2019 Andrews University Teaching and Learning Conference

MARCH 28, 2019

Creating Communities of Learning: Connecting, Engaging, Belonging


Dr. Frank Tuitt is the Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost on Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Denver and Professor of Higher Education in the Morgridge College of Education. His research explores topics related to access and equity in higher education; teaching and learning in racially diverse college classrooms; and diversity and organizational transformation. Dr. Tuitt is a co-editor and contributing author of the books Race, equity, and the learning environment: The global relevance of critical and inclusive pedagogies in higher education (2016), Black faculty in the academy: Narratives for negotiating identity and achieving career success (2014), Contesting the myth of a post-racial era: The continued significance of race in U.S. education (2013), and Race and higher education: Rethinking pedagogy in diverse college classrooms (2003). In 2014, Dr. Tuitt was awarded the Mildred García Senior Exemplary Scholarship Award by the Association for the Study of Higher Education for exemplary scholarship that focuses on research and issues specifically related to underrepresented populations of color. Dr. Tuitt is a Boston native of Caribbean descent and received his doctorate from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2003 and his BA in Human Relations in 1987 from Connecticut College, where he currently serves as an emeritus trustee.

Gunnar Lovhoiden is a Professor of Engineering at Andrews University. He has taught classes at Andrews University from 1995-1999, 2003-2005, and from 2008 to present. He currently teaches Introduction to Engineering & Design, Engineering Statistics, Circuit Analysis, Electronics, and Electric Motors. Gunnar received his BSE in Electrical Engineering from Walla Walla College in 1989, his MS in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 1994 and his PhD in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Tennessee in 2004. His research focus is biomedical imaging using near infrared light. He co-founded Luminetx Inc, to commercialize the VeinviewerTM prototype he designed and constructed as a part of his PhD requirements. Gunnar is married to Linda and has three adult sons. For recreation he enjoys cross country skiing, biking, kayaking, and baking an occasional pastry. He is involved in serving, both in his local church and in his community.


"Making Excellence Inclusive in Challenging Times: Diversity Considerations for the Classroom and Beyond." - Frank Tuitt

"Why I Teach" - Gunnar Lovhoiden


  • 10:30-11:20 a.m. Morning Keynote: Gunnar Lovhoiden* (Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall)
  • 11:30-12:20 p.m. Poster Session & Lunch (Buller Hall Lobby)
  • 12:30-1:20 p.m. Breakout Session 1 (Bell Hall Classrooms)
  • 1:30-2:20 p.m. Breakout Session 2 (Bell Hall Classrooms)
  • 2:30-3:20 p.m. Breakout Session 3 (Bell Hall Classrooms)
  • 3:30-4:20 p.m. Breakout Session 4 (Bell Hall Classrooms)
  • 4:30-4:55 p.m. Breakout Session 5 (Bell Hall Classrooms)
  • 5:15-6:30 p.m. Keynote Presentation: Frank Tuitt, University of Denver (Newbold Auditorium, Buller Hall)
  • 6:30-7:00 p.m. Fireside Chat/Book Signing with Frank Tuitt (Buller Hall Student Lounge). Dr. Tuitt's book Race, Equity, and the Learning Environment will be on sale at a discount. Cash, check, credit card, and AU ID card are accepted forms of payment.

* Recipient of the Daniel Augsburger Excellence in Teaching Award

AUTLC Conference Planning Team

  • Michelle Bacchiocchi, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
  • Jeff Boyd, Research Support Specialist
  • Anneris Coria-Navia, Associate Professor of Curriculum and Instruction
  • Daph Fenaud, Graduate Assistant, Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum
  • Luana Greulich, Associate Professor and Chair, Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum
  • Terence Habiri, Graduate Assistant, Digital Learning and Instructional Technology
  • Lori Imasiku, Assistant Professor of Teacher Education
  • Janine Lim, Associate Dean, Online Higher Education
  • Stephen Maitanmi, Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
  • John Nay, Administrative Assistant, Curriculum and Instruction Program
  • Sammy Ngetich, Graduate Assistant, Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum
  • Desiree Walker, Graduate Assistant, Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum
  • Amy Waller, Administrative Assistant, Department of Teaching, Learning and Curriculum
  • Amy Williams, Berrien Springs Public Schools, K–12 Curriculum Director


This conference was made possible by the generous contributions of the Berrien Springs Public School District, the Department of Teaching, Learning & Curriculum, and the School of Education.

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Poster Session
Keynote Addresses
Breakout Sessions