NKU taps faculty lead Aug. 17 conference
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Wednesday - August 10, 2011
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HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Northern Kentucky University is organizing a professional development conference for its faculty to share best teaching practices and discuss education issues with their campus colleagues.
The all-day conference, titled "Meet, Greet and Grab a Seat: Sharing Best Practice in Teaching," is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 17, at NKU's METS Center for Corporate Learning in Erlanger (3861 Olympic Blvd.).
Dr. Alar Lipping, president of the NKU Faculty Senate, is a member of the planning committee for the conference, which will be held five days before fall classes begin.
Lipping recalls a similar conference on teaching and learning being held on campus in 1989. He said professional development conferences since then have largely focused on using technology in the classroom, but this one will be different.
"It's just to have an opportunity for faculty from different disciplines to interact with each other and share ideas," he said. "We have a lot of good faculty who are hired as consultants at public schools and are doing cutting edge stuff on teaching and learning. So why not use the expertise of our own faculty."
The lone guest speaker at the conference will be Vincent Tinto, a Syracuse University professor who has done research and written extensively on higher education. Tinto's latest book, "Promoting Student Success in College" will be released this fall. His conference-opening keynote is titled "Student Success Does Not Arise By Chance."
"He's kind of like a charismatic character at conferences to come and talk about teaching," Lipping said of Tinto. "Several faculty members have seen him at conferences and felt that he would be a real dynamic person."
All of the other speakers and presenters at the conference will be members of the NKU faculty. The day's schedule will be broken into five 55-minute sessions. During each session, there will be multiple presentations that participants can choose to attend.
Some of the presentation topics are: Embracing Diversity in the Classroom; Award-Winning Faculty Share Their Secrets; Ensuring a Positive Learning Environment; Teaching in the Online World; Strategies for Engaging Students in the Learning Process; Facilitating Classroom Discussion; and Creative Ways To Evaluate Teaching.
During each session, Tinto will be available for one-on-one or small group consultation. There will also be table-top discussions where NKU faculty members can share their thoughts on different educational topics.
Carole Beere, chairperson of the planning committee, said the conference is designed to give faculty members "new ideas they can implement with their students and motivate everyone to do their best work."
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