2018 Retreat

30th Annual Retreat

Save the Date: May 18-20 

Bernice Pescosolido, member of FACET's inaugural class, and Sue Sciame-Giesecke (Class of 1991), will co-chair the Retreat Planning committee. Natalia Rybas, who helped spearhead the inaugural FACET Academy Awards with Lee Kahan and Kyoko Takanashi, will return as a co-chair to help carry the FACET Academy Awards into their second year. Please plan to join your FACET colleagues for what I’m sure will be a memorable, restorative, and inspirational retreat. 

FACET is 30: Reflections on continuing challenges and new priorities in teaching and learning

As FACET celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2018, we are excited to reflect on three decades of changes and continuing challenges in teaching and learning. We hope you will join members, from the inaugural FACET class (1989) to our new inductees and all members in between, as we discuss issues and concerns over time in higher education ranging from teaching and learning in specific courses to pedagogical challenges of engagement to political struggles in and about higher education. The Retreat will be on May 18-20, 2018, at the Fourwinds Resort and Marina. 

During the retreat, participants will join round tables and conversations on the following topics: 

  • Learning Spaces
    • How does the physical environment impact learning? 
    • How have learning spaces changed over time? 
    • What has been the impact of these changes on different pedagogical methods such as lecturing, collaborative learning, active learning, etc.? 
    • What do we know now about formal and informal learning spaces that we wished we had known thirty years ago? 
    • How does online education figure into our discussions on learning spaces? 
    • What does the future hold?
  • Learning
    • Has the shift in focus over the years from teaching to learning been successful?
    • Has the focus on learning outcomes and assessment been helpful? If so, are students learning more now than they did 30 years ago? 
    • How are we measuring student success? Is it working? Are students falling through the cracks that shouldn’t be or should we reconcile that not all students can be successful in college? 
    • What role, if any, should cognitive science play in enhancing student success?
    • What does the future look like? Will we see more college graduates?
  • Engagement
    • How have community and campus partnerships contributed to student learning? 
    • Will this trend of service learning or applied learning continue? 
    • Has this practice impacted the public’s view of universities? 
    • What challenges will we face in the future? How have the national debates (e.g., sexual misconduct, freedom of speech, and others) created or limited opportunities for engagement with community partners? 
    • Will the introduction of online education stifle engagement on and off campus? 
  • Visions of Higher Education
    • What challenges face higher education today versus thirty years ago? 
    • Is a college degree valued today? 
    • What have university communities gained from the debates around the teacher-scholar model? 
    • What practices, policies, and/or proposals have influenced higher education most? What changes are coming?

Facilitate a session

The retreat organizers invite proposals from session facilitators. Facilitators are asked to (1) prepare a 10-15 minute statement and/or design an activity to engage everyone at the table about one of the four topics; (2) propose questions for discussion to engage participants; (3) lead the discussion at the table; and (4) summarize the conversations at the end of the discussion for the participants. 

Proposals are due February 7, 2018 and will provide the following details:
1. Topic chosen from the list above. 
2. Proposed title that represents the focus of the discussion. 
3. Outline of statement or activity (about 200 words). The statement or activity will be about 10-15 min long and will set the stage for the discussion. The statement can overview the state of the issue, propose a position, or review the debates in the literature. The activity can provide an experience for the participants to promote further discussion. Special attention should be given to the development of issues and concerns over time. 
4. Discussion questions or prompts to engage the audience. The questions will promote conversations, allow for the sharing of experiences and ideas, and promote critical analysis of existing practices or contexts.

Facilitate a session