Excellence in Teaching Day is an annual event sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence that brings together faculty members from across the University with nationally-recognized scholars for substantive dialogue about important issues in teaching and learning. This year’s Excellence in Teaching Day is scheduled for Monday, May 4, 2020 and focuses on the theme of “Re-Envisioning Resilience.”
2020 Theme: Re-envisioning Resilience
Over the past several years, “resilience” has become a loaded term in higher education and more broadly in our national cultural discourse. Some have argued that young people are not showing the tenacity or persistence required to thrive personally and professionally. Others have countered that the problem resides not in young people, but in economic, social, and political realities that threaten well-being. Others still have highlighted the existing resilience of college students from historically marginalized groups who advocate for their own and their community members’ well-being at institutions that were built to exclude them.
In any case, faculty are finding themselves teaching students who are generally more open than previous generations about sharing their social, psychological, and academic struggles and more willing to seek help to address those personal concerns. And in light of the positive correlation between student well-being and learning, many instructors are experimenting with pedagogical practices to support students’ holistic flourishing and academic engagement, without overextending themselves or compromising their own well-being.
At Excellence in Teaching Day this year, instructors are invited to re-envision resilience from a broad range of perspectives as we seek to foster rigorous, just, and humane teaching and learning environments that help students and instructors alike prepare to confront the significant challenges ahead.
Keynote Speaker: Rhonda Magee
We are pleased to announce that Professor Rhonda Magee will serve as the keynote speaker for this year’s Excellence in Teaching Day. Magee, Professor of Law at the University of San Francisco, is a nationally-recognized authority on mindfulness and racial justice in the field of law and beyond.
Her current research examines mindfulness and contemplative pedagogy as means to further effective teaching in diverse learning communities, develop more just law and policy, and enhance collaborations for transformative change towards a more equitable world. Magee invites us to lean in to the places where we struggle, rather than away, and mindfully probe our sources of resilience both as individuals and communities.