On Thursday, September 21, 2023, the UCI Division of Teaching Excellence and Innovation (DTEI) will host the first-ever UCI Teach Day. UCI Teach Day is a free, day-long celebration for UC Irvine faculty, staff, and graduate students who strive to foster a culture of inclusion and equity for undergraduate students. All UCI Teach Day events will be held in person at the Anteater Learning Pavillion (ALP).

The event will begin at 9:00 AM with participant check-in, a free welcome breakfast, and opening remarks from Provost Hal Stern and Vice Provost Michael Dennin. Then, Dr. Natasha Turman, Director of the University of Michigan’s Women in Science and Engineering Residence Program, will deliver her keynote address focused on critical perspectives to advance student learning and success.

Following the keynote address, there will be a student experience panel, a complimentary lunch, and then a series of breakout sessions focused on education research, professional development opportunities, and pressing educational issues. UCI Teach Day will conclude with the 31st Annual Celebration of Teaching, which serves as an opportunity to recognize the Dr. De Gallow Professor of the Year, Most Promising Future Faculty, and additional instructors who have been honored with a campus teaching award over the past year.

Please view the detailed event schedule and descriptions below:

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM: Check-In/Breakfast
Location: ALP Lobby
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM: Welcome
Location: ALP 1300
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM: Keynote Address by Dr. Natasha Turman
Location: ALP 1300 Description: Transformative teaching: A call for critical perspectives to advance student learning and success.
11:45 AM - 12:30 PM: Student Panel
Location: ALP 1300 Panelists: Jordan Grasso, MacKenzie Christensen, more TBD Moderator: Danny Mann (DTEI) Description: Perspectives from graduate and undergraduate students on how teaching efforts have contributed to their successes.
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM: Lunch
Location: ALP Lobby
1:30 PM - 2:15 PM: Breakout Session 1
Location: ALP 2100 Presenters: Richard Arum (Sociology & Education), Maria Calderon Leon, Xunfei Lei, Jomar Malquisto Lopes Description: Research Talks

“Chat-GPT at UCI: Variation in Student Usage, Instructional Support and Educational Equity”

Location: ALP 2200 Facilitators: Josh Arimond, Matthew Mahavongtrakul (DTEI) Description: Workshop

Using learning assistants (LAs) for the first time: Information session discussing the rules and range of pedagogical options.

Location: ALP 2500 Facilitators: Daniel Gross (English) Description: Discussion

Writing pedagogy in a diverse world.

Location: ALP 2600 Facilitators: Jessica Borelli (Psychological Science), Leanne Burke (Nursing), Theresa Duong (DTEI), Celia Faiola (Ecology & Evolutionary Biology), Mahtab Jafari (Pharmaceutical Sciences), Angela Jenks (Anthropology), Kelli Sharp (Dance), David Trend (Art), Joel Veenstra (Drama), Joanne Zinger (Psychological Science) Description: UCI Faculty Academy for Teaching Excellence (FATE) Workgroup Session

Advancing pedagogical wellness and inclusion at UCI.


2:30 PM - 3:15 PM: Breakout Session 2
Location: ALP 2100 Presenters: Di Xu (Education), Kameryn Denaro (UCI PERI²)

Description: Research Talks

Di Xu: “The Promise of Using Study-Together Groups to Promote Engagement and Performance in Online Courses”

Kameryn Denaro: “Improving Student Achievement Through the Implementation of a Weekly Calculus Active Learning Lab”

Location: ALP 2200 Facilitators: Alex Bower, Xinyu Li, Danny Mann (DTEI)

Description: Workshop

DTEI graduate scholar showcase

Location: ALP 2500 Facilitators: Astrud Reed, Jeremy Thacker, Ray Vadnais (OIT)

Description: Discussion

Compass UCI: Building a data-driven culture

Location: ALP 2600 Facilitators: Kevin Bradford (Business), Pavan Kadandale (Molecular Biology & Biochemistry), Beth Lopour (Biomedical Engineering), Adrienne Williams (Cell & Developmental Biology)

Description: UCI FATE Workgroup Session

Assessing assessments in the age of COVID and AI


3:30 PM - 4:15 PM: Breakout Session 3
Location: ALP 2100 Presenters: Glenda Flores (Chicano/Latino Studies), Yiwen Lin (Graduate Student in Education) Description: Research Talks

Glenda Flores: “Examining Black and Latinx Undergraduate Student Experiences in STEM at a Dual Hispanic and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution”

Yiwen Lin: “Unveiling Student Behavior in Online Learning Environments with Learning Analytics Approaches”

Location: ALP 2200 Facilitators: Megan Linos, Bo Choi, Jennifer Fuong, Fannie (Shu Fen) Tsai (DTEI) Description: Workshop

Learning technology roundtable session

Location: ALP 2500 Facilitators: Mark Warschauer (Education), Tamara Tate, Waverly Tseng Description: Discussion

Writing in the age of generative AI: Evolving practices for instructors

Location: ALP 2600 Facilitators: TBD Description: UCI FATE Workgroup Session: Instructional roles at UCI: How to support active learning


4:15 PM - 6:00 PM: Celebration of Teaching
Location: ALP Lobby Description: Celebrate this year’s teaching award winners and all of those who have contributed to the campus’ teaching and learning efforts at this informal gathering with food and drink.

Registration for UCI Teach Day is free and is open to all UCI faculty, staff, and graduate students. To attend, you must complete the registration form below by September 11, 2023.  If you are not affiliated with UCI and are interested in attending, please contact dtei@uci.edu.