Registration is now OPEN for the Innovations in Faculty Development Symposium on June 3, 2014.  Schedule of presentations will be posted on 4/28/14.

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Contact Information

Dr. Christina M. Sax
Horton Hall 111
1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg University
Shippensburg, PA, 17257
(717) 477-1502
(717) 477-4050 fax

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Past Conferences

2012 Innovation Conference
2013 Innovation Conference
   - 2013 Presentation Archive

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2013 Academic Innovation Conference

Fostering Learning Through Student Engagement

Shippensburg University Conference Center, Shippensburg, PA

October 18-19, 2013


The second annual Academic Innovation Conference showcases the innovations of PASSHE faculty, programs, and universities in ways designed to increase student learning through increased student engagement.  Day one of the conference (Friday October 18, 2013) is composed of a series of concurrent sessions.  Day two (Saturday October 19, 2013) provides attendees with the opportunity to delve into particular topics in an extended seminar/workshop format.  Additionally, keynote speakers will provide insight into emerging national themes in higher education.  This PASSHE-wide conference will be held at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED. To inquire whether space is still available, contact CJ Ezell at cjezel@ship.edu or 717-477-1123, ext 3381.



Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent presentations will focus on the following six areas, provide evidence of increased student learning through the use of new and innovative pedagogies, approaches, techniques, and/or technologies, and use presentation methods designed to actively engage the audience.  Presentation proposals were reviewed using this rubric

1. Classroom Engagement and Active Learning: This track focuses on strategies designed to increase learning through increased classroom engagement and active learning.  Proposals in the following areas are encouraged: strategies designed to increase engagement and learning in gatekeeper courses, capstone courses, hybrid courses, online courses, large courses, graduate courses, and courses offered for part-time, adult, non-traditional students.

2. Critical Thinking and Inquiry:  This track focuses on strategies designed to increase learning through critical thinking and critical inquiry.  Proposals in the following areas are encouraged: assignment design that drives critical thinking and inquiry; critical thinking and inquiry in general education, capstone, interdisciplinary, and graduate courses and programs.

3. Professional and Experiential Learning:  This track focuses on strategies designed to increase learning through professional and experiential learning activities. Proposals in the following areas are encouraged, at the level of courses and the overarching curriculum: high impact learning practices such as internships, student-faculty research, service learning, field work, and peer-to-peer learning; pre-professional co-curricular activities; collaborations across different divisions, colleges, and departments that support professional and experiential learning.

4. Persistence, Retention, and Degree Completion:  This track focuses on strategies designed to increase learning and foster student persistence, retention, and degree completion.  Proposals in the following areas are encouraged: first year/entry year experiences, developmental education,
academic advising, and transfer models; activities focused on the success of various student segments including under-represented, first generation,
transfer, adult, part-time, and non-traditional students; curriculum reform and academic/administrative processes designed to foster students’ persistence, retention, and timely degree completion.

5. Assessment to Improve Learning and Students’ Experience:  This track focuses on assessment strategies designed to increase learning.  Proposals in the following areas are encouraged: assessment of course and program learning objectives and outcomes; assessment of competency-based, practical, and applied learning experiences; assessment of administrative activities that support teaching and learning; use of the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AACU) Valid Assessment of Learning in Undergraduate Education (VALUE) rubrics; action-based research projects in assessment; students’ perceptions of teaching, learning, and assessment.  Proposals that demonstrate the use of assessment results to improve learning, the curriculum, and support activities are especially encouraged.

6. Teaching and Learning with Technology:  This track focuses on strategies designed to increase learning through the incorporation of technology in teaching and learning.  Proposals in the following areas are encouraged: technologies designed to increase student engagement; adaptive learning technology; open educational resources; mobile learning, devices, and aps.


Registration Information

Conference registration includes: Friday and Saturday keynote presentations, concurrent sessions and seminars; Friday continental breakfast and lunch; Saturday hot breakfast and lunch; the AACU book Using the VALUE Rubrics for Improvement of Learning and Authentic Assessment (http://www.aacu.org/value/publications.cfm).  Registration price: $0 for Ship participants, $100 for non-Ship participants.  Registration closes on October 11, 2013.  Space is limited and advance registration is required. Registration is limited to faculty, staff, and administrators at PASSHE universities.

Location, Driving Directions, Parking, and Campus Map

This event will be held at the Shippensburg University Conference Center.  For GPS or other mapping software, use the address 500 Newburg Road, Shippensburg, PA 17257CLICK HERE for driving directions to the Conference Center (be sure to following directions to the Conference Center, not to Shippensburg University).  The Conference Center is building #49 on the Shippensburg campus map.  There is ample parking in front of the Conference Center, and parking permits/passes/stickers are not needed.

Lodging Information

CLICK HERE for a list of lodging options in the Shippensburg area.

Institutional Points of Contact

CLICK HERE for a list of administrative points of contact at each of the PASSHE universities.

Information for Presenters

Presenters have been allotted a total of 60 minutes for their concurrent session; plan for no more than 50 minutes of presentation, allowing 10 minutes for questions and answers.  Each presentation room will ONLY be equipped with a projector, wireless internet, a long table at the front/side of the room for presentation materials, flip chart and markers, and chairs for the audience will be arranged theater style.  Presenters are expected to bring their own presentation laptop (or other suitable device); presenters who plan to bring an Apple product as their presentation computer should also bring their own adapter.  Presenters are expected to bring any additional materials that they may need to achieve the learning objectives of their presentation.  Presentation handouts are not required; presenters who wish to provide handouts should plan to bring 35-40 copies as copy facilities will not be available at the Conference Center.  Presenters will have the opportunity to contribute their presentation slides (and/or other materials) for posting on the conference website.  You will receive information about this opportunity as we get closer to the conference.

Conference Sponsors

This event is co-sponsored by Shippensburg University's Academic Outreach and Innovation UnitAcademic Affairs and Assessment Team (AAAT), Center for Faculty Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching (CFEST) - Campus Support, Instructional Design and Web Technologies, and PASSHE's Office of the Chancellor

Conference Planning Committee

  • Mark Atwater, Assistant Professor, Applied Engineering, Safety, and Technology, Millersville University
  • Lynn Baynum (*), Associate Professor, Teacher Education and Director, Center for Faculty Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching - New Faculty Support, Shippensburg University
  • Jeremy Boyle, Assistant Professor, Art, Clarion University
  • Matthew Brigida, Associate Professor, Finance, Clarion University
  • Shaun Cook, Assistant Professor, Psychology, Millersville, University
  • Aaron Dobbs, Assistant Professor, Systems and Electronic Resources Librarian, Shippensburg University
  • Oliver Dreon, Director, Center for Academic Excellence, Digital Learning Studio, and Educational Foundations, Millersville University
  • Kurt Dunkle (*), Interim Program Counselor, Academic Success Program, Shippensburg University
  • CJ Ezell (*), Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education, Shippensburg University
  • Kerrie Farkas, Associate Professor, English, Millersville University
  • Scott Heinerichs, Faculty Associate for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, Assistant Professor, Sports Medicine, West Chester University
  • Rebecca Hess, Dance Advisor, Theater and Dance, California University of PA
  • Kathleen Howley (*), Senior Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic and Student Affairs, PASSHE Office of the Chancellor
  • Karen Johnson (*), Associate Director of the Learning Center, Assistant Professor, Shippensburg University
  • Steven Kennedy, Assistant Professor, Chemistry, Millersville University
  • Becky Lowe (*), Instructor, Chemistry, Shippensburg University
  • Sabrina Marschall (*), Director of the Learning Center, Assistant Professor, Shippensburg University
  • Amanda Olejarski (*), Assistant Professor, Political Science, Shippensburg University
  • Douglas Puharic, Assistant Professor, Math and Computer Science, Edinboro University
  • Jose Ricardo-Osorio (*), Interim Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, Shippensburg University
  • Christina Sax (*), Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Outreach and Innovation, Shippensburg University
  • Ashley Seibert (*), Assistant Professor, Psychology and Director, Center for Faculty Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching - Campus Support, Shippensburg University
  • Marc Smith, Middle and Secondary Education and Educational Leadership, Edinboro University
  • Sarah Stokely (*), Dean of Academic Engagement and Student Support, Shippensburg University
  • Beverly Wallace (*), Coordinator of Academic Recovery Programs, Chair Academic Affairs Assessment Team, and Assistant Professor, Shippensburg University

* Denotes Steering Committee member

Questions and Additional Information

For additional information about this event, contact CJ Ezell (cjezel@ship.edu or 717-477-1123 extension 3381) in Shippensburg University's Office of Professional, Continuing, and Distance Education.