FRN 2021 National Symposium

Faculty Resource Network

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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
Where: Online

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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

All Times in EST (NYC)

Day 1 – Friday, November 19, 2021 | ONLINE


9:15am – 9:25am

Welcome Remarks

  • De Angela Duff, New York University

9:30am – 10:45am

Plenary Panel with Question and Answer Session

  • Renee Evans, University of Miami
  • Dezette Johnson, Johnson C. Smith University
  • Beverly Kahn, Farmingdale State College
  • Samantha Martinez, Saint Peter’s University
  • Yolanda Page, Dillard University (Moderator) – CT Time Zone

11:30am – 1:30am

Professional Development Workshop

  • Mays Imad, Pima Community College (capped at 75 registrants)

1:35pm – 1:45pm

Brief Closing Remarks

Day 2 – Saturday, November 20, 2021 | ONLINE


10:00am –10:45am

Introduction and Keynote Address

  • Eartha Lee Johnson, Dillard University (Welcome)
  • Roland Bullard, Dillard University (Keynote)

11:00am –12:00-pm

Plenary Roundtable

  • Rosalie Richards, Stetson University

12:00pm –1:00pm



1:15pm – 2:15pm

Breakout Sessions


2:30pm – 3:30pm

Breakout Sessions


3:45pm – 4:45pm

Breakout Sessions


4:50pm – 5:00pm

Closing Remarks

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"