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12th Annual
Power Up Your Pedagogy (PUP) 2017

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), in partnership with the Office of Academic and Student Support Services and the Office of Institutional Effectiveness is proud to announce the 12th Annual Power Up Your Pedagogy (PUP) conference scheduled for

Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

Reflect, Renew and Recharge: Creating a Lasting Impact for our Students

You are cordially invited to submit a presentation proposal for the conference!

Based on the conference goals, session topics may address any of a wide range of topics related to active and high impact practices in teaching and learning. Proposals should address methods and strategies that are used inside and/or outside the classroom environment. Use of data is highly encouraged in all sessions.

Conference session strands include but are not limited to:

Developing Students’ Critical Thinking Skills
Critical thinking is the ability for students to engage in higher-order thinking skills to analyze, synthesize, evaluate and apply their learning to their lives. Proposals in this strand should address active learning strategies to promote critical thinking.

Collaborative Approaches to Learning
Collaborative learning combines two key goals: learning to work and solve problems in the company of others, and sharpening one’s own understanding by listening seriously to the insights of others, especially those with different backgrounds and life experiences. Approaches range from study groups within a course, to team-based assignments and writing, cooperative projects etc.

The Impact of Learning and Teaching on the Brain and Body
As educators, we often focus solely on the content of our subject matter and leave the quality of our presentations to chance. How do our teaching and learning strategies affect our student’s body and brain? We encourage presenters to share the ways in which an awareness of the body and the physical space of the classroom can influence teaching and learning. To what extent can the relationship between body and brain help us engage students in person or online?

Innovations in Instructional Technology
Technology is an essential part of teaching and learning and keeping up with the many emerging technologies can be a challenge. Proposals in this strand should speak to the use of instructional tech tools to enhance engagement and retention inside and outside the classroom environment.

Teaching and Learning Through Community Engagement
Community engagement pedagogies, often called “service learning,” are ones that combine learning goals and community service in ways that can enhance both student growth and the common good. In the words of the National Service Learning Clearinghouse, it is “a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach civic responsibility, and strengthen communities. Proposals in this strand should speak to opportunities and experiences for student and the NOVA community.

Distance Learning/Blended Learning
Online and blended learning environments provide challenges and unique opportunities to create active and lasting student learning. Proposals for this strand should address tools and strategies for increasing retention and completion in an online or hybrid classroom environment.

Creating Coherent Pathways
NOVA is fundamentally rethinking and restructuring how students connect to, enroll in, progress through, and successfully complete their goals, with a focus on the partnerships and pathways that support strong transitions throughout students’ educational journeys; includes providing continuity between departments and divisions, across educational institutions, and among community organizations and employers. Proposals in this strand should focus on opportunities for partnerships and pathways that support strong transitions as students move through their educational journey.

Integrating Student Support and Instruction
Building linkages between student support and instruction to address learner needs at all stages of the educational experience; includes delivering “front door” services, completing meaningful education plans, continuous advising and providing ongoing support. Proposals in this strand should address linkages between student support, advising and instruction that enhance students’ learning experiences and help to increase retention and completion.

Career Readiness: Making a Connection with Academics and Workforce
College and career readiness and success have become key priorities for the PK–20 education and workforce communities and the nation at large. Recent projections indicate that within the next decade, over 63 percent of all jobs in the United States and approximately 90 percent of new jobs in growing industries with high wages will require some form of postsecondary education. What does college and career readiness look like? What are you doing in your class to prepare more students to graduate college and be career ready?How can our services support college and career readiness at NOVA? Proposals in this strand should speak to teaching and learning strategies that address career readiness and preparation for the workforce environment.

Equity in Learning and Teaching
At a time of impending demographic shifts, educators are becoming aware of the need to address the systemic practices and barriers that contribute to inequitable educational outcomes of our diverse student populations. Focusing on learning environment, proposals in this strand should demonstrates how teaching applications can transform the teaching and learning process and promote more equitable educational outcomes among all students. For example, the importance of creating identity affirming learning environments that foster high expectations; recognizing the value of the cultural and national differences that learners bring to the educational experience; and engaging the “whole” student in the teaching and learning process.

Please go to for PUP 2017 proposal application.

Deadline for proposal submission is Wed Nov 2,2016.

I hope you will consider sharing your passion and expertise in teaching and learning.

Dr. Frances Villagran-Glover
Interim Director – Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)
Dean, Learning & Technology Resources (LTR)
NOVA-Alexandria Campus
5000 Dawes Avenue AA340
Alexandria, VA 22311

11th Successful 2016 Power Up Your Pedagogy Conference

January 7 the NOVA faculty and staff assembled for the 11th Power Up Your Pedagogy Conference (PUP) with its commemorated theme Then and Now: Celebrating 50 years of Learning. Offering a range of speakers, including his first welcoming presidential address by Dr. Scott Ralls, and 48 breakout sessions. The conference provided numerous opportunities  for NOVA faculty to learn from their colleagues     about best practices in teaching and learning, special projects and initiatives.  Callan Bentley, 2015 winner of the SCHEV Outstanding Faculty Award, created excitement with his TED-like keynote address.

This year’s conference was smaller in time  frame though still  offered a range of pedagogical issues directed at Environment for Learning, Teaching Strategies for Learning,    increasing Student Success, the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Partners in Learning.  Further, ten posters, many    produced by adjunct faculty and instructional staff, detailed individual projects with implications for instruction. With the increasing importance of community colleges in the nation’s effort to provide accessible higher education to an ever-widening range of students, the annual PUP Conferenceoffers NOVA faculty and staff the best opportunity to reflect and share their experiences with the aim of developing more effective pedagogies.

NOVA Video Services has provided links to the PUP Conference videos. To access the videos, please go online and select “Video on Demand” (on the left menu bar), next select “Faculty/Staff Resources” (on the top menu bar), and lastly log in using your myNOVA usernameand password.

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Power Up Your Pedagogy Conference, January 7, 2016


The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning is sponsoring an award-winning Power Up Your Pedagogy (PUP) conference on January 7, 2016, at the Ernst Cultural Center on the Annandale Campus.

Online registration is now closed. Walk in registration will be available at PUP.  Every attempt will be made to provide a lunch for on site registrants, but cannot be guaranteed.

PUP is inclusive! It is for teaching and professional faculty, staff who work with students and anyone who supports our teaching mission.


  • Our new president speak to our faculty for the first time!
  • Our 2015 SCHEV Award winner talk about how his students have become great learners!

Participate in discussions about:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Student Success
  • Mindful Course Design
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Pathways to Leadership
  • …. and many other great topics!

If you have any questions, contact Cindy Miller (


Are you ready for the PUP Conference this week? Thursday, January 7, 2016


Hello NOVA Community!

Are you ready for the PUP Conference this week?

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning proudly presents the Power Up Your Pedagogy (PUP) Conference on Thursday,  January 7, 2016, at the Ernst Cultural Center on the Annandale Campus, starting at 8 a.m.

In order to guarantee that a lunch will be available for you, please register before close of business on Monday, January 4. After Monday, you are welcome to attend, and you can register on site the day of the conference, but we cannot promise we will be able to provide a lunch to you.

Register for PUP today!

Get a sneak peek at the PUP Program, available on the NOVA PUP page. Click on the Program and Event Planner to view the PDF file. You’ll receive a print version at the conference if you registered for one.

The PUP App is available to download for Apple devices and hopefully soon for Android devices. Search the app store for “PUP Conference” or “NVCC PUP”.

You can plan your sessions at PUP using the Event Planner.

If you have any questions, contact Cindy Miller.


See you on Thursday,

The PUP Planning Committee

The 11th Annual Power Up Your Pedagogy Conference- January 7, 2016

PUP is a large peer conference focused on pedagogy, but including training opportunities and research interests of and for the Northern Virginia Community College.

PUP is upon us!  Registration is still open for the Northern Virginia Community College.  Don’t miss these speakers!

Dr. Scott Ralls, President, NVCC

Mr. Callan Bentley, SCHEV award winner

If you have specific questions, please contact CETL at

Click here for the detailed program.



The 11th Annual Power Up Your Pedagogy (PUP) – Then and Now: Celebrating 50 years of Learning


PUP is a large peer conference focused on pedagogy, but including training opportunities and research interest of and for the Northern Virginia Community College. NOVA’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)  invites you to submit a presentation proposal for Power Up Your Pedagogy (PUP), to be held on January 7, 2016, on the Annandale Campus.
Please share your tips, research, knowledge and expertise focused on student learning for higher education. Presentation sessions of several different types are available.
Submissions for PUP are due by October 28, 2015. You have A LOT to offer your colleagues, so send in your proposal today! Please see the full call for proposals here (click on the Proposal link).


Register for PUP (click on the Registration button)

Volunteer for PUP (click on the Volunteer button)

If you have any questions, contact Cindy Miller.

PUP 2016 is upon us! Don’t miss these speakers!

Dr. Scott Ralls, President, NVCC

Callan Bentley, SCHEV award winner.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

8:00  AM
Registration and Coffee, CE Atrium

8:45 AM
Conference Introduction, CE Theater

9:00 AM
Welcome to Power Up Your Pedagogy
Dr. Scott Ralls,  President, Northern Virginia Community College

9:30 – 10:00 AM
Keynote Address
Mr. Callan Bentley, Assistant Professor of Geology, Annandale Campus

10:15 AM– 11:00 AM
Concurrent Practical Peer Sessions I
Practical Peer Sessions share resources relevant to tips, tricks, and best practices in higher education.

11:15 AM– 12:00 PM
Concurrent Practical Peer Sessions I!
Practical Peer Sessions share resources relevant to tips, tricks, and best practices in higher education.

12:15 – 12:45 PM
Poster Session, CE Forum

Complimentary Lunch, CE Forum
You must wear your green neck wallet for lunch or go to the registration desk for an entry ticket.

12:45 PM
Registration Closes

1:00 PM –4:00 PM
Cluster Meetings

We look forward to learning with you at the Power Up Your Pedagogy Conference.

See You At the PARADE!


The PUP on Parade Catalogue:

PUP isn’t over!  Because PUP on Parade has begun!

 The PUP 2015 Conference has concluded and we’re all back to our teaching routines.  But that doesn’t mean PUP is over for 2015.  Not at all!

We’ve  identified some of the best PUP presentations from the conference (that wasn’t hard; they were all good) and we’re offering these presentations again on a campus near you!  We’re calling this inaugural event PUP on PARADE!

The Parade has already begun.  But you haven’t missed anything!  There are fourteen presenters who are putting a total of 26 sessions on Parade, so there’s one (or two or three) for you!   Visit to peruse the PUP on Parade Catalog and register for any or all of the sessions on any of the campuses.   The sessions are in alphabetical order by the lead presenter’s last name.  Times and locations of the presentations are in a drop down menu below the description.    Questions?  Contact CETL at

The presenters are giving fully of their time and talent and CETL is very grateful to them so that CETL can offer this amazing opportunity for you.

See you at the Parade!

PUP is here! Jan 7th & 8th at Annandale

NOVA’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning proudly presents the 10th Annual PUP! This conference is by faculty and for faculty, and proudly showcases the many and impressive talents of NOVA faculty.

As NOVA approaches its 50th anniversary, faculty are reinventing their teaching practices with a focus on current trends in higher education. PUP is THE forum where these changes can be shared in the form of scholarship, tips, reflective practices and in many other ways that bring authentic learning to our students.

Bridges: Connecting Our Past and Our Future is the perfect theme to highlight NOVA’s 50 years of excellence. Other areas of concentration for this year’s PUP Conference include collaboration and social learning in higher education, developing an engaging learning environment, the science of teaching and learning in higher education and student success.

Key Note Speakers:

Dr. José Antonio BowenDr. Robert Templin Jr.Dr. Robert Templin Jr.
President of Northern Virginia Community College

Dr. José Antonio Bowen
Author of Teaching Naked
President of Goucher College


PUP 2014

The 9th Annual Power Up Your Pedagogy (PUP)
21st Century Teaching and Learning

PUP is a large peer conference focused on pedagogy, but including training opportunities and research interests of and for the Northern Virginia Community College.

PUP 2014 is upon us!  Don’t miss these speakers! 

Dr. Robert Templin, President NVCC

Robert C. Bausch, SCHEV award winner

Bryan Alexander, Educational Futurist! 

If you have specific questions, please contact Cindy at


Scroll here for the general agenda of the PUP program for 2014!  Click here for the detailed program.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

8:00  AM
Registration and Coffee, CE Atrium

8:30 AM
Conference Introduction, CE Theater

9:00 AM
Welcome to Power Up Your Pedagogy
Dr. Robert G. Templin, Jr. President, Northern Virginia Community College

9:30 – 10:15 AM
Keynote Address
Mr. Robert Bausch, Professor of English, Woodbridge Campus

10:15 AM
The PUP Lounge, CE Forum
Vendor Fair, CE Forum
Learning Spaces of the Future, Gallery Walk, CE Seminar rooms A-D
In Our Spare Time Art exhibition, Verizon Gallery
These remain open throughout the conference

10:45 AM– 11:30 AM
Concurrent Practical Peer Sessions I
Practical Peer Sessions share resources relevant to tips, tricks, and best practices in higher education.

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Concurrent Practical Peer Sessions II

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Complimentary Lunch, CF Cafeteria
You must wear your green neck wallet for lunch or go to the registration desk for an entry ticket.

1:30 PM
Registration Closes

1:30 PM – 2:15 PM
Concurrent Research and Training Sessions
Research Sessions describe the design, implementation and results of educational research.
Training Sessions provide training for college programs.

2:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Concurrent Topical Interest Sessions
Topical Interest Sessions are informal and designed to provide a time and space for participants to discuss instructional or career issues that interest them.

3:30 PM
Conference Closes for the day. Feel free to continue your conversations in the PUP lounge.
Visit the Learning Spaces, the vendors and the Verizon Art Gallery until 4:30.

We look forward to learning with you at the Power Up Your Pedagogy Conference.


Power Up Your Pedagogy – 2013

The 2013 Power Up Your Pedagogy (PUP) Conference has concluded. Thank you for attending. We look forward to the 2014 PUP Conference. If you would still like information regarding the 2013 Conference, please click here.

You can view the recordings of Dr. Templin, the PUP keynote speaker, Dr. Charles Poland, and the plenary talk by Professor Rebecca Kamen by signing into your Blackboard Account and clicking on ‘Faculty and Staff Videos’ in the ‘Video On-Demand-Faculty’ section and navigating to ‘Power Up Pedagogy,’ followed by ‘Power Up Your Pedagogy 2013.’

You are welcome to post comments about PUP on our blog page. If you attended PUP, you will receive a survey to complete as well. Your feedback is very much appreciated. We are already planning PUP 2014.

Here are some photos from the conference. You can also see additional photos below.


The below information was published live during the 2013 PUP Conference.

Welcome to the PUP 2013 LIve Blog Page!

Day 2 of PUP 2013 begins with a Plenary Discussion by Dr. Rebecca Kamen regarding Art as Catalyst: Interdisciplinary Projects

Dr. Kamen studied and continues to use interdisiplinary collaboration. Collaboration in China (A Bridge Between Cultures) was a driver for her current work with art and science. Examples include creating sculptures depicting scientific areas such as the doppler effect, Ben Franklin’s magic circles of circles, or the first edition of the periodic table. The periodic table work includes scupture, sound, and dance. You can see examples of her work here.

Rebecca Kamen’s work explores the nexus of art and science. She has investigated rare books and manuscripts at the libraries of the American Philosophical Society and the Chemical Heritage Foundation, using these collections as a muse for her work. Dr. Kamen has exhibited and lectured about her work in China, Hong Kong, Chile, Korea, and Egypt. She was the recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Professional Fellowship, a Pollack Krasner Foundation Fellowship, a Strauss Fellowship, and a Travel Grant from the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

As a NOVA Chancellor’s Commonwealth Professor, Dr. Kamen is investigating how art and creativity can be used to enhance our understanding of science. She is currently working on collaborative art/science projects at Harvard University’s Center for Astrophysics and in the Neuroscience Division at the National Institutes of Health.


Afternoon 1:00 – 1:45 Concurrent Sessions

Get Your Life Back – CN 126 Rong Zhu and team address new blackboard tools to reduce your workload. Rubrics help students understand exactly what you will grade and how. Glossary allows you to set up definitions to reduce questions.

Investigative Learning by a Lab Class – CN 124 Huey-Jane Liao provides examples from science labs help students learn by experimentation.

Good ‘n Plenty Icebreakers – CN 118 – Nan Peck  – Using match making techniques students find first and last name pairs by talking amongst each other.

Aligning Test Items to Course Objectives – CN 121 – Jennifer Roberts – Attendees identify test questions based on the session learning objectives. Everyone was engaged.


What You Have to Say – Cindy Miller did an excellent job; Very Well Organized; Concurrent sessions are great but there are too many to choose from; Cross campus interaction is wonderful.


What the Vendors Have to Say – Danielle and Ariel from Morton Publishing – From Denver focusing on Biology textbooks. Stop by Mortons table to chat with Ariel about lab manuals (#cheapertextbooks).  Amy from Commonhealth represents the Wellness benefits you have access to as a state employee. Stop by the booth and/ or visit to find out more. Glen from iclicker is sharing information about how educators are using clickers to engage students. Check out the booth or for more information.


Concurrent Sessions – 11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Nan Peck Engaging Students with Team Quizzes CN 118 – another full session – standing room only. Quizzes and Games are great for the classroom. Use questions from your test banks and create a quiz-bowl. Use free jeopardy templates.

Mary Kot-Jansen Wow! What Interesting Students! Using Student Information in an Online class CN 109 – Student to student isolation should be avoided. How do you get students to listen to your audio clips/podcasts?

Celia Leckey My MOOC: Lessons Learned CN 213 – the session is full! Demo of how to sign up and enroll in a class. Dr. Templin’s comments during remarks generated great interest.

Kristyn Moskey Generation ME: Who Are They, and How Do We Teach Them? CN 123 – Group exercise to share lessons learned about how to deal with the “it’s all about me” generation. Review of best practices to approach this type of student.

Bob Loser The Science of Learning – 2013 CN 225 – Another full session. Neurons firing become memories. Conscious thought versus unconscious thought helps how we recognize patterns.


9 Jan – 10:00AM – Dr. Charles Poland Keynote Presentation – More than Half A Year in the Classroom – Dr. Poland offers an interesting story of his life, which identifies points related to higher education, how we can be better teachers/mentors, and embrace our role as role models for our students. We have more influence over our students than we know. Dr. Poland continues to interact with students from 20, 30, or more years ago.

Charles Poland teaches courses in U.S. and local history, Western Civilization, and the Civil War at the Annandale Campus, but his teaching career spans more than five decades. Since 1977, he has conducted field trip courses to Civil War battlefields, and has traveled more than 120,000 miles from Alexandria to the Ohio River and from Gettysburg to Appomattox, giving hundreds of lectures along the way. He has received awards for teaching excellence including the “Most Outstanding Faculty Member” and the NOVA Alumni Federation Faculty of the Year. His published works include “From Frontier to Suburbia: One of America’s Fastest Growing Counties,” “A Loudoun County Story,” and “The Lure of Loudoun: Centuries of Change in Virginia’s Emerald County.”

As a scholar of the Civil War, he has placed special emphasis in his publications on little known military activities and forgotten heroes who dominated public opinion in 1861. Dr. Poland holds a doctorate in American history from Western Colorado University. He and his wife live in Loudoun County and have two daughters.


9 Jan – 9:30AM – Dr. Robert Templin – Welcoming remarks THANK the endless people and organizations who participated in the planning and executing of the PUP Conference. Spring enrollment is down not just at NVCC, but across Virginia. One potential cause is the Fiscal Cliff. NOVA is financially strong. Student success includes higher retention level, graduation is increasing every year, and our transfer rate counts for ~1/2 of the state’s transfer students. Our remedial math redesign for developmental math continues to show progress and success. The redesign for developmental english is also underway.

Campus safety and security continues to be a top priority. The police force has increased across the college. Work with Emergency Response continues to grow. All recommendations for security and safety have been implemented except for electronic badge access to the buildings.

Evaluation process for professors continues to evolve. We are a campus focused on excellence. We strive to recognize and award our faculty. Our faculty continue to win awards.

Online learning continues to grow – how to we become excellent online instructors? Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are also taking a strong step forward in becoming more widely used by students – how will our faculty leverage these opportunities. Options include Coursera, Edex, and Udacity.

Internships are another area faculty should consider – preparing our students for the real world – enabling them to do things rather than just know things. Our students should get real-world experience. The NVCC Police Department is working on a program where they hire folks, give them three years of training, and participate in the college’s law enforcement degrees/programs.

President’s Sabbatical Award – Dr. Templin announced the most recent recipients of this award: Dr. James BaerMs. Janet Gionnotti, and Dr. Charles B. Pumpuni.

Closing Comment: We have passion for our disciplines; We inspire our students; We help the students see something in themselves they didn’t know was there.


9 Jan – 9:15AM – The 2013 PUP conference has officially started. Opening remarks from Cindy Miller, Acting CETL Director. PUP is a conference By Faculty, for Faculty! This event allows everyone to learn from our friends and colleagues. Over 100 sessions – there is something for everyone. There is also a vendor fair comprised of ~20 vendors. Visit them to learn about opportunities for your classrooms. Do not forget to get your door prize tickets and place them in the fishbowl in the PUP Lounge.

Registration continues throughout the day.

Faculty registering for PUP 2013.


8 Jan – 8:15AM –  Final preparations are underway for PUP 2013. Not only will the conference have a live blog, you can also follow the conference on Twitter at #PUP13. Over 700 faculty, staff, and others are registered for PUP 2013. There are hundreds of sessions to choose from: something for everyone’s interests. The event kicks off with breakfast at 8:30 and opening remarks at 9:15.

Check out the new PUP Conference iTunes App in the iTunes Store or the Android App in the Android App Collections at Google play.

Check out the PUP conference program here