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UK Teaching Excellence Symposium invites proposals and registrations

Photo from CELT Teaching Innovation Institute Showcase in December. Arden Barnes | UK Photo.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 26, 2023) As with research, we advance our knowledge and practice of teaching when we have opportunities to share and learn from the expertise, experiences and scholarly activity of colleagues. The teaching mission of our university depends on a dynamic, engaged community of educators who seek innovative and inclusive ways of enabling student learning and success. 

To recognize the critical work of instructors and to offer an institution-wide venue for the advancement of teaching at the University of Kentucky, the Center for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) and the Office for Faculty Advancement will host the UK Teaching Excellence Symposium on Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, in the Gatton College of Business and Economics building.

The symposium will provide a space for UK educators to share examples of exceptional teaching and explore critical issues in teaching and learning through lightning talks and longer presentations. Faculty, part-time instructors, postdocs, graduate students, teaching assistants and instructional staff will deliver lightning talks and longer presentations. All in the UK community are invited to register. Read more about the Symposium on the CELT website.

A keynote address, “Realizing the Promise of Teaching with Technology: Insights from Learning Sciences,” will be given by Michelle D. Miller, Ph.D., professor of psychological sciences at Northern Arizona University and author of "Remembering and Forgetting in the Age of Technology: Teaching, Learning, and the Science of Memory in a Wired World" (West Virginia University Press, 2022). In this address, Miller will explore key principles about how the mind works and how instructors can use technology to create learning experiences that are memorable, compelling and effective.

Miller will also give an interactive workshop on “Using AI Tools for Faculty Work.” The workshop will explore important capabilities of AI tools and frameworks with hands-on work and brainstorming. The workshop will also consider the problem of academic dishonesty, discussing and experimenting with different ways to design effective assignments. Participants are invited to bring their own device to engage.

The symposium is free and open to all in the UK community. All attendees are encouraged to register and drop in for just one session or for the entire day (and anything in between).

A light breakfast will be served at 8:30 a.m. and a lunch buffet will also be provided. More details about the day’s schedule are forthcoming on the CELT website.

As the state’s flagship, land-grant institution, the University of Kentucky exists to advance the Commonwealth. We do that by preparing the next generation of leaders — placing students at the heart of everything we do — and transforming the lives of Kentuckians through education, research and creative work, service and health care. We pride ourselves on being a catalyst for breakthroughs and a force for healing, a place where ingenuity unfolds. It's all made possible by our people — visionaries, disruptors and pioneers — who make up 200 academic programs, a $476.5 million research and development enterprise and a world-class medical center, all on one campus.   

In 2022, UK was ranked by Forbes as one of the “Best Employers for New Grads” and named a “Diversity Champion” by INSIGHT into Diversity, a testament to our commitment to advance Kentucky and create a community of belonging for everyone. While our mission looks different in many ways than it did in 1865, the vision of service to our Commonwealth and the world remains the same. We are the University for Kentucky.