Tompkins Cortland Community College


Connecting, Collaborating and Celebrating the Art of Teaching Conference

Sponsored by Cayuga Community College, Corning Community College, Finger Lakes Community College, Onondaga Community College, Mohawk Valley Community College, SUNY Broome, and Tompkins Cortland Community College

"You cannot teach today the same way you did yesterday to prepare students for tomorrow." 

- John Dewey

Give yourself the gift of time spent with colleagues to connect, collaborate, and celebrate our vital work improving learning for our students and ourselves. 

Conference Details

April 21, 2017

Tompkins Cortland Community College
170 North Street (Rte 13)
Dryden, NY

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Parking available in lots 1-5. Lots 1-3 are closest to the main entrance. Enter the main building through the main entrance and continue down the hallway to the Forum


The Science of Implicit Bias: Implications and Strategies for the Classroom, Dr. Samuel Sommers, Tufts University
This interactive presentation will explore cognitive and behavioral science research on the nature of implicit bias.  While most people believe themselves to be fair-minded individuals — perhaps even genuinely prioritizing egalitarian values — social categories such as age, gender, race/ethnicity, and sexual orientation have profound effects on how we see and interact with the world around us.  Research tells us that contemporary bias is often unconscious, but this doesn't make its implications any less real, either for institutional climate or the individuals within that environment.  But the science also demonstrates that we are not hopelessly at the mercy of the power of expectation and bias. This presentation will identify the circumstances under which bias is most likely to emerge and evaluate potential strategies for trying to curtail such tendencies.

Sam Sommers earned his B.A. from Williams College and his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. He is a professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Psychology at Tufts University. He is a social psychologist whose research focuses on issues related to intergroup relations, diversity, and how a group’s composition affects its dynamics and performance, as well as the intersection of psychology and law. He has won multiple awards at Tufts, including the Lerman-Neubauer Prize for Outstanding Teaching and Advising and the Gerald R. Gill Professor of the Year Award. He received an early career researcher award from the American Psychology-Law Society and has won the Faculty Multicultural Service Award at Tufts. He has written two general audience books, Situations Matter and This is Your Brain on Sports, and is also a co-author of textbooks for social psychology and introductory psychology.


8-8:45 Continental Breakfast and Registration
8:40-9 Welcome
9-10:30 Keynote
10:40-11:40 Session I
11:50-12:50 Session II
12:50-2 Lunch
2-3 Session III
3-3:30 Closing

breakout session descriptions 3/30/17

Register by March 31 using the process provided by the representative for your campus (listed below). Registration is limited to faculty and staff of the sponsoring institutions. You will be sent an email with additional information and the opportunity to register for individual concurrent sessions after April 1. Conference registration is now closed. You may contact your representative to see if any seats are available.

The $40 registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. Menus will be peanut-free and include gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan options. Dress is business casual.

If you have a need for a specific disability-related accommodation or auxiliary aid, please notify your campus representative by April 1.

Questions and Registration

Contact your campus representative:

Tompkins Cortland - Barbara Kobritz
MVCC -David Katz
OCC - Fran Dulcich
FLCC -Linda Ross
Corning - Jayne Peaslee
Cayuga - Mary Driscoll
Broome- Jamie Heron-Starr