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Teaching Enhancement Workshop

"The Joy of Teaching," Wednesday, August 31, 2022 - McGuire Hall

The Joy of Teaching is somewhat like the Joy of Cooking or the Joy of Parenting. Teaching can be at once messy and wonderful, difficult and deeply meaningful. We come together in anticipation of the new semester to share our joys and struggles. The program aims to help us think about the core purposes of liberal arts education, develop connections with each other, and have fun in the classroom.


Schedule of events

8:30 - 9 a.m.


9 a.m.

Welcome and Introduction

  • Mavis Biss, Associate Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Teaching Enhancement Committee

9 - 10 a.m.

Plenary: We Need to Talk About Instruction: The Most Important Part of a Liberal Arts Education

  • Plenary Speaker: Harry Brighouse, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison

    Harry Brighouse, Ph.D., is the Mildred Fish-Harnack Professor of Philosophy of Education, Carol Dickson-Bascom Professor of the Humanities, and Affiliate Professor of Educational Policy Studies at University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Brighouse is also the director of the Center for Ethics and Education at University of Wisconsin, Madison.


Listen to a podcast featuring Dr. Brighouse on becoming a better college teacher


10:15 - 11:05 a.m.

Pop-ups and Continued Conversation with Harry Brighouse, Ph.D.

Pop-up sessions are a way of allowing for spontaneous connections and knowledge sharing with your colleagues. Formal presentations are great, but sometimes the informal conversations that arise around topics of shared concern are the most valuable part of a conference or workshop. We have decided to create lots of space at this year's TEW for interaction with colleagues. Show up and we will help you organize yourselves!

Continue the Conversation with Harry Brighouse

McGuire Hall

Pop-up Room on Sharing Things that Work

Maryland Hall 242

Pop-up Room on Trouble-shooting Things that Aren't Working

Maryland Hall 241

11:15 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.

Breakout Sessions

The Benefits of Having Fun in the Classroom

Having fun has been shown to have numerous benefits from improving happiness, well-being, building connections, and engagement. Fun has also been shown to have important benefits for students in college classrooms.

The purpose of this session is to provide an overview of research conducted on fun in the workplace and the classroom and to provide some practical advice for why professors should consider incorporating fun in their classrooms too.

Attendees will participate in a fun activity to provide a practical example for how to incorporate fun in the classroom and to understand the benefits of having fun. The session is led by John Michel (Management and Organizations).


Maryland Hall 244


Remi Chiu (Fine Arts) and Nicole Reibe (Theology) will share their experiences incorporating elements of "Ungrading" into their courses.


Maryland Hall 243
Pop-up Round Two

Space has been set aside for participants who wish to continue conversations that began in the Pop-up Rooms.

  • Pop-up Room on Sharing Things that Work
  • Pop-up Room on Trouble-shooting Things that Aren't Working
Maryland Hall 242

12:05 p.m.

Lunch and Conversation

1 p.m.

Afternoon Sessions

Making the Most of the Fernandez Center Classrooms

The active-learning classrooms in the Fernandez Center create new pedagogical possibilities. This session will showcase concrete ways to use the flexible space and technology features to engage students with course material. Featured instructors include Michelle Gawerc (Sociology), Andrea Thomas (Modern Languages and Literatures), and Jon Malis (Fine Arts).

Beatty Hall 106

Teaching Effectiveness Beyond Evaluations

This session is for anyone who could use some help curating evidence of their teaching effectiveness without referencing teaching evaluations. Currently, teaching evaluations may not be used in annual updates to demonstrate teaching effectiveness. Fortunately, there are many other forms of evidence that can be used to establish teaching effectiveness! The key is to avoid a "kitchen sink" approach and instead curate pieces of evidence that are explained in a cohesive narrative.


Maryland Hall 242

Teaching Enhancement Committee Members, 2022-23

  • Diana Betz (Psychology) 
  • Mavis Biss, Chair (Philosophy) 
  • Irem Demirkan (Management and Organizations)
  • Carrie Horwitz Lang (Teacher Education)
  • Stephen Park (English)
  • Andrew Schoeffield (Biology)
  • Beth Kotchick (Psychology /Academic Affairs), ex officio

Past Teaching Enhancement Workshops

January 2022: What are my Students Thinking?

September 2021: Stepping Through the Portal: Rebuilding Community

January 2021: Best Use of Zoom and Classroom Sessions

August 2020: Planning for Fall 2020: Classroom Trial Sessions

January 2020: Teaching for Active Citizenship

August 2019: Reflection on Student Learning and Teaching Practice

January 2019: Motivation: Theory in Action

August 2018: Approaching Challenging Topics in the Classroom

January 2018: High-Impact Teaching Practices Using Digital Pedagogy

August 2017: Student-Driven Learning and High-Impact Learning Practices

January 2017: Evidence-Based Teaching Practices

August 2016: Race in the College Classroom

January 2016: Modes of Engagement

August 2015: Inclusive Teaching and Loyola's Diversifying Student Body

January 2015: The Jesuit Mission, In Action

August 2014: Beyond Words: The Power of Nonverbal Communication in Teaching