Celebrating Teaching Day 2019

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019 | 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Student Center Ballroom


Celebrating Teaching Day is an annual event hosted by the Center for Teaching and Learning to honor and celebrate the dedication of Georgia Tech faculty and instructors from across campus. 

Who Belongs Here?

Keynote Address by Dr. Alegra Eroy-Reveles

Many students find that they must leave behind pieces of who they are if they want to become a successful “student-scholar" in higher education. Such feelings of non-belonging may cause students to drop out--or shift from the interests that brought them to college to areas of study that appear more accepting of their identities and values.

Professor Alegra Eroy-Reveles, Assistant Teaching Professor of Chemistry at University of California, Santa Cruz, described her educational journey from the farming town of Watsonville, California to the marble hallways of New England, the concrete jungle of San Francisco, and back to her birthplace. As she weaved in her own stories of persistence, Dr. Eroy-Reveles highlighted what we as faculty can do to validate and affirm our students in the learning environments we create.

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Dr. Alegra Eroy-Reveles is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at University of California, Santa Cruz, where she focuses her energy on the teaching and learning experience in General Chemistry. The main focus of her work in science education, in collaboration with Social Psychologists, is developing and testing curricular interventions that increase the performance and retention of historically underrepresented students in STEM courses and majors. She is particularly interested in helping students connect STEM course content to their personal lives, building community in the STEM classroom, and affirming students’ altruistic values to help others. She was compelled to transition from research in synthetic inorganic chemistry and chemical biology, her doctoral and postdoctoral work respectively, to research in chemical education in order to expand the number and diversity of students pursuing careers in science. Her multicultural background(Chicana/Puerto Rican/Filipina) helps her work at the interface of science and education. A 2017 Linton-Poodry SACNAS Leadership Alumna, Dr. Eroy-Reveles is working to serve, strengthen, and unify communities to build and support a diverse scientific workforce. 


In addition, faculty shared their education initiatives and research at our poster fair, followed by a luncheon and program that honored Thank a Teacher recipients, Class of 1940 Award winners, 2018-19 CTL Teaching Fellows, and more.  For a full listing of all those who were honored at Celebrating Teaching Day 2019, please view the program brochure.  

Poster Session

Featuring educational initiatives from the Tech community

  • 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Poster Session
  • 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Luncheon and Faculty Honors Program
  • 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Keynote address by Dr. Alegra Eroy-Reveles "Who Belongs Here?" 

Celebrating Teaching Day continued into the afternoon with this workshop lead by 
Dr. Alegra Eroy-Reveles!

Rediscovering Purpose in Teaching and Learning: Spa Day for the Teaching Mind
2:00 - 3:30 p.m., Student Center 321

Why are we here in the academy? What’s your own personal purpose for being here? We explored how we reveal our authentic selves in the classroom--and how we validate and affirm our students in their own quest for knowledge and wisdom. In addition, we explored strategies for sustaining both ourselves and our community of teachers and learners.

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The next Celebrating Teaching Day will be in March 2020.  If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Carol Subiño Sullivan: csubino@gatech.edu or (404) 894-1355).


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