2019 Conference Dates & Locations

Day 1: Wednesday, May 1 at the Zachry Engineering Education Complex

Day 2: Thursday, May 2 at the Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center


Share in "Active and Inclusive Engagement" with Your Colleagues

Transformational Teaching & Learning Conference logoJoin us as we celebrate and promote a culture of teaching excellence and innovation at Texas A&M University!

The Office of the Dean of Faculties—in partnership with faculty, student leaders, the Office of Undergraduate Studies, the Center for Teaching Excellence, Instructional Technology Services, and each of the colleges—is planning a unique conference to serve the professional development, networking, and mentoring needs of faculty who teach.

Instructors and support staff of all ranks and titles are invited to attend this faculty-focused, university-wide event.


About Transformational Teaching

Transformational teaching acknowledges that learners are not passive, empty vessels waiting to be filled with knowledge but that they are self-regulating, active co-constructors of knowledge. Transformational teaching uses any method, system, approach, or practice that affects shifts in learners' mindsets and worldviews in an empathetic, caring, cost-effective, and timely manner. Student-centered teaching empowers students to be both engaged and responsible for their own competence in a discipline, exercising the skills necessary to improve their capacity as lifelong learners.


Through a combination of exciting conference activities and various presentation formats, we seek to:

  • Feature faculty projects that promote engaging, innovative, and inclusive student experiences
  • Give voice to the everyday excellence of faculty
  • Encourage critical thinking and civil dialogue among faculty and students about learning
  • Honor and showcase faculty recipients of prestigious teaching awards
  • Host nationally recognized keynote speakers

Learn more about the conference.

2019 Keynote Presenters

Dr. Sara BrownellDr. Sara Brownell is a neuroscientist turned discipline-based education researcher. She received her Ph.D. in Biology and her M.A. in Education, both from Stanford University. She is currently an Associate Professor at Arizona State University, and her research aims to improve undergraduate biology education with a emphasis on promoting diversity and inclusion.

Brownell explores how student social identities and characteristics (e.g., gender, religious identity, LGBTQ+ identity, mental health) influence their experiences in undergraduate research and in large-enrollment active learning courses. She has received the highest university-level teaching awards at both Stanford University as a graduate student and at Arizona State University as a faculty member.

Brownell is currently participating in numerous national efforts to improve biology education, including serving on the committee that helps create the AP Biology exam. Her research has earned her the 2018 National Association of Biology Teachers Biology Education Research Award and has been featured in a variety of news outlets, including the New York Times, CNN, BBC, and Scientific American.


Dr. Heidi ElmendorfDr. Heidi Elmendorf has been at Georgetown University since 1999 as a faculty member in the Department of Biology.

Elmendorf has spent her research career in the field of global health, studying parasitic diseases that primarily affect some of the world’s most underprivileged peoples. She has long been committed to increasing a greater breadth of opportunities in the sciences for a greater diversity of students.


Dr. Randy BassDr. Randall Bass has been at Georgetown University since 1991 as a faculty member in the Department of English. He is currently Vice Provost for Education for the Main Campus of Georgetown.

Bass has been working at the intersections of technology, innovation and the scholarship of teaching and learning for nearly thirty years. He has been focused his whole career on the improvement of student learning, especially in new learning environments that respond to the changing conditions of our era.