SCSU Teaching Academy

You are cordially invited to participate in the 2013 SCSU Teaching Academy on May 13 and 14, 2013. This year's keynote speaker is Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, Associate Professor in the School of Medicine and the Department of Family Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Zakrajsek is the immediate past Executive Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Todd currently directs two Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning and sits on two educationally related boards: ERI for Lenovo Computer and TEI for Microsoft. Dr. Zakrajsek received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Ohio University. He has published and presented widely on the topic of student learning, including workshops and conference keynote addresses in 42 states and 6 countries.

Dr. Zakrajsek's keynote will be addressing "Enhancing Student Learning: Emerging Research and Innovative Strategies." This interactive session is designed to provide evidence about how students learn, show methods to get students involved, and demonstrate relevant applications from pedagogical research. In this session, we will explore how this research pertains directly to students and how to create great opportunities to facilitate their learning. Participants will also have the opportunity to try out some classroom activities designed to increase student engagement.

On May 14, Dr. Zakrajsek will support the third and final year of the Curriculum Innovation Program with a half-day workshop on "Curriculum Design for Significant Learning." A variety of workshops and panel discussions related to pedagogy, scholarship, and technology will be presented by SCSU's outstanding faculty and staff. Participants will be awarded with a $200 stipend, meals and refreshments, and two days of Southern collegiality.

On the afternoon of May 14 (4:15 - 6:00) the Teaching Academy concludes with a Celebration of Teaching Excellence, a wine and cheese social sponsored by the SCSU Foundation. This celebration will honor our J. Philip Smith Outstanding Teaching Award recipients, as well as the recipients of the Technological Teacher of the Year award, the Outstanding Academic Advisor Award, and the Robert Jirsa Award for Outstanding Service. All events take place in the Adanti Student Center.

Forty pre-selected faculty will be participating in the Curriculum Innovation Program (CIP) Retreat, which runs concurrently with the Teaching Academy and continues on May 15. Proposals for the CIP Retreat are due on April 9.The CIP is supported by a grant received from the Davis Educational Foundation.

Faculty participating in the CIP Retreat should read and study Dee Fink's excellent guidebook, "A Self-directed Guide to Designing Courses for Significant Learning." prior to May 14.


Teaching Academy Showcase

A gallery of presentations created by Southern's dynamic faculty from previous Teaching Academies.

In-Class Collaborative Writing Assignments - Deborah Carroll, Psychology (2009). Power Point slideshow.

Peer Pressure, Peer Power: Toward Systematic Collaborative Peer Review in the Writing Classroom - Steven Corbett, English (2009). PDF.

Collaboration and the Wiki Effect - Scott Ellis, English (2008). Power Point slideshow.

Universal Design for Learning and UDL Resources - Adam Goldberg, Elementary Education, and Deborah Newton, Special Education (2009). Power Point slideshow.

Using Graded and Non-Graded Assignments in the Classroom - Shirley Jackson, Sociology (2009). Power Point slideshow.

Reading is STILL Fundamental - Melissa McClain, English (2009). PDF.

Less Time, More Impact: Effective Writing and Revising Strategies -Bob McEachern and Mike Shea, English (2010). 

Using Rubrics to Support Writing Participation - Mike Shea, English (2009). PDF.

The Education Perspective - Andrew Smyth, English (2008). Power Point slideshow.

Building a Successful INQ Course and Taking Study Skills Seriously - Cindy Stretch and Jennifer Guarino, English (2009). PDF.

Learning Communities: Benefits and Challenges - Jessica York, English and FYE (2009). PDF.

Teaching Inclusively - Suzanne Tucker, Disability Resource Center, and Bo Zamfir, Center for Adaptive Technology (2008). Power Point slideshow.