ETE Virtual Conference

Pedagogies of Care: Community, Research, and Mentorship
Wednesday, August 18, 2021 | 8:30am - 5pm

Registration is now open for the 8th annual Empowering Teaching Excellence (Virtual) Conference hosted by Utah State University. With the unique circumstances facing education this year and the toll the pandemic has had on teachers, instructors, and students, our faculty committee has selected the theme of “Pedagogies of Care: Community, Research, and Mentorship” as the focus of the conference. This event will energize and inspire you as you begin the next teaching year. Presentations are led by faculty, staff, and students engaged in our teaching excellence community across the USU-system. Topics and presenters span multiple disciplines and delivery formats. Invitees include all who teach at USU, regardless of role statement or campus, including graduate student instructors and teaching assistants.

Keynote & Inclusive Teaching Workshop

Kelly Hogan & Viji Sathy
University of North Carolina
Presenter Profile

Teaching strategies that emphasize structured active learning can create more equitable classrooms and improve learning for all students. As an introduction to inclusive teaching techniques, Professors Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy of the University of North Carolina will ask participants to reflect on inequities and diversity in their classrooms through interactive, hands-on activities. After providing a framework for inclusive design and their own research results, Hogan and Sathy will lead participants through active learning exercises and case studies that explore inclusive techniques.

Prepare for the workshop by reviewing their inclusive teaching advice piece from The Chronicle of Higher Education

Registration Is Now Open

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After registering for the Conference, make sure to join our online engagement platform, Mighty Networks. This is where you will find access to all the session Zoom rooms and beable to interact with members during before, during and after the Conference.

What to Expect

  • Opportunities to network with other teachers.
  • A chance to formally share your teaching ideas and innovations with others.
  • Insightful breakout sessions.
  • Tracks aligned with the ETE 10 program.
  • Showcase examples of well-built instructional products.
  • Access to professional staff to help you with questions about Canvas and other digital tools.
  • Additional updates on technologies for teaching.

Conference Tracks


Digital-age teaching track focuses on leading with pedagogy and identifying edtech tools that will help students reach learning outcomes. Particular emphasis is placed on instructor presence and humanizing the learning experience in remote and online teaching environments.


Evidence-based teaching track focuses on the literature of teaching and learning to explore the theory and practical application of teaching strategies in the classroom. Emphasis is placed on developing a teaching philosophy and how then implementing evidence-based teaching into the classroom.


Foundations of college teaching track focuses on foundational principles of college teaching for those without a formal teaching background. Emphasis is placed on understanding who our learners are and how to help them succeed in the classroom. Often this starts with the intentional design of course content and assessments.


Explore college teaching track focuses on topics for graduate students who are interested in exploring principles of college teaching. Emphasis in this track is place on peer-led sessions to discuss and learn the essentials for successful college teaching.

diversity and inclusion

Diversity Mentorship and Inclusive Teaching track This track focuses on improving mentorship and inclusive teaching practices to support students from underrepresented group.