The Walker Center for Teaching and Learning will be hosting the 2023 Instructional Excellence Conference on Tuesday, May 9. We’ll be gathering in the Tennessee Room in the University Center from 8:30 am to 11:30 am to eat breakfast, hear a powerful address from our featured speaker, and then engage in a workshop that will give us some compelling ideas to consider as we decompress from the 2022-23 academic year and gear up for Fall 2023.
The featured speaker for this event will be Dr. Kevin Gannon. Dr. Gannon is the Director of the Center for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence and Professor of History at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina. He is the author of Radical Hope: A Teaching Manifesto, published in April, 2020, as part of the Teaching and Learning in Higher Education series from West Virginia University Press. He is a regular contributor to the Chronicle of Higher Education, and his work has also appeared in outlets such as Vox, CNN, and The Washington Post. To get a sense of Dr. Gannon’s passion for impactful teaching, check out his conversations on the Tea for Teaching podcast and the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast. If you’re interested in his work, and particularly interested in his thesis in this book, but need to take in something a bit shorter than a book, you can read the blog post that inspired this book.