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 11 Virtual Day

Conference Info

If you've registered for the virtual conference day, you will receive an email from the iteachmsu platform prompting you to join the virtual conference day group. Once you have been added, you can use the link at any point before, during, or after the conference. This group provides a platform for ongoing, asynchronous material and will be the main resource for conference information throughout both days of the conference. 

All Zoom sessions for day two of the conference need to be registered for individually on iteachmsu. This calendar view will be the easiest way for you to view and register for each session. Click into each session to read more about it or register.

Please be sure to register for any and all sessions you could potentially be interested in, even if they are happening concurrently. Each virtual session will have its own zoom link on the iteachmsu schedule with only a few exceptions.   

On the virtual schedule, there will be a few zoom rooms for paper presentations in the same time slot. These are 25 minutes short sessions within the same registration link, and you only have to register once for that slot.  

Anyone not registered for the conference with an MSU ID will not have the ability to interact with others on the iteachmsu platform but will be able to see all the necessary information. 

All sessions will be hosted in a Webinar format on Zoom unless otherwise indicated by the presenters. 

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

Conference Info

9:00a - 9:45a: Welcome and Keynote

Kris RennKris Renn

Professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education and serves as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies for Student Success Research

Teaching for Equity in Treacherous Times
In over half of US states legislators have introduced bills that would limit or prevent DEI-related curriculum and programming in higher education. There are additional legislative threats to the rights of LGBTQIA2S+ individuals in education. Movements to restrict college and university instructors’ academic freedom are permeating state legislatures, boards of higher education, and boards of trustees. Although postsecondary education in Michigan is not currently facing anti-DEI legislation the time is right for understanding why and how equity and inclusion should be central to our work as educators at MSU. This talk will offer context for understanding the stakes we face and what is at stake for our institutions and students, as well as strategies for moving forward within a national and state context divided on our rights and responsibilities to teach in ways that advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in higher education.
Kristen A. Renn, PhD, is the Mildred B. Erickson Distinguished Professor of Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education and serves as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies for Student Success Research at Michigan State University. With her background in student affairs administration and commitment to equitable opportunities and outcomes, Dr. Renn’s focuses her research on the learning, development, and success of minoritized students in higher education. She is author or co-author of nine books about higher education, including Student Development in College: Theory, Research, and Practice and College Students in the United States: Characteristics, Experiences, and Outcomes. She is Michigan State University’s Liaison to the University Innovation Alliance and co-Principal Investigator on several grants related to increasing success for low-income and underrepresented students.

10:00a - 11:15a: Session 4 

11:30a - 12:30p: Session 5 

12:30p- 1:30p: Lunch Break 

Take time to eat your lunch, stretch, check your email, walk the dog or whatever you need to do for you. Then join us again for the next session.

1:30p - 2:30p: Session 6 

2:45p - 3:45p: Session 7