Conference Information

Each year the SRFIDC meets to share information in the realm of instructional development. The conference site rotates among various member institutions and provides an opportunity for other member institutions to see how faculty and instructional development is envisioned at various campuses in the Southern region.
2017 Conference - "Run the Gauntlet"

The Southern Regional Faculty and Instructional Development Consortium (SRFIDC) will hold our 41st annual sharing conference in the Georgia Gwinnett College campus in Lawrenceville, GA, from March 1- March 3, 2017. See below for directions to campus.

This year's conference theme is Run the Gauntlet (a nod to enduring difficult and challenging events).
Keynote speaker: Derek Bruff, Director, Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University. 

 Directions to GGC Campus and Kaufman Library

The SRFIDC conference will take place in the Kaufman Library and Learning Center. The Kaufman library is located next to building H, right across the lawn from the circular building that looks like a spaceship (that’s building B). Once in the building, follow the signs in the atrium to the Heritage Room (third floor). The attached map will provide you with the directions you need - the library is the L building. We will have staff to help you find the building. Please call me if you’re lost. My cell number is at the end of the message.  

The address to the school on Google Maps/Apple Maps/ Waze is 1000 University Center Lane, Lawrenceville, GA 30043. This is not the address of the library. You still have to look at the map below to see where we are located on campus. See directions above. 

Parking and Transportation

Parking and Transportation
Parking is an issue on campus. If you are staying in the hotel, you are strongly encouraged to take the trolley from the hotel to the campus and back at the end of the day. The trolley will pick participants up from the hotel at 8:00 AM each morning and will leave campus at the end of each day at around 5:00 PM to drop you off at the hotel. Please note that on the last day (March 3), the trolley will leave campus at 12:00 PM and return to the hotelPlease note that both hotels share the same parking space so you have to look out for the trolley. The trolley company is Georgia Trolley Services and you may see some markings on the unit. If you see a trolley, ask them if this is the one taking them to GGC. If you miss the trolley, you WILL have to drive into campus. See below. 

If you still want to drive into campus, especially if you are a commuter, please be aware of the following: we have *10* visitor parking spaces that are reserved for SRFIDC. These spaces are on a first come, first serve basis. You must print the parking permit you received via email (on Feb 23 at 11:06 AM) and attach it to the dashboard on the driver side. The reserved visitor parking spaces are located in the side of building H once you get to the main entrance (refer to the map). If you have any questions, ask the security officer at the booth for the “reserved SRFIDC spaces”. 

If all of the parking permits are taken and there are no more visitor spaces, you may be asked to park in Building 3000 (marked in the map as RL 3000). Please be aware there is a bit of a walk from RL 3000 to the library. If all visitor spaces are filled, and you decide to park in the faculty/staff parking spaces instead, you will get a citation.

We ask that proposals focus on the meaning behind the phrase  “Run the Gauntlet”. Proposals can talk about the series of obstacles and challenges that centers and faculty developers face and overcome in order to improve your institutions.

Potential conference presentation topics include:

*Effective practices of teaching centers
*Educational Technology
*Instructional Design
*Teaching Strategies
*Assessment of professional development
*…and other topics related to faculty and instructional development.

The proposal deadline is December 19, 2016.

Conference Registration
Click here to register for the conference. Registration is now closed. Please contact with any questions. 

Registering for the conference is the same as paying membership. No need to do it twice!

Registration deadline: February 15, 2017.

Night on the Town
Each year we try to choose one particular evening during the conference for a joint activity and dinner we could do together. We don't do a formal registration for Night on the Town, and each participant pays as they go.

Our Night on the Town is the evening of March 1. We will be eating at the Dave & Buster's (walking distance from the hotel). Further optional festivities will follow afterward, to be decided that evening. Nearby attractions within walking distance include Sugarloaf Mills mall, movie theaters, diverse dining, and a golf course. The challenge here is to decide what you want to do after the conference!

Conference Agenda

If you downloaded the program before February 14, there have been some changes. Download the updated program here

Agenda at a Glance: 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

9:00       Registration
9:30       Opening Ceremonies
10:15     Keynote Address by Derek Bruff
11:15     Break
11:30     Table Topics
12:00     Lunch
1:00       Breakout Session 1
2:05       Breakout Session 2
2:40       Gallery Walk
3:15       Break
3:30       Breakout Session 3
4:30       Raffle / Daily Debrief
5:00       Trolley
5:30       Night in Town

Thursday, March 2, 2017

8:30       Breakfast
9:00       Breakout Session 4
10:00     Breakout Session 5 
11:00     Break
11:15     Speed Geeking
12:00     Lunch and Business Meeting
1:30       Breakout Session 6
2:30       Break
2:45       Breakout Session 7
3:20       Breakout Session 8
3:55       Raffle / Daily Debrief
5:00       Trolley
5:30       Eating, Drinking, Attractions

Friday, March 3, 2017

8:30       Breakfast
9:00       Breakout Session 9
10:05     Unconference 
11:00     Breakout Session 10
11:30     Raffle / Concluding Events
12:00     Adjourn
12:05     Executive Committee Meeting
Conference Hotels

The Homewood Suites and Hampton Inn  are located northeast of Atlanta in the heart of Gwinnett County. The hotel are across the street from Sugarloaf Mills Mall, a variety of restaurants, grocery stores and entertainment including Dave and Busters, an AMC Movie Theater, Medieval Times Dinner Theater and the Gwinnett Area and Convention Center. Located conveniently off Interstate 85 and Sugarloaf Parkway, the hotels are easily accessible to major freeways and access routes

You can book a room at the hotel using the following links:

Hampton Inn by Hilton

Homewood Suites by Hilton

NOTE: Both hotels are adjacent to each other and share parking. 

Homewood Suites by Hilton / Hampton Inn
6010 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
(678) 407-0018