Skip to content
Contact USI

6th Annual Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium
Thursday, February 10, 2022 | Virtual
9:15 am - 2:30 pm CST | 10:15 am - 3:30 pm EST

Sponsored by the University of Southern Indiana's Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Register | Program | Abstracts

You are invited to participate in the sixth annual Celebration of Teaching & Learning Symposium, hosted virtually by the University of Southern Indiana. The Symposium showcases works focusing on improving student learning, academic success, and curriculum in higher education. It provides opportunities to share teaching and learning efforts as the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) or Teaching Practice.

Teaching and Learning word cloud

The program includes a keynote session "Responding to Exhaustion: A Mental Bandwidth Approach to Increasing Learning and Success" presented by Dr. Tina D. Bhargava (Kent State University), a student panel session, SoTL presentations, and lightning presentations/ discussion sessions.

Program Overview - All times are shown in Central (CST).
9:15 - 9:30 am Welcome
9:35 - 10:20 am Lightning 1 and SoTL 1 Sessions
10:30 - 11:50 pm Keynote Session
12:00 - 12:45 pm Lightning 2 and SoTL 2 Sessions
1:00 - 1:45 pm Student Panel
1:45 - 2:00 pm Concluding Remarks
2:00 - 2:30 pm Networking Break

Why Participate?

  • Share your efforts in supporting student learning and success and advancing your teaching practice. 
  • Gain knowledge of evidence-based strategies and technologies that support student learning and success across settings and disciplines.
  • Foster reflection on your teaching practice, including improving and measuring student learning.
  • Interact with participants across disciplines and institutions.

The virtual Symposium will provide you with opportunities to engage with other participants across disciplines and areas of work. Benefits include the opportunity to share your work, spark new ideas, get feedback on your work, make your scholarship visible, and initiate or strengthen connections. Presenters will have the option to include their abstracts and presentation materials in USI's Scholarly Open Access Repository (SOAR).

Keynote Presentation 
"Responding to Exhaustion: A Mental Bandwidth Approach to Increasing Learning and Success"

Slides and Recording
In the dregs of the COVID-19 pandemic, our students show up to our colleges with extremely depleted “mental bandwidth” from constantly changing expectations, persistent uncertainties, and disheartening mental and physical health strain. Low-income, non-traditional, and non-majority students often struggle with additional burdens of unrelenting financial insecurity, insufficient institutional supports, and systemic discrimination. This severe deficit of mental bandwidth—a resource critical to learning, creativity, and nuanced thinking—leads to disengagement, demoralization, and poorer outcomes, not just for students, but for faculty, staff, and institutions as a whole.

In this presentation, Dr. Tina Bhargava will discuss mental bandwidth and its impact on success and satisfaction in higher education. Many common classroom and institutional practices can unintentionally contribute to mental bandwidth drains. Dr. Bhargava will share some simple principles and practices that can protect and prevent the loss of mental bandwidth, and streamline bandwidth demands to increase opportunities for learning, success, and revitalization.

Dr. Tina D. Bhargava, Associate Professor in the College of Public Health at Kent State University

About the Speaker:
Dr. Tina D. Bhargava is an Associate Professor in the College of Public Health at Kent State University (KSU). Her interests in combining brain science, education, psychology, public health, and public policy surfaced during her undergraduate and Masters studies at Stanford University, and were solidified during her doctoral work at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health.

Dr. Bhargava is a thought leader in the application of dual-process theories of cognition to the field of public health and beyond. Her “mental bandwidth” research started in 2009 and was initially focused on the cognitive resource availability issues that influenced individuals’ success with the Diabetes Prevention Program, as implemented virtually with a wide diversity of participants, ranging from primary care patients in Pittsburgh, to active-duty Air Force members and their families in Texas. 

Dr. Bhargava's current work focuses on developing mental-bandwidth informed actions for improving effectiveness and increasing equity in health services, higher education, workplaces, and everyday life. You can explore some of her work at


Registration is free. Pre-register by February 8 to be entered into the "door prize" drawing. All faculty and instructional staff working with students in higher education are welcome.

Health Professional Continuing Education (CE) may be earned by participating in the Symposium. CE contact hours are available for a small fee.

Questions? Please contact us at

Key Dates

To provide flexibility and encourage participation, two sets of proposal submission and notification dates are available.

  • Proposal submission due: Wednesday, December 8
  • Notification of proposal status: Tuesday, December 21
  • Confirm intent to present: Monday, January 10
  • Revised abstracts due: Tuesday, January 25
  • Symposium program available: mid-January
  • Upload presentation files: Wednesday, February 9
  • Symposium: Thursday, February 10
  • Open Class Celebration: Faculty Visiting Faculty: February 7-9, 15-18 for USI faculty members.

Presentation abstracts and materials are available through USI's Scholarly Open Access Repository (SOAR), which is a searchable repository to provide broader dissemination of our presenters' works.

Call for Proposals 
  • Call for Proposals with instructions and review rubric
  • Submit proposals by December 8 (closed)
  • All proposals are evaluated using a double-blind peer-review process

Presentations focus on improving student learning and success by facilitating student engagement and motivation; learning in specific contexts (such as face-to-face, online, hybrid, laboratory, clinical, or studio environments, or within disciplines); curricular improvements; or fostering diversity, inclusion, equity, and civility. They also may focus on specific groups of learners (such as first-year, graduate, adult, minoritized, and/or marginalized students, or students with disabilities), or academic success at the course or program level. Presentations that focus on takeaways and lessons learned from adaptations and issues related to teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic are welcomed.

2022 Symposium Committee
  • Mary Ann Allen, College of Nursing & Health Professions - Organizing Committee member
  • Laura Bernhardt, Rice Library - Organizing Committee member
  • Rob Carroll, Pott College 
  • Belle Cowden, Online Learning - Organizing Committee member
  • Mark Creager, Pott College - Organizing Committee member 
  • Christos Deligkaris, Pott College - Organizing Committee member
  • Jara Dillingham, College of Liberal Arts - Organizing Committee member
  • Urska Dobersek, College of Liberal Arts
  • Adrian Gentle, Pott College - Organizing Committee member 
  • Nicolas Jankuhn, Romain College of Business
  • Denise Lynn, College of Liberal Arts
  • Janet Meyer, Vincennes University
  • Elissa Mitchell, College of Liberal Arts - Organizing Committee member
  • Stacey Murray, Pott College
  • Becca Neel, Rice Library
  • David O'Neil, College of Liberal Arts
  • Katherine Peak, College of Nursing & Health Professions - Organizing Committee member
  • Heather Schmuck, College of Nursing & Health Professions - Organizing Committee member
  • Kate Sherrill, Rice Library
  • Moriah Smothers, Pott College
  • Sabinah Wanjugu, Romain College of Business - Organizing Committee member
  • Peter Whiting, Rice Library
  • Elizabeth Wilkins, Pott College - Organizing Committee member 
  • Amy Chan Hilton, CETL - Organizing Committee member
2022 Symposium Sponsors

The Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CETL) is proud to offer the sixth Celebration of Teaching & Learning Symposium.  We are grateful for the support provided by the Office of the Provost, David L. Rice Library, Online Learning, Information Technology, and Office of Planning, Research, and Assessment.