* Schedule and Keynote information subject to change

For 2020, the Center for Teaching & Learning has decided to continue 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 and post-doctoral scholars 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 Center for Teaching & Learning. 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 CASE E380 or call (303) 492-4902.



Friday, January 24th (5 - 7:00pm), to take place in CASE 4th Floor Chancellor's Hall, CU Boulder

  • 5:00-5:30 PM - Convene for Coffee/Snacks (Please bring a mug if you have one)
  • 5:30-6:45 PM - Keynote Address (see below)
  • 6:45-7:00 PM - Q&A

Friday Evening Keynote Address

Finding Your Inner Entrepreneur

Jeffrey Nytch, Associate Professor, College of Music, University of Colorado Boulder










    Author of “The Entrepreneurial Muse: Inspiring your career in classical music” (Oxford), Associate Professor of Music Jeffrey Nytch talks about how understanding the principles of entrepreneurship changed the course of his career and equipped him to uncover opportunities he’d never dreamed of.

    Bio: Jeffrey Nytch enjoys a diverse career as a composer, educator, consultant, and thought leader in the field of arts entrepreneurship. His compositions have been performed throughout the U.S. and Europe by artists such as Richard Stoltzman, the Colorado Symphony, the NY Chamber Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and many others. Nytch also served six seasons as Managing Director of The Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble (“PNME”), during which time the group grew its audience by 500% and tripled its budget. Since joining the faculty of The University of Colorado-Boulder as Director of the Entrepreneurship Center for Music (in 2009), he has expanded the curriculum, launched a weekly professional development series, and partnered with the Leeds School of Business to create an 16-credit Certificate in Music Entrepreneurship. Nytch is in wide demand as a speaker and scholar, having delivered papers at numerous national and international meetings of artists and entrepreneurs, including the keynote address at the 1st International Conference of Arts Entrepreneurship in Oslo, Norway.  He is a frequent guest clinician at schools and conservatories nationwide, and also uses principles of entrepreneurship to inform his strategic planning consulting for small arts organizations and institutions launching programs in arts entrepreneurship education. His book, The Entrepreneurial Muse: Inspiring Your Career in Classical Music was released by Oxford University Press in 2018.


    Saturday, January 25th (9:00 am - 3:15 pm), to take place in Hale Sciences 240 and 270, CU Boulder

    • 9:00-9:30 AM - Coffee and Bagels/Fruit (Please bring a mug if you have one)
    • 9:30-10:30 AM
      • Hale 230 - Workshop - Time Management and Focus, Sarah Tynen, PhD, Graduate Program Manager, Graduate School, CU Boulder
        • Do you feel busy, but not productive? Does time seem to slip away from you without getting the important things done? In this workshop, Dr. Sarah Tynen will outline strategies for managing your time. Graduate students face unique challenges when it comes to balancing multiple projects in addition to research, publishing, and teaching obligations. Meanwhile, distractions from our phones and computers prevent us from being most efficient with our time. Often urgent tasks trump important tasks. This workshop will introduce several skills to improve focus and schedule your time to be used most effectively for your top priorities with the ultimate goal of taking back your weekends and graduating earlier.
      • Hale 270 - Workshop - Academic Misconduct: Is it really an issue at CU?, Maggie Higgins, Conduct Coordinator, Honor Code and Student Conduct, Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution and Lev Szentkiralyi, PhD, Instructor, Program for Writing and Rhetoric and Committee Chair for the Boulder Faculty Assembly Student Affairs Committee
        • Participants will get an overview of how many reports were made to the Honor Code, what the violations and outcomes were, and when violations frequently occur. Participants will gain insight to the Honor Code Process at CU and understand how to report suspected violations.
    • 10:30-10:45 AM - Break
    • 10:45-11:45 AM
      • Hale 230 - Workshop - Matching Your Learning Goals with the Most Effective Teaching Methods, Bridget Arend, PhD, Owner and Lead Facilitator, Intentional College Teaching
        • College teaching has become increasingly complex with the popularity of active learning methods and an explosion of different teaching options. As options multiply, it is vital to be intentional and leverage the most appropriate and effective teaching methods. In this workshop, we will explore common ways of learning in higher education by looking at the underlying purpose and best use of these methods.
      • Hale 270 - Panel Discussion - Early Career Faculty
        • Marcia Walsh-Aziz, Assistant Professor, Speech, Language, Hearing Science, Metropolitan State University of Denver
        • Corrie Knapp, Assistant Professor, Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources, University of Wyoming
        • Edelina Burciaga, Assistant Professor, Sociology, University of Colorado Denver
        • Jonathan Spelman, Visiting Assistant Professor, Philosophy, Ohio Northern University
    • 11:45-1:00 PM - Lunch on your own
    • 1:00-2:00 PM
      • Hale 230 - Ignite Session
        • Shirley Huang, SLHS, Lead
        • Hillary Steinberg, Sociology, Lead
        • Nick Light, Business, Lead
        • Hannah Glick, Adjunct Professor, SLHS, Former Lead
      • Hale 270 - Panel Discussion - Careers Outside the Academy
        • Emily Nava, PhD Linguistics, Developer & Enterprise Solutions, Twitter
        • Ethan Peck, PhD ATOC, Head of Support, Tamr Inc., Boston
        • Lorine Giangola, PhD Environmental Studies, Associate, Abt Associates
        • Chris Hutt, MFA Writing and Marketing, Senior Data Engineer, Maxar Technologies
      • 2:00-2:15 PM - Break
      • 2:15-3:15 PM
        • Hale 230 - Workshop - Marketing Teaching Skills to Industry, Devon Dunmire (Atmopsheric and Oceanic Sciences), Christine Foxx (IPHY), Kerri Clement (History), David Engelhardt (MCDB), Hannah Paul (Political Science)
          • This workshop discusses how to leverage your teaching skills on the non-academic market. Learn from former CU grads who currently hold industry jobs about how they use their graduate teaching background outside of academia.
        • Hale 270 - Panel Discussion - Entrepreneurial Careers Outside Higher Education


      Spring Conference is being held in CASE 4th Floor Auditorium and in Hale Sciences 230 and 270.

      The workshops are scheduled on Friday, January 24th, 5:00 PM–7:00 PM and Saturday, January 25th, 9:00 AM–3:15 PM.

      Friday workshops will be located in CASE 4th Floor Chancellor's Hall, while Saturday workshops will be held in Hale 230 & 270. Coffee and light breakfast will be available in the hallway on Saturday.

      The CASE Building is located at 1725 Euclid Ave. in the heart of the University of Colorado Boulder campus. Hale Science is located at 1350 Pleasant St.  It is located near the southwest corner of main campus, off Broadway and Baseline Rd. Buses along Broadway are the Skip and Dash.

      Participants and presenters may easily access The Hill District and Basemar Shopping Center for additional lunch and dining options.


      Parking for Friday's event is limited to metered and pay lots, which can be found on campus. The closest option is paid parking in the CASE building parking garage

      For Saturday's event, parking is availabe for free in Lot 254, off University Ave. This is a short walk from Hale. Click here to view the University's Visitor Parking Map for more information as to the location of various lots.