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

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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.

Previous 2018 Keynote Presenters

Dr. Michael WeschDr. Michael Wesch, University Distinguished Teaching Scholar and associate professor of cultural anthropology at Kansas State University.

Through his study of digital ethnography, Wesch explores the effects of social media and digital technology on global society and education. His videos and writings focus on culture, technology, and information in our modern age.


Dr. Kimberly TannerDr. Kimberly Tanner, director of the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory and professor of biology at San Francisco State University.

Tanner and her research group are interested in how we learn science and how teachers and scientists can collaborate to make science teaching and learning in classrooms more like how scientists work. Her research places special emphasis on developing novel assessment tools to bettter understand how humans conceptualize the biological and physical world.