Transforming Education for Student Success (TESS) Summit

February 28th and March 1st (Thursday and Friday)

The TESS summit includes two days of keynote speakers, invited talks from university researchers doing transformative work, and opportunities to explore a variety of topics related to transformative education, including research on flipped classes, high-impact practices, and student-centered learning environments. 

Faculty, administrators, and graduate students who attend will come away with new ideas for their own classrooms and inspiration for new scholarship projects.  

Registration is limited and must be completed by February 15th.

The $100 fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and snacks both days as well as a reception and dinner on Thursday evening held at the Purdue Memorial Union.

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For questions and more information, contact Jennifer D. Moss,


Keynote Speakers

George Kuh

Dr. George Kuh, Founding Director of the National Institute for Learning Outcomes and Assessments. Professor Emeritus, Indiana University.

Johnmarshall Reeve

Dr. Johnmarshall Reeve, Professor at Korea University’s Brain-Mind Research Institute, and noted researcher in autonomy-supportive classroom interventions.

Pat Hutchings

Dr. Pat Hutchings, former senior fellow of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and specialist in the scholarship of teaching and learning. 

Chantal Levesque-Bristol

Dr. Chantal Levesque-Bristol, Executive Director of the Center for Instructional Excellence, and noted author and researcher in transformative education.  

Other sessions feature researchers and faculty from Purdue University, San Jose State University, Hampton University, Clemson University, and the College of New Rochelle, on an array of topics, including technology in the classroom, informed learning interventions, and the processes behind studying transformation projects.


Thursday, February 28

  • 8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast at Beck Agricultural Center
  • 9:00 a.m. Welcome 
  • 9:15 a.m. Keynote with George Kuh
  • 10:30 a.m. Purdue University – STEAM Project Panel Discussion
  • 11:15 a.m. College of New Rochelle – MURAL: Mentoring, Undergraduate Research and Augmented Libraries
  • 12 noon Networking lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. Keynote with Chantal Levesque-Bristol
  • 2:45 p.m. Hampton University – Project-Based and Flipped Learning in Pre-Calculus
  • 3:45 p.m. Tour of the Wilmeth Active Learning Center, Purdue’s new active learning building (optional)
  • 5:00 p.m. Reception and poster session at Purdue Memorial Union
  • 6:00 p.m. Conference dinner at Purdue Memorial Union

Friday, March 1

  • 8:30 a.m. Continental breakfast at Beck Agricultural Center
  • 9:00 a.m. Keynote with Johnmarshall Reeve
  • 10:15 a.m. California State University System – Flipping Gateway STEM Courses at 3 Institutions
  • 11:15 a.m. Purdue University – Technology in the Physics Classroom 
  • 12 noon Networking lunch
  • 1:30 p.m. Keynote with Pat Hutchings
  • 2:45 p.m. Clemson and Purdue University – Transforming Calculus Courses
  • 3:30 p.m. Wrap up and next steps discussion – Chantal Levesque-Bristol


The TESS Summit is hosted by Purdue’s Center for Instructional Excellence as part of Success through Transformative Education and Active Mentoring (STEAM), a grant project funded by the United States Department of Education. Since 2014, STEAM faculty at Purdue have been researching and testing strategies for bringing post-secondary education in the United States back to being First in the World

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