Registration is now open for the 2021 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium. This year’s event will be held Wednesday, January 6, entirely online. It is free for all Illinois State University faculty, staff, and graduate students.
Civic Engagement in Extraordinary Times
This year’s theme, Civic Engagement in Extraordinary Times, examines one of Illinois State University’s core values in an era of unprecedented pressure on our social, political, and educational lives. What roles should institutions of higher education play in their communities? How are we as an institution encouraging students to become informed, engaged, and responsible members of a community? And how have recent social and political events shaped our views of civic engagement and how to incorporate it into Illinois State University’s overall mission?
The Symposium will be offered entirely online as a series of plenary and concurrent sessions, each focusing on a different aspect of civic and community engagement.
For the morning plenary session, starting at 8:30 a.m., a group of nationally recognized speakers will lead discussions on a wide range of topics, from high impact practices in teaching and learning, to promoting civic engagement across the disciplines, to fostering meaningful dialogues about social justice and other issues.
Elizabeth Bennion, Ph.D., is a professor of political science at Indiana University South Bend, where she teaches courses in American politics. Her research includes large-scale voter registration and mobilization field experiments in which randomized assignments are used to test the effectiveness of different mobilization techniques.
Marshall Welch, Ph.D., served as the assistant vice provost for engagement at Saint Mary’s College of California. Welch has taught numerous service-learning courses and has several publications, presentations, and workshops on service-learning, civic engagement, and spiritual development in education. His structural rubrics for conceptualizing and implementing service-learning and reflection, such as the ABCs of reflection, have garnered national and international attention.
Timothy K. Eatman
Timothy K. Eatman, Ph.D., an educational sociologist and publicly engaged scholar, serves as the inaugural dean of the Honors Living Learning Community (HLLC) and associate professor in the Department of Urban Education at Rutgers University-Newark. Prior to this, his primary network of operation and leadership for over a decade was with Imagining America: Artists and Scholars in Public Life (IA) serving as director of research (2004–2012) and faculty co-director (2012–2017).
The afternoon concurrent sessions, starting at 1 p.m., will include opportunities to continue the conversations with the morning keynote speakers. In addition, invited speakers from the Illinois State community will offer additional sessions on Deliberative Dialogues, Course Design, and Community Partnerships.
Register by Friday, December 18
Act now to reserve your seat for this, the largest conversation about teaching and student learning at Illinois State. Register through the My.IllinoisState portal.
The 2021 University-Wide Teaching & Learning Symposium is organized by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology in partnership this year with the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. If you need a special accommodation to fully participate in a CTLT event, please email CTLT@ilstu.edu.