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Past seminars

Formerly known as the Advances in Higher Education Research Seminar and now renamed as the Reflection and Practice Seminar series, these conversations highlight original research in college-level instruction and learning. See below for a listing of past presentations.


When Group Work Doesn’t Work: Insights from Students

Peggy Brickman, professor in Plant Biology in the Division of Biological Sciences, University of Georgia. | November 17, 2023

Improvising the World: Experiments in Pedagogy

Ching-In Chen, professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell. | January 12, 2023

Selecting, Authoring, and Using Inclusive Case Studies

Dan Turner, professor of marketing, UW Foster School of Business. | May 18, 2023


Braiding Indigenous knowledges into STEM undergraduate curriculum and practices: An ally’s perspective

Dr. Ashley Welsh is cross-appointed between the Central and Science Centres for Teaching and Learning at the University of British Columbia. | May 17, 2022

How do we prepare students to learn from experience?

Yore Kedem, assistant professor of Hebrew, Department of Linguistics, Languages, and Cultures, Michigan State University | February 22, 2022

At home and hands-on: Leveraging the benefits of remote lab instruction

Luna Yue Huang, assistant teaching professor, Department of Materials Science & Engineering, University of Washington | January 25, 2022



Alma Mat(t)ers: Leveraging Current Undergraduate Experiences to Change the Future of Higher Education

Dan Grunspan, assistant professor, Department of Integrative Biology, University of Guelph | Dec. 7, 2021

Using Reproducibility Education to Teach Research Methods

Rachel Hayes-Harb, professor, Department of Linguistics, University of Utah | Oct. 26, 2021

An Environment for Learning: Leveraging Instructional Expertise to Support Remote Teaching

In this panel discussion, OLT members Tim Essington, José Guzmán, Kat Huybers, Kerry-Ann Naish, Mikelle Nuwer, and Kristi Straus describe the group’s work and how their broad expertise in pedagogy and in the diverse range of fields represented in the College of the Environment gives them the credibility to make a difference. | May 17, 2021

Supporting Higher-Order Thinking: Leveraging Learning Outcomes and Alternative Grading Approaches to Help Students Dig Deeper

Santiago Toledo, associate professor, Department of Chemistry, St. Edward’s University | February 9, 2021



Social Workers Can’t Be Republicans: Engaging Conservative Students in the Classroom

Justin Lerner, associate teaching professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington | October 20, 2020

Reimagining Graduate Dance Education

Hannah Wiley, professor, Department of Dance, University of Washington | March 3, 2020

Can Learning be Fair?:  Explicit Acknowledgment of Structural Oppression as a Teaching Tool

Jessica Cleeves, Center for Science and Mathematics Education, University of Utah | February 11, 2020



Against the Odds: Insights From a Statistician With Dyscalculia

Katherine Lewis, associate professor, College of Education, University of Washington
Dylan Lynn, statistician, former data analyst, math tutor, and researcher based in Seattle | November 19, 2019

Teaching Integrity in Empirical Research: The Pedagogy of Reproducible Science in Undergraduate Education and Beyond

Richard Ball, professor, Department of Economics, Haverford College | October 29, 2019

Mind the Gap: Active Learning in Undergraduate STEM Classes Narrows Achievement Gaps for Historically Underrepresented Students

Elli Theobald, assistant teaching professor, Department of Biology, University of Washington | October 8, 2019

Beyond Bars: Higher Education and Carceral Space

Gillian Harkins, professor, English Department, University of Washington | May 28, 2019

Responsive Teaching and Social Justice

Amy D. Robertson, research professor, Physics Department, Seattle Pacific University | April 16, 2019

Global Flipped Classroom: Successes and Challenges of Combining Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)

Kristi Straus, associate teaching professor, UW College of the Environment
Eli Wheat, lecturer, UW Program on the Environment
Wei Zuo, instructional consultant, UW Center for Teaching and Learning | February 26, 2019

Underrepresented Identities in the Classroom: Examining Our Privileges

Rachel E. Tenniel, professor, Department of Psychology, University of Arkansas | February 5, 2019

Calling Attention to Unequal Educational Outcomes in STEM Higher Education

Michael Mack, postdoctoral research associate, UW Department of Chemistry | January 15, 2019

Dimensions in Designing Reflection Activities for Students

Giovanna Scalone, research associate, UW Department of Human-Centered Design and Engineering | January 15, 2019



Learning as Stewardship: Students at the Nexus of University-Community Relations

Katie Headrick Taylor, associate professor, College of Education, University of Washington | November 27, 2018

Framing Active Learning: How “Soft Skills” Enable a Supportive Classroom Culture and Facilitate Student Effort

Ben Wiggins, manager of program operations, Department of Biology, University of Washington | November 6, 2018

Active Enough? Screens and Active Learning Classes

Ian Schnee, associate teaching professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Washington | October 9, 2018


Questions about the series?