Texas Tech University

The John M. Burns Conference 2019 on The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


Registration for the 2019 John M. Burns Conference is closed.


A Chance at Birth: How social contexts impact teaching and learning in higher education

Featuring Dr. Bryan Dewsbury

Morning Session: 10:30am-12:00pm (Part One)

Power, privilege and class are not unique to classroom settings. In this workshop called ' A Chance at Birth', we will unpack how historic and existing social structures impact our own lens of the education process, the student experience and current unequal outcomes. More importantly, we will discuss the ways in which we can use our current position to mitigate the effects of these inequitable structures.

Lunch & Poster Presentations: 12:00-1:00

The TLPDC will provide lunch. Please be sure to specify any special dietary needs when you register.

The poster session will feature presentations by the recipients of the 2018 Lawrence Schovanec Teaching Development Scholarship: Michelle Alcorn (Hospitality & Retail Management), Shane Blum (Hospitality & Retail Management), Audra Day (Kinesiology & Sports Management), Sandra Huston (Personal Financial Planning), Sylvia Niehuis (Human Development & Family Studies), and Lisa Phillips (English).

Afternoon Session: 1:00-2:30pm (Part Two)

Despite valiant efforts to address inequitable outcomes, disparities still exist between ethnic groups graduating with STEM degrees. In this workshop we will unpack the social contributors to this disparity, and confront our own potential and obligation to reconstruct the value system around STEM pedagogical praxis.

About Dr. Bryan Dewsbury


Dr. Bryan Dewsbury is an Assistant Professor of Biology and Principal Investigator of the Science Education And Society (SEAS) research program. This program merges research on the practice of inclusive teaching with implementation of curricula and programming that promote inclusive climates in educational spaces. Their research projects draw from a variety of disciplines in order to better inform pedagogy that prepare students for a life of meaningful civic engagement. Dr. Dewsbury is also a nationally recognized faculty developer, especially as they pertain to inclusive practices. He is a Fellow of the John N. Gardner Institute, a non-profit that focuses on transformative teaching practices, especially in introductory courses. He assists them with the development and implementation of faculty development models for inclusive practices.

For more information on the conference, please contact Kerri Pike at 742-0133.

Teaching, Learning, & Professional Development Center