2017 Teaching and Learning Symposium

Cultivating Communities of Deeper Learning

January 12, 2017

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is proud to announce the 2nd Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium! The Teaching and Learning Symposium is a one-day event that will take place on Thursday, January 12, 2017 from 8:30-5:00 on the UW-Milwaukee campus. This year’s theme is “Cultivating Communities of Deeper Learning.”

This event provides an opportunity for colleagues across campus to engage in thoughtful conversations about pedagogical strategies, course designs, technology tools, and initiatives that facilitate student success. The symposium is an annual celebration of the excellent work that UWM instructors and staff do.

Keynote Speaker

This year’s keynote speaker will be Christine Harrington, who will talk about “Creating a Powerful Syllabus”:

“During this engaging presentation, participants will learn what the research says about the purpose and power of the syllabus. Research-based ideas on how to construct an effective syllabus will be shared. For instance, there will be a discussion about what type of information and what level of detail to include on the syllabus. Examples of syllabi will be used to illustrate points. Participants will walk away with practical ideas about how to use this important document to set the stage for a successful start to the semester.”

Christine HarringtonDr. Christine Harrington is the Executive Director of the Student Success Center for the New Jersey Council of Community Colleges. Previously, Dr. Harrington served as director for the Center for the Enrichment of Learning and Teaching (CELT) and a psychology professor at Middlesex County College. She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Lehigh University and M.A. in Counseling and Personnel Services and B. A. in Psychology from The College of New Jersey. She is the recipient of the 2016 Excellence in Teaching First-Year Seminar Award, sponsored by McGraw Hill Education and the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition, and the 2016 Middlesex County College Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award. She is the author of a research-based first-year seminar textbook, Student Success in College: Doing What Works! 2nd edition and a contributing author of Foundations for Critical Thinking. Dr. Harrington frequently presents at national and local conferences and colleges or universities. Additional information and teaching resources can be found on her website.

Testimonials from 2016

Last year, the symposium offered 23 one-hour sessions and had over 115 attendees from a wide range of disciplines across campus. Here’s what attendees said about the symposium:

  • “I made strong connections with other instructors that I plan to sustain.”
  • “I can honestly say that some of the things I learned will be implemented in some of my course segments.”
  • “I was inspired by the innovative teaching strategies shared throughout the day.”
  • “The chance to meet and connect with other teaching staff on campus was truly fantastic.”
  • “The mix of teaching strategies and utilizing instructional technologies was perfect for me!”
  • “I was really happy to see all the great teaching that is happening at UWM. It was inspiring to meet with the people who are really focused on student learning and engagement.”


Contact Dylan Barth with any questions about the symposium.

The UWM Teaching and Learning Symposium is supported by a UWM Academic Staff Group Professional Development Award and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

Learn More

The 2017 program is available!

Registration is now closed.

Call for Proposals
The call for proposals is now closed.