Director of Resource Center for Math and Science, Agnes Scott College

Karen Thompson, Associate Professor of Biology, Agnes Scott College

Concurrent Session II - Engaging Faculty in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Why You? Why Now and How

Pat Marsteller, Professor of Practice in Biology, Director of Emory College Center for Science Education and Director, Hughes Science Initiative

12:00 - 1:15pm


1:15 - 2:00pm

Thinking Nationally: Acting Locally in STEM Education
MOOCs and Other Ways of Throwing Sand in the Gears

Rich A. DeMillo, Director of the Center for 21st Century Universities (C21U) and Distinguished Professor of Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology

2:00 - 2:30pm

What’s next for PKAL Atlanta

Lilia C. Harvey, Professor of Chemistry, Agnes Scott College and Co-Chair, PKAL Atlanta Regional Network

Lynn Zimmerman, Senior Vice Provost for External Academic Affairs and Deputy to the Provost, Emory University, Member of PKAL Advisory Board