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2019 National Symposium

Critical Conversations and the Academy

When: Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23, 2019

Where: Miami, Florida

Registration Deadline: November 8, 2019

Hotel Reservation Deadline: October 21, 2019

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Critical Conversations and the Academy



Conversation has always been at the core of education, with discussion-based seminars serving as a key paradigm for learning in college. This symposium examines the essential role of the Academy in cultivating meaningful conversations on campus and in the classroom.

In today’s society, conversation is increasingly being replaced by contention. The longstanding consensus that free speech should be encouraged and protected is being challenged by student protests over controversial campus speakers. What is the appropriate balance between preserving free speech versus fostering an inclusive campus environment where all students feel welcome and valued?

Professors often navigate challenging conversations with students about race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality, among other topics. We should encourage honest dialogue among students while being sensitive to their varied life experiences. College faculty also encounter the ubiquitous presence of smartphones and online communication in the lives of our students. How do we promote the value of conversation “in real life” when students are becoming less comfortable with this type of social interaction?

When we think of our own path to the Academy, it is likely that we can identify influential professors who served as mentors by guiding, supporting, and challenging us. Mentorship is based on sustained conversations between faculty members and students. Yet surveys reveal that only a quarter of undergraduate students strongly agree that they had a mentor who encouraged them to pursue their goals. How can faculty members, departments, and institutions cultivate the type of mentorship that leads to transformative academic experiences

Conversations among the faculty are essential to the vitality of the Academy, especially when they prompt us to step outside our traditional disciplinary boundaries. New types of scholarly inquiry and innovative pedagogy often arise from cross-disciplinary exchanges. How can the Academy encourage and support faculty dialogue that leads to productive collaborations?

During this two-day symposium, which contains keynote presentations, panel discussions, and breakout sessions, we encourage you to engage in your own conversations about these important issues.


Registration Information

Registration Deadline: November 8, 2019
Hotel Reservation Deadline: October 21, 2019

Participation in the National Symposium is free of charge for faculty members and administrators from Faculty Resource Network and Leadership Alliance member institutions. For participants outside of the FRN consortium, there will be a $200 registration fee. Upon receipt of your registration form, you will receive an invoice for payment.

To register for the symposium, please use the link below to access the online symposium registration form: Register Now


Hotel Information

For your convenience, a block of rooms has been reserved for attendees of the Faculty Resource Network National Symposium at the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Hotel. Additional information about hotel amenities is located on their website, at Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Hotel


Special Symposium Rate

Rooms are available at $199 per night, and are on reserve for November 21, 22, and 23. For the best room selection and availability, please make your plans as early as possible.

All reservations can be made by calling the Ritz-Carlton Central Reservations at 1 (800) 826-8987. Information that should be provided over the phone is included below:

Group Name: New York University 2019 Faculty Resource Network

Group Date: November 21, 22, 23, 2019. For the best room selection and availability please make your plans as early as possible.

The Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Hotel online registration page is located at the link below:

Web Address Link (to reserve online): Make a Hotel Reservation

If you need additional assistance, please contact the Hyatt Regency at 877-803-7534

Reservations will be accepted at the group rate until October 21, 2019. Any reservations over and above the group block are based on availability.


Ground Transportation

Limited ground transportation between the Hyatt Regency Coral Gables Hotel and symposium venues will be provided by the Faculty Resource Network.

Previous National Symposia


  • 2020 National Symposium: "Curriculum Innovation for Transformative Learning"
  • 2019 National Symposium: "Critical Conversations and the Academy"
  • 2018 National Symposium: "Transforming Teaching Through Active Learning"
  • 2017 National Symposium: "Engaging With Diversity in the College Classroom"
  • 2016 National Symposium: "Teaching a New Generation of Students"
  • 2015 National Symposium: "Advancing Social Justice From Classroom to Community"
  • 2014 National Symposium: "The Global Imperative for Higher Education"
  • 2013 National Symposium: "Reinventing Liberal Education"
  • 2012 National Symposium: "New Faces, New Expectations"
  • 2011 National Symposium: "Emerging Pedagogies for the New Millennium"
  • 2010 National Symposium: "Engaging Students in the Community and the World"
  • 2009 National Symposium: "Challenge as Opportunity: The Academy in the Best and Worst of Times"
  • 2008 National Symposium: "Defining and Promoting Student Success"
  • 2007 National Symposium: "Advancing Women and the Underrepresented in the Academy"
  • 2006 National Symposium: "The Millennial Student"
  • 2005 National Symposium: "Spirituality and Higher Education"
  • 2004 National Symposium: "Beyond Brown vs. Board of Education: Diversity and Higher Education"
  • 2003 National Symposium: "Approaching Assessment: The Road Ahead"
  • 2002 National Symposium: "Being a Professor..."
  • 2000 National Symposium: "The Future of Liberal Arts Education"
  • 1999 National Symposium: "The Teaching and Learning Continuum"