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Teaching as Research National Conference and Train the Trainer

June 4-6, 2017 • Cornell University

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What is Teaching as Research (TAR)?

Teaching as Research, as defined by the national Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), is the “deliberate, systematic, and reflective use of research methods... to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of both students and teachers.” 

The first annual Teaching as Research National Conference and Train the Trainer Workshop at Cornell University brings together a community of leaders interested in working with students and faculty on their own campuses to develop research projects to inform and improve teaching and learning.

Since 2011, Cornell has run a Classroom Research and Teaching Symposium each spring where graduate students, postdocs, and faculty can present the results of their research into effective teaching practices. Starting in 2017, this is now a day-long conference that is open to attendance and presentation by individuals at other colleges and universities.

The Train-the-Trainer workshop immediately preceding the national conference is designed to guide new and seasoned faculty, professional development staff, and administrators in the development of a Teaching as Research (TAR) program tailored to their institution, and in best practices for preparing university faculty and graduate students to build TAR into their courses.

Overview of the Teaching as Research National Conference (June 6)

Attendees/presenters will have an opportunity to engage with colleagues on a variety of Teaching as Research topics presented as papers, posters and roundtable discussions. Conference panelists will share their experiences and lessons learned while designing TAR projects. At the conclusion of the conference, there will be opportunities to debrief the conference experience, and further refine plans for implementing a TAR program at the participant’s home institution. Faculty members and graduate students who have conducted research, or wish to do so, are encouraged to submit a proposal to present their findings at the conference.

To register to present, please see the Call for Papers/Proposals announcement. Direct questions about proposals to: cornellcte@cornell.edu

Who should attend the TAR National Conference?

Graduate students, postdocs, faculty and staff interested in learning more about Teaching as Research and attending research presentations and roundtable discussions on this topic. Those who have their own scholarship on teaching and learning to present in oral or poster form.

Overview of the Teaching as Research Train the Trainer Workshop (June 4-6)

The ultimate goal of the workshop is to prepare participants to train others within their organizations to engage in teaching as research. You will leave with a plan for implementing a TAR program at your own institution. The workshop offers research-based and practical methods that can be easily adapted to a variety of higher education settings. Workshop facilitators include Kimberly S. Williams, the author of Doing Research to Improve Teaching and Learning: A Guide for University Faculty (Routledge).

This Train the Trainer Workshop will:
  • provide a foundation for developing your own local programming that supports faculty and graduate teaching assistant efforts to approach teaching as a research process
  • model best practices for engaging faculty and graduate students in discussions about Teaching as Research
  • offer strategies for organizing workshops, courses and symposia at your institution
  • supply ready-to-use materials and resources
 
Topics covered in the workshop:
  • rationale for and benefits of implementing Teaching as Research (TAR)
  • best practices for TAR
  • how to facilitate workshops, symposia, and classes on TAR
  • how to support faculty and graduate student Teaching as Research projects
  • common challenges and lessons learned
  • assessment methods for determining impact

 

Who should attend the TAR Train the Trainer Workshop?

Administrators, faculty members, faculty developers, doctoral students and Masters in Education students interested in “Teaching as Research”, and other professional staff who lead or support professional development efforts for current and future faculty. 

Why was the Teaching as Research Train the Trainer Workshop created?

The Teaching as Research Train the Trainer Workshop and National Conference at Cornell was created for university administrators, faculty and graduate students to establish a network of practitioners who can serve as a resource for one another in the cutting-edge use of research to inform and improve teaching and learning in higher education. This event will encourage participants to incorporate research into their own practice to address the needs of all learners in university courses.

Registration Options

1. National Conference only, June 6, 2017

Registration fee $249. Register by April 30, 2017.
Proposals to present papers are due by April 30, 2017.

What does the registration fee include?

  • Attendance on June 6 at the first annual Teaching as Research National Conference.
  • Meals: Hors-d’oeuvres and drinks reception June 5 from 4:30 - 6 PM. Buffet-style breakfast and lunch on June 6.
  • Housing: Single room in student housing at Carl Becker House for the night of Monday, June 5.

Located on West Campus, the Carl Becker House is made up of suites (4 rooms per suite) and corridor rooms. Attendees will be assigned a single room with 4 people sharing a bathroom. Linens will be provided.

2. National Conference + Optional Graduate Student/Postdoc Excursion (June 5 & 6)

Registration fee $379. Register by April 30, 2017.
Proposals to present papers are due by April 30, 2017.

  • Monday morning session entitled “Use of Research to Inform and Improve Teaching”
  • Lunch and excursion to Taughannock State Falls (transportation included) on Monday, June 5 during the day.
  • Attendance on June 6 at the first annual Teaching as Research National Conference.
  • Meals: Receptions with food and drinks on June 4 and 5 evenings. Lunch and a buffet-style breakfast each day (June 5-6).
  • Housing: Single room in student housing at Carl Becker House for the nights of Sunday, June 4 and Monday, June 5.

Located on West Campus, the Carl Becker House is made up of suites (4 rooms per suite) and corridor rooms. Attendees will be assigned a single room with 4 people sharing a bathroom. Linens will be provided.

3. Full Program (Train the Trainer Workshop and National Conference, June 5 & 6)

Early bird registration fee by March 15, 2017: $599 
Regular registration March 16 - April 30, 2017: $649

What does the registration fee include?

  • Two full days of programming: A full day of Train the Trainer workshop sessions on June 5 and conference attendance on June 6 at the first annual Teaching as Research National Conference.
  • Meals: Pizza & wings reception on Sunday night, June 4 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM. Hors-d’oeuvres and drinks reception June 5 from 4:30 - 6 PM. Lunch and a buffet-style breakfast each day (June 5-6).
  • Housing: Single room in student housing at the Carl Becker House for the nights of Sunday, June 4 and Monday, June 5.

Located on West Campus, the Carl Becker House is made up of suites (4 rooms per suite) and corridor rooms. Attendees will be assigned a single room with 4 people sharing a bathroom. Linens will be provided.

Cornell community members interested in volunteering to help with the conference should contact: cornellcte@cornell.edu

 

Logistics

How do you register?

Online registration can be accessed here or via the Center for Teaching Excellence website: Teaching as Research: Train the Trainer Workshop & Symposium

We recommend that you register early as we only have limited spaces for this workshop. The workshop will be held at Cornell University’s main campus in Ithaca, NY.

This workshop is sponsored by Cornell University’s Center for Teaching Excellence and the Cornell University Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CU-CIRTL).

Travel Arrangements

Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, located 10 minutes from campus, offers American, Delta, and United flights connecting through Detroit, Newark, and Philadelphia. The larger Syracuse Hancock International Airport is located 80 minutes away, but offers additional flights and airlines. Ithaca Airline Limousine provides shuttle service from Syracuse Airport’s Terminal B to Ithaca with 48 hours advanced notice.

Parking

Parking near West Campus can be purchased using the Park Mobile app. Or, call Cornell Commuter and Parking Services at 607-255-PARK or stop by an information booth to buy parking passes by the day.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations prior to May 1 will be refunded the full amount minus a 10% processing fee. No monetary refunds will be made after May 1, 2017, however, you can transfer your registration to another person without penalty.

Other questions? Please e-mail Conference Services at confserv@cornell.edu or call +1 (607) 255-5368.