The 2022 Conference will be held at Auburn University. Our Theme is Relationship-Rich Education.
March 9 - 11th, 2022
Dr. Peter Felten is this year's Keynote Speaker.
Peter Felten is executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning, assistant provost for teaching and learning, and professor of history at Elon University. All registrants will receive a copy of his book, Relationship-Rich Education.
“We know from experience and a growing body of research that students’ sense of belonging and connectedness in higher education institutions is tied to essential outcomes, including their academic achievement, their well-being, motivation, and retention.” Yet “…higher education leaders have not yet put meaningful human connections at the center of the undergraduate experience, despite evidence that has been mounting for more than forty years that relationships are crucial to students’ success.” (Relationship-Rich Education, Foreword x)
Conference Schedule Overview:
Wednesday, March 9 10 - 11:30am: Pre-Conference Workshop - No registration required. Free for all attendees (F2F & virtual) 12pm: Registration Opens 1:30: Concurrent Sessions 1 2:45: Concurrent Sessions 2 3:30: Concurrent Sessions 3 4:30 - 5:30pm: Relationship Building Experience: Southeastern Raptor Center demonstration
Thursday, March 10 8am: Breakfast 8:45am: Welcome & Keynote Presentation - Dr. Peter Felten 10:15am: Concurrent Sessions 4 11am: Concurrent Sessions 5 12pm: Lunch & Updates from the SRFIDC Board 1pm: Concurrent Sessions 6 2:15pm: Concurrent Sessions 7 3pm: Panel Presentation 5-8pm: Relationship Building Experience: Teaching with Collections: Special event at the Jule Collins Smith Art Museum - free transportation provided from Conference Hotel - Click on the link to register for this event. Registration is required.
Information about the Virtual and F2F event (for presenters)
The virtual conference will be hosted on Zoom Events. Every session will be streamed and a facilitator will manage the Zoom experience in each of the breakout classrooms to ensure the tech is working.
F2F presenters: there is no expectation that you facilitate interactivity with our virtual attendees, but you will have a facilitator there to support you (monitor the chat, manage audio, form breakout rooms) if you choose to. We are planning to record the sessions and make them available to conference attendees after the event. If you are not comfortable with having your session recorded, simply let the Zoom facilitator in your room know before you session begins.
Virtual presenters: Your presentation will be streamed in one of the breakout rooms so you may have a mix of "zoomers" and "roomers" (virtual and face to face participants). There will be an in room facilitator to manage the tech and support face to face participants. There is no expectation that you facilitate interactivity with the "roomers," but the facilitator will be happy to support you (capture questions, ideas, etc. from the room) if you choose to. We plan to record these sessions as well but let your room facilitator know if you'd prefer not to be recorded.
Relationship-Rich Excursion:Teaching with Collections Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art at Auburn University
How are museums part of cross-disciplinary teaching and learning on campus?
Mimi Hellman, Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Art History at Skidmore College, visits Auburn to discuss the Teagle Collaborative Project: Teaching with Exhibitions, a research project that seeks to develop new best practices in exhibition-based pedagogy. The project, funded by the Teagle Foundation, worked with the Tang Museum at Skidmore College from 2016 through 2019 in collaboration with four academic institutions: Colgate University, Hamilton College, Skidmore College, and the University at Albany, State University of New York.
The project proposes that “when museums and galleries are able to function as spaces for creative, rigorous, interdisciplinary inquiry, they can be active transformers of higher education. The project offers faculty an opportunity to explore how teaching and learning with exhibitions can cultivate a wide range of student abilities, from an understanding of specific socio-political or scientific issues to skills such as visual literacy, critical thinking, teamwork, and written or oral communication.”
Hellman, who serves as project director of the Teagle Project, studies the social agency of decorative art in eighteenth-century France. Her publications include essays in Body Narratives: Motion and Emotion in the French Enlightment (2017), Coffee, Tea, and Chocolate: Consuming the World (2016), The Oxford Companion to Sugar and Sweets (2015), Paris: Life & Luxury in the Eighteenth Century (2011), The Cultural Aesthetics of Eighteenth-Century Porcelain (2010), Taking Shape: Finding Sculpture in the Decorative Arts (2008), and Furnishing the Eighteenth Century (2007). She received B.A. and M.A. from Smith College and a Ph.D. from Princeton University.
Join us at 5:00pm for a festive reception in the museum with open galleries. The talk begins at 6:30pm CST.
The talk will be live-streamed for Virtual Conference attendees.
Thursday, March 10, 2022 Reception: 5:00pm Talk & Livestream: 6:30pm
This year marks the 46th consecutive annual meeting and conference of the Southern Regional Faculty and Instructional Development Consortium. Each year since its inception, SRFIDC has brought faculty and organizational development professionals in the southern region of the US together for sharing ideas, experiences, new approaches, and collegial concerns affecting our profession and work. This year the conference is live and in-person with a virtual session track for those who cannot attend but want to participate.
The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center Address: 241 S College St, Auburn, AL 36830 Phone: (334) 821-8200
This hotel is directly across the street from the RBD Library / Mell Classroom Building where our conference will take place. A block of rooms is reserved for the conference at the special rate of $139 (plus tax) per night/room. You may reserve rooms at this rate for one to three nights during the conference window of Tuesday, March 8 – Friday, March 11.
This rate is only available for reservations made through February 20th, 2022
Use this link, or the button below, to make your reservation to ensure you get the discounted conference rate: aub.ie/srfidchotel2022
Other Hotels within walking distance to the conference
For those looking for a more eclectic, boutique hotel experience, The Collegiate Hotel at Auburn is right around the corner from our conference location. Its rooftop lounge / bar is a popular destination in its own right.
The Crenshaw Guest House (built in 1890) is a bed and breakfast inn located about a half-mile from the conference venue.
Hotels a short drive from the conference venue
There are numerous lodging options including suite and budget friendly hotels within a 1 to 3 mile radius of the conference venue. Here is a short list of options / links:
The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia, is the most used airport for travel to Auburn for both international and domestic travel.
Groome Transportation: https://groometransportation.com/auburn/ Makes several trips daily to and from the ATL airport and the Auburn Hotel and Conference Center (and other stops in the Auburn/Opelika area). The trip usually takes an hour and a half but could run a bit longer or shorter depending on the number of stops.
Please check the shuttle schedule and availability before purchasing an airplane ticket. Note that Atlanta, Georgia, is in the Eastern Time Zone, whereas Auburn, Alabama, is in the Central Time Zone. On return, note the one-hour time difference between Auburn and Atlanta, particularly if your flight is early in the day.
(MGM) Montgomery, Alabama, http://www.flymgm.com/ There is no shuttle service between Auburn and Montgomery airport.
Distances: Auburn to Atlanta Airport 100 miles Auburn to Birmingham Airport 115 miles (Hwy 280) Auburn to Montgomery Airport 62 miles Auburn to Columbus Airport 41 miles
Travel by Car
Traveling by car on I-85 take exit 51 (South College St, direction north) towards Auburn University. Coming from Birmingham you may travel on Hwy 280 (take North College St in Auburn), or I-65 to Montgomery, then I-85 towards Atlanta (Auburn).
Guests of the AU Hotel will be able to use their garage during the conference.
The conference will take place during Auburn's Spring Break.
Conference attendees will have access to free parking in the College Street Deck (aka the AU Hotel parking garage) level 2 & 3 only.
You can also park on the 4th level of the Stadium Deck in the visitor spaces, look for the signs posted.
Do NOT park in the Library Parking Deck.
Auburn attendees may park wherever their permit allows.
If you have any questions or issues regarding campus parking, here is their contact Info:
Auburn University - Parking Services 330 Lem Morrison Drive Auburn University, AL 36849 Phone: (334) 844-4143 Fax: (334) 844-2253 Office Hours: 7:15 A.M – 4:15 P.M. (Monday – Friday) & open during lunch
Going by rental car from Auburn to the Atlanta Airport: because of the time zone change, you should plan to leave 5 hours before the flight by the Central Time clock: 90min to drive, 30min (probably less) to return the car, that will allow 2 hours to navigate ATL airport before departure. Gas stations close to the airport are at Exit 64 (Georgia) on I-85.
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