The Retreat will take place from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm on Friday, February 22, 2019 at the Illini Union in Illini Rooms A, B, C (Main Level). Refreshments and lunch are included.

8:00 – 8:30


8:30 – 8:40

Michel Bellini, Director/ Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL)

8:40 – 8:50

Andreas Cangellaris, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Provost

8:50 – 9:00

The Power of Transformative Learning
Kevin Pitts, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education/Office of the Provost


Cheelan Bo-Linn, CITL

9:00 – 9:30

"Fishing for a Story: Podcasts in the Classroom"
Becky Fuller, Animal Biology    

9:30 – 10:00

"Messy Problems: Reframing Your Way Forward"
Barbara Hancin-Bhatt, Nicole Lamers, Brian Neighbors, and Murillo Soranso – LAS Life + Career Design

10:00 – 10:15

Coffee/Tea Break

10:15 – 10:45

"Directing Learning: Student Documentaries for the 21st Century Communication"
Matthew Browning, Recreation, Sport, and Tourism

10:45 – 11:15

"From the Ivory Tower to Main Street: Turning Data to Narrative"
Gillen D’Arcy Wood, Associate Director, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment (iSEE)

11:15 – 11:50

"Embodying Cognition: Movement, Metaphor, and Play in the Classroom"
Judith Pintar, School of Information Sciences

12:00 – 12:40



Educational Innovation and Opportunities at Illinois
Kevin Pitts, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education/Office of the Provost

  • 2017-2018 Recipients: Wade Fagen-Ulmschneider/Computer Science & Karle Flanagan/Statistics: "Deploying a Phone and Web-based Digital Queue for TA Office Hours"
  • 2018-2019 Recipients: Candace A. Martinez/Business Administration, Clarion Mendes/Speech & Hearing Science, Dawn Bohn/Food Science & Human Nutrition: “Entrepreneurial Approaches to FSHN 466”

12:40 – 1:10

"Everyday Problems Become Tomorrow's Opportunities"
Jeffery Roesler, Civil & Environmental Engineering, and Arthur Schmidt, Civil & Environmental Engineering

1:10 – 1:45

Special Speaker: Todd Taylor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Digital Literacy across the University of Illinois Curriculum: An Invitation for Transformation" 

1:55 – 2:00

2:00 – 2:30

Michel Bellini, CITL
Please stay: You are invited to a "Conversation with Todd Taylor."


View a print-friendly pdf of this program. You will receive a hard copy when you check in at the Retreat.

This Retreat is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL).

Acknowledgement to the Faculty Retreat Committee: Michel Bellini (CITL), Cheelan Bo-Linn (CITL), Shelly Schmidt (Food Science & Human Nutrition) and Wendy Yang (Plant Biology).

And…Special Thanks to Robert Baird, Kate LaBore, Adia Ivey, Michelle Marquart, Jamie Nelson, and James Wentworth.