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SDSU Fall Conference


The SDSU Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning is excited to announce, in collaboration with the SDSU Office of Academic Affairs, that the 2019 SDSU Fall Conference will be held on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. We ask that you please register by clicking here! The event begins with refreshments and conversation available at 8:00 am followed by welcomes from President Barry Dunn and Provost Dennis Hedge at 9:00 am.

We are pleased to share with the campus community that Dr. Kathleen Gabriel, Associate Professor in the School of Education at California State University, Chico, will be serving as out keynote speaker for the event. Dr. Gabriel’s keynote, “Teaching Unprepared Students: Strategies for Promoting Success and Retention in Higher Education,” will begin at 9:30 am. This presentation will actively engage participants to reflect on their role in supporting students as they find their pathways to academic success. Participants will be given opportunities to practice with strategies that can be implemented immediately.

The morning will conclude with a workshop style session at 10:30 am led by Dr. Gabriel entitled “The First Week of Class - Establishing Cultures of Success.” Participants will consider strategies that can be utilized immediately at the start of the semester to set up high impact learning cultures that help students to succeed. This session will continue our theme of providing participants opportunities to engage with one another and practice with strategies they can use in their courses.

The event will continue at 1:00 pm with a final opportunity to engage with Dr. Gabriel. Her afternoon session will explore issues related to academic integrity. The session entitled “Techniques for Promoting Academic Integrity: They Don't Know What They Don't Know” will explore how expectations of academic integrity are communicated with students and provide tips for helping participants manage academic integrity issues in their courses.

The day concludes with two distinct opportunities beginning at 2:00 pm. Participants will be able to focus their learning on one of the following:

  • Expanding the Circle: Promoting Respect and Inclusion in the Classroom
  • Wintrode Student Success Center: Helping Students Prepare for Success

We look forward to kicking off the academic year with you at the SDSU Fall Conference!

Please click here to REGISTER!

Biography for Dr. Kathleen Gabriel

Dr. Gabriel began her extensive teaching career as a high school social science teacher before she became a Resource Specialist teacher for students with learning disabilities. When moving to the university setting, she first developed an academic support program for at-risk and unprepared college students. She also became a faculty development specialist at the University of Arizona. She then served as the director of Disabled Student Services(DSS) at College of Siskiyous, a community college in Northern California before joining the School of Education at CSU, Chico. 

Since coming to Chico State, Dr. Gabriel has received of two teaching awards: Learning Catalyst Fellow Award, 2014-2015, (awarded to instructional faculty who “catalyze”—stimulate, promote, motivate, encourage—student learning and are willing to talk about how they do it) and, Exemplary Online Instruction Award, 2014 (An awards and recognition program to recognize exemplary teaching and learning in blended and online courses). Her publications include the following: “Implementation of a Writing Strategy for Students With Learning Disabilities in a Rural Setting” (2015) in Rural Special Education Quarterly; a chapter in Handbook of the Sociology of Higher Education, Cote, J. & Furlong, A, eds. (2016), chapter 16, “At-Risk and Unprepared Students in Higher Education: The Impact on Institutions and Strategies to Address the New Student Body Landscape” and three books:

1) Starting Behind...Finishing Ahead:  A Blueprint for Academic Support for At-Risk College Students. (2005),

2) Teaching Unprepared Students: Strategies for Success and Retention in Higher Education. (2008), and

3) Creating the Path to Success in the Classroom: Teaching to Close the Graduation Gap for Minority, First-Generation and Academically Unprepared Students (2018).

Fall Conference 2018