2015 Effective College Teaching Workshop

Event Date: February 4, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM
Location: TBD
Contact Name: Marsha Freeland
Contact Phone: 765-494-5349
Contact Email:
Open To: Invitation
This workshop provides tools and strategies for college instructors to make their classes more effective

Presented by:

Richard M. Felder
Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering
North Carolina State University
Rebecca Brent
President, Education Designs, Inc.
Cary, North Carolina


February 3, 2015 - 8:30am - 4:30pm - and -
February 4, 2015 - 8:30am - 12:00 noon

This workshop provides tools and strategies for college instructors to make their classes more effective. Topics addressed include the following:

How should I plan a course? How can I get it off to a good start?
  • What do I need to do to be an effective educator?
  • How can I get students actively involved in learning, even if there are 200 in the class?
  • How can new faculty members become fully effective in teaching and productive in research in 1–2 years instead of the usual 4–5 years?
Last fall, the College of Engineering faculty who participated gave the workshop excellent evaluations. Some examples of what they said are:
  • "Enthusiastic, practical, straightforward, fun!"
  • "This workshop is excellent and a great motivator to refresh our teaching - a renewal experience."
  • "This class made me excited to start teaching and designing effective classes!! Thanks!"
  • "I think it was great and I learned a lot. I am also inspired to do things differently in class."
Richard M. Felder, Ph.D., is Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina. He is coauthor of Elementary Principles of Chemical Processes, which has been used internationally as the text for the introductory chemical engineering course for over three decades, and he has authored or coauthored over 300 articles on chemical process engineering and engineering and science education. His honors include the R.J. Reynolds Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Extension, the ASEE Chester F. Carlson Award for innovation in engineering education, the ASEE Chemical Engineering Division Lifetime Achievement Award for Pedagogical Scholarship, and the inaugural Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education from the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies. Most of his publications can be viewed at <>.
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Rebecca Brent is President of Education Designs, Inc., a consulting firm in Cary, North Carolina. She has 30 years of experience in education and teacher training, and holds a Certificate in Evaluation Practice from the Evaluators’ Institute at George Washington University. Her specialties include staff development in engineering and the sciences, teacher preparation, evaluation of educational programs at both precollege and college levels, and classroom uses of instructional technology, topics on which she has published roughly 100 articles. Prior to her work in consulting, she was an Associate Professor of Education at East Carolina University. She received a Research Article Award from the Organization of Teacher Educators in Reading and the East Carolina Alumni Association Teaching Excellence Award.
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Separately and together, Drs. Felder and Brent have presented well over 600 workshops and seminars on effective teaching, course design, mentoring and supporting new faculty members, and faculty development in science and technology on campuses throughout the United States and in Europe, Asia, South America, South Africa, and Australia. They co-direct and facilitate the annual National Effective Teaching Institute under the auspices of the American Society for Engineering Education.