The Teaching Center, with support from the Office of General Education, organized a group of 10 Belmont faculty members who traveled together to the annual Teaching Professor Conference in Atlanta, May 29-31. Belmont conference participants, from six different colleges, included the following graduate and undergraduate faculty members: Cathy Hill (Business and FYS), Ann Coble (Religion and FYS), Marnie Vanden Noven (Sport Science), Chris Barton (Biology), Nathan Webb (Communication Studies), Amy Ham (Pharmacy), Marilyn Odom (Pharmacy), Joan Li (Asian Studies and Chinese Language), Renee Brown (Physical Therapy) and Mike Pinter (Mathematics and Teaching Center).
Pinter presented a poster session titled “Two Engaging Activities for Student or Faculty Groups” in which he described the Three-Hat Game (with its counterintuitive outcome), the Dekaaz poetry form (including random generation of form variations), suggestions for using the activities with groups, and the connection for both activities to binary numbers. The conference offered hands-on workshops, plenary sessions with teaching and learning scholars, dozens of concurrent sessions and a variety of poster presentations. Because of the cross-disciplinary nature of the conference, participants had the opportunity to interact with college and university teachers from around the country in explorations connected to promoting enhanced teaching and learning outcomes. Many of the presentations were related to the scholarship of teaching and learning as well as the scholarships of integration and application.