Center for Teaching and Learning

Teaching & Learning Symposium


2015 Teaching and Learning Symposium

Tuesday, April 14th 2:00 – 4:30
HUB Ballroom

About the Symposium

Many at UW are actively engaged in examining how teaching affects student learning – the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) research.  Each spring the Center for Teaching and Learning hosts the annual UW Teaching and Learning Symposium to provide a forum where all who share this interest can learn of their colleagues’ work and engage in discussion.  The event includes a keynote talk and two poster sessions.  Posters presented each year range from classroom/action research to published SoTL research.

Event Schedule

  • 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: Interim Provost Gerald Baldasty
  • 3:00 – 3:45 Keynote:  “Using Reflection to Support Student Learning”
  • 3:45 – 4:30 Poster Session #2

See full program for poster presenters and titles.

Keynote Presentation: “Using Reflection to Support Student Learning”

Professors from Dance and Engineering describe how they use reflective strategies to help students learn – in classes as diverse as engineering design and studio dance. Presenters have published their research on reflection in disciplinary teaching and learning journals.


  • Cindy Atman – Director, Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching and Professor in Human Centered Design & Engineering
  • Betsy Cooper – Divisional Dean of Arts in the College of Arts & Sciences and Professor in the Dance Program

Speaker Publications on Reflection:

Turns, J. A., Sattler, B., Yasuhara, K., Borgford-Parnell, J. L., Atman, C. J., & 121st ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition: 360 Degrees of Engineering Education. (January 01, 2014). Integrating Reflection into Engineering Education. ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings.

Cooper, B. (January 01, 2013). Reflective Writing/Reflective Practice: Promoting Engaged Learning and Student Confidence in the Beginning Ballet Class. Journal of Dance Education, 13, 1, 4-11.

Speaker Bios:

Cynthia J. Atman is the founding director of the Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching (CELT), a professor in Human Centered Design & Engineering, and the inaugural holder of the Mitchell T. & Lella Blanche Bowie Endowed Chair at the University of Washington. Dr. Atman is co-director with Dr. Jennifer Turns of the Consortium for Promoting Reflection in Engineering Education (CPREE), funded by a $4.4 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. She was director of the NSF-funded Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE), a national research center that was funded from 2003-2010. Dr. Atman is the author or co-author on over 115 archival publications. She has been invited to give many keynote addresses, including a Distinguished Lecture at the American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE) 2014 Annual Conference.

Dr. Atman joined the UW in 1998 after seven years on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research focuses on engineering education pedagogy, engineering design learning, assessing the consideration of context in engineering design, and understanding undergraduate engineering student pathways. She is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the ASEE. She was the recipient of the 2002 ASEE Chester F. Carlson Award for Innovation in Engineering Education and the 2009 UW David B. Thorud Leadership Award. Dr. Atman holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University.

cooper-Dance webpage
Professor of Dance Betsy Cooper, currently serves as Divisional Dean of Arts in the College of Arts & Sciences, and directed the Dance Program from 2001-2013. Prior to university teaching, she performed with classical and contemporary companies nationally and abroad, including Nationaltheater Mannheim, Matthew Nash Music & Dance, Makarova & Company and Connecticut Ballet. Cooper is an artist/scholar who remains active as a performer, choreographer and dance educator in the Seattle.  Her research probes at the intersections of dance, politics, and censorship of the body in mid 20th century concert dance and the Hollywood film industry. She has published articles on the Federal Dance Project in Theatre Research International, Dance Research Journal and The International Dictionary of Modern Dance. Her recent work, “The Body Censored: Dance, Morality and the Production Code during the Golden Age of the Film Musical,” appears in Dance on Its Own Terms: Histories and Methodologies. Eds., Melanie Bales and Karen Elliot (Oxford University Press). Cooper is on the editorial review board of the Journal for Dance Education, where she has contributed articles on engaged learning and writing practices. She holds an M.F.A. in Dance from the University of Washington and a B.A. in Archeological Studies from Yale University. Cooper is a recipient of a 2004 Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Washington.

The Symposium is Co-sponsored by:

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

Please email with questions.

The Center for Teaching and Learning would like to invite members of the UW community to participate in the planning of the Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium.  If you are interested in getting involved, please email