Image from the 2013 TLC conference​​

​The TLC Responds to Andrew Delbanco 
and the Value of Preserving the Liberal Arts

The 4th Annual Winter Conference
A "Teaching & Learning Collective" Conference

Friday, February 7, 2014
8:45 a.m. to 4:00​ p.m.
Powers Hall (NOTE: new location)​
Central Michigan University 

About the Conference

This conference is focused on providing teaching faculty with evidence based tools and best practices to enhance student learning. It is open to all CMU faculty, graduate and undergraduate students. Registration is required for this event.

Conference presentations will focus on the following themes:

  • Game-Based Learning in the Liberal Arts
  • Teaching Delbanco to CMU students
  • Writing as Collegial Practice
  • Teaching Trends -- Separating Fad from Function
  • Student Learning - Front and Center in RPT Portfolios
  • Updates on CMU's Quality Initiative to Increase Academic Challenge
  • Recovering Liberal Arts Education: Obstacles and Opportunities


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8:45 a.m.
Refreshments, Registration

9:15 a.m.
Welcome and Announcements
Marcy Taylor (ENG) and Merlyn Mowrey (PHL/REL)

Eron Drake (FaCIT): Invitation to TLC Workshop February 28th

9:30 to 10:45 a.m.
KEYNOTE:  Jonathan Truitt (HST): “Game Based Learning”​

CONCURRENT SESSIONS:  (Two sessions during each time period)

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Michael Ostling (REL):  “Te​aching Trends and the Need for Skeptical Curiosity”
Jim Seaton (ENG MSU):  “Teaching a Masterpiece: Emma, In and Beyond the English Class”

12:15-1:15 p.m.​  Lunch Break

1:15-2:30 p.m.
Ted Troxell (ENG):  “Writing as Collegial Practice”
Jim Therrell (FaCIT):  “Creating Student Focus in a World of Distractions”​

2:45 – 4:00 p.m.
Deb Poole (PSY):  “The CMU QI: Bright Spots Research and You”
Amy Ford (ENG), Anja Mueller (CHM), Mark Shelton (PHL): Promoting, Assessing and Representing Student Learning 

About the TLC & Andrew Delbanco

The Teaching and Learning Collective (TLC) is a grass-roots faculty initiative to improve students' academic achievement by improving their higher-order thinking skills. In 2011, the TLC invited Richard Arum and Josipa Roksa, authors ofAcademically Adrift, to discuss students’ limited learning of critical reasoning and writing skills in colleges across the country. In 2012 Stanley Fish joined that conversation, focusing on teaching analytical reading and thinking strategies to improve student learning.

In 2013, the TLC welcomed Andrew Delbanco, author of College: What it Was, Is and Should Be, who broadened the context by focusing on the American ideal of higher education rooted in the liberal arts. He “warns that [such an education] is becoming a privilege reserved for the relatively rich” and argues for its unique strengths in an era of globalization. Despite the challenges, he calls for an urgent effort to protect this American ideal for future students, for our society and for democracy.

This year’s conference takes up Delbanco’s challenge to explore ways to bring the best of that liberal arts teaching tradition to our courses to enrich the education of CMU students.

Conference Resources​

Teaching Trends--A Guide for the Perturbed
By Michael Ostling


Contact Us

We look forward to seeing you at the conference! For more information, contact:

Merlyn Mowrey

Debra Poole

Marcy Taylor


The 2014 TLC Winter Conference is co-sponsored by the College of Humanities, Social and Behavioral Sciences (CHSBS) and the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching (FaCIT).​