2018 Teaching and Learning Symposium: Inspiring Student Success

The Office of Faculty Development’s 2018 Teaching and Learning Symposium was held on Thursday, February 22 at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center. During this one-day event, over 110 attendees participated in interactive sessions led by award-winning NC State faculty, attended the 2018 ACC Teaching Lecture, and met NC State peers who shared their interest in teaching and learning.

An recap of the Symposium was featured in the March 2018 edition of Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost’s monthly newsletter.

The 2018 Symposium centered on the theme “Inspiring Student Success” and featured:

  • A poster session
  • Eight concurrent sessions facilitated by members of the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers
  • The 2018 ACC Teaching Lecture, delivered by Brett D. Jones, Ph.D. (Professor, Educational Psychology Program, School of Education at Virginia Tech). Dr. Jones’ research includes investigating how students’ beliefs impact their motivation, and examining methods instructors can use to design instructional environments that support students’ motivation and learning. His book Motivating Students by Design: Practical Strategies for Professors (2nd Edition) was a Spring 2018 OFD Reading Circle selection.



To see a PDF of the program for the 2018 Symposium, including a full schedule of events, please click here.

Poster Session

Thirty-three teams of faculty, staff and students presented at the Teaching and Learning Symposium’s poster session. Judges chose from these poster presentations an overall winner and two honorable mentions. They are:

Outstanding Poster:

  • “Teaching Young Science Scholars to Write ‘Unscientifically’” (Nancy Swisher, Lecturer in English as a Second Language, Foreign Languages and Literatures)

Honorable Mentions:

  • “Oh Snap! How Four Thirty-something Librarians Conquered the World’s Most Confusing Social Media App to Revitalize the Library Scavenger Hunt” (David Tully, University Library Technician, NCSU Libraries; Anne Burke, Associate Head, Learning Spaces and Services, NCSU Libraries)
  • “Development and Implementation of Inquiry-based Case Studies in a High-Throughput Discovery Class” (Stefanie Chen, Teaching Postdoctoral Scholar, Biotechnology Program; Carlos C. Goller, Teaching Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences)

Many of the posters are available for viewing on our website.

Concurrent Sessions

All sessions were facilitated by members of the NC State Academy of Outstanding Teachers. For descriptions of the 2018 Concurrent Sessions, please click here.

The 2018 ACC Teaching Lecture

Designing Motivating Courses: Lessons from Jazz Composition

You may not believe that you can apply lessons from jazz composition to courses in disciplines such as history, engineering, or biology. Yet, good jazz compositions have many of the same elements as well-designed college courses. In this presentation, Dr. Jones will apply lessons from jazz composition to college teaching in an effort to help you think about college teaching a little differently. You don’t need to know anything about jazz or music composition to understand this presentation; you just need an open mind and the willingness to listen to some jazz. By the end of the presentation, you will understand the basics of a framework that can help you build on your strengths and shore-up any weaknesses that you may have in motivating and engaging students in learning.
Brett Jones, Associate Professor School of Education (Virginia Tech)

About Dr. Brett D. Jones

Brett D. Jones is a full Professor of Educational Psychology in the School of Education at Virginia Tech. He has held faculty positions as an educational psychologist at Duke University, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP), and Virginia Tech. He has taught 24 different types of courses related to motivation, cognition, and teaching strategies, and has conducted workshops and invited presentations at several universities. His teaching awards include the Teaching Excellence Award for the College of Education at USFSP (2003), the university-wide Undergraduate Teaching Award at USFSP (2003-2004), and the Favorite Faculty award (2007) and the Teacher of the Week award (2013) at Virginia Tech. His research, which includes examining instructional methods that support students’ motivation and learning, has led to more than 80 refereed journal articles, 130 research presentations, several book chapters, and three books. He has received three grants from the National Science Foundation for a total of over $2 million to conduct his research.