May 31 - June 2, 2023

Oakwood Resort, Syracuse, IN

Floating, Swimming, or Diving in the
Changing Currents of Higher Education

As teachers, we are in a time of dramatic and rapid change, whether from the pandemic's continuing effect, enrollment pressures, increased student anxiety, technology shifts, or other challenges. Our students are also feeling these waves of change.

Of course, change can open opportunities for growth, for us as educators and for our students. How can we meet our historic moment in a way that is emotionally and mentally sustainable and productive for learning? This year's theme embraces three broad, overlapping ways of conceptualizing responses to the changing currents of higher education, to help us meet our students where they are, as well as to help us continue to grow as learners.

Sometimes the best strategy is to go with the flow, whether in terms of self-care, honest communication, meeting students where they are, maintaining a flexible and supportive learning environment, finding ways to collaborate, or continuing to apply tried-and-true teaching methods.

Actively moving with (or against!) the current takes planning and effort but can also result in positive movement to new places. As FACET members, we are committed to pedagogical innovation, often called upon to invent new and flexible learning experiences, more equitable assessment practices, and new ways of helping our students engage with ideas and take measured risks. A growth mindset applies to our students and ourselves as we continue to learn!

The scholarship of teaching and learning offers a deep dive into evidence-based strategies for teaching in face-to-face, hybrid, and online environments. In the face of deep change, credible research-supported practices that foster our students' intellectual growth, and academic well-being are more needed than ever, as are opportunities to deepen our own pool of knowledge.

Retreat Registration

This year's registration will be limited to FACET member and nominees, and special guests for ceremonies. Online registration is open through May 17. Meal tickets for personal guests range from $16-50 depending on meal, you may add tickets in the online form. On-site registrations may be available during the retreat, depending on availability.

Full Retreat $125
Induction Ceremony (Wednesday Evening) $50
Innovate Awards Ceremony (Thursday Evening) $50


Oakwood Resort

Book a room by May 1 to ensure discounted rate of $79 for standard rooms and $129 for suites. You must enter the code: 6160C31217




The schedule, full program, and presenter slides can be viewed below.

ScheduleFull Program Presentations

Local Attractions

Explore Syracuse and other nearby towns in Kosciusko county. The resort offers amenities such as kayaking, beach, walking trails, and more. 


Plenary Speakers: Jenny Deranek and Tami Martinez

In this session we’ll unpack the data on faculty thriving and learn how it influences campus climate. We’ll also explore our roles and experiences as members of an academic community to support our units and students, while also taking care of ourselves. This will be a time of interaction, collaboration, and self-reflection.

Jenny Deranek is a Clinical Associate Professor in Health Sciences and an Assistant Dean in the Dwyer College of Health Sciences at Indiana University South Bend. She is holds degrees from Albion College, the University of Virginia, and Western Michigan University and has experiences in healthcare, athletics, non-profit, and higher education. Jenny is a 2021 FACET Inductee and enjoys encouraging students to develop skills that support their personal and professional development. She's the proud mom to three amazing young kiddos and a husband who works hard to bring good to the world. 

Tami Martinez is a seasoned educator and academic administrator who has worked in higher education for almost 30 years. Currently, Tami is the Assistant Dean of the Ernestine M. Raclin School of the Arts and a Senior Lecturer in Communication Studies at Indiana University South Bend. She holds degrees from Andrews University and Azusa Pacific University; she enjoys working with adult learners, has a passion for supporting faculty, and is dedicated to forwarding JEDI initiatives (Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion). She is the co-author of the Faculty Thriving Quotient (FTQ), a newly developed, valid and reliable (α = .92) instrument that provides higher educational professionals with a deeper, richer understanding of faculty thriving. Tami and her husband have four incredible children who are young adults now and they’re all doing amazing things.

  • Dawn Wisher, Bloomington, Chair
  • Tanya Perkins, East
  • Jeong-il Cho, Fort Wayne
  • Susan Glassburn, Indianapolis
  • Tara Kingsley, Kokomo
  • Harold Olivey, Northwest
  • Mohammad Merhi, South Bend
  • Barbara Kutis, Southeast
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