2020 Adjunct Faculty Retreat

Dumke Hall, Hurst Center

Weber State Ogden Campus

Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020

8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Click here to register.



Please fill out an evaluation of your experience this year.

Our theme this year is BE the GOOD (Belonging, Engagement, Guidance, Openness, Observation & Dreams). This year's Adjunct Faculty Retreat will be on Saturday, February 1 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Dumke Hall at the Alumni Center.

The retreat features a format based on the Great Teachers Movement. It is based on the philosophy that well-facilitated shoptalk is one of the highest forms of professional development.

You will interact with other adjunct instructors from your own and different disciplines, engage in highly interactive discussions, share successful teaching strategies and innovations, seek solutions to your own teaching problems and challenges, plus have some good food and conversation!

In preparation for the retreat, please develop a retreat handout to share with other participants. Your handout should include the following items:


Contact Information (At the top of the page)

Your name, department, email address, and any other contact information you wish to share with other adjunct instructors. If you want, you may also include a small photograph of your face to help other participants (and us!) in getting to know you.

Engaging Teaching Strategy

A brief description (one paragraph may be sufficient) of a method, strategy, technique, possibly an innovation of your own, that you have successfully used to enhance student engagement in the classroom. These strategies can focus on face-to-face, online, or hybrid classroom settings.

Unresolved Teaching Problem

A brief description (one paragraph may be sufficient) of a persistent problem or challenge in teaching you have not yet resolved that you would like to discuss with other teachers to explore possible solutions.

Teaching with Technology Strategy

A brief description of of technology strategy that enhances engagement and learning of your students (different from your engaging teaching strategy).  It doesn’t need to be astounding - just effective in your classroom (whether it be face-to-face, hybrid, or online). You will have an opportunity to explain and perhaps demonstrate this strategy to a small group of other participants.  


Information about an influential book, journal article, or even just a quotation from a great thinking that has helped you in your work as a teacher. The topic need not focus specifically on education. If you want to share a quotation, simply include it on your handout. If you are sharing a book/article, please include the following on your handout: (1) author, title, publication date, etc., and (2) a brief description of why you would recommend that book or article to other teachers.

We would also like you to send an electronic copy of your handout to RachelCox@weber.edu so that we can make all materials available on an Adjunct Canvas course. Please make every effort to bring this information to the retreat. Doing so will maximize the benefit of this event for you and the other participants. Click here to download a sample handout.

Now is the time to sign up and be counted! Please sign up using the link below. Join us on Saturday, February 1 to learn more ways to BE the GOOD!

All participants will receive a $50 gift card.

Adjunct Retreat Tentative Agenda

8:30 a.m. Breakfast & Registration
9:00 a.m. Participant Introductions
9:30 a.m. Student Success
10:00 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. Tricks of the Trade
11:15 a.m Persisting Problems
12:15 p.m. Lunch
12:45 p.m. Teaching with Technology/Object Lessons
1:45 p.m. Birds of a Feather
2:30 p.m. Retreat Evaluation
2:45 p.m. Off to Teach!

Shared resources from the previous retreats:

PowerPoint on Student Demographics/Millennials

PDF of Student Demographics/Millennials PowerPoint