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Teaching Matters

“First Things First:  Preparing Students For Success”

17th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference
Thursday and Friday, March 7 & 8, 2019

About the Conference

Teaching Matters is celebrating its seventeenth annual interdisciplinary conference in 2019 at Gordon State College on its main campus in Barnesville, Georgia.  Presentations, Panel Discussions, and Posters focus on innovative and creative pedagogical methods, issues surrounding teaching and learning, and educational theories. The conference is open to all of those who have a passion for teaching, with conference events designed so that educators can share ideas and strategies that promote student success, student engagement, and active learning. 

About this year's theme

As educators, we all have one goal in common:  student success.  We do, however, go about achieving that goal in ways that speak both to our different disciplines and to our unique teaching styles.  Whether they are first time on campus, returning, or transfer students, what is it that you believe sets up incoming students for success?  In other words, when you begin planning for a new term, what elements are your “first things first?”

All proposals are due January 18, 2019, at which time they will undergo peer review. 

Please complete the submission form here.

Potential topics could include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Growth Mindset
  • Purposeful Choice
  • Syllabus Construction
  • Understanding By Design
  • How Learning Works
  • Engagement/Engaged Learning Strategies
  • First Year Courses
  • Formative Assessment
  • First Generation Students/Teaching GenZ
  • First day (first week, first five minutes) 
  • Social Belonging
  • Classroom Atmosphere
  • Creating a Supportive Research Environment for Students
  • Using Social Media to Create a Supportive Environment
  • Gateway Courses

There is a $50 early registration fee.  
Direct any questions to the CETL Director, Dr. Anna Higgins-Harrell at or at (678) 359-5095