Innovations in Teaching & Learning Conference


2015 Call for Proposals

The Science of Learning: Using Research to Improve Teaching

Friday, September 18, 2015
Johnson Center


Todd Zakrajsek
Dr. Todd Zakrajsek
Associate Professor and Executive Director of the Academy of Educators in the School of Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill
Co-Author, The New Science of Learning (2013)

Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine and the Executive Director of the Academy of Educators in the School of 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. Prior to his work at UNC, he was 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. Dr. Zakrajsek currently directs three National Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning and one International Teaching Conference. He also sits on two educationally related boards and several editorial boards for journals in the area of teaching and learning, including Technology Enhanced Instruction for Microsoft and the Journal of Excellence in College Teaching. Dr. Zakrajsek received his Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Ohio University. Dr. Zakrajsek is an international speaker who is requested regularly for keynote presentations and campus workshops, having published and presented widely on the topic of curriculum design, effective teaching and student learning.

Keynote Speech –¬†The New Science of Learning: How Research is Changing the Way We Teach

Faculty Workshop –¬†Motivation and Engagement in the Classroom: Strategies for Teaching from the Psychology of Learning

Student Session –¬†Understanding How Our Brains Learn: Study Less and Learn More….It is Possible

What does the current research say about how students learn? How does that change, or how could that change, what teaching and learning, looks like for students and faculty? Faculty and graduate students from all ranks and disciplines and members of support offices are invited to share their teaching and learning insights with Mason colleagues.

The CTFE is Accepting Proposals for a Variety of Session Types:

  • Compact sessions will run in one of our 40-minute slots. These sessions are best suited for very focused presentations on pedagogical strategies, research on teaching and learning, etc.
  • Distance education showcases will run in one of our 40-minute slots. Showcases will demonstrate the effectiveness of online courses for engaging student learners.
  • Interactive presentation sessions will run in one of our 90-minute slots. These sessions are ideal for workshops, demonstrations of developing curricula, and/or strategy-sharing sessions open to the teaching community. Frequent, meaningful interaction with the audience is expected for these sessions.<
  • Our Poster session is ideal for presentations on individual assignments, classroom or lab strategies, pedagogical innovations, new classroom technologies, etc. that can be artfully exhibited via an academic poster on another kind of brief, interactive demonstration. The demonstration session will last for 90 minutes, with conference attendees circulating and engaging with presenters.

Sessions may have one or several presenters. They should be of interest and accessible to faculty from a range of departments and disciplines, adaptable to various assignments, and useful for many teachers, from GTAs and new faculty to experienced term, adjunct, and tenure-line faculty.

We especially encourage proposals that address the following themes:
technology-enhanced teaching and learning, teaching in active learning classrooms, designing for engaged learning, strategies for working with international/multilingual students, inquiry and research-based courses, mentoring/advising, strategies for incorporating mindfulness/well-being into learning, and experiential learning

Please submit proposals by Monday, March 23.

You will be asked to include:

  • Choice of session type, session title, and name(s) of presenter(s)
  • 150-200 word abstract describing session
  • Sentence describing what faculty from a range of disciplines will know or be able to do in their own courses after attending your session

Questions? Contact us.