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Empowering Teaching Excellence Conference

Learn. Discover. Engage. | Wednesday, August 14, 2019 | 9am - 4pm

We are excited to announce the 6th annual Empowering Teaching Excellence Conference at Utah State University. This event will energize and inspire you as you begin the next teaching year. Presentations are faculty submitted, faculty led, and focused on teaching innovations that have worked well right here at USU. 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.

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What to Expect

  • Opportunities to network with other USU teachers.
  • A chance to formally share your teaching ideas and innovations with others.
  • Insightful breakout sessions.
  • Graduate Student Instructor Track.
  • Showcase examples of well-built instructional products.
  • Staff on hand to help you with questions about Canvas and other tools.
  • Updates on the latest improvements in educational technologies.
  • A free lunch!



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Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Stephen Gavazzi

Professor of Human Sciences | The Ohio State University

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Land-Grant Universities for the Future

Being responsive to the communities we serve is paramount for land-grant institutions to be successful in the future, which necessitates becoming more fiercely land-grant in our approach. There is a critical importance of elevating both teaching and engagement excellence. For far too long, both components have been relegated to secondary roles in comparison to research prowess.

In the recent book, "Land-Grant Universities for the Future: Higher Education for the Public Good" the present challenges to and future opportunities for these institutions is addressed. Drawing on interviews with 27 college presidents and chancellors, Dr. Gavazzi and co-author Dr. Gordon Gee explore the strengths and weaknesses of land-grant universities while examining the changing threats they face.

Speaker Bio

Stephen Gavazzi is a Professor in the Human Development and Family Science program at the Ohio State University. His research focuses on the family influence of raising healthy teenagers, and the evaulation of family-based programs. He also teaches courses associated with individual and family development in addition to courses in family therapy. Dr. Gavazzi has spent his entire adult life studying and working at land-grant institutions and is a fierce champion for the need of land-grant universities to rebalance the tripartite mission of teaching, research, and engagement.

Please contact Travis Thurston at or 435-797-4950 with questions regarding this event.