Big 12 Teaching and Learning Conference

Overland Park, Kansas // June 10-12, 2020

University of Kansas

Big 12 Teaching and Learning Conference
in Kansas City

Big 12 Teaching and Learning Conference

We are sad to announce the Big 12 Teaching & Learning Conference will not be held this year due to COVID-19 and related restrictions. Please return to this site in the fall for details related to the 2021 Big 12 Teaching & Learning Conference.

In today’s interconnected and networked world, we can engage in discussion with individuals from across the globe and find diverse opportunities to learn about each other. Many college or university units related to teaching and learning, however, find it difficult to know where or how to build on the potential of these opportunities and model collaboration, cross-campus dialogues or projects. The Big 12 Teaching and Learning Conference will encourage participants to present and discuss effective teaching methods and frameworks that will address classroom and institutional-level interventions enhancing student learning, expanding our inclusive teaching practices, and refining assessment of student learning.

Join us in Kansas City for this year’s event covering a variety of topics in education support, including the following:

  • Classroom-level interventions enhancing student learning
  • Institution and beyond interventions enhancing student learning
  • Assessment of Student Learning
  • Inclusive Teaching Practices
  • Educational Research on Teaching & Student Learning (Research to Practice)

Who Should Attend?

University and college administration, assessment coordinators, faculty, staff, and students interested or involved in collaboration and innovation within the classroom, programs, and across campuses related to teaching, program development, and course development.

Conference schedule

June 10: Pre-conference activities, welcome reception and keynote speaker
June 11-12: Conference sessions and workshops at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus in Overland Park

Call for Proposals

Presentation proposals will be accepted beginning in early November until February 3, 2020 at 11:59pm. Notifications for accepted proposals will be sent in March.


A room block is reserved at the Doubletree by Hilton Kansas City in Overland Park. The block will be available October though May 2020.


Early Registration (early November through April 30): $230
Regular Registration (starting May 1): $280

Discounts are available for KU and community college faculty, presenters and early registration students.

If you have questions about the event, feel free to email


Conference Speakers

Mary Pat Wenderoth

Mary Pat WenderothMary Pat Wenderoth is a Principal Lecturer in the Biology Department at the University of Washington, Seattle (UW) where she teaches animal physiology courses and conducts biology education research on how students learn biology. Her main research interests focus on assessing implementation of cognitive science principles in the classroom, particularly those associated with conceptual change, use of first principles in constructing conceptual frameworks in physiology and student metacognition. She also does research on academic achievement gaps in STEM and effectiveness of professional development efforts to close those gaps. She received the UW Distinguished Teaching Award in 2001and has served as the co-director of the UW Teaching Academy. She was recognized by the National Association of Biology Teachers as the Biology Education Researcher of 2017. She received the Claude Bernard Distinguished Lectureship of the American Physiology Society Teaching of Physiology Section in 2019. She is co-founder of the UW Biology Education Research Group (UW BERG) and the national Society for the Advancement of Biology Education Research (SABER). She served as a facilitator at the HHMI Summer Institute for Undergraduate Biology Education from 2007 -2011. Dr. Wenderoth earned her B.S. in Biology from the Catholic Univeristy of America in Washington D.C., a M.S. in Women’s Studies from George Washington University, a M.S. in Exercise Physiology from Purdue University and her Ph.D. in Physiology from Rush University in Chicago.

Xueli Wang

Xueli WangDr. Xueli Wang is a professor of higher education in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She studies college students’ learning, experiences, pathways, and success, with a particular focus on community colleges and STEM education. Her longitudinal, mixed methods research has addressed inequities in access to transfer, particularly in STEM fields, as well as how faculty development translates into teaching practices that subsequently shape college students’ experiences and outcomes. Dr. Wang has received multiple awards for her research and teaching. She was selected as a Young Academic Fellow in 2012 by the Institute of Higher Education Policy and the Lumina Foundation. She is a two-time recipient of the Charles F. Elton Best Paper Award by the Association for Institutional Research. In 2015, she was honored with the Barbara K. Townsend Emerging Scholar Award by the Council for the Study of Community Colleges. In her department at UW–Madison, she has been honored with the Teacher of the Year award every year since 2012.

Greg L. Heileman

Greg L. HeilemanGregory (Greg) L. Heileman currently serves as the Associate Vice Provost for Academic Administration and Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Arizona, where he is responsible for facilitating collaboration across campus to strategically enhance institutional capacity related to academic administration. He has served in various administrative capacities in higher education since 2004. His experience includes work in the areas of faculty development, institutional research, accreditation and academic program review, curriculum management, student success, academic advisement, tutoring, student health \& wellbeing, student conduct, budget and finance, economic development, policy development, information technology and data governance, and strategic planning.

From 2017-2019, he served as the Associate Provost for Student & Academic Life and Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Kentucky, where he was responsible for providing vision, leadership and strategic direction for campus-wide student success efforts, while also serving as the university’s Chief Student Affairs Officer. From 2011-2017, he served as the Associate Provost for Curriculum and then as the Vice Provost for Teaching, Learning and Innovation at the University of New Mexico (UNM). During that time, he led campus-wide student academic success initiatives, and worked with key stakeholders on campus, to produce all-time record retention and graduation rates.