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2020 University of Pittsburgh Assessment and Teaching Conference

All University of Pittsburgh faculty are invited to attend the 2020 Assessment and Teaching Conference on Friday, January 24, at the University Club. This conference brings together faculty and staff from across the University for a day to discuss the relationship between assessment, student learning, and teaching.

Lunch will be provided. Registration is required. Additional information on the keynote speaker and schedule of events can be found below.

The annual Assessment and Teaching Conference will be held on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020. We invite faculty to submit proposals for poster sessions that focus on any aspect of teaching, learning, and/or assessment in their teaching practice. We are interested in topics that provide examples of innovative teaching. Examples could include, but are not limited to: classroom strategies, technologies to enhance pedagogy, diversity in the curriculum, or innovative approaches to teaching.

Proposal submissions are due by Dec. 20, 2019. Acceptance letters will be sent around Jan. 6. To submit a proposal, please complete the form below.

Faculty poster sessions will be held on Friday, Jan. 24 between 2:15 and 3:45 pm. You will be expected to answer questions about your work, and to engage with other faculty to discuss what you have learned. Faculty are responsible for printing, transporting, placing, and removing their posters. Posters should be 36″ x 48″. An easel will be provided for your poster. You are responsible for providing any additional handouts for your poster.

All instructors (full-time and part -time) are encouraged to submit a proposal.

Agenda coming soon.


8:30 – 9 a.m.


Ballroom A
9 – 10:30 a.m.

Opening Remarks
• Ann E. Cudd, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor

Introduction of Keynote Speaker
• Joseph McCarthy, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies

Keynote Address
• Randall Bass, Vice Provost for Education and Professor of English at Georgetown University
 Higher Education and the Future of Human Learning

Ballroom A
10:45 – 11:45 a.m.

Break-out Session 1

Assessment in the Health Sciences

Joanne Baird
Associate Professor
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Jean Truman
Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and Associate Professor of Nursing
Division of Biological and Health Sciences
University of Pittsburgh at Bradford

Denise Chisholm
Professor and Vice Chair
School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences

Dawn Drahnak
Assistant Professor
University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown

Moderator: Nancy Tannery, Assistant Provost

Gold Room

Discipline-Based Assessment

Chandralekha Singh
Professor, Director, Discipline-based Science Education Research
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Mary Besterfield-Sacre
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Director, Engineering Education Research Center
Swanson School of Engineering

Joshua Eisenthal
Visiting Lecturer – Department of Philosophy
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Moderator: Dr. Joel Brady, Program Supervisor for the Graduate Student Teaching Initiative, University Center for Teaching and Learning

Conference Room A

Assessing Informal Learning

Kevin Crowley
Professor, Associate Dean
School of Education

Mary Ohmer
Associate Professor
School of Social Work

Moderator: Stephanie Hoogendoorn, Senior Assistant to the Provost for Academic Affairs

Ballroom B
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Ballroom A
1:15 – 2:15 p.m.

Break-out Session 2

Teaching Online: The Faculty Experience

Kevin Kearns
Professor, Director, Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership
Graduate School of Public & International Affairs

Laura Fennimore
School of Nursing

Mary Nell Cummings
Director, Health Care Compliance Online
Graduate Certificate Program
School of Law

Moderator: Doris Rubio, Associate Vice Provost for Faculty

Gold Room

Personalized Education

Marie Norman
Associate Professor, Director, Idea Lab
Institute for Clinical Research Education
School of Medicine

Nancy Condee
Professor, Director, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
University Center for International Studies

Moderator: Julia Spears, Associate Vice Provost for Academic Innovation

Ballroom B

Best Practices in the Design and Assessment of Honors Courses

Brian A. Primack
Dean, University Honors College

David Hornyak
Assistant Dean, University Honors College

Jeffrey Aziz
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Edward Orehek
Assistant Professor
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Kristin Kanthak
Associate Professor
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences

Moderator: Joseph J. McCarthy, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies

Conference Room A
2:15 – 3:45 p.m.

Poster Session

Ballroom A
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