Sparking Success: AY 23-24

Wednesday & Thursday, January 10th - 11th


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Sparking Success Conference Chair

Robert Dotson is Senior Professor of Practice in the Cell & Molecular Biology department at Tulane's School of Science & Engineering. His interest in improving student learning was sparked five years prior as an Academic Counselor in Loyola’s Office of Academic Enrichment, where he assessed student learning strengths and weaknesses one-on-one and assisted students in formulating personal learning strategies. Over the years he has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses, ranging from introductory biology to immunology. He frequently reinvents and modifies his courses in attempts to introduce more active learning opportunities and generate more student engagement.


Sparking Success 23 - 24 Program

TBA December 2023

AY 23-24 Plenary Speaker | Dr. Sam Wineburg

Dr. Sam Wineburg

Sam Winburg


Sam Wineburg is the Margaret Jacks Professor of Education, Emeritus, and, by courtesy, of History & American Studies at Stanford University. Educated at Brown and Berkeley, he holds a doctorate in Psychological Studies in Education from Stanford and an honorary doctorate from Sweden’s Umeå University. 

In 2004, Wineburg founded the Stanford History Education Group (, a curriculum development effort that has grown into the largest provider of free curriculum in the social studies, with over 14 million downloads of its curriculum and assessments. Since 2016 his research has focused on “Civic Online Reasoning,” or how people judge the credibility of information on the Internet— research that has been featured in TIME Magazine, the Wall Street JournalNPRand on multiple occasions in the New York Times. In 2021, UNESCO honored him with its International Media Literacy Award.

Wineburg’s interdisciplinary scholarship has appeared in outlets as diverse as Cognitive Science and the Journal of American History. His public scholarship has appeared in places like the New York Times, USAToday, Washington PostLos Angeles Times, Slateand the Smithsonian MagazineHis 2002 book, Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts: Charting the Future of Teaching the Past won the Frederic W. Ness Award from the Association of American Colleges and Universities for work that makes the most important contribution to the “improvement of Liberal Education and understanding the Liberal Arts.” His latest book, with co-author Mike Caulfield, is entitled Verified: How to Think Straight, Get Duped Less, and Make Better Decisions about What to Believe Online (Chicago, 2023).