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Reconnecting, Reengaging, and Cultivating Relationships

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 9am-4pm

Relationships are at the heart of teaching and learning. Connection and engagement with our learning, our scholarship and each other are essential components of the Tufts community.  Yet, in today’s world there are so many factors that inhibit or disrupt deep and meaningful connections, resulting in faculty and students feeling disconnected from each other and at times, less engaged with their work. In response, forging stronger and more buoyant connections presents a unique opportunity to cultivate relationships in and out of the classroom, clinic, or lab that energize us and fuel our sense of efficacy and worth, and recognize those same attributes in each other. At this year’s teaching conference, we will explore how to re-engage in our work, re-connect with each other in ways that value and nurture our relationships within a greater learning community. In doing so, we may recover the joy, meaning, and fulfillment that we derive as educators and lifelong learners, together.

Keynote Address by Harriet L. Schwartz, PhD,  Professor of Relational Practice and Higher Education, Antioch University


Harriet L Schwartz Headshot Harriet L. Schwartz, PhD, is a Professor of Relational Practice and Higher Education in Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change program. Her scholarly interests include teaching as relational practice, emotion and teaching, and qualitative research methods, particularly critical incident technique and grounded theory. The author of Connected Teaching: Relationship, Power, and Mattering in Higher Education (Stylus, 2019), Harriet is a leader in applying Relational Cultural Theory (RCT) in education. She serves as Lead Scholar for Education as Relational Practice and on the leadership team for the International Center for Growth in Connection. Along with numerous journal articles, Harriet has published two New Directions for Teaching and Learning sourcebooks, co-editing Teaching and Emotion and editing Interpersonal Boundaries in Teaching and Learning. She is also a co-author of the forthcoming Essentials of Constructivist Critical Incident Technique (APA, in press). Harriet worked in student affairs for many years before transitioning to a faculty career. Along with teaching in leadership programs on the master’s and doctoral levels, she has taught in counseling, student affairs, and education graduate programs.

Tentative Schedule

8:30 am Registration & Breakfast
9:00 am Welcome & Keynote
11:00 am Concurrent workshops and roundtable discussions
12:00 pm Lunch & Awards
1:30 pm Reflections & new directions w/ keynote speaker
2:15 pm Ice Cream & Wrap up