October 2011
About Us
The Office for Academic Excellence and Assessment (AEA) at Creighton University provides ongoing support and resources to enhance teacher effectiveness and student learning.

To learn more about faculty development programming, assessment, course design, student learning processes and/or effective teaching methods, or the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL), contact Mary Ann Danielson at 402.280.2535.

an opportunity to connect
Creighton's campus is buzzing with activities — inaugural events, alumni weekends, and our educational vocation to instruct 7,730 students this fall. Teaching and learning are at the heart of our academic enterprise, and our mission reminds us, "Creighton exists for students and learning."

In support of our mission and in the spirit of "life-long" learning, this electronic newsletter will build on our previous Scholarship of Teaching and Learning newsletter to more broadly identify opportunities by which faculty may CONNECT with each other (Creighton colleagues, disciplinary communities, academic conferences) to advance our teaching, our students' learning, and our efforts at measuring how effectively both are occurring.

This newsletter will be distributed in October, December, February and April. To help us all CONNECT, please forward your suggestions for materials to be included, as well as your awards and honors, to Mary Ann Danielson at maddam@creighton.edu. As a campus, we should be celebrating our teaching and student learning successes!
Campus events
Vision of Jesuit education
The Kenefick Chair in the Humanities invites you to attend a presentation by John O'Malley, S.J., "Jesuit Schools: The Humanities and More Besides." Fr. O'Malley will speak on the vision of Jesuit education at 5:15 p.m. on Oct. 4 in the Harper Center's Hixson-Lied Auditorium. For more information, contact rkodad@creighton.edu
Case discussion method
Dr. Trent Wachner (College of Business, Marketing) will present a series on "Teaching Using the Case Discussion Method," beginning Friday, Oct. 7. This program will be offered in three sessions, each designed to introduce the Case Discussion Method to multi-disciplinary audiences. The first session ("What are Cases?") will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Harper Center, Room 3029. Register
Diversity & Health Care
Creighton University's health sciences schools are celebrating National Diversity Day on Friday, Oct. 7, by hosting "Storytelling: A Way of Teaching How Diversity Impacts Health Care," from 1-4 p.m. in the Skutt Student Center, Rooms 104 and 105. Pat Lopez of the Public Health Association of Nebraska will be the keynote speaker. Download Flyer (PDF)
Honoring Generational differences series
Dr. Yolanda Griffiths (Occupational Therapy) will continue her series on "Honoring Generational Differences: Conversations to Optimize Student Learning in Our Classrooms." An interdisciplinary panel of Creighton faculty will discuss current practices on Oct. 24, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Student Center, Room 104. The final program, titled "Sharing Your Experiences," is scheduled for Nov. 14 at the same time. For more information and to register click here
Article on adult learners
L. Lee Knefelkamp discusses "What Adult Learners Can Teach Us about All Learners" in this Q&A with the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Knefelkamp is a professor of psychology at Columbia University and co-directs the Eisenhower Leader Development Program.
Call for proposals
Proposals for the 4th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy are due Oct. 2. This Feb. 8-10, 2012, conference showcases the best pedagogical practice and research in higher education today. There is no registration fee, but registration is required. Find  more information here or contact Cortney Martin (conference chair), 540-230-9366.
call for submissions
The Centre for Leadership in Learning at McMaster University seeks submissions and reviewers for its second annual "Research on Teaching and Learning: Integrating Practices" Conference Dec. 7-8. Those interested in being a reviewer are asked to contact Beth Marquis, Ph.D., 905-525-9140, ext. 27667, by Oct. 3 (please include your name and institutional affiliation). Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. Oct. 16. Conference details
Call for abstracts
The 4th Biennial Threshold Concepts Conference, hosted by the National Academy, will be held in Dublin, Ireland, June 27-29, 2012. Interested participants are invited to submit a 300-word abstract for a paper, workshop or poster based on one of four themes. The deadline for submissions is Nov. 11. More information
Call for manuscripts
The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education invites submissions for the 2012 edition of To Improve the Academy. This annual publication showcases articles demonstrating scholarly excellence in research, innovation and integration in faculty, instructional and organizational development. Manuscripts, due Dec. 1, must be e-mailed to Editor James Groccia. More information 
faculty development
IISSAM/CASTL institute
Creighton partners with several other universities in hosting a summer faculty development institute on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Loyola Marymount University will host the 2012 conference on its campus May 31-June 3. Watch for a call for proposals and conference registration in future newsletters.
ISSOTL Conference
The International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning will be hosting its annual conference Oct. 20-23 in Milwaukee, Wis. This year's theme is "Transforming the Academy through the Theory and Practice of SoTL." Conference details
centennial symposium
The Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at Mount Royal University will hold its Centennial Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Nov. 10-12 in Banff, Alberta, Canada. The deadline for early registration is Oct. 2. More information/register
Centre for leadership
The Centre for Leadership in Learning will hosts its second annual "Research on Teaching and Learning: Integrating Practices" Conference at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Dec. 7-8. Conference details 
Higher ed pedagogy
The 4th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy will be held at Virginia Tech University, Feb. 8-10, 2012. There is no registration fee, registration is required. Conference details
applied learning
The 7th Annual Conference on Applied Learning in Higher Education will be held March 22-24, 2012, at Missouri Western State University, St. Joseph, Mo. Early registration closes Dec. 15. Conference details