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Save-the-Date: Project-based Learning Workshop, April 7-8

Innovative Approaches to Tackling Complex Challenges

a two-day project-based learning workshop
April 7-8 on the Stetson University Campus
in DeLand, FL

The Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence is thrilled to host a 2-day project-based learning workshop delivered by Dr. Rick Vaz and colleagues from the Center for Project-Based Learning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Widely recognized as a high-impact educational practice, project-based learning (PBL) is increasingly being used to enhance student learning and skill development.  Participants will explore ways to use PBL engage students with real-world, complex challenges.

Call for applications will be posted shortly.  Registration is $295/person or $1,000/team (4 or more) – includes breakfast and lunch.

vaz-photoDr. Richard F. Vaz serves as the inaugural Director of WPI’s Center for Project-Based Learning, which provides support to colleges and universities looking to implement or enhance project-based learning. In his prior role as dean of interdisciplinary and global studies he had oversight of WPI’s interdisciplinary degree requirement, the Interactive Qualifying Project.

Dr. Vaz received his BS, MS, and PhD in electrical engineering from WPI, and has been a member of the WPI Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty since 1984.  He has also held systems and design engineering positions with Raytheon, GenRad, and the MITRE Corporation.

Peek at 2016 Colloquium

Opening Remarks by Provost Beth Paul

Opening Remarks by Provost

Keynote Workshop: A Global Learning Perspective of Inclusive Excellence by Hilary Landorf and Stephanie Doscher, Office of Global Learning Initiatives at Florida International University

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Plenary Session: Service and Integrative Learning – Two Elusive Birds and the Stone that Gets Them Both by Kirsten Shippert, Community School of Music at Stetson University

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Interactive Presentations

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Round Table Sessions

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Poster Reception

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Closing Remarks

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Call for Proposals: 2016 Colloquium


There’s something for everyone at the annual Colloquium on Teaching and Learning Innovation, hosted by Stetson University. Join colleagues from across the nation for a celebration of learning excellence. Share teaching and learning innovations, gains you have made in any area of learning, present new ideas, and more.

2016 Colloquium: Beyond Engagement 

April 1, 2016
8:45 am-5:00 pm
Stetson University, DeLand, FL

This year’s colloquium welcomes presentations on learning innovations that reach beyond engagement to create meaning by students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the broader community. Proposals on learning innovations designed to make connections among concepts and experiences are solicited. Click on the red links/headings for more information.

The colloquium promises to be a full-day event at Stetson University in the heart of downtown Deland, Florida.
Interactive Keynote Speakers: Hilary Landorf and Stephanie Doscher, Office of Global Learning Initiatives at Florida International University

Call for Proposals
Submission deadline: March 1, 2016

Online Registration: begins February 1, 2016
Deadline for online registration: March 15, 2016
Onsite registration: Available

Travel and Accommodations

Stetson University’s DeLand campus is located approximately half-way between Daytona Beach and Orlando, just off of Interstate-4 in sunny Florida.
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Past Events

2015 Colloquium

Engaging minds while teaching and learning innovation | Stetson Today

The Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence sponsors the annual Colloquium on Teaching & Learning Innovation. See below how Stetson faculty and staff are considering a definition of global learning that advances inclusion and academic excellence.

In her welcoming remarks at Stetson’s “Beyond EngagementColloquium on Teaching and Learning Innovation, Stetson Executive Vice President and Provost Beth Paul, said, “This is our day to celebrate learning at Stetson. It’s such a treat to gather together as a community to focus on the heart of what we do. Our goal of inspiring students to be lifelong learners is more important in this fast-paced knowledge age. In today’s society we need to ‘turbo-charge’ life-long learning! The effect of an inclusive learning community is powerful.”

Held in early April, the second annual colloquium showcased passion for all aspects of learning. It opened with an interactive workshop led by Hilary Landorf, Ph.D., and Stephanie Doscher, Ed.D. from the Office of Global Learning Initiatives at Florida International University.

Together, Landorf and Doscher presented the keynote workshop in which attendees broke into small groups. Group members were challenged to look at a serious problem through not only their perspective, but through the ‘lens’ of others. Attendees were further challenged to see the interconnectivity of individuals, noting how inclusive education and dialogue is paramount to address today’s most pressing problems.

“Global learning is the key to inclusive excellence,” said Landorf.

“But that doesn’t mean we need to necessarily leave the classroom. Integrative learning can take place anywhere. You just need to make meaningful connections,” added Doscher. “Examine how you can bring global learning and integrative learning to create meaning for your students. We need to learn what we don’t know in order to achieve Global Equity.”

The morning session continued with plenary speaker Kirsten Shippert Brown, director of Stetson University’s Community School of Music.

Brown said the best example they have of integrative and service learning in the School of Music occurs in private lessons in which a Stetson student becomes the teacher to others from the community at large.

“Now in the role of a teacher, student-teachers become aware and naturally observe themselves as they observe their students. Our students learn firsthand that the better you get at teaching, the better you get at playing.”

The colloquium’s afternoon portion consisted of round-table discussions, interactive presentations and poster sessions.

Brown Innovation Fellow Michele Randall, visiting assistant professor of English at Stetson, was an attendee as well as co-presenter of a poster session titled, “Buffy Belongs in College: What Popular Culture adds to the University Classroom.” She notes that by integrating popular culture into the material, student motivation and course interest increases.

“The more interesting you make the material for the students with pop culture stories, the more they can connect to the material. The students are increasingly invested and then we can pack everything in that approach. Students come in to class ready to learn when they are engaged and excited,” said Randall. “What I’ve learned is that if I’m passionate about teaching it, the students, in turn, become passionate about learning. I’m having a lot of fun with this style of teaching and am excited to be sharing my experience and learning from others today.”

“In addition to expanding from a half day event, the most important change I’ve observed in 2016 is engaging learners from even more institutions,” said Rosalie Richards, associate provost for Faculty Development and Colloquium Chair. “Last year, members from Daytona State College and Bethune-Cookman University joined in the discussion, and this year we hosted those institutions as well as colleagues from Saint Leo University, Georgia College and Florida International University. Next year, we envision it to be a hub for all aspects of engagement – including K – 12, not-for-profits, government and more. As a collective, we can enhance or reimagine how we work together in the service of learning by all,” she explained.

“The more opportunity we have to engage with each other, then the higher likelihood we are to have inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary innovations,” Richards continued. “That kind of engagement is the type of learning we must model for Stetson University students so they are equipped to address complex challenges.”

Stetson University’s annual colloquium is supported by Stetson University’s Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence, thanks to the pioneering vision of trustees and longstanding Stetson supporters Hyatt and Cici Brown.

By: Trish Wieland

This article was reprinted from Stetson Today.

2016 Keynote Speakers


Hilary Landorf, Ph.D. is the Director of the Office of Global Learning Initiatives and an Associate Professor in the College of Education. She has a Ph.D. in International Education from New York University, an M.A. from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. from Stanford University. Dr. Landorf’s current research interests include integrative global learning in higher education and the connection between global learning and human capability development. She has published widely in national and international journals, and is regularly consulted for her expertise in globalizing K-20 curricula across the curriculum. Her recent publications include “Toward a philosophy of global education” in Visions in Global Education, and “Education for sustainable human development” in Theory and Research in Education.

Stephanie Doscher, Ed.D. is the Associate Director of the Office of Global Learning Initiatives. Dr. Doscher holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration from Florida International University. Her dissertation was entitled “The Development of Rubrics to Measure Undergraduate Students’ Global Awareness and Global Perspective: A Validity Study.” Dr. Doscher also holds an M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Western Washington University and a B.A. in History from Emory University. Dr. Doscher’s current research interests include assessment strategies for global education, education for human capability development, and educational ethics. She has presented and published papers on these and other topics in numerous international conferences and journals. Recent publications include, “Promoting Engagement in Curriculum Internationalization” in IEE Networker and “Education for Sustainable Human Development: Towards a Definition” in Theory and Research in Education.

2016 Colloquium on Teaching & Learning Innovation: Call for Proposals

imageBeyond Engagement

April 1, 2016
8:45 am-5:00 pm
Stetson University, DeLand, FL
The 2016 Colloquium promises to be a full-day event at Stetson University in the heart of downtown Deland, Florida.

A Global Learning Perspective on Inclusive Excellence
Interactive Keynote Workshop
Hilary Landorf and Stephanie Doscher
Office of Global Learning Initiatives at Florida International University

Call for Proposals
We welcome submissions that reflect engagement with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and communities. Submission deadline – March 1, 2016
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2015 Colloquium

Call for Proposals: 2015 Colloquium on Teaching and Learning

The Brown Center for Innovation and Excellence is pleased to announce and invite proposal submissions for Stetson’s inaugural Sharing Excellence Colloquium on Teaching and Learning. The Colloquium celebrates learning by highlighting the work of innovative teacher-scholars across all campuses. The 2015 Colloquium will showcase scholarly and inclusive teaching and learning projects that span all stages of development, across all facets of the teacher-scholar role. Presentations will highlight innovative learning activities and/or pedagogy that support Stetson University’s mission of being a “creative community where learning and values meet” to prepare graduates to lead lives of significance.

Proposals are especially invited from teacher-scholars seeking feedback on teaching and learning innovations as well as proposals from professional staff fostering learning in and outside of the classroom. A Brown Fellows Symposium will be a special highlight of the colloquium. The Colloquium is made possible by generous donations from Hyatt and Cici Brown to support faculty innovation and excellence.

Proposal Submission

Presentations should highlight innovative learning activities and/or pedagogy. Presentation styles can range from interactive plenaries to works-in-progress. Evidence of student learning or a plan to measure learning gains should be included wherever possible. Submissions should include preferred presentation type (plenary, demonstration/activity, Brown Fellows Symposium, or works-in-progress), presenter(s) contact information, and project description. Each submission requires a short abstract (35-word max) aimed at engaging your target audience. Abstracts will be published. Submit proposals at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SharingExcellence2015. Proposal submission will trigger automatic registration of proposers. Direct questions to BrownCenter@stetson.edu.

2015 Topics

  • Innovators Wanted! I’ve Always Wanted To… Have an idea for a studio, lab, field, or class activity that you want to try but haven’t? Or that you’ve tried, but didn’t feel helped students meet the stated learning goals? Or that you’ve tried and you’ve experienced some learning successes? This session is for you! Come experiment with your new idea and get constructive feedback in a friendly, collaborative atmosphere. Innovation involves risk and this is a safe place to do both!
  • Putting The Hyphen In Teacher-Scholar: How have your teaching and scholarship informed one another? How does your scholarship at Stetson include the scholarship of teaching and learning? This session welcomes presentations that describe how teaching and disciplinary scholarship have informed one another as well as presentations about scholarly teaching and learning projects.
  • Engage Me! This session invites presentations on specific teaching and learning practices that have a high impact on student learning outcomes as described by Kuh (2008): Service learning and community-based engaged learning, undergraduate research and creative activity, first-year seminars and experiences, common intellectual experiences, writing intensive experiences, capstone courses and projects, collaborative assignments and projects, diversity and global learning
  • Measuring Learning: What do you want students to know and be able to do? How do we know what students are learning? How do we know how well students are learning? This session invites evidence-based presentations about student learning at the course, program, and general education levels.

Presentation Format

Presentations in this category should appeal to faculty across disciplines. Projects in this category should have some sophistication and be in middle or late stages of development. [90-minute session: 20-minute interactive presentations + 10-minute Q&A]

Concurrent Sessions
Brown Fellows Symposium: This session features presentations by Brown Fellows, Provost Faculty Fellows, and other faculty leaders supported by Brown innovation funding. [90-minute session: 15-minute interactive presentations + 5-minute Q&A]
Demonstration (Poster presentation, Roundtable Activity): Presentations in this category allow faculty to interact with the presenters. Presenters are encouraged to demonstrate classroom techniques or activities. Discussion roundtables and poster presentations are also encouraged. Projects in middle to late stages that have been tried in the classroom at least once are appropriate for this session. [90-minute session]
Works-in-Progress (Practice/receive feedback) [Roundtable]: This is a special session devoted to projects in early stages of development where feedback is desired. Projects in progress or that have not yet been tried in the classroom are appropriate for this session. [90-minute session]


2015 Colloquium


Thank you for a successful inaugural colloquium.

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Call for Proposals


I recently participated in our Academic Excellence symposium and was pleased to see colleagues at neighboring institutions doing the same. ”

I suggest making this a day-long event.”

“The round tables were excellent for the same reasons we promote active learning for our students. It happened that the Plenary and Brown Fellows Symposium that I attended were in same room, so I was glued to the same seat for 2 hours. Hence, that made the interaction of the roundtable discussions that much more welcome.”

I plan to look at more ways to be innovative and data driven.”

Revolutions in Teaching | Stetson Today

What does a professor with an “office” in a lobby, and a 3-D printer have in common?

They are just two of many innovative ideas presented at Stetson University’s first-annual Teaching and Learning Colloquium – a unique, “think outside the box” forum where professors discuss new and more effective ways to engage their students. The April 10 colloquium was the culmination of a year-long endeavor with the new Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence, launched last fall with generous support from longtime Stetson University Trustees Hyatt and Cici Brown.

According to W. Tandy Grubbs, Ph.D., chair of the chemistry department, 3-D printing has become more cost efficient and can become a valuable visual tool for students in chemistry (minuscule molecules and complex bonds can “come to life”), biology (life-like skulls and other bones can be created) mathematics(students can touch forms and shapes), computer science (drone components can be constructed) and music (unique instruments can be designed).

Sue Ryan, dean of duPont-Ball Library and Digital Learning Resources, makes presentation on 3D printers.

“The student response to 3-D printing has been tremendous,” explained Grubbs. “Their motivation to learn has skyrocketed. They love this technology.”

Statistics professor John Rasp, Ph.D., wondered how to get more students engaged outside the classroom and nearly two years ago began hosting some office hours in the lobby of the Lynn Business Center.

“The results were astounding. Not only did I have more students seeking to talk with me but, while they are waiting, they are talking and solving problems with each other,” explained Rasp. “It works so I just keep doing it.”

“It’s our responsibility to educate the next leaders of our free world and we need to examine what ‘learning’ looks like,” said Rosalie Richards, Ph.D., associate provost for Faculty Development and Colloquium Chair. Richards, who is also a chemistry and education professor at Stetson, has led the development of the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence while supervising the expansion of the Brown Teacher-Scholar Fellows and visiting master teacher-scholar programs.

Alicia Slater, Ph.D, Provost Faculty Fellow for Faculty Development and associate professor of Biology, helped designed the inaugural Brown Innovation Fellows Program this past year and had teams of professors from accounting, biology and philosophy who revised their courses to include unique learner-centered pedagogies. These professors presented frequently-discussed topics at the colloquium: team-based learning and “backward design”—a concept in which professors start with what they want their students to know by the end of the semester and then outline the coursework to achieve that result.

“We are trying to build momentum in innovative teaching,” explained Slater. “Our first year was extremely successful and we look forward to engaging even more professors and students with these powerful learning tools. The vision is to make this a yearly event.”

Professors and administrative leaders from Daytona State College and Bethune-Cookman University also attended.

By Trish Wieland

This article was reprinted from Stetson Today

Call for Proposals: 2015 Sharing Excellence Colloquium


Come together for a celebration of teaching and learning excellence as you reflect on your experiences over the academic year. Share your teaching and learning innovations, gains you’ve made in and outside of the classroom, ask for feedback, present new ideas you’d like to try, and more. Come out and be recognized for your great work.

Date: April 10, 2015
Location: Stetson Room
Target: Faculty and Staff (Academic Affairs)
Time: 2:00- 5:00 pm
2:00-3:30 pm Plenary Session
3:30-5:00 pm Concurrent Sessions
-Brown Fellows Symposium

Proposal submission deadline: March 23, 2015
Online registration deadline: March 30, 2015