The Retreat will take place from 8:30 am–2:00 pm on Friday, February 23, 2018 at the Illini Union in Illini Rooms A, B, C (1st floor). Refreshments and lunch are included.


8:00 – 8:30


8:30 – 8:40

Michel Bellini, Director of the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning (CITL) and Associate Professor in School of Molecular & Cellular Biology

8:40 – 8:50

Kevin T. Pitts, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education/Office of the Provost

8:50 – 10:00

Introduction: The Power of Observation
Cheelan Bo-Linn, CITL


Accounting for Personal Growth
Kevin Jackson, Accountancy


Observing Our Observing
Lisa Fay, Ensemble Director/Inner Voices & the Inner Voices Theater Ensemble
Emilie Belluomini, Monisha Roychoudhury, Yana Martinez, MacKenzie Schabowski, Austin Neuman, Sakshi Srivastava, Madeline Whitesell            

10:00 – 10:15

Coffee/Tea Break

10:15 – 11:45

Introduction: The Power of Empathy
Cheelan Bo-Linn, CITL


Empathy as Insight for Innovation
Clarion Mendes, Speech & Hearing Science and Dawn Bohn,  Food Science & Human Nutrition


Encouraging Empathy Across Learning Environments
Robert D. Pahre, Political Science


Students as Science Policy Influencers
Marianne Alleyne, Entomology


Looking at Life Through a New Lens
Deana C. McDonagh, Beckman Institute, Industrial Design

11:45 – 12:30



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

12:30 – 1:55

Introduction: The Power of Ingenuity
Cheelan Bo-Linn, CITL


I. As Scholarly Inquiry
I’m Part of It – Being a Student Scholar at the University of Illinois
Karen Rodriguez’G, Interim Director/Office of Undergraduate Research
Classroom Education and the New Historical Record: Helping Students Invent New Ways of Publishing the Past
John W. Randolph, Director/Russian, East European, & Eurasian Center, History


II. As Creative Endeavor
The Ingenious Solutions Do Not Lie Within
Aimy Wissa, Mechanical Science & Engineering
Dynamic Approaches For Discovering Themes and Connections in Solving Problems
Keilin Jahnke, Technology Entrepreneur Center


III. As Technology-Enhanced Learning:
Learning Through Venturing
Noah Isserman, Business Administration & Social Work, iVenture Accelerator & MakerGirl
Active Teaching and Learning Using Virtual Reality
Cory Pettijohn, Geology

1:55 – 2:00

Michel Bellini, CITL



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

Special Acknowledgement to the Faculty Retreat Committee: Michel Bellini, Cheelan Bo-Linn, Kevin Jackson, Jocelyn Landrum-Brown, and Shelly Schmidt.

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