Center for Teaching and Learning

Frontiers in Higher Education Research Seminar

This seminar series highlights original research in college-level learning and instruction. Multidisciplinary in scope, each seminar addresses the broad themes of our work as instructors, including the cognitive processes by which students learn, and the classroom context in which they do so.

All seminars are free and open to the public. Presentations will be followed by a Q&A session and opportunities for discussion.

Questions about the series? Contact the seminar organizer, Colleen Craig (

Autumn quarter seminars:

Professor Katie Headrick TaylorLearning as Stewardship: Students at the Nexus of University-Community Relations

Speaker: Katie Headrick Taylor

Tuesday, November 27 (2:30 to 3:20 p.m.) Odegaard 220

Some of the most influential theories of learning come from understanding how people learn from and teach one another in settings outside the classroom.

In her Education course, “Learning Within and Across Settings,” Professor Katie Headrick Taylor provides an extra-classroom environment for her students to learn these theories in context. Students make and nurture connections to community centers and other public neighborhood assets through outreach, observation, and feedback on the nature of teaching and learning in these spaces.

In this course, the community/place serves as teacher, and expertise is distributed: across community members, across visible histories, and across different modes of engaging with new information. Professor Taylor demonstrates that empowering students in this way helps them develop a professional vision of learning theory that is not achievable in a traditional classroom setting, while positioning students as stewards of community-university partnerships.

Katie Headrick Taylor is an assistant professor in the UW College of Education. In her research, she explores digital media and technology in the lives of children, youth, and their families through ethnographic and mixed-method case studies, classroom and informal design studies, and the development and teaching of undergraduate and graduate courses.

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Winter quarter seminars:

Rachel Tennial, University of Arkansas, Little RockUnderrepresented Identities in the Classroom: Examining Our Privileges

Speaker: Rachel E. Tennial

Tuesday, February 5 (2:30 to 3:20 p.m.) Odegaard 220

Rachel E. Tennial is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock.  Her areas of interest include collective identity and identification, with a focus on race and sexuality, prejudice, stigma, colorism (skin tone bias) and teaching scholarship.

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