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Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy™

Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy™

February 3 - 5, 2021


The conference showcases the best pedagogical practice and research in higher education today. Sessions address disciplinary and interdisciplinary instructional strategies, outcomes, and research. Each year we welcome over 500 faculty and instructors in Higher Education dedicated to teaching excellence. 

Download the full conference program here (PDF)

Keynote Speakers

Opening Keynote, Thursday, February 4

Socrates, the Unexamined Life, and the Post-Truth Era - Mays Imad

Nearly every major global issue—from ameliorating climate change and extinction of species; to securing adequate access to food, water and healthcare; to predicting and preventing pandemics and discovering new therapeutics, and even mitigating inequality and racism—will require complex, creative, and sophisticated solutions. To effectively tackle such multifaceted problems, students must be equipped with the skills to evaluate claims and logical arguments posed by themselves and others.

Despite a push in higher education to improve students’ critical thinking skills, research shows that students still largely have poor critical reasoning skills. The problem is widespread. The World Economic Forum listed online misinformation as one of the top ten global trends threatening the world. In this session, we will consider the current research and practical implications surrounding undergraduate critical thinking skills. We will interrogate various solutions toward highly-trained graduates to evaluate and synthesize information, and collaborate to create solutions that are well-reasoned, innovative and interdisciplinary.

Mays Imad is a neuroscientist and professor of pathophysiology and biomedical ethics at Pima Community College, the founding coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Center, and a Gardner Institute Fellow. Dr. Imad’s current research focuses on stress, self-awareness, advocacy, and classroom community, and how these relate to cognition, metacognition, and, ultimately, student learning and success.

Closing Keynote, Friday, February 5

“What About Us?”: Taking Care of Ourselves so We Can Take Care of Others - Stephanie Dashiell

Whether we're in the midst of a pandemic or normal times, teachers often sacrifice everything for their students and institutions. Now more than ever, it is important to put ourselves first so we can then give our students and institutions our best selves. The question is how can we take care of ourselves during a pandemic? This address will cover practical tips for taking care of ourselves at home and in the office.

Stephanie Dashiell is an English professor and Academic Coordinator of Developmental English at Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) in Largo, Maryland. After earning her bachelor’s degree in English from Howard University, she entered the public school system as a high school English teacher in 2007. She received her Master of Arts in Teaching from University of Maryland University College and a graduate certificate from George Washington University. She is currently completing her doctoral degree at Sam Houston State University. She has taught a variety of student demographics, but underprivileged and international students are her specialty.  

Pre-Conference Workshops

Wednesday, February 3, 2:00-5:00

Pre-Conference Workshops provide participants with the opportunity to develop new skills, learn new ideas, network with colleages, and create new approaches to teaching and learning. The CHEP pre-conference workshops feature authors and leaders in the field of teaching and learning.

  • Workshop 1: Simulating Face to Face Classes in an Online Setting
  • Workshop 2: Navigating Difficult Moments in Teaching Diversity and Social Justice
  • Workshop 3: Ours is Not a Caravan of Despair: Trauma-Informed Teaching for Restorative Justice
  • Workshop 4: Taking an Idea from Good to Great: Making Change Happen

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Conference Schedule at a Glance

Click here for the full schedule (PDF) - updated February 5, 2021

Thursday, February 4, 2021  
8:30 - 9:45 Opening Remarks and Day 1 Keynote Address
10:00 - 11:45 Concurrent Sessions
12:00 - 1:30 Poster Session and Lunch Break
1:45 - 4:30 Concurrent Sessions 
Friday, February 5, 2021
8:30 - 9:45 Opening Remarks and Day 2 Keynote Address
10:00 - 11:45 Concurrent Sessions
12:00 - 1:30 Poster Session and Lunch Break
1:45 - 4:30 Concurrent Sessions


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