NSEC 2019 National Conference

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This year, we will be in Omaha, Nebraska for our seventh national conference on May 31-June 2, 2019. Don't miss out on hearing from other STEM Education Centers making impressive strides on their campus. During the conference we will be sharing and showcasing the work of our centers, connecting it to other national initiatives through a mix of concurrent sessions, roundtables, and poster session.

  • Start Time for NSEC National Conference 2019: 8:00 am CT - May 31, 2019. The national conference will begin with an optional, included workshop on inclusive teaching. See below for more details.
  • End Time for NSEC National Conference 2019: 11:00 am CT - June 2, 2019
  • Location: Omaha, NE
  • Audience: The conference is designed for representatives from campus STEM Education Centers, Centers for Teaching and Learning that have a STEM agenda, those who work closely with these centers, and/or representatives considering implementing a center. We welcome interested faculty, staff, administrators, and colleagues from disciplinary societies, associations, and national projects that want to learn about the newest innovations in improving undergraduate STEM education.
  • Purpose: The focus is specifically on centers engaged in improving undergraduate STEM education, including teacher preparation and broader impacts in STEM. It is opportunity for center staff to learn from one another.
  • Theme: Inclusive Education We welcome proposals on all topics of interest to STEM Education centers. The review committee will give preference to proposals that incorporate the theme of inclusive education.

Speakers for NSEC 2019 National Conference

Mathew L. Ouellett, Executive Director, Center for Teaching Innovation, Cornell University

Dr. Mathew Ouellett is the executive director of the Center for Teaching Innovation, joining the Cornell community from Wayne State University where he served as associate provost, and director of the Office for Teaching and Learning. Prior to that, Matt held progressively responsible positions in higher education administration and educational development at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 2012, Matt was honored with the Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD Award for outstanding lifetime achievement and leadership in the enhancement of teaching, learning, and faculty development.

Workshop for NSEC 2019 National Conference (included in registration)

Topic: Teaching Inclusively

Logistics: May 31, 2019 at 8:00 am CT to 1:00 pm CT - opening workshop for the conference

Facilitators from the Center for Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL)

Faculty and instructional staff strive to create diverse, equitable and inclusive learning environments because of the positive impacts on students' learning. Often, they do this without any training in how to effectively do so, beyond recreating what they experienced as students. Faculty grapple with questions like: As student demographics and backgrounds become more diverse, how do you make your content, activities, language you use, and classroom logistics inclusive for all students? And, as students interact with each-other more often with active learning, how do you respond to "hot moments" or "difficult discussions" in the classroom?

Incidents of race and racism, privilege and power regularly impact undergraduates on our campuses. Without training, knowing how to address these inequities effectively can be uncomfortable and challenging. This workshop is designed to build educator confidence in using inclusive teaching strategies. Participants will consider how workshop elements could be translated to their own campus programming.

Learning Outcomes:

As a result of attending this session, participants will:

1) explore the perspectives of underrepresented and minoritized students on our campuses,

2) analyze their own and student identity and the impact that identity has on the learning environment,

3) discuss a framework for addressing hot moments and difficult discussions in the classroom,

4) practice what to say during hot moments or difficult discussions,

5) examine a range of inclusive teaching approaches to use in the classroom and beyond, and

6) Plan ways to use workshop elements on their campuses, in their work with faculty.

This session will place an emphasis on practice as a transferable tool -- "saying the words", deconstructing conversations and receiving feedback.

This workshop is supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation's INCLUDES program as part of the Aspire Alliance.

Registration for NSEC 2019 National Conference

You can register here:

Registration includes breakfast on May 31, June 1, and June 2, a reception, and lunch on May 31 and June 1.

Early Discount Registration until March 26, 2019: $395.00.

Regular registration until May 1, 2019: $425.00.

Late registration until May 31, 2019: $450.00.

Things to do in Omaha

For more exciting things to do in Omaha, visit the Omaha Visitors Center.

Hotel Reservations

Hilton Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska



TEL: +1-402-998-3400


  • You can make reservations online here: https://book.passkey.com/go/APL19 or by phone calling 402-998-3400 and asking for the APLU 2019 NSEC Summer meeting group block.
  • Hotel Room Rate: Single = $119, Double= $119, Suite= $119. You can reserve hotel rooms at the negotiated rate 3 days before and after the meeting.
  • Reservation Deadline: Thursday, May 9, 2019
  • We have a limited number of rooms reserved in our negotiated block. Reserve soon.

Poster Guidelines

We invite all participants to bring a poster. Submit your poster abstract by April 28.

  • Posters should be no larger than 30 inches x 40 inches (in either orientation). You will be provided with an easel, foam board, and binder clips to hang your poster.
  • The posters will be displayed in a non-secured space.
  • You may ship your poster to the hotel. If you choose to ship your poster, presenters will be responsible for doing so to and from the Hilton Omaha. Materials sent to the hotel should arrive no earlier than Monday, May 27.

Shipping address:

Hilton Omaha

C/O: Your Name Conference Name

1001 Cass Street

Omaha, NE 68102


Handling fees will be applied to all packages shipped to the Hilton Omaha. Handling fees will be charged to your guest room, credit card or may be paid for in cash. A signature will be required when picking up your package. The fees are as follows:

Incoming Envelops - $5.00 Each

Incoming Boxes - $5.00 Each

Incoming pallets $50.00 Each

NSEC 2019 Conference Planning Committee

Adrienne Bentz, Texas A&M University

Cynthia Ghent, Towson University

Theresa Hopkins, University of Tennessee

Sheila Jones, University System of Georgia Office

Laird Kramer, Florida International University

Donna Llewellyn, Boise State University

Timothy Scott, Texas A&M University

Gwen Shusterman, Portland State University

Alice Steimle, The University of Mississippi

Zipangani Vokhiwa, Mercer University

Kacy Redd, Association of Public and Land-grant Universities

Noah Finkelstein, University of Colorado at Boulder

For questions about the conference or working meeting, contact Kacy Redd at kredd@aplu.org.