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We’re pleased to debut a new type of event in December 2022. Our debut Holiday Retreat will take place on Thursday December 15 (the day after grades are due), with the theme of “Supercharging Your Course Kickoff.” Among other things, this event will provide a series of hands-on workshops on developing individualized “success modules” that faculty can deploy in their courses, and help their students better understand how to perform well in this class.

The shape of this event is different from our previous events. Faculty are not asked to submit project proposals, create projects during the event, or give presentations. As a result, there are no stipends for participation. We do, however, provide not only snacks at breakfast and breaktimes, but also a pasta/salad lunch (including vegetarian options). The only event deliverable is a short description of how participants intend to implement concepts and strategies they learned about at this retreat. While the Faculty Center’s mission focuses on face to face teaching, we recognize many faculty also teach online, and some time will be set aside to brainstorm online applications of the strategies introduced at the event.


  • 8:30-9:00 – Check in and coffee
  • 9:00-10:00 – Plenary
  • 10:15-12:00 – Breakouts: Study Skills for Students
  • 12:00-12:45 – Hosted Lunch
  • 12:45-2:15 – Breakouts: Building Student Resiliency and Soft Skills
  • 2:15-2:30 – Break
  • 2:30-3:30 – Breakouts: Other semester-start best practices
  • 3:30-4:00 – Sustaining Engagement

We hope you can join us on December 15, 2022. We will meet from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Registration has closed for this event.

If interested in archived Winter Conference materials, click here.