Summer Teaching Symposium (STS)

Full-time faculty are invited to join the Academy for Teaching and Learning Excellence (ATLE) for our annual Summer Teaching Symposium. The Summer Teaching Symposium is a multi-day event that focuses on teaching and learning strategies and renewal ideas for faculty members.

In general, the event involves workshops about teaching techniques and strategies in a breakout/conference format, as well as opportunities to discuss, mix, and exchange teaching stories and best practices with other faculty members from around campus. The focus is on reflection, renewal, and exposure to additional ideas on teaching and learning. We emphasize interaction across disciplines, sharing of tips and tricks, and focusing on classroom applications (turning theories into practices).

By the end of the event, faculty create a single PowerPoint slide to explain to their fellow participants what they will change in their courses.

Participants must be on nine or twelve month faculty contract; this is the one event ATLE offers which is not open to graduate students or to adjuncts. Faculty are asked to attend the entire event (in other words, do not sign up if you have competing obligations during part of the workshops).

While ATLE does not offer compensation, participants receive a modest (roughly $80) piece of technology for attending. Each year's giveaway item is different.

STS-02 (Summer 2015)

The 2015 Summer Teaching Symposium (STS-02) will be held on May 5-6 (Tuesday-Wednesday), from 8:30 to 4pm. Each day we will offer a full complimentary breakfast buffet and a lunch buffet. 

The theme will be "The Science of Learning" - find out how the lessons from brain science offer direct suggestions for more effective ways to structure course assignments, deliver lectures and content, and encourage student memory and retention.

For Summer 2015, the giveaway item will be a 1-terabyte external hard drive (it works just like an extra-large flash drive).

Tuesday, May 5
8:00 Registration
8:30 Breakfast buffet
9:15 Welcome and introduction
9:30 Brain-based learning
10:30 Coffee break
10:45 Plenary: Evidence-based instruction: What works, what doesn't (Doug Rohrer, Psychology)
11:45 Breakout #1 – From theory to practice: ideas to operationalize the principles
12:15 Lunch buffet
1:15 Breakout #2 – Faculty adjustments: altering your lecture and semester plan
2:15 Coffee break
2:30 Gallery walk activity
3:15 Partner debrief
3:30 Raffle
4:00 End of day one

Wednesday, May 6
8:30 Breakfast buffet
9:00 Morning mixer
9:30 Breakout #3
10:30 Breakout #4
11:30 Coffee break
11:45 Breakout #5 – From theory to practice: ideas to operationalize the (new) principles
12:45 Lunch buffet
1:45 Speed sharing activity
2:00 Partner debrief and application hour
3:00 Reports from the stage
3:45 Raffle
4:00 End of day two


Registration for the 2015 Summer Teaching Symposium (STS-02) was limited to the first 90 applicants and has filled to capacity. However, we have had late cancellations and can add a few extras by direct email sent to - act fast!

We expect STS-03 to occupy a similar week in early May of 2016, and for registrations to begin in early 2016. The best way to ensure notification is to join the ATLE listerv.

STS Archives

Click below for the handouts and participant materials from past STS events:

STS-01: August 5-6, 2014 (also: video slideshow recap)