8th Annual UTeach Conference
The 2014 UTeach Conference was the largest yet!
The 8th annual UTeach Conference was held May 20-22, 2014 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin. With more than 500 participants — faculty, staff, and students from UTeach programs; representatives from universities interested in starting UTeach programs; and special guests — it was the largest UTeach Conference yet.
The conference offered attendees over 75 breakout sessions, as well as two plenary sessions, the annual dinner, and the poster session/competition. The annual pre-conference course retreats offered experienced instructors a place to share ideas and recent experiences in teaching each of the UTeach courses.
The featured speakers at this year’s conference were:
- Keynote speaker Jim Gates, University System of Maryland Regents Professor, John S. Toll Professor of Physics, and Center for String and Particle Theory Director, University Of Maryland, who presented “The Third STEM Crisis: Defending The All-American Dream in The New Millennium;”
- Arthur Levine, President of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, who opened the conference with “STEM Teacher Education: Pressure And Promise;” and
- Ray Almgren, Vice President of Marketing at National Instruments, Kevin Ng, Engineering Teacher at Plano Senior High School, and Kristin Brudigam, Mathematics Teacher at Lake Travis High School, who presented “Inspiring And Equipping Today’s Students To Become Tomorrow’s Innovators.”
Conference participants came to learn, share ideas and experiences, network and establish partnerships, and discuss the future of UTeach. And the future looks bright!
The 2014 UTeach Conference was made possible by the generous support of Exxon Mobil Corporation, National Math and Science Initiative, National Instruments, Tokyo Electron America, and Educational Advancement Foundation.
See You Next Year!
The first day of the 2014 UTeach Conference, Tuesday May 20, will be in conjunction with the 2014 Physics Teacher Education Coalition Conference.
For more information visit the 2014 PhysTEC conference page.