Join Us!

Inviting all Oregon Higher Education Faculty to Oregon State University on March 8-9, 2018 for
Teaching T.A.L.K.S. IV: Today’s Academics Linking Knowledge & Skills.

Join the statewide conversation and hear keynote speaker, Lynn Pasquerella, President of AAC&U, on Thursday, March 8th at 6:30pm, and spend the day Friday, March 9th, learning and practicing creative thinking and team work with various featured speakers.  More information on the program is forthcoming.

Teaching T.A.L.K.S. is sponsored by the State of Oregon’s Learning Outcomes and Assessment Task Force, Oregon State University, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities.


The LaSells Stewart Center
Oregon State University
Address: 875 SW 26th St, Corvallis, OR 97331


Registration Includes:

  • Keynote Speaker: Lynn Pasquerella, with Reception to follow, Thursday, March 8, 2018 6:30 PM, The LaSells Stewart Center
  • Teaching T.A.L.K.S., Friday, March 9, 2018, The LaSells Stewart Center
  • Access to all sessions
  • Course Materials
  • Morning Refreshments, Lunch and Coffee Breaks

Local Registrations:  $150
(Defined as being within 100 mile radius of the Conference Venue)

Community College and Commuter Registrations: $100
(Defined as participants who are located outside of a 100 mile radius of the Conference venue or are a representative of a Community College)

Final Agenda for Teaching T.A.L.K.S

Thursday, March 8, 2018



6:30 PM Reception and Keynote Speaker: Lynn Pasquerella,  Thursday, March 8, 2018 6:30 PM, The LaSells Stewart Center (Reception will follow)

Friday, March 9, 2018



8:00 AM – 8:30 AM
Giustina Gallery
The LaSells Stewart Center
Continental Breakfast
8:45 AM – 9:00 AM
Giustina Gallery
Julie Greenwood, Associate Provost for Transformative Learning at Oregon State University
Kristin Nagy Catz, Chair of Learning Outcomes and Assessment Group and Director of Assessment at Southern Oregon University
Constance Tucker, Vice Provost for Educational Improvement and Innovation at Oregon Health Sciences University
9:30 AM-11:45 AM
Giustina Gallery
Creative Expression; Vicki Reitenauer, Assistant Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Faculty Support Coordinator, University Studies, Portland State University

As educators, many, if not most, of us have developed a variety of approaches for the development of students’ critical thinking skills. Yet students, facing into the world as it is, must do more than critique, analyze, and deconstruct in order both to envision the world as they’d like it to be and to engage individually and collectively in making that world. Through reflection, activities, and dialogue, we’ll explore strategies for developing our creative capacities in and through our professional roles in order to serve as catalysts for the development of creative capacity in our students.

11:45 PM
Giustina Gallery
12:30 PM – 1:00 PM
C & E Hall
Lunch Speaker: Veronica Dujon, Associate Dean of College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Department of Sociology, Portland State University
1:00 PM – 1:15 PM Break
1:15 PM – 2:30 PM Afternoon Breakouts (Participant’s Choice)
Ag Production 1. Creative Thinking; Vicki Reitenauer, Portland Statue University
In this session, we will extend the work we began in the morning session through continuing our design and development processes, consulting with each other around strategies for enhancing the creative possibilities in our work, and reflecting on the import of creative thinking and expression in and through our professional roles.
Ag Science 2. Team Work Group; Veronica Koehn, Associate Professor, Communication, Oregon Tech, Kevin Brown, Professor, Communication, Oregon Tech, and Dave Foster, Professor, Psychology, Western Oregon University

The panel will discuss Oregon Tech’s three-tiered Teamwork General Education requirement. The presentation will discuss the process involved in campus buy-in to Teamwork as a goal, and the on-going process of defining and assessing teamwork. We are implementing a model where Teamwork is introduced at the foundational level, applied at the practice level, and measured at the capstone level. Dr. Foster will discuss how he uses Kolb’s model of experiential learning as the foundational underpinning in designing his teamwork and creativity courses.

Wells Fargo 3. Assessment Shop Talk; Led by Rowanna Carpenter, Director of Assessment for University Studies, Portland State University, and Chris Brooks, Chair of the Portland Community, College Learning Assessment Council

Come and talk shop with your colleagues from other colleges and universities across the state! This session will focus on how assessment works at different institutions, identify shared challenges, and allow participants to pick up ideas and make new contacts.

Ag Leaders 4. Peer Collaboration on Assignment Design; Sue Monahan, Associate Provost for Academic Effectiveness, Western Oregon University

We are all experienced teachers/learners, but novices in fields beyond our own. In this interactive workshop, we’ll bring that distinct perspective to reviewing our colleague’s assignments: To provide feedback on how students might read and approach an assignment, and how we might tweak our assignments so that we give students the best opportunities for success. We’ll also talk about strategies for bringing attention to assignment design back to our campuses. We encourage you to bring a hard copy of one assignment that you use in your teaching that you would like to focus on, or to be able to pull that assignment up on your device of choice (laptop, tablet, etc.).

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Giustina Gallery
Concluding Session:
Got Data, Now What? Closing the Loop, and Developing a Plan of Action; Donald Wolff, Vice Provost for Academic Quality, Eastern Oregon University


A block of rooms has been reserved at OSU’s Headquarter Hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn, for a special group rate of $119 + 10.8% tax per night ($131.85/night). To reserve your room, please click here or call the hotel and give the hotel the group code: LOATF. This hotel is located across the street from The LaSells Stewart Center. Parking at the hotel is free for hotel guests.

Hilton Garden Inn
2500 SW Western Blvd
Corvallis, OR 97333
(541) 752-5000
Group Code: LOATF

Downtown by the river, the Holiday Inn Express has a block of rooms reserved for Teaching T.A.L.K.S. attendees at the special group rate of $109 + 10.8% tax per night ($120.77/night). To reserve your room, please click here or call the hotel and let them know you are with the LOATF group.

Holiday Inn Express
781 NE 2nd Avenue
Corvallis, OR 97330
(541) 752-0800

The city’s newest hotel is Courtyard by Marriott downtown Corvallis, next to the Willamette River. A block of rooms is available for our group at a special nightly rate of $129 + 10.8% tax ($142.93/night). To reserve your room, please click here or call 541-753-0199 and let them know you are with the LOATF group. Photo of property coming soon.



Courtyard by Marriott
400 SW 1st Street
Corvallis Oregon 97333 USA
(541) 753-0199


There is much to do in Corvallis, Oregon located in the Pacific Northwestern United States. In less than an hour you can visit the spectacular Oregon Coast or go on an adventure in Central Oregon.

City of Corvallis, Willamette Valley, Oregon and the Pacific Northwest are full of attractions for visitors of all ages. We encourage you to spend extra days at your own convenience to visit the area.

Six different breweries make their homes in or near Corvallis. View a list of Corvallis breweries here.

If you like wineries – go here to explore all the award winning wineries that Oregon has to offer!

Map & Parking

The LaSells Stewart Center street address is 875 SW 26th St, Corvallis, OR 97331

The LaSells Stewart Center is centrally located on the Oregon State campus and getting here is a breeze. For driving directions, scroll down or visit Google Maps to plan your route.

Parking Information

Between the hours of 7 am and 5 pm, visitor parking is available in the parking lot across from The LaSells Stewart Center and in the parking garage north of the Alumni Center. Visitor parking permits are available at kiosks in the parking areas.

Evenings after 5 pm, and on weekends, Center patrons may park in visitor lots at no charge.

For more information about parking, visit the Transit & Parking Services website.

Vehicles without permits parked in permit spaces before 5 pm on weekdays will be ticketed. Bicycle parking is located at the Center’s north entrance. Parking for those staying at the Hilton Garden Inn is free in the Hilton Garden Inn parking lot.

OSU Parking Map


Questions about the program can be addressed to:

Sean Pollack
Higher Education Coordinating Commission
Phone: (503) 947-5952

Kristin Nagy Catz
Southern Oregon University
Phone: (541) 552-7077

Registration and facility questions can be addressed to:

OSU Conference Services
Oregon State University
200 LaSells Stewart Center
Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: (541) 737-9300

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