Summer Teaching Renewal Retreat for Advanced-Career Faculty

June 3-6, 2013 - Graylyn International Conference Center, Winston-Salem, NC

Mid-career and late career faculty members are invited to join faculty from Wake Forest University, North Carolina A&T, UNC Greensboro, Appalachian State and other regional colleges and universities for a four day early summer retreat. Join us as we explore new paths, both pedagogical and personal, to reconnect with the excitement that led us into teaching careers.  The Teaching Renewal retreat will include time to work on specific teaching projects, opportunities to interact with colleagues from across the state, workshops, peer mentoring groups and personal coaching opportunities. Tai Chi, yoga, and meditation sessions will be offered, and participants will have ample time to enjoy the grounds and amenities at the beautiful Graylyn Conference Center in Winston Salem. Costs for the retreat, including a private room at Graylyn for three nights and most meals, will be covered by CATL.

Applications due March 11, 2013 – see below.

Opening Session

The Legacies of our lives

Whether we are deliberate in the act or not, each of us is leaving a legacy, both personally and professionally. The question, then, becomes not “Will I leave a legacy?” but “What kind of legacy am I leaving?” Reflecting on the notion of legacy can help us (re)discover purpose in our personal and professional lives. Led by Kate Brinko, Appalachian State


Focused around themes of reflection and innovation in teaching. Topics such as:

  • Stories of Teaching
  • Contemplative Practices in Teaching
  • Teaching Today’s Student
  • Learning Research
  • Integrating Simple Technologies
  • Avoiding Burnout

Group and individual work time & one-on-one consultations with facilitators

There will be opportunities to work with faculty from other institutions on teaching topics of mutual interest, work on your own, and to meet with any of the facilitators for one-on-one consultations.

About the Graylyn International Conference Center

Graylyn is an historic building just minutes from Wake Forest University, approximately an hour west of Elon, 30 minutes from Greensboro. It offers 96 uniquely designed guest rooms, an executive chef, up-to-date meeting facilities, a fitness room, swimming pool and walking and jogging trails. Visit Graylyn's website for more information.

Who may attend? 

All associate or full professors, continuing track or tenured and senior lecturers with at least seven years of full time teaching experience are invited to apply. Participants must commit to staying for the duration of the retreat (note that this program overlaps with the writing residency and the first summer school term). Elon will pay for the participation of up to five faculty members; if more than five apply, participants will be selected at random with those not selected placed on a waiting list.

How to apply

Summer Teaching Renewal Retreat Brochure (pdf)

Summer Teaching Renewal Retreat Application (.doc)

Send your completed application as an attachment to or through campus mail to Katie King, CB 2610. Deadline for applications:  March 11, 2013