Save the date for the 8th Annual Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference, featuring keynote speaker, Flower Darby. Flower is a Senior Instructional Designer and adjunct faculty member at Northern Arizona University. She also teaches online classes for Estrella Mountain Community College in Avondale, Arizona.

Detailed conference agenda and registration information coming soon!

Adjunct Faculty Teaching & Learning Conference 2021: Save the Date
  • Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021
  • Time: 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. (CST)
  • Location: Online, Webex
  • Facilitators: Academy for Teaching Excellence and Flower Darby
  • CEUs: 0.3
  • Register: Registration information available here.

Flower Darby celebrates and promotes effective teaching in all class formats to include, welcome, and support all students as they learn and succeed. As a faculty member and an instructional designer, she’s taught community college and university classes for more than 25 years in a range of subjects including English, Technology, Leadership, Dance, and Pilates. A seasoned face-to-face and online educator, Darby loves to apply learning science across the disciplines, and to help others do the same.

Flower speaks, writes, presents and consults on teaching and learning theory and practice both nationally and internationally. She has helped educators all over the world become more effective in their work. She is the lead author of the book Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes, and a columnist for The Chronicle of Higher Education. Her new book on emotion science and teaching with technology is forthcoming from West Virginia University Press.

Flower’s recent articles include:

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We also encourage you to save the date for the 13th Annual Assessment Conference and Share Fair on Friday, September 24, 2021. The conference will also feature Flower Darby as the keynote speaker where she will share her perspectives on exploring equitable and engaging evidence-based best practices for online teaching and assessment. Learn more and save the date!