The Joys of Teaching and Learning:

Intersecting Identities & Pedagogies


Memorial Union, Madison, Wisconsin

Each spring, faculty and instructional academic staff from UW System’s 13 institutions gather to share experiences, knowledge, and innovative teaching and learning practices. This year’s conference will be held at the newly renovated Memorial Union overlooking Lake Mendota in Madison to consider The Joys of Teaching and Learning: Intersecting Identities & Pedagogies. The Spring Conference is also the culminating event for the 2018-19 Wisconsin Teaching Fellows & Scholars Program with participants making public their year-long Scholarship of Teaching & Learning projects at a festive poster reception. We envision a conference where participants are reinvigorated with the joys of teaching and learning in Wisconsin.

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2019 Spring Conference on Teaching & Learning
April 11 – 12, 2019
Memorial Union 
Madison, Wisconsin

Dr. Rosalyn La Pier

2019 Keynote Speaker


Friday, April 12, 2019
10:30 am – 12:00pm
Memorial Union, Great Hall

Photo by Joerg Metzner

Rosalyn’s Story

Dr. Rosalyn La Pier is an award-winning Indigenous writer and ethnobotanist with a Ph.D. in environmental history and a B.A. Degree in physics. She studies the intersection of traditional ecological knowledge (TEK) learned from elders and the academic study of environmental history.

Growing up on the Blackfeet reservation in Montana, Dr. La Pier learned about ethnobotany from her maternal grandmother Annie Mad Plume Wall and her aunt Theresa Still Smoking. She splits her time between living in the heart of Salish country in Missoula, Montana and the Blackfeet reservation. Hear her story on Spark Science.

As an activist she advocates for both Indigenous and Western science-based decision making. La Pier’s longtime passions include the revitalization of Indigenous languages and traditional ecological knowledge. She is the founder of Saokio Heritage, a co-author of the Indigenous Science Statement, and an organizer of the March for Science in 2017, the largest day of science advocacy in history, with over one million participants in 600 cities worldwide.

Dr. La Pier is an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Montana and a Research Associate at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution. She received the 2018 George M. Dennison Presidential Faculty Award for Distinguished Accomplishment at the University of Montana. La Pier is the author of two books, a Blackfeet language lexicon, several book chapters, academic journal articles and dozens of general audience articles and commentaries. Her writing has appeared in The Conversation, Washington Post, High Country News, Grist, Huffington Post, Associated Press, TeleSUR, and other venues. She is currently working on her third book, Plants That Purify: The Natural and Supernatural History of Smudging.

Questions may be directed to:

Fay Akindes, Director of Systemwide Professional and Instructional Development, UW System,, (608) 263-2684.

Catherine King, Program Associate, Office of Academic Programs & Educational Innovation, UW System,, (608) 262-8522.