For 2018 the Graduate Teacher Program has decided to combine the annual Spring Conference, previously held before the spring semester begins, and the annual Collaborative Preparing Future Faculty Network Forum, previously held the Saturday before Spring Break in order to maximize the opportunity for graduate students from all participating institutions to network, collaborate, and learn from one another. We hope to see you there!

CU Boulder supports the development of graduate teaching scholars and future professionals through the Graduate Teacher Program. Please take advantage of this opportunity to hone your teaching skills and to meet your peers, professors, staff, and our invited guests. The workshops are designed to help you teach more effectively, to provide you with professional development opportunities, and to expose you to non-academic job possibilities. Visit us in 201 Roser ATLAS or call (303) 492-4902.


Friday, January 26th (5 - 6:45pm), to take place in Humanities 150, CU Boulder

  • 5:00-5:30 PM - Convene for Coffee/Snacks
  • 5:30-6:15 PM - Keynote Address (see below)
  • 6:15-6:45 PM - Q&A
  • 6:45 PM - Head to Upslope Brewery (1898 S. Flatiron Ct., Boulder) for Drinks/Food/Discussion (The Rolling Bones BBQ Truck will be there)


Friday Evening Keynote Address: The Knowledge Illusion, Philip Fernbach, PhD, Assistant Professor, Leeds School of Business, University of Colorado Boulder

Phil Fernbach

Abstract: Humans have built hugely complex societies and technologies, but most of us don’t even know how a pen or a toilet works. How have we achieved so much despite understanding so little? The answer is that we survive and thrive despite our mental shortcomings because we live in a rich community of knowledge. The key to our intelligence lies in the people and things around us. We’re constantly drawing on information and expertise stored outside our heads: in our bodies, our environment, our possessions, and the community with which we interact―and usually we don’t even realize we’re doing it. The human mind is both brilliant and pathetic. We have mastered fire, created democratic institutions, stood on the moon, and sequenced our genome. And yet each of us is error prone, sometimes irrational, and often ignorant. The fundamentally communal nature of intelligence and knowledge explains why we often assume we know more than we really do, why political opinions and false beliefs are so hard to change, and why individually oriented approaches to education and management frequently fail. But our collaborative minds also enable us to do amazing things; true genius can be found in the ways we create intelligence using the world around us.

Bio: Phil Fernbach is an assistant professor of marketing in the Leeds School of Business. He holds a Ph.D. from Brown University in cognitive science and a B.A. from Williams College where he studied philosophy. His research interests span many areas of consumer behavior including causal reasoning, probability judgment, financial decision-making, and moral judgment. His research has been published in outlets such as the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, the Journal of Consumer Research, Management Science, and Psychological Science, and has been profiled in media outlets like The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. Prior to pursuing his Ph.D., he worked with consumer goods companies as a strategy consultant for two boutique firms in Boston.

You can find Dr. Fernbach’s book, “The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone,” on Amazon.


Saturday, January 27th (8:30 am - 5:00 pm), to take place in Fleming 154-157, CU Boulder

  • 8:30-9:00 AM - Coffee and Breakfast Burritos
  • 9:00-9:20 AM - Fleming 155 - Welcome and Introduction
    • Marcia Yonemoto, Professor, History and Director, Graduate Teacher Program, University of Colorado
    • Juan Garcia, PhD Candidate, Spanish, President, United Government of Graduate Students (UGGS), University of Colorado
  • 9:30-10:30 AM - Fleming 155 - Panel Discussion: Directions in Higher Education I: The Academic Profession
    • Todd Rosenstiel, Professor, Biology and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Portland State University
    • Marcia Yonemoto, Professor, History and Director, Graduate Teacher Program, University of Colorado
    • Ken Sagendorf, Professor and Director, The Innovation Center, College of Business and Economics, Regis University
    • Janel Seeley, Instructional Designer, Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning, University of Wyoming
  • 10:30-10:45 AM - Break
  • 10:45-11:30 AM - Fleming 155 - Keynote Address (See Below)
  • 11:30-12:00 PM - Fleming 155 - Breakout Discussion Groups
  • 12:00-1:00 PM - Lunch
  • 1:00-2:00 PM
    • Fleming 154 - Panel Discussion: Careers Outside the Academy I: Technology and Industry
    • Fleming 156 - Panel Discussion: Directions in Higher Education II: Innovations in Classroom Teaching
      • Susanna Perez-Pamies, Instructor, Spanish and Portugues, Director, ALTEC, University of Colorado
      • Balaji Rajagopalan, Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering, University of Colorado
      • Julie Morris, Teaching Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, University of Denver
      • Debbie Mitchell, Teaching Assistant Professor, Chemistry, University of Denver
  • 2:00-2:15 PM - Break
  • 2:15-3:15 PM
    • Fleming 154 - Panel Discussion: Careers Outside the Academy II: Education and the Public Sector
    • Fleming 156 - Panel Discussion: Directions in Higher Education III: Managing Conflict in the Classroom
      • Emily Yeh, Professor and Chair, Geography, University of Colorado
      • Daryl Maeda, Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado
      • Suzanne Soled, Director of Faculty Relations, University of Colorado
      • Sam Molnar, PhD Candidate, GTP Lead, Computer Science, University of Colorado
  • 3:15-3:30 PM - Break
  • 3:30-4:30 PM - Fleming 154 and 156 - Ignite Sessions (Sponsored by UGGS and GTP)
    • Fleming 154 - Ignite Sessions
      • David Gunderman, Applied Math GTP Lead 2017-18
      • Tessa Romano, Music GTP Lead 2017-2018
      • Hannah Glick, Speech, Language, Hearing Sciences GTP Lead 2017-2018
      • Danielle Lemmon, ATOC GTP Lead 2017-2018
      • Gretchen Lang, Geography Lead 2017-2018


Saturday Morning Keynote Address: The Race Between Education and Catastrophe, Jeffrey Bennett, PhD, scholar and author of Astronomy, and Math textbooks used in universities all over the U.S., and books on science for a general audience

Jeff Bennett

Abstract: In 1920, H.G. Wells wrote: “Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.” Perhaps no other quote better sums up why teaching is so important, and why so many of us focus our lives on promoting education. In this talk, I’ll discuss my own journey inspired by this sentiment, offering tips and suggestions that I hope will be of use to you as you embark on your own careers with the goal of helping humanity to “win” this race.

Bio: Jeffrey Bennett (Ph.D., Astrophysics, CU 1987) taught more than 50 courses at CU in astronomy, math, physics, and education. He is now a full-time writer/speaker/educator focusing on student and public understanding of math and science. He is the lead author of best-selling college textbooks in astronomy, astrobiology, mathematics, and statistics, and of numerous books for children and the public. His six books for children have all been selected for NASA’s Story Time From Space Program, in which astronauts read books aloud from the International Space Station, and also earned him the American Institute of Physics Science Communication Award. Among other endeavors, Dr. Bennett served as a Visiting Senior Scientist at NASA Headquarters in the early 1990s, where he led efforts to forge stronger links between the research and education communities, and he proposed and co-led development of both the Colorado Scale Model Solar System on the CU campus and the Voyage Scale Model Solar System on the National Mall in Washington, DC. You can learn more about what drives him by reading his personal mission statement.



Spring Conference is being held in Humanities 150 and in Fleming 154-156.

The workshops are scheduled on Friday, January 26th, 5:00 PM–7:00 PM and Saturday, January 27th, 8:30 AM–5:00 PM.

Friday workshops will be located in Humanities 150, while Saturday workshops will be held in Fleming 154-156. Coffee and light breakfast will be available in the hallway on Saturday.

Eaton Humanities is located at 1610 Pleasant Street in the heart of the University of Colorado Boulder campus. The Fleming building address is 2480 Kittredge Loop Dr​.  It is located near the southwest corner of main campus, off Broadway and Baseline Rd. Buses along Broadway are the Skip and Dash. Please click here to view RTD bus schedules.

Parking for Friday's event is limmited to metered and pay lots, which can be found on campus. For Saturday's event, parking is availabe for free in Lot 470, next to the Fleming building. Please click here to view the University's Visitor Parking Map for more information as to the location of various lots.

Graduate student participants and presenters may easily access The Hill District and Basemar Shopping Center for additional lunch and dining options. Humanities and Fleming Map

Lot 470 Map (in blue beneath Fleming Law)

Lot 470 Parking Map