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2012 Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy
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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. Join us as we showcase and share our collective growth, innovation, and achievement in teaching and learning.

The fourth annual Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy is focused on Scholarly Teaching and showcases the best pedagogical research and practice in higher education today. Sessions will address disciplinary, cross-disciplinary, and inter-disciplinary challenges facing teachers and students in higher education and will disseminate the latest research aimed at improving the quality of undergraduate and graduate education.

General Information:

When: Wednesday-Friday, February 8-10, 2012
Where: The Inn at Virginia Tech
and the Skelton Conference Center
Who: Faculty, Administrators and Students
Proposals Due: Friday, October 1, 2012 (Closed)


Interactive Schedule:

Concurrent Sessions Poster Sessions

Keynote Presenters:

Todd Zakrajsek: Dr. Zakrajsek will address Teaching for Learning: An Evidence-Based Examination of Key Pedagogical Concepts, highlighting important developments in pedagogical research and suggesting approaches for staying current with college teaching and learning literature. Dr. Zakrajsek is the Executive Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was previously the Inaugural Director of the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching at Central Michigan University and the founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Southern Oregon University, where he also taught in the psychology department as a tenured associate professor. Dr. Zakrajsek also directs two Lilly Conferences on Teaching and Learning, one in Traverse City, Michigan and the other in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Zakrajsek received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Ohio University, and has published and presented widely on the topic of student learning, including workshops and conference keynote addresses in 37 states and 4 countries.

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Kobina Yankson: Professor Yankson will bring his international perspectives to a discussion of Instructional Excellence and Scholarship: Essentials for Effective Teaching in Higher Education. Prof. Yankson, of the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, is a Professor of Zoology; a Commonwealth Fellow; Darwin Initiative Fellow; Fulbright Scholar; Fellow of The Institute of Biology (Gh.) and past President of West Africa Science Association and Ghana Science Association. He was, for eight years, the Editor-In-Chief of Everyday Science for Schools Magazine; was cited in “Who is Who in Science and Technology Education in Africa” in 1997; Selected “Man of the Year” 1998 by the American Biographical Institute and inducted into the “Leading Scientists of the World” in 2008 by the International Biographical Centre, Cambridge in recognition of his accomplishments in Molluscan Shellfish Research in Particular, and Science in general. He is a former Dean of the Faculty of Science, former Pro Vice-Chancellor and currently Director of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance at University of Cape Coast (UCC).

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Contact Information:

Chair Co-Chair
Cortney Martin Laura Bryant
544 Whittemore Hall 112A Hillcrest Hall
(540) 230-9366 (540) 231-7568
martinc@vt.edu labryant@vt.edu



2012 Conference