2023 SHSU Teaching & Learning Conference



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The Sam Houston State Teaching & Learning Conference is now in its 20th year! TLC23 will be held Friday, August 18th, just before the fall semester begins.

All sessions will take place in the Lowman Student Center. Check in at the Orange Ballroom.

We are proud to announce that this year's the Keynote Speaker will be Dr. James M. Lang.


James M. Lang is the author of six books, including Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2016). A former Professor of English and Director of the D'Amour Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption University, he stepped down from full-time academic work in 2021 to concentrate more fully on his writing and teaching. For the 2021- 2022 academic year, he is serving as the inaugural Presidential Innovation Fellow at Eckerd College. Jim is the recipient of a 2016 Fulbright Specialist Grant (Colombia), and the 2019 Paul Ziegler Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship at Assumption University. In addition to writing a monthly column for the Chronicle for Higher Education, he also edits a series of books on teaching and learning in higher education for West Virginia University Press. Jim and his wife formed the Lang Family Foundation, which provides grants to non-profit organizations dedicated to the alleviation of poverty and homelessness, support for the environment and the arts, and funding for libraries and public education.

Read his monthly advice column on teaching and learning in the Chronicle for Higher Education here.

Below is a schedule and list of options for each session. You must register to attend. Registration closes at 5:00pm on Friday, August 4th.

Session Title & Time Presenters Materials

Registration & Breakfast

8:00 - 8:45 am

Welcome & Introduction

8:45 - 9:00 am

Keynote: Teaching Distracted Minds: Old Challenges, New Contexts

9:00 - 10:20 am

James Lang

Concurrent Session A

10:35 - 11:25 am

A1: Data, Data, Everywhere - So Teach Them How to Drink Erin Owens
A2: Dazed and Confused: Academic Community Engagement vs. Service-Learning vs. Community Service…WHAT?! Lee Miller & Joyce McCauley
A3: Relationships for all! Creating space for peer-to-peer and small group-instructor interactions by integrating learning stations Ashley Crane
A4: Teaching with Empathy Bree Boppre & Shelly Clevenger
A5:Twenty Five Years of Evolution of Three Environmental Experiential Courses Mark Leipnik, John Strait, & Joseph Hill


11:35 am - 12:35 pm

Concurrent Session B

12:45 - 1:35 pm

B1: Attention to Students: Fostering Inclusive Participation James Lang
B2: ChatGPT and critical literacy: Active learning practices to engage students and embrace emerging technologies Stacy Johnson, Dianna Kim, Hannah Menendez, & Erin Owens
B3: Student Success Tips to Increase Belonging in Your Classroom Christine Cardinal, Adannaa Alexander, & Benita Brooks
B4: Trauma-Informed Pedagogy in Undergraduate Health Programs Heidi Gilroy

Lightning Session 1

1:50 - 2:10 pm

L1-1: “Let’s Say It Together”, or Good Old Choral Response Olga Minich
L1-2: Teaching future K-6 teachers physics through inquiry William Shepherd
L1-3: Consulting-based Course Redesign and Significance Testing for Statistics Courses Di Gao, Doo Young Kim, Renjie Zhou, & Danhong Chen
L1-4: Do Learning Assistants Impact Student Learning and Attitudes? Scott Miller & Renee James
L1-5: Club Leo - Spanish book club and BTLPT Francisco Usero-Gonzalez, Alma Contrera-Vanegas, & Mayra Vargas
L1-6: Navigating Around the Physical Barriers to Deploying Active Learning Strategies Heather Adair

Lightning Session 2

2:25 - 2:45 pm

L2-1: Incorporating writing in shorter semester courses: A practical alternative approach Jeremiah Asaka
L2-3: Team-Based Learning: Challenges and Successes Rebecca Andrews-Dickert
L2-4: Making the Familiar Strange: Intentionally Probing and Poking at Students’ Understanding Amy Ray
L2-5: Using Relatable Characters to Teach Students How to Think Critically and Make Decisions Kelly Zinn

Concurrent Session C

3:00 -3:50 pm

C1:Slavery, Race, and Reconciliation at Sam Houston State University Jeffrey Littlejohn, Bernadette Pruitt, Benjamin Mitchell-Yellin, Velvet Nelson, April O'Brien, & Zachary Montz
C2: Bridging Everyday and Disciplinary Information Literacies to Develop a Lateral Reading Mindset Ashley Crane & Heather Adair
C3: The Use and Effectiveness of Student-driven Quiz Reviews Brooklynn Wynveen & Karson Kester
C4: Engaging and Supporting Student-Parents in the Classroom Bart Stykes
C5: Your Questions Answered: Services for Students with Disabilities Processes and Student Accommodations Information Morgan Lutz


4:00 - 4:30 pm

E: Conference Wrap-Up and Q&A

James Lang