Harnessing Emotion and Hope

Learning in Turbulent Times And Beyond

Temple University’s 19th Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence

January 6 & 7, 2021

Our theme this year was Harnessing Emotion and Hope: Learning in Turbulent Times and Beyond.

In March 2020, the academic world experienced upheaval as faculty suddenly faced the challenges and necessities of remote teaching, followed this summer and fall by the need to design and teach courses in online, hybrid, and socially-distanced environments. At the same time, we witnessed (and sometimes joined) meaningful movements all around us against racism and injustice.

It has been an incredibly stressful time for many, full of uncertainty, isolation, and anxiety. But it has also been a time of creativity, thoughtfulness, and innovation as faculty revamped activities, learned new technologies, and updated curricula to be more relevant, effective, and accessible for students. This process invited us all to think deeply about our students (and about ourselves) as whole beings and to respond to student needs emerging from all the many factors that influence teaching and learning. 

This year’s Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence was hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and co-sponsored by Temple Libraries, the Office of Digital Education, Information Technology Services, and the Office of General Education.

About the CAT

The Annual Faculty Conference on Teaching Excellence is hosted by Temple University’s Center for the Advancement of Teaching.

To learn more about the CAT, click here.

Guest Speakers

Dr. Kevin Gannon

Keynote Speaker

Kevin Gannon is Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Professor of History at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa.

Dr. Sarah Rose Cavanagh

Plenary Speaker

Sarah Rose Cavanagh is a psychologist, professor, and Associate Director of the D’Amour Center for Teaching Excellence at Assumption University.

What Past Attendees Have Said

“The presentations were engaging, informative and well articulated.”

“Day one’s keynote was phenomenal. I learned something to apply to my teaching in every session I attended.”