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Join us for two days of interactive faculty workshops and industry-leading keynotes

February 29 – March 1, 2024

The Westin New Orleans
100 Iberville Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

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*Attendance limited to the first 120 registrants

Education is the key to unleashing potential.

But that can’t happen without students—and professors—feeling supported and valued. How do we ensure our classrooms are places of community? Places that invite curiosity and discovery? Places where every student has the opportunity to share their voice and realize their aspirations? When it comes to improving the craft of teaching, Top Hat Engage is where learning belongs.

Why Attend Top Hat Engage New Orleans

Industry-leading keynotes

Hear from higher ed changemakers leading the charge to ensure that every classroom is a place where students are welcomed, engaged and motivated to learn.

“I absolutely loved all of the speakers, they were incredibly inspiring. That was very different from the kinds of talks and workshops I usually attend and really valuable.”

Cindy Browder, Northern Arizona University

“The presentations were terrific and it was so energizing to talk about great teaching strategies”

Holloway Sparks, Georgia State University

Teaching best practices

Attend peer-led workshops to learn how fellow instructors are using the power of evidence-based teaching practices to enhance community, engagement and student success.

Discipline-specific networking

Get to know—and learn from—
innovative educators in your discipline!

“The entire program was outstanding! I especially enjoyed sharing a meal with other professionals from the same teaching discipline.”

Stephen Hayward, Rio Salado College


of attendees rate the location of Top Hat Engage events 5/5

A fun and vibrant destination

Top Hat Engage New Orleans will be held at the waterfront Westin hotel located in the lively French Quarter, with views of the Mississippi River.


  • Day 1

    Thursday, February 29, 2024

  • 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Registration, Focus Groups, Workshops (optional)

  • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    Opening Cocktail Reception

  • Day 2

    Friday, March 1, 2024

  • 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM

    Breakfast & Registration

  • 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

    Welcome Address & Morning Keynote: Teaching in the Age of AI

    Joe Rohrlich, Chief Executive Officer, Top Hat

    Jesse Stommel, Author and Teaching Faculty, University of Denver

  • 10:15 AM - 11:15 AM

    From Surviving to Thriving: Creating Communities of Care

    Katie Dawson, Drama and Theatre, University of Texas at Austin

  • 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM

    What's New with Top Hat

    Clare Castro, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Top Hat

    Alison Rodal, Group Product Manager, Top Hat

  • 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

    Birds of a Feather Luncheon

  • 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

    Breakout Sessions

  • 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

    Transforming Assessment to Motivate and Engage Students

    José Antonio Bowen, Award-Winning Educator and Author

  • 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

    Where Learning Belongs

    Dr. Bradley Cohen, Chief Academic Officer, Top Hat

  • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Closing Cocktail Reception

All times in CDT. Please note the agenda is subject to change.