2019 Faculty Retreat
August 6-8 | Holiday Valley Inn

The Institute for Teaching Innovation (ITI) is pleased to announce D’Youville’s second Faculty Retreat, entitled “Summer Refresh.” This three-day retreat will take place August 6-8, 2018, at the Holiday Valley Inn in Ellicottville, NY, and will provide time and support for faculty members to focus on course design/redesign or research. The cap this year is 50 faculty members. First come, first serve.

Who can apply: For this second retreat, applications are currently open to full-time faculty, either as individuals or in interdisciplinary or collaborative course design teams. Adjunct faculty may apply as part of a team.

Individuals and teams: Each individual or team is asked to anchor their work either in the development of a new course, the revision of an existing course, or a research project. Each team member should sign up separately.

Draft Schedule: 


  • 11 Check-in 
  • 12 Lunch & Welcome 
  • 12:30-2 Presentations/Activities: Research & Scholarship, Diversity & Inclusion, and Exemplary Pedagogy
  • 2-4:30 Work Time
  • 4:30 Check in
  • 6-7 EBC Brewery Tour and Happy Hour (one drink per person)
  • Dinner on your own.


  • 9-10 IDEA Cards Presentation & Planning
  • 10-12 Work Time 
  • 12 Lunch 
  • 12:30-1:30 Breakout EDU – designing your own Breakout
  • 1:30-3 Work Time 
  • 3-3:30 Online Learning Presentation 
  • 3:30-4:30 Work Time 
  • 4:30 Check in
  • Dinner on your own. 
  • 9pm Campfire and Smores at the Gazebo


  • 8:30-11 Creativity in the Classroom & Wrap up work time
  • 11-11:30 Report Out

DYC’s first faculty retreat was a huge success. The event took place June 12-14 at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, NY with 26 attendees. The many projects worked on included retooling an animal handling lecture, revising and evidence-based medicine course series for a hybrid educational environment, developing outcomes for a research experience, and developing a new course in Biotechnology. One faculty member commented that the retreat was, “a wonderful opportunity to meet and work with other faculty, spend time reflecting and redesigning existing courses, and be surrounded by a beautiful environment”.