Center for Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning Symposium

April 24, 2017
2:00 – 4:30 p.m.
UW Seattle, HUB Ballroom

Join us for the UW’s 13th Annual Teaching & Learning Symposium! This year’s keynote theme is “Building Inclusive Classroom Communities.

The Symposium brings together UW faculty, staff, and students from all three UW campuses to:

  • Build conversation and community around teaching, learning, and related research
  • Highlight research and practices that advance student learning
  • Spark and sustain interest in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at UW

Admission is free.


  • 2:00 – 2:05 Opening remarks: Beth Kalikoff, Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • 2:05 – 2:50 Poster session #1
  • 2:50 – 3:00 Welcome: Betsy Wilson, Vice Provost for Digital Initiatives and Dean of University Libraries
  • 3:00 – 3:45 Keynote: “Building Inclusive Classroom Communities”
    • Ellen Moore, Senior Lecturer, Communication, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Tacoma
    • Jim Pfaendtner, Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering, College of Engineering, UW Seattle
    • Ursula Valdez, Lecturer, Environmental Science, School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, UW Bothell
  • 3:45 – 4:30 Poster session #2

Keynote speakers:

Ellen Moore, Senior Lecturer, UWT CommunicationDr. Ellen Moore is a Senior Lecturer of Communication at University of Washington Tacoma. Her work focuses on the often-interconnected concerns of racial representations and the depiction of environmental issues in the mainstream media. Her teaching includes courses such as Inequality and the Media; Political Economy of Media; Nature, Inequality, and Popular Culture; and Environmental Issues and the Media. Her forthcoming book, “Landscape and the Environment in Hollywood Film: the Green Machine,” focuses on the relationship between profits and power when it comes to the portrayal of environmental issues and historically-marginalized groups of people. Other research includes “Starving for Diversity: Representations of Race in Hunger Games” and “Framing Disaster: News Media Coverage of Native American Environmental Justice Cases.” In 2015, Dr. Moore received the Distinguished Teaching award for the UW Tacoma campus.

Jim Pfaendtner, Associate Professor, Chemical EngineeringDr. Jim Pfaendtner is the Bindra Career Development Professor and Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of Washington. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering (Georgia Tech, 2001) and a PhD in Chemical Engineering (Northwestern University, 2007). Additional appointments include Senior Scientist at the Pacific Northwest National Lab and a Senior Data Science Fellow at the UW eScience Institute. Jim’s research focus is computational molecular science and his recent teaching interests are in the area of teaching data science skills to grad students in chemical and materials science and engineering. Jim is a recipient of an NSF CAREER Award and the University of Washington Distinguished Teaching Award.

Ursula Valdez, PhD, UW Bothell, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences, Environmental SciencesDr. Ursula Valdez is a lecturer of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell. She is a Tropical Ecologist and Conservation Biologist with degrees in Biology and Zoology from the Universidad Nacional Agraria La Molina (Lima, Peru), North Carolina State University and the University of Washington. Her teaching philosophy focuses on supporting students to develop an understanding of the processes and mechanisms that explain the interactions among species and those with their environment, including the critical role that humans have on them. Dr. Valdez has also been actively working in internationalizing her classroom by incorporating COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) in her courses, and opening global learning communities for her students and college students from other countries. Her COIL work has been featured in the Provost’s series Innovators Among Us.

Symposium co-sponsors

The Teaching and Learning Symposium is hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning, and co-sponsored by:

  • Office of the Provost
  • Graduate School
  • UW Libraries
  • Undergraduate Academic Affairs
  • UW Information Technology
  • Office of Minority Affairs and Diversity
  • Simpson Center for the Humanities
  • Teaching and Learning Center, UW Bothell
  • Teaching and Learning Center, UW Tacoma


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