Skip navigation

Center for Faculty Development

Educators' Retreat

The Spring 2023 Educators’ Retreat provides tools for educators both inside and outside of the classroom. This semester’s event features guest facilitator and national curricular approach expert Dr. Keith Edwards, who will guide attendees through active, team-based sessions focused on applying the University Pillars to the Southern Miss Student Experience. Leading the opening session, Executive Vice Provost Amy Chasteen will set the stage with data and insights into the Southern Miss student body. 

Educators' Retreat banner

In November 2022, Dr. Keith Edwards led a virtual plenary, Learning Beyond the Classroom: A Curricular Approach (video), which provides the rationale and overview of the beyond-the-classroom curriculum at Southern Miss. All attendees must view the plenary before the February 20 retreat. We will begin the main session with a reveal and orientation to the finalized Pillars and high-level learning outcomes. Lead facilitator Dr. Keith Edwards will guide educators through the process of identifying which divisional learning outcomes best suit their functional area. Deliverables for the day include first-draft department educational plans and strategies, sequenced learning, and written facilitation guides.

We welcome all educators, but we encourage departments and programs to send at least two staff/faculty educators. During the retreat, attendees should anticipate being actively engaged with fellow team members during breakout sessions. Graduate assistants are welcome.


  1. Shifting to a Curricular Approach 
  2. Are all of Your Educators Educating? 
  3. Learning Reconsidered


Monday, February 20 | 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Hattiesburg Campus: Elizabeth Harkins Hall, room 120

8:00 - 8:30 am          Registration/Check-in
                                    Lobby, Elizabeth Harkins Hall

8:30 - 9:15 am          Facilitating a Holistic Education for Today’s Southern Miss Students

                                    with Executive Vice Provost Amy Chasteen                               

9:15 am - 12:15 pm    The Curricular Approach with Dr. Keith Edwards

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm     Lunch

1:00 - 4:00 pm            The Curricular Approach with Dr. Keith Edwards


REgister Now

Contact Us

Center for Faculty Development
319 International Center

118 College Drive #5211
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

Campus Map