Speakers for the 2013 Symposium

Keynote – Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of Your Classroom Will Improve Student Learning

José Antonio Bowen, Ph.D., F.R.S.A., Dean of the Meadows School of the Arts and Algur H. Meadows Chair and Professor of Music

Video Introduction


José Antonio Bowen José Antonio Bowen

Technology is changing higher education, but the greatest value of a physical university will remain its face-to-face (naked) interaction between faculty and students. The most important benefits to using technology occur outside of the classroom. New technology can increase student preparation and engagement between classes and create more time for the in-class dialogue that makes the campus experience worth the extra money it will always cost to deliver. Students already use online content, but need better ways to interact with material before every class by taking online quizzes, doing interactive online assignments, playing games, asking questions, or working in online communities. By rethinking our assignments, use of technology, and course design, we can create more class time for the activities and interactions that most spark the critical thinking and change of mental models we seek.


José Antonio Bowen is Algur H Meadows Chair and dean of the Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University. Bowen has taught at Stanford, Georgetown and Miami Universities and the University of Southampton, England. He has written over 100 scholarly articles, edited the Cambridge Companion to Conducting (2003), received a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Fellowship, and contributed to Discover Jazz (Pearson, 2011). He is an editor of the 6-CD set, Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology (2011). He has appeared in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and United States with Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Bobby McFerrin, Dave Brubeck, Liberace, and many others. He has written a symphony (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Music in 1985), a film score, and music for Hubert Laws, Jerry Garcia, and many others. He is currently on the Editorial Board for Jazz Research Journal, the Journal of the Society for American Music, the Journal of Music History Pedagogy, and Per Musi: Revista Acadêmica de Música. He is a Founding Board Member of the National Recording Preservation Board for the Library of Congress, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) in England. Bowen has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, USA Today, US News and World Report, and on NPR for his book Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology out of your College Classroom will Improve Student Learning (Jossey-Bass, 2012). Stanford University honored him as a Distinguished Alumni Scholar in 2010.

Plenary – Excellence in Teaching Panel

Panelists:  Amanda Cecil, Jennifer Thorington Springer, Jennifer Walthall, Jeffrey Watt


In what we hope will be an inspiring 45-minute discussion, our four panelists, all of whom have been recognized for teaching, will introduce their teaching philosophies, describe how they have evolved as educators, explain what excites and inspires their teaching, and respond to audience questions.


Amanda K. Cecil, Ph.D., C.M.P.

Amanda K. Cecil Amanda K. Cecil

Amanda Cecil is the undergraduate program director and associate professor in the Department of Tourism, Conventions and Event Management at IUPUI, where she teaches several courses in event management and international tourism. Her research interest involves linking business travel and tourism trends to the convention/meeting market. Additionally, she has scholarly interests in the development of competency- based curriculum models and the impact of experiential learning, specially service learning, pedagogies. Cecil has consulting experience in instructional design for educational programs in customer service, business travel management, strategic meeting management, sports travel management, and event management. In 2011, she was appointed as the dean of education for the Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Academy. She was awarded the 2012 Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Foundation’s Educator Honoree, 2012 “Member of the Year” RISE Award from Meeting Professionals International (MPI), 2011 Indiana Trustees’ Teaching Award, 2010 MPI Chairwoman’s Award for her leadership in developing the Meeting and Business Event Competency Standard, the 2010 MPI Indiana Chapter President’s Award, the 2006 PCMA “Educator of the Year,” and was named to the Indiana Chapter of MPI’s Hall of Fame in 2008.

Jennifer Thorington Springer, Ph.D.

Jennifer Thorington Springer Jennifer Thorington Springer

Jennifer Thorington Springer is associate chair and associate professor in the Department of English at IUPUI specializing in Caribbean and African American Literatures as well as Africana and Women’s Studies.  Her own “border-crossings” and personal background as a transnational subject (African Caribbean immigrant) directly influences her commitment to cultural diversity and inclusiveness. Her research, teaching, and service activities are synergistic and contribute to the university’s overall diversity and multicultural initiatives with a focus on community outreach.  Professor Springer is an active member of the Multicultural Research and Pedagogy Group (formerly the Multicultural Teaching Community of Practice).  She was the recipient of the 2006 IUPUI Outstanding Woman Leader Award, the 2010 Joseph T. Taylor Excellence in Diversity Award (individual and group award), the 2011 Chancellor’s Award for Multicultural Teaching, three time recipient of the Trustees Teaching Award, member of FACET, and received an Outstanding Mentor/Motivator Award in 2010.

Jennifer Walthall, M.D.

Jennifer Walthall Jennifer Walthall

Jen Walthall is an associate professor of clinical emergency medicine and pediatrics, working clinically in the Riley Hospital for Children Emergency Department. She is currently completing her Master of Public Health, with a focus on social and behavioral science and its application to community outreach and injury prevention.  She is the assistant program director for the Emergency Medicine-Pediatrics combined residency program, which allows her to be involved in educational innovation, as well as curricular development and evaluation for multiple residency programs.  Her professional interests and activities include emergency medicine community advocacy, patient and family centered care, and pediatric education in emergency medicine. Dr. Walthall serves as the Academic Pediatrics Association Advocacy SIG chair and is the recent Indiana University School of Medicine nominee for the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Humanism in Medicine Award and the IUPUI Glenn Irwin Service Excellence Award.  She also received a faculty teaching award from the emergency medicine residency program, a Morris Green Pediatric Faculty Teaching Award, and an IUSM Trustees Teaching Award.

Jeffrey X. Watt, Ph.D.

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Jeff Watt is the associate dean for student affairs and outreach in the School of Science, associate chair of the Department of Mathematical Sciences, and the M.L. Bittinger Chair of Mathematics Education at IUPUI.  He has dedicated service and resources to improving math education throughout the state of Indiana as well as at the university. He has developed numerous textbooks and in-service professional development programs for both student and teacher training. Watt has been instrumental in the formation of University College at IUPUI, the creation of the IUPUI High School Mathematics Contest, and the development of the Masters of Science Teaching Option degree at IUPUI. All programs have transformed math education for students and teachers alike. He is also the state director for Project Lead the Way, a national teacher training program in the biomedical sciences.  For his extensive experience in leading outreach and math education reform in grades K-12, Jeff Watt has earned numerous teaching awards and recognitions including the: IUPUI Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching; Purdue University Master Teaching Award; IU Frederic Lieber Memorial Award for Distinguished Teaching; Indiana Section of the MAA Distinguished University Teaching Award; and in 2010, the Carnegie Foundation's CASE Professor of the Year Award.

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