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PACE Hosts Conference To Enhance University Teaching, Learning

Aug. 8, 2018
SHSU Media Contact: Hannah Haney

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Sam Houston State University’s 15th Annual Teaching and Learning Conference will take place on Aug. 16, from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Building and the Lowman Student Center.

The all-day event is hosted by the Professional and Academic Center for Excellence and supported this year by the Office of Graduate Studies, since it includes a focus on graduate-level teaching and learning. 

“The goal of this annual event, held a week before the fall semester begins, is to equip faculty and graduate student instructors with evidence-based practices to improve their teaching, and therefore improve student learning,” Todd Primm PACE director said. “It is evolving into a regional conference, hosting participants from nearby institutions of higher education.”

All teaching instructors including, tenure-track faculty, adjunct and clinical faculty, graduate teaching assistants, and other teaching staff are invited to attend. The event is expected to host over 200 attendees including not only faculty from SHSU, but also at least three other institutions; Lone Star College, the University of Houston and Lamar University.

The event will feature a keynote speech by national expert, Claire Howell Major. She is a researcher on higher education and professor at the University of Alabama. She has written multiple books on teaching methods, learning, and how to perform effective educational research. The keynote will be followed by a variety of roundtable discussions and breakout sessions led by SHSU faculty, staff and guest presenters.

Concurrent Session A will begin at 10:30 and will offer six sessions for attendees to join. Topics such as active learning techniques, immersive role playing in undergraduate instruction, engaging content delivery, human-centered curriculum design, and graduate education will be covered.

At 11:30, lunch will be provided during a panel discussion surrounding graduate teaching and mentoring. Concurrent Session B will then begin at 1:15 and will offer sessions about high impact research for undergraduates, effective course design, inquiry-based learning in mathematics, and utilizing academic success center resources. 

Session C offers lectures on topics such as looking at student motivation, client-based projects in a large writing classroom, and team-based learning at 2:15. 

The afternoon will conclude with a wrap-up session from Major, followed by door prizes and giveaways at 3:15 to 4:00 p.m.

To register, or for more information visit here.

 

 

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