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7th Annual
Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy

The 7th Annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy is focused on higher education teaching excellence and the scholarship of teaching and learning. The conference showcases the best pedagogical practice and research in higher education today. Sessions address disciplinary and interdisciplinary instructional strategies, outcomes, and research. Ultimately, the conference is an opportunity to demonstrate effective instructional practice and disseminate the latest research aimed at improving the quality of higher education.

Faculty are, on a daily basis and in very unassuming ways, demonstrating a renewed energy and focus toward the scholarship of teaching and learning. This is further evidenced by our attention to academic assessment, the integration of technology and learning, and even in the change in our teaching lexicon as we incorporate active engagement and reflective practices into instruction to encourage authentic learning.

The conference has grown steadily over the past six years, from 288 participants in 2009 to over 1000 participants in 2014 from 200+ institutions, 48 states, and 50 countries, including community colleges, liberal arts colleges, medical colleges, research universities, and historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Join us as we showcase and share our collective growth, innovation, and achievement in teaching and learning.

General Information

Pre-Conference Workshops: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Conference: Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, February 4-6, 2015
Where: The Inn at Virginia Tech and the Skelton Conference Center
Who: Faculty, Administrators and Students
Proposals Due: Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Important Dates

Proposals Open: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Proposals Close: Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Notifications Sent: Wednesday, October 1, 2014**
Confirm Intend to Present: Wednesday, October 8, 2014**
Schedule Posted: Wednesday, October 15, 2014

** Once presenters are notified that they have been accepted to present (10/1/14), they will have one week to confirm their intent to present (10/8/14). At a typical conference the paying of conference registration serves as confirmation, but since we do not charge a conference fee, we need presenters to explicitly confirm. Details on confirmation will be included in the notification email. Thanks!

Pre-Conference Workshops (Take a Look!)

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Critial Thinking...Flipping Your Course...Mindfulness...Video Storytelling...Active Learning...Large Classes...Technology Stuff...Brain Stuff...Lots of Stuff!! The Pre-Conference Workshops are designed to allow participants to delve deeply into specific topics related to teaching and learning in higher education. This year's workshops will address assessing student learning, facilitating interaction within online/blended courses, effective uses of technology in the classroom, productively integrating ePortfolios into courses, and creating a learner-centered classroom.

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Social Events

International Reception
Wednesday Night
Thursday Night
Participant Gatherings
Last year we had over 120 presenters and participants representing 50 countries. We expect similar international participation again this year and we will be having a reception to honor our guests from afar. The International Reception is sponsored by Dr. Guru Ghosh, Vice President for Outreach and International Affairs.
Our second reception is still in the planning stage. Please check back for additional details. Conferences are an opportunity for individuals from different institutions to come together to talk, share, eat, run, and plan. Please consider joining one of the groups, or create a group of your own for others to join!
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Keynote Presenters:

Terry Doyle

Terry Doyle: Dr. Doyle will address A New Paradigm for Student Learning. Terry Doyle is an author, nationally recognized educational consultant and Professor of Reading at Ferris State University where he has worked for the past 38 years. From 1998 to 2009 he served as the Senior Instructor for Faculty Development and Coordinator of the New to Ferris Faculty Transition Program for the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at Ferris State. He is the author of the book Learner Centered Teaching: Putting the Research on Learning into Practice which was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education's Selected New Books in Higher Education in 2012 and the book Helping Students Learn in a Learner Center Environment: A Guide to Teaching in Higher Education, published by Stylus, 2008. He is the co-author of the book New Faculty Transition - An Ideal Program published in 2004. His newest book published in August 2013, co-authored with Dr. Todd Zakrajsek is titled The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with your Brain and is written for college and high school students. It has been described as breaking new ground in helping students understand how learning happens and suggests a new paradigm for how students should prepare themselves for learning.

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Paul Hanstedt: Dr. Hanstedt will address Reconsidering "Whole Person" Education: What Do We Really Want for Our Students and How Can We Get Them There? Paul Hanstedt is a professor of English at Roanoke College, where he led a revision of the general education program that resulted in a theme-based core emphasizing writing-, speaking-, and quantitative reasoning-across-the curriculum. He is the recipient of a Fulbright to aid general education reform in Hong Kong, a FIPSE grant for sustainable faculty development, and several teaching awards including a 2013 State Council for Higher Education in Virginia Outstanding Faculty Award, and the 2014 CASE Virginia Professor of the Year Award. His essays regularly appear in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Liberal Education, and on Virginia Public Radio. He is the author of two books: General Education Essentials, a faculty introduction to current trends in liberal education, and Hong Konged, a travel memoir about spending a year abroad with three kids under the age of ten.

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Primary Corporate Sponsor(s)

Stylus Publishing - a leading publisher of books on higher education - markets and distributes throughout the Americas the lists of a number of independent publishers and leading NGOs and research institutions to bring you the latest work in the fields of agriculture, business, economic development, education, electronic engineering, health, human rights, the natural sciences, and sustainability.

Contact Information:

Danielle Lusk
110 Hillcrest Hall
(540) 231-7930

Last Year's
Conference Proceedings

2014 Full Proceedings are now available online to download (pdf) or purchase (paperpack).

Corporate Sponsors

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