The Office of Faculty Development’s 2012 Teaching and Learning Symposium was held on Wednesday, April 4 at Talley Student Center.
The 2012 Symposium featured:
- A poster session
- A keynote lecture, delivered by Dr. James E. Zull
- The 2012 Teaching Awards Ceremony and Reception
To see a PDF of the program for the 2012 Symposium, including a full schedule of events, please click here.
Thirteen teams of faculty, staff and students presented at the Teaching and Learning Symposium’s poster session.
Keynote Address: The Art of Changing the Brain
Dr. Zull will describe research demonstrating physical change in human brain upon learning. This change is observed in the cerebral cortex, and consists both of increased and decreased cellular density. These observations suggest that learning can occur both with increased knowledge content (complexity), and with elimination of content that is not useful (efficiency). Educators can create conditions where both kinds of change occur, and the rest of the seminar outlines four factors that contribute to this change.Skillful use of these factors remains an “art,” hence the title of the talk.
About Dr. James E. Zull
James E. Zull is Professor of Biochemistry, Biology, and Cognitive Science at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) in Cleveland, Ohio. He is also Founding Director Emeritus of the University Center for Innovation in Teaching and Education (UCITE.) He received his doctorate in 1966 from the University of Wisconsin and has published over 60 papers in biochemistry journals and has also written two books for educators: The Art of Changing the Brain and From Brain to Mind. He has continued to teach through his 45 year career and has been nominated for numerous teaching awards. In 2001 he received a “teacher of the year” award from the Greek Organizations at CWRU. Zull has five children and two grandchildren and lives with his wife, Susan, in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.
2012 Teaching Awards Ceremony and Luncheon
NC State honored over thirty faculty members at the 2011-2012 Teaching Awards Ceremony and Luncheon.