RoTL Summit 2020

Friday, October 9, 2020 to Saturday, October 10, 2020

After much deliberation and investigation of our options, we have decided to cancel the 2020 Research on Teaching and Learning Summit. If you submitted a proposal for the conference, please see the email sent to you May 29 for feedback on your session. 

The diversity of submissions this year indicates there is a growing community of scholars invested in this conference. We value this community and we want to keep the momentum going. We hope you will help make our community stronger by joining us at the conference in October 2021. 

We are excited to announce that our keynote presenter, Dr. Mays Imad, has agreed to remain on next year’s program, as have several of our invited workshop facilitators. In addition, Dr. Imad has graciously offered to host a free webinar on trauma-sensitive teaching and learning for the Summit community. Over 5000 people have already participated in her thoughtful and timely webinars on caring for students in times of crisis. We hope you’ll join us for this event; details are forthcoming. 

If you have already registered for the conference, your refund will be processed as soon as possible. Thank you so much for your continued support of this conference and we look forward to seeing you in 2021. 

Since 1993, thousands of educators in colleges and universities from across the country and globe have participated in this interdisciplinary conference to share results from Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) projects and to discuss innovative teaching techniques. The Summit offers peer-reviewed concurrent sessions on individual and collaborative SoTL projects, cutting-edge issues in pedagogy, and student learning in a relaxed, congenial atmosphere. There are also opportunities for participants to network with fellow educators. Participants report that they have learned many new ideas they were able to bring back to campus, and that they have been energized by interacting with a collegial community of educators invested in excellent teaching practices.
At this year’s RoTL Summit, we are intentionally introducing a formative, developmental focus to generate opportunities for participants at any level to grow professionally. The conference has expanded to an additional half-day to include new presentation formats, hands-on workshops led by invited speakers, and multiple opportunities for networking.

Keynote Address

Imagining Learning Sanctuaries: A Key to Student Wellbeing

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Mays Imad, Ph.D.

Mays serves as a professor of Genetics, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Pima Community College as well as the founding coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Center. Mays received her undergraduate training in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, focusing on Philosophy of Science and Consciousness. She earned her Ph.D. in Cellular and Clinical Neuroscience from Wayne State University in Detroit, and then completed a National Institute of Health-sponsored fellowship at the University of Arizona’s Postdoctoral Excellence in Research and Teaching. 

Mays's current research focuses on meta-awareness, stress, advocacy, and classroom community, and how these relate to cognition, metacognition, and, ultimately, student learning.  Through her teaching and research, she seeks to provide her students and her colleagues with transformative opportunities which are grounded in the aesthetics of learning, truth-seeking, and self-realization.