Teaching Matters

The Inclusive Academic: Strategies for Maintaining Balance in a Changing Academic World

18th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference
Thursday and Friday, March 12 & 13, 2020

the check in table at Teaching Matter 2019

About the Conference

Join us for the eighteenth annual Teaching Matters conference, an interdisciplinary teaching and learning Higher Ed conference hosted by Gordon State College in Barnesville, Georgia.  Individual Presentations, Panel Sessions, Workshops, Roundtable Discussions, and Posters focus on innovative and creative pedagogical methods, issues surrounding teaching and learning, and educational theories. The conference is open to all who have a passion for teaching and learning, with conference events designed so that educators can have meaningful conversations and share approaches for ensuring student success. 

About this year's theme

As conscientious educators, we put student success above all else, working diligently to be engaging teachers, but we cannot do so from a place of exhaustion, anger, or boredom. This year’s conference asks the question “How do we stay on the cutting edge of scholarship in teaching and learning and in our individual disciplines and not find ourselves on the edge of a breakdown?” Session presenters will offer strategies and approaches for cultivating professional growth while ensuring life balance, for creating inclusive spaces for our students while also navigating the waters of campus politics and culture, for keeping teaching fresh while juggling service responsibilities. How do you keep the balance?

Potential Topics

  • Keeping Teaching Fresh
  • Balancing Service, Professional Development, and Teaching
  • Confronting Discrimination in Academia
  • Self-Care, Mindfulness, Life Balance
  • Handling Adjunct, Non-Tenure Track, New Faculty, and Mid-Career Issues
  • Maintaining Engaging Classrooms
  • Dealing with Difficult Co-workers/Students
  • Navigating Promotion and Tenure Channels
  • Balancing Academic Freedom and Institutional Voice 
  • Reflecting and Recharging

Registration Information

Registration opens October 14; register by February 27, 2020 for the $50.00 early registration fee.

Contact Information

Direct any questions to the CETL Director, Dr. Anna Higgins-Harrell at a_higgins@gordonstate.edu or at (678) 359-5095.