2020 Faculty Retreat
TBA | Holiday Valley Inn

The Institute for Teaching Innovation (ITI) is pleased to announce D’Youville’s third Faculty Retreat, entitled “TBA” This three-day retreat will take place TBA, 2020, 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 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: 

Day 1

  • 11 Check-in 
  • 12 Lunch & Welcome
    • IDEA Cards Presentation & Planning
    • 16 Personalities
  • 1:30-4:00 Work Time
  • 4:00 Check in
  • 6-7 EBC Brewery Tour and Happy Hour (one drink per person)
  • Dinner on your own.

Day 2 

  • 9-10 Presentations/Activities: Research & Scholarship, Diversity & Inclusion, and Exemplary Pedagogy 
  • 10-12 Work Time 
  • 12 Lunch 
  • 12:30-1:30 “How to do the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning” Presentation
  • 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

Day 3

  • 9:00-11 Interrater Reliability Exercise & Wrap up work time
  • 11-11:30 Report Out

The 2019 Faculty Retreat, entitled “Summer Refresh” was a three-day retreat that tok place August 6-8, 2018, at the Holiday Valley Inn in Ellicottville, NY, and provided time and support for faculty members to focus on course design/redesign or research. It featured presentations by 2018/2019 ITI Faculty Fellows Drs. Stacy Ruvio, David Stewart, and Lauren Clay, as well as presentations by 2018/2019 ITI Advisory Committee member Ted Sherman and 2017/2018 ITI Advisory Committee member, Sam D’Amato. The group activity was a brewery tour at Ellicottville Brewing Company. 



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”.