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2021 National Symposium
Due to the continued unpredictability of COVID-19 and its variants, the hardships that recent natural disasters have caused in New Orleans and other affected areas, and the varying faculty travel policies at colleges and universities, the 2021 FRN National Symposium will now be held virtually and at no expense to registrants. We apologize for any inconvenience this decision may cause. Changes to reservations at The Ritz-Carlton in New Orleans should be directed to the hotel’s central reservations department at (800) 826-8987.
While we are disappointed that we can not meet with you in person, our first priority is to ensure everyone’s health and safety. We look forward to seeing you at our online symposium on November 19 and 20.
Redesigning Higher Education After COVID-19
When: November 19-20, 2021
Redesigning Higher Education After COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly disrupted higher education. The principal mission of colleges and universities–teaching and learning–was thrown into disarray by the sudden closure of campuses and the dislocation of faculty members and students. Classes were abruptly shifted online, which required both professors and students to quickly adjust to a new learning environment. Communication switched from in-person conversations to online Zoom meetings, which sustained connection but reinforced our sense of personal separation. The COVID-19 pandemic aimed a revealing spotlight on issues in higher education that were always present but were now brought more fully into view, such as concerns about student wellness and faculty work-life balance.
We have now reached the one-year mark of this educational transformation. There are hopeful signs of declining COVID cases nationwide and an increase in the number of COVID vaccinations. There is also cautious optimism about the ability to return to our campuses in the fall. But what will higher education look like after COVID-19? What lessons have we learned from our pandemic experience that can stimulate us to reshape higher education in a way that is better at fostering student learning and supporting faculty advancement? This FRN Symposium provides an opportunity to reflect on our COVID-19 experiences and chart a new course for redesigning higher education for our post-pandemic future.
FRN National Symposium 2021 Schedule at a Glance
Day 1 – Friday, November 19, 2021
9:30am – 11:30am
Professional Development Workshop
2:00pm – 2:10pm
2:15pm – 3:30pm
Plenary Panel with Question and Answer Session
Day 2 – Saturday, November 20, 2021
Introduction and Keynote Address
1:45pm – 2:45pm
3:00pm – 4:00pm
4:15pm – 5:15pm
1:45pm - 2:45pm
From Curriculum to Career Fairs: Redesigning a Career Pathways Initiative
Casey Schreiber — Dillard University
Talk Story Session: Are Changes to The Way We Teach Due To The Pandemic Permanent?
Richard Kido — Chaminade University
Audrey Latourette — Stockton University
Supporting Student Mental Health and Wellness
Rosalee Martin — Huston Tillotson University
Alice Stephens — Clark Atlanta University
Crisis Meets Opportunity: Retaining Online and Hybrid Successes when Returning to the Higher Education Classroom
Renee Evans — University of Miami
Using Digital Vision Boards for Instruction
Rhonda McCoy — Paine College
Effective Strategies for Online and Hybrid Teaching
David Surrey — Saint Peter’s University
3:00pm - 4:00pm
Advancing Social Justice to Support LGBTQ+ Student Mental Health and Wellness on College Campuses in a Post COVID World
Sheila Gregory — Clark Atlanta University
Melding Academic Knowledge and Life Reflection into the Career Space: Spelman’s Career Pathways Initiative
Pavri Tinaz — Spelman College
RADical Health: Cultivating Student Wellness in Uncertain Times
Trace Jordan — New York University
Self-Care and Student Success
Madga Desgranges — Fairfield University
Lillian Agosto-Maldonado — University of the Sacred Heart
Promoting Positive Images of Afro-Latino Professionals in the Post-Covid Era: An African Diasporic Reflection
Katrina Watterson — Johnson C. Smith University
Fostering Imaginative Inter-Disciplinary Interventions for Higher Education Learning in a Post-Pandemic Paradigm
James Lawler — Pace University
4:15pm - 5:15pm
The Impact of the COVID Pandemic on Teaching – Faculty Perspectives
Guanlin Gao — Chaminade University
Planning for Student Success in the Post COVID World
Ebony Turner — Dillard University
Teaching through Trauma: Takeaways from a Year of Remote Teaching
Rachel Schwartz — St. Joseph’s College
Self-Care (for nursing students)
Edna Aurelius — Wagner College
Co-teaching during pandemic times: Our remote-virtual learning experience
Iliana Ballester-Panellii — University of the Sacred Heart
Strengthening the Academic Curve Post COVID 19
Andrea Montgomery — Toogaloo College
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"