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, Andrew Daly, Will Gerard, Kate LaBore, Adia Ivey, Dikshit Mahaveer, Michelle Marquart, Jamie Nelson, Noah Quinones, and James Wentworth.