Final Reminder: Teaching and Learning Day

Teaching and Learning Day will be THIS FRIDAY (Jan. 10) from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the CUB’s Stetson Room. All Stetson faculty and staff are welcome to attend, so please plan to join us for this annual gathering before the start of the spring semester.

The day will be structured into sessions led by members of the Stetson community, and allow us to share ideas and start conversations about the ways we use high-impact practices to improve student learning. Our schedule and descriptions of these individual sessions are as follows:

8:30 a.m. – Breakfast available

9 to 9:20 a.m. – Opening remarks

9:30 to 10:30 a.m. – Session Block A

10:45 to 11:45 a.m. – Session Block B

12 p.m. – Q&A panel with students/alumni

12:30 p.m. – Lunch is served


Community-Engaged Learning
Facilitators: Savannah-Jane Griffin & Kevin Winchell
Room: Faculty Lounge (9:30-10:30 a.m. only)

Have you wanted to change the world through your teaching? Of the high-impact practices identified, none hold more promise for combining the academic and civic missions of higher education than community-engaged learning (CEL). In this session, you will learn CEL best practices, hear from faculty who have successfully integrated CEL into their courses, and brainstorm new ways to incorporate CEL into teaching. Participants will receive a toolbox of resources you can utilize to integrate CEL into your teaching in the future.


Learning Communities
Facilitators: Larry Correll-Hughes & Jessica Day
Room: Faculty Lounge (10:45-11:45 a.m. only)

Stetson has long had a 3-year residency requirement as an educational requirement of the university and, as a result, Residential Living & Learning seeks to integrate high-impact practices including learning communities into our residence halls and other environments. In this session, you will learn more about types of residential learning communities, as well as how those look on our campus, including the Community Catalyst House Program, which integrates other high-impact practices. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in discussion related to the challenges and opportunities of learning communities, support needed and the ability of students to participate.


Distinguished Scholarships and Undergraduate Research
Facilitator: Grace Kaletski-Maisel
Room: CUB Garage 261 A

Students who apply for distinguished scholarships compete with peers from across the nation or globe for a chance to receive funding for post-graduate or undergraduate study, research opportunities, study abroad or prestigious fellowships. These awards can be highly selective, and the most competitive applicants will have impressive resumes that demonstrate academic achievement, leadership, and dedication to the issues that inspire them. Undergraduate research is one high-impact practice that can contribute to student development in all of these areas and help students stand out to selection committees. This session will be useful for anyone who has an interest in supporting students who compete for distinguished scholarships or in preparing students for success after graduation. Participants will leave with a refreshed understanding of distinguished scholarships and sense of connectedness between student pursuit of scholarships, undergraduate research, and postgraduate success.


Global Learning
Facilitators: Paula Hentz & Robert Sitler
Room: Stetson Room 230

Please join us if you are interested in learning about the transformative effect that study abroad has on our students at Stetson, and/or if you are considering leading a study abroad program in the future.  Participants at this session will learn about study abroad as a high-impact practice and will hear directly from faculty about a study abroad program that is particularly high-impact, the Mentored Field Experience (MFE).  The MFE is an annual opportunity offered through the Latin American & Latino Studies program that combines multiple high-impact practices including study abroad and a small cohort of students working closely with their professor on a research project.  In this session, you will also have an opportunity to engage in a Q&A session with current students who have studied abroad and hear directly about how study abroad has affected their lives and plans for the future. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the impact of study abroad as well as ideas on how to develop engaging and high-impact study abroad programs.


Facilitators: Tim Stiles & John Tichenor
Room: CUB Garage 261B

As the most-valued high-impact practice by employers, internships bridge curricular learning outcomes to real-world applications. In the past five years, Stetson has made significant progress standardizing and automating internship credit approval processes, cataloging minimal requirements and guidelines for what constitutes a credit worthy internship, and in the case of the School of Business Administration, requiring all majors to complete two experiential learning experiences for graduation.  In this session, faculty and staff will share best practices related to teaching a for-credit internship course and the criticality of building reflective practice into internship requirements.  Participants will gain insight into course syllabi and internship credit requirements, the instructor’s role, and reflective theory and practical applications.