Urban Affairs Association Teaching Effectiveness Academy for Instructors

50th Annual Conference of the Urban Affairs Association
Renaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel
Thursday, April 2, 2020 | 9:15am– 3:30 pm

Application Deadline: Friday, February 7, 2020 (11:59pm CST)

This is the third year that UAA is offering pre-conference workshops aimed at enhancing teaching effectiveness. These popular half-day workshops are specifically designed for instructors at any stage of their careers, seeking theory and practice-based strategies to inform and/or improve their teaching.

The two workshops, which will run parallel to one another, are: Understanding by Design (UbD) and Supporting First-Generation College Students. If you wish to be considered for both workshops, you will be prompted during the application process to rank the workshops in the order of preference.

These workshops are in-depth and interactive. Therefore, space is limited and the selection of participants is competitive. In both workshops, participants will have the opportunity to exchange ideas, challenges, and strategies based on their own teaching experiences.  Accordingly, the more detail you provide in your application, the better your chances are of being accepted for participation.

Workshop Coordinator:
Dr. José W. Meléndez (University of Oregon, Eugene)

The first workshop on Understanding by Design (UbD) will:

  • Describe and differentiate between key concepts and theories for course planning
  • Explain the reasoning behind strategies to establish a constructive learning environment
  • Identify theory-based approaches to connecting classroom content to practice
  • Use hidden curriculum as a means to highlight instructional strategies to learning outcomes

Workshop Facilitators:
Barbara Ferman, Ph.D. (Temple University, Philadelphia)
Jordan James, ABD (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque)
José W. Meléndez, Ph.D. (University of Oregon, Eugene)


The second workshop on Supporting First Generation College Students will:

  • Describe and assess research and concepts that delve into the challenges and opportunities faced by first generation students
  • Develop an asset rather than deficit-based approach to teaching first generation students
  • Describe, adapt, and practice evidence-based approaches and strategies for addressing challenges and supporting the success of first generation students
  • Create a needs assessment of instructors and their University needs and resources for working with first generation students

Workshop Facilitators:
Leanne Kang, Ph.D. (Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids)
Colby King, Ph.D. (University of South Carolina, Upstate)
José W. Meléndez, Ph.D. (University of Oregon, Eugene)
Rubia R. Valente, Ph.D. (Baruch College, City University of New York)

Application submission deadline: February 7, 2020

To apply, visit the either workshop’s webpage for more details and a link to the application form.

Workshop 1: Understanding by Design (UbD)
Workshop 2: Supporting First-Generation College Students

Selected participants will be notified (via email) by February 19, 2020

All participants MUST be registered for the conference no later than February 28.