The theme of this year’s retreat is "Your Role in the Changing Landscape of Higher Education." As noted in our campus 2013-2016 Strategic Plan, there are rapid changes taking place in higher education today, reflecting those taking place in so many other aspects of the world. What kinds of transformative learning experiences are we providing our students to prepare them for the changing world in which they will live and work?

There will be many opportunities for participants to engage in discussion and to expand upon the plenary talk. The retreat will offer interactive activities and video vignettes to learn what our colleagues are doing, in addition to a poster display, and lunch conversations. New this year, there will be 12 grants of $4,000 each. Retreat attendees will be eligible to apply for these grants to help implement ideas inspired by the retreat.

We are pleased to have Dr. Robert Lue, our 2014 Faculty Retreat plenary speaker, to lead us in this discussion. He is the inaugural Richard L.Menschel Faculty Director of the Bok Center, Professor of the Practice of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Director of Life Sciences Education at Harvard University.

Goals of the Retreat

The goals for the Annual Faculty Retreat are to build our collective knowledge about teaching and learning, to share innovative ideas and approaches, and to promote partnerships within and beyond the campus community.