2023 Provost Conference

Relationship-Rich Education: Faculty Thriving and Student Learning

The 2023 Provost Conference focuses on the relationship between faculty thriving and student learning. Keynotes, workshops and panels offer practical tools for connecting the work of faculty to grow as teachers and scholars with students, through mentoring, high-impact practices and more. We’ll also share tools to better understand whether and how students are learning and to approach faculty workloads with an equity-minded lens.  

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Our guides for this year’s conference are: 

Nancy Chick, Director of the Endeavor Foundation Center for Faculty Development at Rollins College 

Peter Felten, Professor of history, Executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning, and Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning at Elon University  

KerryAnn O’Meara, Professor of Higher Education and a Distinguished Scholar Teacher at the University of Maryland- College Park  

  • Nancy Chick, Director of the Endeavor Foundation Center for Faculty Development at Rollins College 
    Nancy Chick headshot

    Dr. Nancy Chick is a SoTL scholar, scholarly teacher, and faculty developer.  

    After earning her PhD in American literature from the University of Georgia and eventually Full Professor from the University of Wisconsin Colleges, she left full-time faculty work to focus on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) and faculty development first at Vanderbilt University, then the University of Calgary, and now at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. 

    She has authored and co-authored numerous articles and book chapters on the results of SoTL projects and on the field of SoTL.  She is the editor of SoTL in Action: Illuminating Critical Moments of Practice (Stylus, 2018), co-editor (with Jennifer C. Friberg) of Going Public Reconsidered: Engaging With the World Beyond Academe Through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (Stylus, 2022) and (with Regan A.R. Gurung & Aeron Haynie) of Exploring Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of Mind (Stylus, 2009) and Exploring More Signature Pedagogies: Approaches to Teaching Disciplinary Habits of Mind (Stylus, 2012), and founding co-editor (with Gary Poole) of Teaching & Learning Inquiry, the journal of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning/ISSOTL (2011-2020).  

    From 2019-22, she served on the ISSOTL Presidential team and (with Chng Huang Hoon) as ISSOTL Co-President during 2020-21 — at the height of the pandemic

  • Peter Felten, Professor of history, Executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning, and Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning at Elon University  
    Peter Felten

    Dr. Peter Felten is professor of history, executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning, and assistant provost for teaching and learning at Elon University. During the 2022-2023 academic year, he has been named Fulbright Canada Distinguished Chair in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, at Carleton University in Ottawa. Peter has published six books about undergraduate education including (with Leo Lambert), Relationship-Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive Success in College (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020). His next book, a student guide to relationship-rich education, is co-authored with Isis Artze-Vega, Leo Lambert, and Oscar Miranda Tapia, will be published by Johns Hopkins in 2023 (with an open access online version free to all readers). He has served as president of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (ISSOTL) and also of the POD Network, the U.S. professional society for educational developers. He is on the advisory board of the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) and is a fellow of the Gardner Institute, a foundation that works to advance equity, justice, and upward social mobility through higher education. 

  • KerryAnn O’Meara, Professor of Higher Education and a Distinguished Scholar Teacher at the University of Maryland- College Park  
    KerryAnn O'Meara Headshot

    Dr. KerryAnn O’Meara (she/her/hers) is a professor of higher education at the University of Maryland. Her equity-minded and engaged scholarship seeks to advance the full participation of a diverse faculty who learn, teach, and inform practice across a range of epistemologies. She has studied academic careers and reward systems for over twenty years, including how to counteract the effects of documented biases in evaluation practice. KerryAnn has designed, implemented and studied evidence-based interventions to improve equity in faculty hiring, workloads, and retention. Her work is widely published and funded. KerryAnn’s research, mentoring of graduate students, teaching and leadership are highly integrated. She spent 10 years as director of the University of Maryland ADVANCE program, leading hiring, retention, and advancement efforts, and 3 years as associate dean of faculty & graduate affairs in her College of Education. KerryAnn consults with colleges and universities seeking to make equity-minded reforms to their hiring, promotion and tenure, faculty development programs, and workload systems. KerryAnn teaches and learns with students about issues of organizational change and behavior, women in higher education, the academic workforce, and ranking systems. She is a sought-after partner, speaker, and consultant on reforms to make academe equitable and inclusive 

Schedule

  • Workshop: “Faculty Matter: Thriving as a Teacher-Scholar in Times of Burnout”

    Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

    10-11:45 a.m. 

    Community Commons 1700

    This workshop focuses on the importance of faculty well-being, connection, and purpose at a time when those might be in short supply. We will build on your own experiences as a faculty member and on the research literature to explore the systemic forces shaping faculty work today. Our goal for the workshop is to support you in developing a sustainable plan for things that you can do–on your own and with your colleagues–to support your own and your colleagues’ thriving.

    • Nancy Chick, Director of the Endeavor Foundation Center for Faculty Development at Rollins College
    • Peter Felten, Professor of History, Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Learning, and Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning at Elon University
  • Keynote Lunch: “Relationships Matter: Teaching for Learning, Equity, and Well-Being”

    Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

    12:15-2:00 p.m.

    Community Commons 1700

    Decades of research demonstrate that the quality of student-faculty and student-student interactions are foundational to engaging, inclusive, and purposeful learning. Educational relationships profoundly influence motivation, learning, belonging, and achievement for all students, and particularly for new majority students.

    Drawing on more than 400 interviews with students, faculty, and staff across U.S. higher education, this interactive session will explore relationships as a flexible, scalable, equitable, and humane approach to ensuring that all students experience welcome and care, become inspired to learn, and explore the big questions that matter for their lives and our communities. You will leave with practical ideas for research-informed ways that you can cultivate educationally powerful interactions in your teaching - without devoting all of your time and energy to your students.

    • Peter Felten, Professor of history, Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Learning, and Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning at Elon University
  • Interactive Conversation: Relationship Rich Education in Practice at DU

    Thursday, February 2, 2023 

    2:15-3:45 p.m.

    Community Commons 1700

    Facilitated by Kate Willink, Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs & DU Faculty and Staff

    This event will explore how DU community members have built webs of relationships with each other and our students. Come to put into practice the ideas from the Keynote, and share you own work to build a thriving community.

  • Happy Hour: Continuing the Conversation

    Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023

    4-6:00 p.m.

    4th Floor Community Commons

    Join the Provost, our Keynote Speakers, and your colleagues at the 4th Story in Community Commons where we will continue the conversation about Relationship-Rich Education.

    Food and drinks will be served.

  • Keynote Breakfast: “Teaching Matters: Capturing Moments of Hope in Your Work as Teacher-Scholar”

    Friday, February 3, 2023

    10–11:45 a.m.

    Community Commons 1700

    This session focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) as a way to elevate the work of the teacher-scholar.  At the intersection of these two identities is scholarly inquiry into teaching and learning: how do you know when each is going well, and what does that look like?

    The challenge in this post-pandemic era is that, at times, it feels like neither teaching nor learning are “going well.”  In this session, you will explore how a SoTL lens can trouble that feeling by helping you capture those moments when your teaching is most meaningful.

    • Nancy Chick, Director of the Endeavor Foundation Center for Faculty Development at Rollins College
  • Keynote Lunch:  "Yes…And: Sustainable and Scalable Approaches to Equitable Workload Reform"

    Friday, February 3, 2023

    12:30-2:30 p.m.

    Community Commons 1700

    Often when we begin conversations about changing workload policies and practices, we find we have to balance a set of dynamic tensions. How can we add clarity to what is expected without reinforcing a one-size fits all system that does not recognize differences in context? How can we bring relevant and different contexts into view as we assign credit and improve consistency in how work is assigned and rewarded?

    In this talk, Dr. KerryAnn O'Meara rejoins us to continue thinking about issues such as invisible labor and/or DEIJ labor as well as transparency and accountability. She shares what she has learned over the last 7 years working with campuses on such reforms. She also shares what workload reform can help us learn about our overall systems for hiring, retention and evaluation that could create more inclusive workplaces.

    • KerryAnn O’Meara, Professor of Higher Education and a Distinguished Scholar Teacher at the University of Maryland- College Park  

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Past Pre-Conference Events

  • Think & Drink: How to Learn from Your Students

    January 18, 2023 | 3:00 – 4:00 PM, AAC 345 (Office of Teaching and Learning Conference Room)

    Facilitated by Kayoung Kim, Director of Scholarship of Teaching & Learning and Faculty Learning Communities


    Effective classroom learning is multidirectional, where students are actively engaged partners in the learning process. What can we learn from our students about effective teaching and learning? How do we facilitate meaningful connections between classroom learning and the outside world? Join your colleagues in thoughtful conversations around teaching, learning, and beyond.

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  • Think & Drink: How to Build Relationships with Your Students

    January 24, 2023 | 4:00 – 5:00 PM, OTL Conference Room


    Facilitated by Laura Sponsler, Clinical Associate Professor of Higher Education and Leslie Alvarez, Director of the Office of Teaching and Learning


    In advance of the February Provost Conference, join us to learn more about relationship-rich education. This session will be facilitated by Dr. Laura Sponsler and two of her graduate student colleagues: John Macikas, CCESL Student Programs Manager and Ph.D. student, and Audrey Moreno Townsend, 4D Associate Director and Ph.D. student. We will discuss the first chapter of Peter Felton and Leo Lambert’s book, Relationship-Rich Education, which is available through the DU library.

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  • Think & Drink: Approaching Burnout

    January 26, 2023 | 4:00 – 6:00 PM, Faculty Lounge (Community Commons 2800)


    Facilitated by Kate Willink, Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs, Hava Gordon, Professor of Sociology and Criminology, and Erin Willer Professor of Communication Studies and 4D Director of Faculty Innovation  


    Join us to discuss national and institutional trends and data related to faculty burnout. Alongside this research, we invite colleague-to-colleague conversations about burnout in our own work lives as well as collective needs and pain points to inform what thriving could look like at DU.

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