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Workshop on Effective College Teaching Scheduled for March 24-25

The College of Engineering, College of Natural Sciences, and Center for Teaching & Faculty Development are pleased to invite faculty members from UMass Amherst to a workshop that will provide practical tools and strategies to make science and engineering classes more effective. World-renowned education researchers Richard Felder and Rebecca Brent are coming to UMass Amherst to offer their workshop on Effective College Teaching in STEM Disciplines. The workshop will take place all day on Monday, March 24, and all morning on Tuesday, March 25, in the Campus Center Auditorium at UMass Amherst. There is no fee for participants. Seats are limited, so please reserve space now by registering at

Felder is the Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University, and Brent is the president of Education Designs, Inc. of Cary, North Carolina. They have presented more than 600 effective teaching workshops on campuses throughout the United States, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Australia.

To ask any questions, please contact David Ford, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Engineering at or 413-577-1360.

Workshop sessions will provide tools and strategies for faculty members to make their classes more effective. The topics to be addressed include:

·       How do students learn, how do teachers teach, and what goes wrong in the process?

·       How do I plan a course, and what can I do to get my class off to a good start?

·       What do I need to be an effective lecturer?

·       How can I get students actively involved in learning, even if classes are large?

·       How can I assess learning and skill development?

·       How can I design tests that are both rigorous and fair?

·       How can new faculty members become fully effective teachers and researchers?

·       What are common student problems and problem students? How can I deal with them?

Felder has received the R. J. Reynolds Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Extension, the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) Chester F. Carlson Award for innovation in engineering education, the inaugural Global Award for Excellence in Engineering Education from the International Federation of Engineering Education Societies, and the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award in Engineering Education from the ASEE.

Brent has more than 30 years of experience in education and teacher training and holds a Certificate in Evaluation Practice from the Evaluators’ Institute of George Washington University. Prior to her work as a consultant and teacher trainer, she was an Associate Professor of Education at East Carolina University. She has published approximately 100 articles on topics related to teacher training and evaluation of educational programs. (February 2014)