Eastern Michigan to host national scholarship, teaching academy May 18-19

by Pamela Young, Published May 13, 2009

YPSILANTI —Eastern Michigan University will host the first Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SOTL) Academy May 18-19, at EMU’s Student Center. The conference will provide a forum for presenting new SOTL work and its role within the academy.

The keynote speakers are Peter Seldin, distinguished professor of management emeritus at Pace University, and Richard Gale, visiting scholar at Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, and at Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta.

Seldin’s presentation is entitled, “The Craft of Teaching: Myths. Evaluation, Improvement.” He has been a consultant on higher education issues to more than 350 colleges and universities throughout the United States and in 45 countries.

Gale will present, “Asking Questions that Matter: Towards a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning for Intention, Influence and Impact.”  He formerly served as senior scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Other presentations will include:

  • A College Teacher’s Experience with the Greatest Technology in the World;
  • International Education for Future Teachers: A Study of Student Teachers’ Personal and Professional Knowledge and Skills Development Abroad;
  • The Secret Life (Hidden Rules) of Assessment: Seeds of Change;
  • Rigorous Games, Serious Outcomes: “Reacting to the Past” Games, Retention and Engagement;
  • Student Incivility in the Classroom; and
  • The Impact of Web Homework Use in Calculus II.

For more information, contact Jeffrey Bernstein, 734.487.6970, SOTL_jeff@emich.edu, or Sarah Ginsberg, 734.487.7120 ex. 2672 or SOTL_sarah@emich.edu

Pamela Young

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