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Sixteen Virginia Wesleyan faculty and staff members traveled to Virginia Tech Feb. 4-6 for the Seventh Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy, hosted by the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER). The conference showcased the best pedagogical practice and research in higher education today. Sessions addressed disciplinary and interdisciplinary instructional strategies, outcomes, and research, and ultimately served as an opportunity to demonstrate effective instructional practice and disseminate the latest research aimed at improving the quality of higher education. VWC representatives were among 1,000 participants from 335 institutions worldwide. Attendees included: Murrell Brooks (political science); Kathleen Casey (history); Leslie Caughell (political science); Patty Clark (research librarian); Paul Ewell (business); Kim Fahle (writing center); David Garraty (business); Bill Gibson (political science); Sue Larkin (English); Taryn Myers (psychology); Iordanka Panatoyova (mathematics); Lisa Lyon Payne (communication); Maynard Schaus (biology); Kathy Stolley (sociology); Aubrey Westfall (political science); and Denise Wilkinson (mathematics). Participation was sponsored by VWC’s Center for Innovative Teaching and Engaged Learning (INTEL), which emphasizes support for faculty development that promotes strategic institutional commitments to students' intellectual inquiry, active learning and civic engagement. For more information, contact Kathy Stolley, associate dean of INTEL, at or 757.233.8768.