2017 Teaching Festival | Webster University
2017 Teaching Festival | Webster University

2017 Teaching Festival

On February 13-17, 2017, faculty, staff, and students participated in Webster’s yearly Teaching Festival, held in Emerson Library. This year’s weeklong activities were organized around the theme of “Finding and Sharing Voice: Active Learning for Inquiry, Agency, and Leadership,” and the week’s presentations, panels, and discussions covered topics such as developing student inquiry, promoting student agency, supporting leadership development, and fostering diversity and inclusion in the Webster community. Highlights of the week’s activities include:

  • On Monday, a poster session/reception with refreshments, featuring topics such as: identifying areas for growth in your teaching, the role the new Science Building will play in supporting teaching and learning, and a community service learning project where students at the Athens campus worked with refugees.
  • On Tuesday, a panel discussion featuring President Stroble about a first-year seminar project that studied the University’s role in the Webster Groves community.
  • On Wednesday through Friday, hands-on presentations and workshops on topics such as engaging students in the classroom, promoting agency and inclusion through active learning, evaluating student work with Turnitin, and creating portfolios to document prior learning.

All events were held in the Library Conference Room (Emerson Library 120) and the Faculty Development Center Suite (Emerson Library 420).

Thanks to all who made this year's Teaching Festival a success, and we look forward to your participation next year! Those who would like to submit proposals for the 2018 Teaching Festival should expect a call for proposals in the fall, with a December deadline for submission. Please email Liza Dister at edister17@webster.edu with any questions.

Schedule of Events

Date & Time Location Title of Event
Monday, February 13, 3:00pm to 5:00pm Faculty Development Center (FDC) Poster Session and Reception
Tuesday, February 14, 12:00pm to 1:00pm Library Conference Room The Scholars Learning Community in the City of Webster Groves: Inquiry and Active Learning to Claim an Education
Wednesday, February 15, 12:00pm to 1:00pm FDC College Credit for What Adult Learners Already Know: Helping Students Document Their Learning
Thursday, February 16, 11:00am to 12:00pm Library Conference Room Wake Them Up! Engagement Strategies for the College Classroom
Thursday, February 16, 12:00pm to 1:00pm Library Conference Room Finding the Student Voice of the Introvert
Friday, February 17, 8:30am to 9:30am FDC Promoting Agency and Inclusion through an International Podcast Project
Friday, February 17, 12:00pm to 1:00pm Library Conference Room Creating Meaningful Change: Building an Inclusive and Empowering Classroom Environment
Friday, February 17, 1:00pm to 2:00pm Library Conference Room Evaluating Student Work with Turnitin


2017 Teaching Festival Committee:

Carolyn I. Brown, Writing Center and Plagiarism Prevention Coordinator, Academic Resource Center
Liza Dister, Coordinator, Faculty Development Center
Mary Anne Erwin, Instruction & Liaison Services Librarian, University Libraries
Holly Hubenschmidt, Head of Instruction & Liaison Services, University Libraries
Erik Palmore, Director, Faculty Development Center
Chris Robinson, Tutoring Program Coordinator, Academic Resource Center
Emily Scharf, Head of Reference Services, University Libraries
Posters designed by: Jonah Finocchiaro, Library Student Assistant

FDC Contact Info

Phone: 314-246-8243
Toll-free: 1-866-963-8243
Emerson Library Suite 420

The FDC Suite in the Library is closed, as the University has moved to Modified Operations.

Staff are currently working from home and are available using the contact info above.
We are available 8:30 am - 4:30 pm CT