2024 Conference on General Education, Pedagogy, and Assessment

Plenary Sessions

Opening Plenary

Thursday, April 11, 2024 /

The Magic Words: Using Poetry Prompts to Unlock Courage and Creativity in the Gen Ed Classroom

  • Joseph Fasano

    Joseph Fasano

    Poet, Novelist, and Lecturer in the Division of Writing, Literature, and Languages, Manhattanville College

    Joseph Fasano, MFA, is a poet, novelist, songwriter, and educator. His honors include the Cider Press Review Book Award, the Rattle Poetry Prize, and a nomination for the Poets' Prize, "awarded annually for the best book of verse published by a living American poet two years prior to the award year." His books include The Swallows of Lunetto, The Dark Heart of Every Wild Thing, The Crossing, Inheritance, Vincent, Fugue for Other Hands, and The Last Song of the World. His writing has been widely translated, anthologized, and published in leading journals including The Times Literary Supplement, The Yale Review, Boston Review, Missouri Review, Tin House, and American Poets Magazine. He has served on the Editorial Board of Alice James Books and taught at Columbia University, SUNY Purchase, and Manhattanville College, where he is currently a Lecturer in the Division of Writing, Literature, and Languages. His book of poetry prompts and exercises, The Magic Words, will be published in March 2024 by TarcherPerigee, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Friday Afternoon Plenary

Friday, April 12, 2024 /

Holding Up a Mirror to Higher Education: Student Perspectives on the Undergraduate Experience

A Student Panel Moderated by Beth McMurtrie, Senior Writer, The Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Beth McMurtie

    Beth McMurtrie

    Senior writer, The Chronicle of Higher Education

    Beth McMurtrie is a senior writer for The Chronicle of Higher Education, where she writes about the future of learning and technology’s influence on teaching. In addition to her reported stories, she helps write the weekly Teaching newsletter about what works in and around the classroom. She has been with The Chronicle since 1999 and has written about many facets of higher education, including campus culture, international education, student success and curricular reform. McMurtrie holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Closing Plenary

Saturday, April 13, 2024 /

Liberate Your Leadership: Sustaining Courageous Change Amidst Resistance

  • Annmarie Caño

    Annmarie Caño

    Professor of Psychology, Gonzaga University

    Annmarie Caño, Ph.D. is a professor of psychology at Gonzaga University where she formerly served as dean of the college of arts and sciences. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist and Board Certified Coach who supports leaders to act courageously and with humility to cultivate healthier work environments in which everyone can thrive. Dr. Caño’s work as an academic leader is informed by more than 20 years of experience in higher education, including as a sought after teacher and a principal investigator on National Institutes of Health grants. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in two divisions (Society for Health Psychology, Society for Couple and Family Psychology). Dr. Caño draws from her lived experiences as a Latina and a first-generation college student to support leaders who wish to engage in personal, systemic, and structural changes that can liberate the workplace from harmful and exclusionary practices. Dr. Caño earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Princeton University (1993), and master’s (1995) and doctoral (1998) degrees in psychology from Stony Brook University. Prior to joining Gonzaga, Dr. Caño served as a professor and academic administrator at Wayne State University. Her administrative career included leading curriculum assessment efforts in her home department. She enjoys exploring the American Northwest with her family and is writing a book on liberatory academic leadership with Johns Hopkins University Press.