The Center for Excellence in Teaching, through professional presentation exchange partnerships developed with other institutions in the greater Boston area, is pleased to offer occasional Focus on Teaching Seminars. These events are led by national experts who happen to live and work in our region; the seminars are often interactive, hands-on, discussion-based opportunities to interact with colleagues and learn about a variety of topics related to college teaching.
Upcoming and Past Focus on Teaching Seminars:
Mindful Brain, Movement and Renewal in Teaching
Monday, February 24, 12:30-2:00pm, Kotzen Center
Guest Speaker: Roben Torosyan, Ph.D., Director of Teaching & Learning, Bridgewater State University
Research shows the harder the work, the greater the need to renew energy. Whether we quiet the brain and rest deeply, or conversely activate the body, embodied practices improve thinking and learning. This session provides an overview of the research behind kinesthetic teaching methods and four neural and conceptual mechanisms of mindfulness. Throughout, participants engage in experiences that include activators, renewal brain breaks, reinforcers, and summarizers that can be used in classroom teaching or facilitation. Gain freedom by broadening your sense of possibilities and building your repertoire of assets, while planning for understandably skeptical responses from others.
About the speaker: Torosyan, Ph.D., has held full-time appointments at Columbia University, Pace University, New School University, Fairfield University, and since 2012 has served as director of teaching and learning at Bridgewater State University. He has facilitated nearly 100 workshops or presentations at conferences and institutions including Harvard, Columbia, and NYU. He teaches courses in philosophy, education, psychology and leadership.
The Lively Discussion: Protocols that Improve Student Learning
Monday, March 24, 1:00-2:30pm, Special Functions Room
Guest Speaker: Dakin Burdick, Ph.D., Director for Teaching Excellence, Endicott College