Peter Felten: Keynote Speaker

Relationships matter: Moving relationship-rich experiences to the center of teaching and learning

This interactive session, drawing on nearly four hundred interviews with students and faculty at U.S. universities and colleges, will explore personal stories of — and the general factors that support — deep, relational learning. We will consider how pedagogical practices and ‘mentoring moments’ can nurture curiosity, creativity, and belonging for all of our


Peter Felten is Assistant Provost for Teaching and Learning, Executive Director of the Center for Engaged Learning, and Professor of History at Elon University, NC, USA. Professionally, he is curious about how people learn and how to cultivate change in individuals, institutions, and cultures. His publications include the co-authored books The Undergraduate Experience (2016) and Engaging Students as Partners in Learning and Teaching (2014), and the co-edited Intersectionality in Action (2016). He is the past president (2016-17) of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development.