Renewal and Transformation Series: Disruption

Sponsor: Renewal and Transformation Series
Thu, 11/18: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Washington State Convention Center 
Room: Ballroom 6B - Sixth Level 
This session will be live streamed, more information is available here:

To "dis" is to treat someone with contempt or show a lack of respect, bring someone down, or critique or insult a person's behavior, personality, or mere being. What does the "dis" in "disruption" mean, when analyzing the lingering effects of the pandemic on college/university teaching and learning? Can a pandemic "dis" higher education?

It is an understatement to suggest that the pandemic that emerged primarily in 2020, and with which we are still dealing, was merely a "disruption." Disruptions are usually unwelcome intrusions into the tried and true ways of doing things, the way we see the world and our role in it. However, connecting to the 2021 convention theme of "Renewal and Transformation," our disrupted approaches to teaching and learning create opportunities to reflect on how we typically do things, calling us to question our methods and innovate in ever-changing circumstances, such that growth is the result. In this Spotlight panel, four pairs of teachers and students of diverse backgrounds come together to discuss the pros and cons of the disruption we have all experienced. Student perspectives will be highlighted, in terms of how students have managed disruptions to their learning and the growth they have achieved in the experience.


Vinita Agarwal, Salisbury University  - Contact Me


Jordan Baylor, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi  - Contact Me
Andrea Otáñez, University of Washington  - Contact Me
Autumn Diaz, University of Washington, Seattle  - Contact Me
LeiLani Nishime, University of Washington, Seattle  - Contact Me
Seonah Kim, University of Washington, Seattle  - Contact Me
Dexter B. Gordon, University of Puget Sound  - Contact Me
Helena Marlowe, University of Puget Sound  - Contact Me
Diana K. Ivy, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi  - Contact Me


Renewal and Transformation Series