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Symposium for Teaching Excellence

Symposium on Engineering Teaching Excellence

A good teacher explains. A great teacher inspires.

The Dean’s Council for Teaching Excellence (DCTE) Organizing Committee invites College of Engineering faculty to the Symposium on Engineering Teaching Excellence on Friday, Dec. 6 (Reading Day) from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Ketcham Auditorium. There will be door prizes, and coffee, pastries and a box lunch will be provided. See the bottom of the page for the full schedule of events.

The theme of the symposium is “Highly Effective Teaching,” and it will feature a Three-Minute Thesis session titled “Teaching Ideas for Inspiring Students in Your Classroom.”

Jennifer Case

Jennifer M. Case, head of the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech and honorary professor of the Department of Chemical Engineering at University of Cape Town, will be joining us as a special guest speaker.

Her keynote presentation is titled “Just flipping through the slides”: Research evidence on how teaching influences student learning in engineering.

Call for 3MT Proposals

The Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) is an interesting, challenging way to present an academic thesis to a general audience in just three minutes using a single PowerPoint slide. The 3MT event was first established at the University of Queensland in 2008 and has since been held at many universities around the world.

Your thesis can be centered around one core idea that makes your classroom teaching exciting for you, and how you see the measurable benefits of that approach in creating inspired learning for students.

Through your participation, please  help all of the symposium attendees to learn best practices that work for you so others can learn and adapt their teaching methods!

To propose a Three-Minute Thesis, please submit your one-slide PowerPoint file to Prasad Calyam by Nov. 29.

To see an example of a 3MT slide, click here.

For further information about Three-Minute Thesis, please visit the website.


  • 8:30 – 9 a.m. Registration with coffee and pastries
  • 9 – 9:50 a.m. Keynote by Jennifer M. Case, introduced by Dean Loboa
  • 9:50 – 10:20 a.m. Kemper Panel Discussion: focus on effective teaching (Panel includes the keynote speaker plus Kemper Fellow awardees from engineering)
  • 10:20 – 10:50 a.m. Teaching with Technology: Carmen Beck and Heather Hunt, Implementing technology (Zoom, Lightboard, etc)
  • 10:50-11 a.m. Break
  • 11:00 – 11:30 a.m. 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) session (7 – 10 faculty will present 3MTs)
  • 11:30 a.m. Lunch/social; comments by Jim Spain (Box lunch for all)

Call for Proposals

To propose a Three-Minute Thesis, please submit your one-slide PPT file by email to Prasad Calyam by Nov. 29.

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