2021 Teaching and Learning Symposium (Virtual)

January 14, 2021

Adapt • Persist • Connect

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) is proud to announce the 6th Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium! The Teaching and Learning Symposium is a one-day event that will take place on Thursday, January 14, 2021.

In line with UWM’s strategy for keeping faculty, staff, and students healthy and safe, this year’s symposium will be held virtually. The virtual format will provide an opportunity for even more UWM instructors to participate and to connect with each other in new ways.

The theme for this year’s symposium is “Adapt • Persist • Connect.” The COVID-19 pandemic has both highlighted our interconnectedness and challenged us to find new ways of connecting with our students and with our colleagues. The pandemic has disrupted our familiar ways of teaching and collaborating, but as an institution, we have risen to that challenge by adapting and developing innovative approaches that allow us to make vital connections with our students in remote and socially-distanced classrooms.

Keynote Speaker

We are excited to have Cate Denial as this year’s keynote speaker! The title of her talk is “A Pedagogy of Kindness.” Her keynote topic, which focuses on compassion, empathy, and understanding in teaching and learning, aligns well with the symposium theme of connecting.

Cate Denial is the Bright Distinguished Professor of American History, Chair of the History department, and Director of the Bright Institute at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois. A 2018-2021 Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, Cate is the winner of the American Historical Association’s 2018 Eugene Asher Distinguished Teaching award, and a former member of the Digital Public Library of America‘s Educational Advisory Board.  Cate is currently at work on a new book, A Pedagogy of Kindness, under contract with West Virginia University Press. Her historical research has examined the early nineteenth-century experience of pregnancy, childbirth and child-rearing in Upper Midwestern Ojibwe and missionary cultures, research that grew from Cate’s previous book, Making Marriage: Husbands, Wives, and the American State in Dakota and Ojibwe Country (2013). In summer 2018, Cate was an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia, PA.

Testimonials from 2020

Last year, the symposium offered 37 sessions with 55 presenters and had over 280 attendees, consisting of instructional and non-instructional academic staff, faculty members, and graduate teaching assistants from a wide range of disciplines across campus. Here’s what a few attendees said about the symposium:

  • “It is an excellent opportunity to get together with my colleagues who are passionate about teaching and to learn from them and share ideas about how to be better educators.”
  • “I really enjoyed meeting people from different departments and really am impressed by the dedication, knowledge, and high quality depth from across the UWM campus.”
  • “All the sessions I attended shared/taught new knowledge or reinforced some of the strategies or methods I am using. I came out with a renewed sense of what is working best especially because the presenters were UWM faculty who know, understand, and are intimately acquainted with the students’ learning and other needs, and the institutional climate and resources.”
  • “In addition to practical ideas shared, it was simply the opportunity to step back for a day and think only about teaching. We don’t tend to have that luxury for much of the year.”
  • “The keynote with Stephanie Fryberg was amazing. She was a great speaker and her topic so relevant to teaching, advising, student experiences, etc. Even in the following session many people, including myself, were discussing the keynote.”


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.

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