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Todd Zakrajsek
Todd Zakrajsek
Executive Director, Center for Faculty Excellence
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Teaching for Learning: An Evidence-Based Examination of Key Pedagogical Concepts

Todd Zakrajsek's address will highlight important developments in pedagogical research and suggest approaches for staying current with college teaching and learning literature. He 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. Todd 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.

Kobina Yankson
Kobina Yankson
Directorate of Academic Planning and Quality Assurance
University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Instructional Excellence and Scholarship: Essentials for Effective Teaching in Higher Education

One of the cardinal goals of higher education is to produce functional middle and high level workforce that meet the demands of the job market for socio-economic growth. The training instruction for producing such graduates need to be excellent, but of equal importance is the quality of the skills and knowledge imparted to the learners. This presentation will examine the attributes of excellent instruction and justify the need for it to be supported with scholarship to achieve effective teaching and learning and thereby produce functional graduates. Aspects of the presentation will include the classical mode of instruction in higher education institutions, the need for change, attributes of excellent instruction, scholarship ‾ its relevance for instruction, and a call on higher education institutions to put in place mechanisms that ensure continual growth in pedagogy and scholarship for their faculty.

Professor 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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