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2011 Centennial Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

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December 13, 2011
Presentation Materials available
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October 13, 2011
Presentation Program available
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August 15, 2011
Call for Proposals Deadline Extended!
New deadline for proposals is Monday, September 5th

July 1, 2011
Symposium Keynotes Announced
for the 2011 Centennial Symposium include Stephen Brookfield, Stephen Chew, and Kathy Takayama

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June 21, 2011
Registration open
for the 2011 Centennial Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

2011
Call for Proposals
for the 2011 Centennial Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning

Keynote Presentations

We are pleased and honored to have three distinguished keynote speakers for the 2011 Centennial Symposium on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning.

Dr. Stephen D. Brookfield
Distinguished University Professor, University of St. Thomas
Dr. Stephen D. Brookfield

Since beginning his teaching career in 1970, Stephen Brookfield has worked in England, Canada, Australia, and the United States, teaching in a variety of college settings. He has written fourteen books on adult learning, teaching, critical thinking, discussion methods and critical theory, four of which have won the Cyril O. Houle World Award for Literature in Adult Education (in 1986, 1989, 1996 and 2005). He also won the 1986 Imogene Okes Award for Outstanding Research in Adult Education. His work has been translated into German, Korean, Finnish, Chinese, and Japanese. In 1991, he was awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree from the University System of New Hampshire for his contributions to understanding adult learning. In 2001, he received the Leadership Award from the Association for Continuing Higher Education (ACHE) for "extraordinary contributions to the general field of continuing education on a national and international level." In 2008 he was awarded the Morris T. Keeton Award of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning for "significant contributions to the field of adult and experiential learning." He currently serves on the editorial boards of educational journals in Britain, Canada and Australia, as well as in the United States. During 2002, he was a Visiting Professor at Harvard University. In 2003, he was awarded an honorary doctor of letters degree from Concordia University (St. Paul). After 10 years as a Professor of Higher and Adult Education at Columbia University in New York, he now holds the title of Distinguished University Professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota where he recently won the university's Diversity Leadership Teaching & Research Award and also the John Ireland Presidential Award for Outstanding Achievement as a Teacher/Scholar. In 2008 he also received the Morris T. Keeton Award of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning for his outstanding contributions to adult and experiential learning. In 2009 he was inducted into the international Adult Education Hall of Fame.

Stephen L. Chew
Professor and Chair of Psychology at Samford University
Stephen L. Chew

Stephen L. Chew has been a professor and chair of psychology at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama since 1993. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Texas and his Ph.D. in experimental psychology from the University of Minnesota. He was selected as a Carnegie Scholar in 1998 as part of the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CASTL). His research interests include the use of examples in teaching, the tenacious misconceptions that students bring with them into the classroom, and the impact of cognitive load on learning. Most recently he has been developing ways to improve student performance by correcting faulty or counterproductive beliefs that students possess about how they learn.

Chew received the Buchanan Award for Classroom Teaching Excellence from Samford in 1999 and was named the Professor of the Year for Alabama by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in 2001. In 2005 he received the Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award from the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He has been a keynote speaker and workshop leader at numerous conferences on teaching in general and on the teaching of psychology in particular.

Kathy Takayama
Director of the Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning, Brown University
Kathy Takayama

Kathy Takayama holds a B.S. in Biology from MIT, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from UMDNJ–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (formerly Rutgers Medical School). She was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1994 she moved down under to the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia as an Australian Research Council Senior Research Associate. Her research interests have focused on how RNA processing mechanisms control the regulation of gene expression in a wide variety of biological systems, including frogs (Xenopus), viruses, and bacteria. Kathy became a faculty member of the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences at UNSW in 2001, where she continued to investigate how RNA processing controlled bacterial stress responses; at the same time, she developed an active research program in science education and the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL). In 2007, she joined the Sheridan Center as the Associate Director for Life & Physical Sciences, and was appointed Director of the Center in 2010.

Kathy’s commitment to teaching and her work in the scholarship of teaching and learning have been recognized nationally and internationally. She was a Carnegie Scholar from 2003 – 2004, and is a recipient of the David White Award for Excellence in Teaching (Australian Society for Microbiology), the Australian College of Educators Teaching Award, and the University of New South Wales Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence. She is a founding member of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and served as the Society’s first Regional Vice President (Australasia). She was elected to Chair the 4th ISSOTL Conference in Sydney in 2007. She has delivered keynotes on her work in visualizations and learning in the sciences; collaborative online communities, the integration of art + science in teaching; and interdisciplinary pedagogies in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Her arts-science collaboration with Sydney-based sculptor John Nicholson (“The Symbiotic Bacterial Light Project: Luxcorp”) has been exhibited at the Canberra Contemporary Arts Space gallery in Australia’s capital city and was featured in the journal Nature. Kathy serves on the Steering Committee of the National Science Foundation Biology Scholars Program, and Co-Chairs the NSF Biology Scholars SoTL Transitions Residency. In 2008 she was named National Academies Education Fellow in the Life Sciences by the National Research Council. She serves on the Editorial Board of the International Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and is the Research Editor for the Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education. In 2011, she received a grant for the Sheridan Center (in collaboration with Dartmouth’s Center for the Advancement of Learning) from the Teagle Foundation to engage faculty and departments in developing evidence-based courses and curricula to enhance student learning.

For more information please contact the Institute for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at sotlinstitute@mtroyal.ca or 403.440.5503