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Keynote: “On Grief and Loss: Building a Post-Pandemic Future for Higher Ed without Losing Sight of Our Students and Ourselves”

April 30 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

The keynote will begin at 4pm, will last 45 minutes, and is open to the public. It will be followed by a private Q&A session for PSU faculty and staff to process the talk as a community, beginning at roughly 4:45pm in a separate Zoom room.
PSU folks who wish to attend both the keynote and the follow-up Q&A need to register for each session separately below!
Description: As we pass the tragic milestone of a year since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, higher ed is in a collective mourning process that compounds personal loss with grief for the ways we used to teach, to learn together, to see each other in the halls without masks, and to advance our shared educational mission. This talk will be a reflection on coming to terms with this grieving for the higher ed that was, thinking through what we’ve learned about students and teaching from this experience, and building hope for what the future of higher ed might look like.
headshot of eyler and his bookBio: Josh Eyler is Director of Faculty Development and Director of the Thinkforward Quality Enhancement Plan at the University of Mississippi, where he is also on the faculty in the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. He previously worked on teaching and learning initiatives at Columbus State University, George Mason University, and Rice University. His research interests include the biological basis of learning, evidence-based pedagogy, and disability studies, and he is the author ofHow Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching (WVU, 2018). Josh is a frequent speaker at colleges and universities across the country, and he often consults with centers for teaching and learning on a range of issues related to programming and research.
Sponsored by the CoLab and the Cluster Pedagogy Learning Community.


April 30
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Robin DeRosa
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