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2019 University of Pittsburgh Assessment and Teaching Conference

All University of Pittsburgh faculty are invited to attend the 2019 Assessment and Teaching Conference on Friday, January 25, 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. Randy Bass, Vice Provost for Education and Professor of English at Georgetown University, will deliver the keynote address, followed by breakout sessions where attendees can engage on a number of topics related to assessment and teaching.

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

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

Heidi Bartholomew, Katz Graduate School of Business
Innovative, Experience Based Curriculum in the Master of Accounting Program at the Katz Graduate School of Business
Pittsburgh Campus

Christine Dahlin, Biology
Creating Connections, Breaking Barriers, and Promoting an Inclusive STEM Environment
Johnstown Campus

Roelof deVries, Mechanical Engineering Technology
Building a Healthy Learning Community in Engineering
Johnstown Campus

Dawn Drahnak, Laura Fennimore, Lucille Sowko; School of Nursing
Teaching Workplace Interprofessional Communication to Undergraduate Nursing Students
Main and Johnstown Campus

Erika Fanselow, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
Students create 3D models of brain structures to enhance visualization of neuroanatomy
Pittsburgh Campus

Rosta Farzan, School of Computing and Information
Teaching with Reproducible Research
Pittsburgh Campus

Jennifer Ganger, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
Failure of the Testing Effect: Frequent Testing Not Associated with Higher Exam Scores in a Large, Lecture-Based Developmental Psychology Course
Pittsburgh Campus

Brian Greene, School of Nursing
Supporting the Needs of International Students Pursuing U.S. Nursing Education: Case Study of Chinese Undergraduates
Pittsburgh Campus

Suzanna Gribble, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
Transforming Foundations of Biology
Pittsburgh Campus

Jeffrey Guterman, Division of Communications & the Arts
Fostering Learning with In-Class Student Debates
Bradford Campus

Mary Margaret Kerr, School of Education
Teaching Undergraduates to Conduct High Quality Qualitative Research
Pittsburgh Campus

Kirill Kiselyov, Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences
Peer-reviewed presentations exchange
Pittsburgh Campus

Tuangtip Klinbubpa-Neff, Humanities
Sacred Animals and Biodiversity in World Literature
Johnstown Campus

Amanda Korenoski, School of Pharmacy
Use of an Immersive, Simulated Learning Game to Teach Pharmacy Students Clinical Concepts of Toxicology
Pittsburgh Campus

Thomas Kunkel, Zsuzsa Horvath, Anitha Potluri; School of Dental Medicine
Dental Students and Faculty – Learning Together!
Pittsburgh Campus

Robin Leaf, Kimberly Rehak; School of Public Health
Framework of using an e-portfolio system to assess attainment of experiential learning competencies
Pittsburgh Campus

Rae Mancilla, Barbara Frey, Center for Teaching and Learning; George Dougherty, GSPIA
GSPIA + Pitt Online: A Collaborative Program Assessment
Pittsburgh Campus

Marie Norman, School of Medicine
Increasing Learning Efficiency and Effectiveness with Interactive Online Problem Sets
Pittsburgh Campus

Rachel Schles, School of Education; Frances-Mary D’Andrea, Visiting Professor
Using Expert Interviews to Enhance Classroom-to-Practice Connections
Pittsburgh Campus

James Teague, Finance
Experiential Learning in Finance at Pitt-Johnstown
Johnstown Campus

Pamela Toto, School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences
Experiential Learning and Productive Aging: Success of University and Community Partnerships
Pittsburgh Campus

Berenika Webster, University Library System
Lessons Learned from the Hillman Library Textbook Reserves Pilot Program
Pittsburgh Campus

Berenika Webster, University Library System
Evaluating Information Deficits Among Pitt’s First-Year Students
Pittsburgh Campus

Susan Wieczorek, Communication
“Normalizing” Diversity in the Public Speaking Classroom
Johnstown Campus

Keynote Speaker: Randy Bass, Vice Provost for Education
and Professor of English at Georgetown University

2019 University of Pittsburgh Assessment and Teaching Conference keynote speaker Randy Bass

Keynote Speaker Randy Bass
[ Source: Georgetown University ]

Keynote Address: 

Higher Education and the Future of Human Learning

What would it look like to design the university for the most pressing needs of our present and future? Are we doing the most we can to prepare our students for a future reshaped by powerful challenges and opportunities? The discourse and events of recent years suggest that we need a new narrative for the role that higher education can play in shaping a sustainable future, one that prioritizes both integrative learning (cultivating the traits that are most human) and inclusive excellence (seeking success for the broadest range of students). In this space of integration and inclusion, every educator (faculty of all kinds, academic staff) can has a critical role. This interactive presentation will explore the ways that higher education can begin to ask more of itself, from the classroom to the institution, including pragmatic ways that faculty can think about engaged learning, data and evidence of impact, and the needs of the present and future that higher education must do an ever better job of serving.


Randy Bass is Vice Provost for Education and Professor of English at Georgetown University, where he leads the Designing the Future(s) initiative and the Red House incubator for curricular transformation. For 13 years he was the Founding Executive Director of Georgetown’s Center for New Designs in Learning and Scholarship (CNDLS). He has been working at the intersections of new media technologies and the scholarship of teaching and learning for nearly thirty years, including serving as Director and Principal Investigator of the Visible Knowledge Project, a five-year scholarship of teaching and learning project involving 70 faculty on 21 university and college campuses. From 2003-2009 he was a Consulting Scholar for the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he served, in 1998-99, as a Pew Scholar and Carnegie Fellow. In 1999, he won the EDUCAUSE Medal for Outstanding Achievement in Technology and Undergraduate Education. He is the author or editor of numerous books, articles and digital projects, including recently, “Disrupting Ourselves: the Problem of Learning in Higher Education,” (EDUCAUSE Review March/April 2012); with Bret Eynon, Open and Integrative: Designing Liberal Education for the New Digital Ecosystem (American Association of Colleges and Universities, 2016); and with Jessie L. Moore, Understanding Writing Transfer: Implications for Transformative Student Learning (Stylus, 2017).

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