Through the Faculty Ranks Series

This series of workshops includes special topics that are of interest to a cross-section of faculty members across campus.

Iron Chef: The Secret Ingredient of Generative AI in Education

AI-driven technologies are not just reshaping industries but are also poised to revolutionize the way we design and deliver content in educational settings. In this virtual workshop, we will explore the possibilities of generative AI for the education of the future, uncover some of the latest trends and concerns among those in academia, and learn about the various campus resources to support faculty on this topic. Finally, through an engaging demonstration, attendees will witness firsthand how generative AI can elevate course content to gourmet levels, adding flavor, depth, and creativity and empower educators with tools to make classroom content more dynamic, customized, and relevant than ever before.

Thursday, October 19, 2023
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM


  • Tawnya Means, Assistant Dean for Educational Innovation and Chief Learning Officer at Gies College of Business at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. With more than 20 years of experience in higher education, course design, and educational consulting, Tawnya has led teaching and learning teams and taught residential, online, and blended courses in entrepreneurship, strategy, technology, and leadership in remote teams. Her research interests include online and blended learning, active learning, learning space design, technology innovation in teaching, access to digital learning resources, generative AI for education, and faculty preparation to teach.
  • Jamie Nelson, Associate Director of Educational Innovation at the Center for Innovation in Teaching & Learning, was one of 55 experts from across the globe that served on the 2023 Horizon panel. Jamie also serves as the Associate Director of Educational Technologies at Gies College of Business at Illinois.

Who should attend?

If you are a tenure-stream or specialized faculty member (All ranks are invited). A Zoom link will be sent to registered participants.

Please contact Provost Events if you have questions.

Session Materials

Archived Series

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