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Faculty Symposium


The Annual Faculty Symposium will be held on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the UMass Lowell Inn & Conference Center!

Share your teaching innovations, research projects, creative works and community engagement activities; network with colleagues; and enjoy the faculty recognition ceremony!

TimeAgenda (Subject to Change)
3:30 p.m.Small Group Session I (sessions below occur concurrently)
  • Lightning Talks, Concord Room
  • Lightning Talks, Merrimack Room
4:30 p.m.Small Group Session II: (sessions below occur concurrently)
  • Lightning Talks, Concord Room
  • Pedagogy Panel & Discussion: What Works? Easy and Practical Teaching Tips You Can Incorporate This Week(presentations followed by discussion), Merrimack Room
    • Pushing Past Personal Boundaries: Helping Honors Students Embrace Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Deb Finch, Associate Teaching Professor, Marketing, Entrepreneurship & Innovation
    • First Impressions, Lasting Results, Michele K. Fox, Associate Teaching Professor, Physical Therapy & Kinesiology
    • Quick Intervention: Mid-Semester Course Evaluations with Keep / Start / Stop, Bridget M. Marshall, Associate Professor, English
    • Incorporating Weekly Class Prep Assignments, Amy Smalarz, Assistant Teaching Professor, Public Heal
    • Personalized Learning: An end-of-semester Addition Worth Our Time, Jack Schneider, Assistant Professor, Education
5 p.m.Networking
6 p.m.Keynotes:
  • Engineered Biomaterials to Improve Human Health, Gulden Camci-Unal, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
  • Teaching: Four Ideas for Your Consideration, James Nehring, Associate Professor, Leadership in Education, Recipient of the 2019 Manning Prize for Teaching Excellence
6:20 p.m.Faculty Recognition and Reception

Enjoy the Keynote Presentations

James Nehring's Teaching: Four Ideas for Your Consideration is certain to be uplifting and intellectually provocative! Read more about Nehring's contributions to the field of Education in the news story: "Assoc. Prof. Jim Nehring Inspires With Love of Teaching the Teachers".

Gulden Camci-Unal's Engineered Biomaterials to Improve Human Health will be a fascinating look into her lab's innovative uses of existing technologies to advance research on tissue engineering and design. Read more about Camci-Unal's research in the news story "Origami-Inspired Paper Structures are Used to Grow Cells in the Lab."

Give a 90-second Lightning Talk (aka Flash Talk)

  • Discuss current research or creative work
  • Pitch a research idea in preparation for a project proposal
  • Describe a community engagement project & encourage interdisciplinary participation
  • Promote the work of your Research & Engagement Center to foster collaboration
  • Share a teaching innovation that can be adapted to other disciplines
  • Describe a university-wide service such as a core research facility, library initiative, media teaching lab that can help faculty advance their teaching, research, and scholarship activities

Celebrate faculty accomplishments and network with colleagues.