The 18th Annual Advancing Teaching and Learning Conference at Texas Tech University will be held virtually via Zoom on Friday, February 25, 2022.
This engaging teaching conference has a well-established history and a strong reputation in our area. The conference pulls in faculty members, staff, and graduate students from our region including Texas Tech, Midland College, South Plains College, Wayland Baptist University, Lubbock Christian University, West Texas A&M, and others. Past speakers include Ginger Clark, Emily Miller, Peter Felten, Sandra McGuire, Stephen Brookfield, George Kuh, Diana Halpern, Josh Eyler, and others.
This year, we are excited to feature Dr. Kevin Gannon (Grand View University) and Dr. Mays Imad (Pima Community College), and learn from their respective work in the areas of social justice and trauma-informed pedagogy. The conference will focus on recognizing the trauma we have all experienced and witnessed as educators since the start of the pandemic, and shifting our work and mindsets to focus on creating a more hopeful and equitable environment for ourselves and our students.
Please click on the session title to see a description and to register for the event. The Zoom link will be provided in the confirmation email.
Morning Session: Cultivating and Sustaining a Pedagogy of Hope in the Time of Covid, with Dr. Kevin Gannon – (February 25, 2022 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM)
Available Seats: 299
Teaching from a place of hope may sound absurd, given the difficult and fraught times in which we’re living. But hope—in a meaningful and genuine sense—has never been more urgent than now. This session will suggest some foundational elements to a Pedagogy of Hope, as well as try and work through some of the obstacles that prevent its operation in the “pandemic pedagogy” that’s also occurring against the larger backdrop of socio-political rancor and violence. How do we best serve our students and ourselves in this fraught moment? In what ways are we in higher education well-positioned to not just suggest, but model, an alternative vision of community? How can rooting our own practices in an ethic of hope sustain and even revitalize those practices—and the larger institutions in which they occur? We’ll wrestle with these questions, and hopefully emerge from this session with some concrete ways in which we can renew our commitment to the work of teaching and learning. Join the conference session using this link: https://texastech.zoom.us/j/98731848073
Afternoon Session: Cultivating Moral Imagination through Remembrance Pedagogy, with Dr. Mays Imad – (February 25, 2022 01:30 PM – 03:00 PM)
Available Seats: 299
In this session, we will consider what the Brazilian educator and philosopher Paulo Freire calls Conscientization–the process of becoming conscious of problems and taking action against oppressive elements in our culture. What utility does an education that centers conscientization offer us individually and collectively? How can we enact a pedagogy of conscientization within our courses and at our institutions? Together, we will examine the pivotal role educators can play to help their students develop a healthy and guiding relationship with the past in order to forge a pathway for an equitable and just future. Join the conference session using this link: https://texastech.zoom.us/j/99624339354