Community, Conversation, Classroom Experience

We're excited about the 2023 Spring Teaching and Learning Conference, and we hope you are, too! Here's some information you might find helpful as you prepare.

May 10 in-person

Conference Info

Location and Map

All in person sessions on May 10th are taking place at STEM Teaching and Learning Facility [642 Red Cedar Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824]. A map will be available with rooms, presentation times and corresponding topics.  

Parking Information 

Parking on-campus will operate as normal. If you have an employee permit, you can park in all designated employee parking spaces. If you do not have an employee permit, you can purchase a virtual daily parking pass for $10 at or park in pay-by-plate lots and metered spots for $2/hour. If you have any questions regarding parking, contact the MSU Parking Services at (517) 355-2221 or email within their operation hours Mon-Fri 8am-4pm. 

MSU Spot On app can help make parking at pay-by-plate locations easier. Enter your information in the app ahead of time. 


The Registration Desk (located at the entrance to the STEM building), will be open from 8:15 AM to 9:30 AM on Wednesday, May 10th. Attendees will find their name tags pre-printed at this station along with your welcome package.  

We invite you to connect with colleagues during our breakfast and coffee hour prior to the Keynote Session at 9:15 AM. 

Beverages and Meals 

Breakfast will be provided by MSU bakers along with coffee and water throughout the allotted time for registration. 

Lunch will be provided by Woody’s Oasis during our mid-day lunch/awards. If you have dietary restrictions and did not indicate them on your registration, please contact as soon as possible.  

A mid-afternoon snack will also be provided between sessions.  

Photography Statement 

Michigan State University staff may photograph, record, or otherwise document this event. Multimedia content gathered from this event may be published on MSU social media, websites, and other platforms. By participating in this event, you acknowledge and agree that the audio, video, film and/or print images may be edited, duplicated, distributed, reproduced, reformatted, and/or translated into other languages in any manner without payment of fees, in perpetuity. If your likeness is to be used for commercial purposes (paid advertising and print materials), you will be contacted to sign a release prior to use. 

Parental Accommodations

Room 1012 in the STEM Building will be designated for breastfeeding parents. Amenities include a chair, table and sink.

Special Accommodations 

If you have any special accommodations and did not note them when you registered, please email with any arrangements you may require. 

Conference Program and Schedule

You will receive a separate email from iteachmsu prompting you to join the Spring conference group where both days of the conference schedule will be located. This group provides a platform for ongoing, asynchronous material for the conference, descriptions of each session, as well as additional resources for Day 2 if you are attending. 

Conference Info

We will also have printed programs available at the Registration Desk on the day of the conference. 

Download the PDF version of the schedule (coming soon). Accessible version is below.

9:00a - 9:45a: Welcome and Keynote: (Room 2130) 

Stephen ThomasStephen Thomas

Associate Director, CISGS; Assistant Dean for STEM Education Teaching and Learning in the Office of the APUE

Drawing to Teach: Visualizing our Curriculum for Reflection and Community

College courses and programs of study are comprised of a complex arrangement of structures and processes that can make them difficult to conceptualize or communicate to others. When describing a course to others, we often fall back on simplistic narratives of the topic without referencing the pedagogy, assessment, learning environment, resources, student engagement, or a myriad of other impactful features. In this presentation we will look at what it might mean to use visual tools and formats to more formatively represent our curriculum to allow reflection on your teaching, receive feedback from colleagues, and foster community around our teaching efforts.

Dr. Stephen Thomas is the Assistant Dean for STEM Education Teaching and Learning, the Associate Director for the Center for Integrative Studies in General Science at and the Digital Curriculum Coordinator for the College of Natural Science at MSU.  For his bachelor’s degree from Denison University, Stephen majored in Biology and minored in Art.  This interest in the science/art intersection continued into graduate school as he freelanced as a biological illustrator while earning his masters and Ph.D. at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in Organismal and Evolutionary Biology and Entomology.   Since coming to MSU, Stephen’s focus has shifted from virulence of fungal pathogens of Lymantria dispar to visual communication of science in formal and informal settings and the use of technology in teaching.   
Stephen has worked on projects such as the use of comics to reduce subject anxiety in non-major science courses, the development of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to teach general science, and augmented reality and kiosk games to engage visitors in science museums.  In more recent projects, Stephen has worked on curriculum for Drawing to Learn Biology where students explore science practices of observation and visual model-based reasoning through nature journaling.  In his professional development work, Stephen collaborates with Dr. Julie Libarkin on building communities of practice in STEM teaching, STEM education research, and interdisciplinary experiences in art, science, and culture. You can learn more about this work at the STEMed@State website

10:00a - 11:15a: Concurrent Session 1 

  • Room 1201 (Workshop):
    25 Years of the Bailey Scholars Program: Whole-Person Development and Learning in Community;
    Salomon Rodezno, Bailey Scholars. 
  • Room 2201 (Workshop):
    Compassionate Teaching Practices: Cultivating Appreciation, Care, and Kindness;
    Stefanie T. Baier, Graduate School. 
  • Room 2202 (Workshop):
    Navigating ChatGPT: Teacher Agency in Technology, Curricular, & Assessment Demands;
    Hala Sun, EDLI / College of Arts & Letter. 
  • Room 3201 (Paper Presentations):
    1) Creating Meaningful Interdisciplinary Connections in a Graduate Teaching Assistant Learning Community;Hima Rawal, Graduate School.
    2) Teaching and Learning about Data Through Stories: An Interdisciplinary Perspective; Lee Melvin Peralta, College of Education. 
  • Room 3202 (Welcome to My Classroom):
    Points of Feedback: Creating Feedback-Driven Learning Experiences;
    Casey McArdle, WRAC.  

11:30a - 12:45p: Lunch (Room 2130) 

1:00p - 2:15p: Concurrent Session 2 

  • Room 1201 (Workshop):
    The Large Course Learning Community: Nurturing Faculty Community to Benefit Students;
    Brandy Ellison, Center for Integrative Studies in Social Science. 
  • Room 2201 (Workshop):
    COIL - Collaborative Online International Learning;
    Antoinette Tessmer, Business-Finance.
  • Room 2202 (Workshop):
    Creating a Vibrant Culture of Learning Assessment;
    Cara Cilano, CAL. 
  • Room 3201 (Paper Presentations):
    1) Digital Collaborative Learning to Empower and Engage Students in IAH Courses; Stokes Schwartz, Center for Integrative Studies in the Arts and Humanities.
    2) Developing Public-Facing Digital Projects in the Undergraduate Humanities Classroom; Kristen Mapes, Digital Humanities.
    3) Using Dialogue Journaling to Humanize Both Student and Instructor; Darreth Rice, Teacher Education. 
  • Room 3202 (Welcome to My Classroom):
    Navigating Inclusive Excellence in the STEM Building;
    Rashida L Harrison, James Madison College. 

2:30p to 3:45p: Concurrent Session 3 

  • Room 1201 (Learning Tech Demos):
    1) Using a Hand-held 3D Scanner for Teaching and Learning; Denice Blair, MSU Museum.
    2) Enhancing Learning in Laboratory Science through Virtual Reality Lessons; John Zubek, Physiology.
    3) Get away from the tech cart: How to use AirMedia to mobilize yourself within the teaching space; Matt Oney, CISGS. 
  • Room 2201 (Workshop/Panel Presentation):
    MSU’s STEAM Fellowship: Fostering a Culture of Learning and Collaboration Amongst Arts and STEM Scholars;
    Julie Libarkin, APUE.  
  • Room 2202 (Workshop):
    Reporting from the Learning Community for International Student Success: Lessons Learned and Strategies Strengthened;
    Opal Leeman Bartzis, Office for Education Abroad. 
  • Room 3201 (Paper Presentations):
    1) Responding to Learning Needs in Times of Urgency; Makena Neal, CTLI.
    2) Meeting Students in a Post-Post-Pandemic Learning Environment; Peter Faziani, WRAC.
    3) Pedagogy Choices that support creation of a HyFlex and Student-Centered Course; Valerie Hedges, Physiology. 
  • Room 3202 (Welcome to My Classroom):
    Teaching Critical Making to Solve Wicked Problems;
    Isaac Record, Lyman Briggs College.