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Pellissippi State hosts free teaching conference Feb. 16

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Author Matt Deaton will give the keynote at Pellissippi State’s upcoming teaching conference, which is free and open to all of those who work in higher education.

Pellissippi State Community College will host a free Teaching and Learning Conference on Friday, Feb. 16, and registration is still open. 

“Teaching through the Whirlwind: Strategies for Navigating It All” is scheduled for 8 a.m.-3:45 p.m. on the college’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, Knoxville. 

Some sessions will be in person only and others on Zoom only, but most will follow a hybrid model of being offered in person and on Zoom as well.  View the full schedule here.

Author Matt Deaton will kick off the conference with a keynote address. Deaton’s five books include “Ethics in a Nutshell: The Philosopher’s Approach to Morality in 100 Pages,” “The Best Public Speaking Book” and “Year of the Fighter: Lessons from my Midlife Crisis Adventure.” 

The conference is open to those in higher education – faculty, staff and graduate students – who feel like they spend more time “just trying to survive the semester than preparing, teaching and helping students succeed,” said Antija Allen, director of the Pellissippi Academic Center for Excellence. 

“The Spring 2024 Teaching and Learning Conference is designed to provide insights, tools and strategies to help us all not only survive, but to also calm and find ways to flourish within the whirlwind,” she said. 

Topics will include artificial intelligence, neurodivergent colleagues and students, self-care for educators, pop culture, balancing academia and parenthood, weekly reflections, accessibility, Open Educational Resources, student engagement, fast useful feedback, adult learning, high impact practices, hybrid learning environments and more. 

To register, visit this webpage.