The Teaching Professor Conference Announces Complete Line Up for Annual Higher Ed Teaching and Learning Event

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11th annual conference features plenary sessions by Stephen Brookfield, Kenneth Alford, and Maryellen Weimer.

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This year’s conference program is loaded with engaging and relevant sessions for educators across a wide variety of academic disciplines.

There's a reason why faculty return to The Teaching Professor Conference year after year. For learning the newest ideas about pedagogy, hearing the latest research, collaborating with colleagues, and simply recharging their batteries, it’s a uniquely engaging and revitalizing professional development experience.

Registration is now open for the 11th annual Teaching Professor Conference, May 30-June 1 in Boston.

The three-day conference will bring together nearly 1,000 educators from colleges and universities throughout the United States and Canada. The conference features five preconference workshops, 80 concurrent sessions, and 39 poster sessions. It also includes plenary presentations by three higher education visionaries. The plenary speakers are:

Stephen Brookfield, Ph.D., John Ireland Endowed Chair, University of St. Thomas
Plenary Title: Becoming a Skillful Teacher

Kenneth Alford, Ph.D., associate professor, Brigham Young University
Plenary Title: ‘Here We Are Now, Entertain Us.’ Strategies for Teaching Unprepared Students

Maryellen Weimer, Ph.D., professor emerita, Penn State Berks; editor, The Teaching Professor newsletter
Plenary Title: Answers about Questions and Questions about Answers

“From the opening plenary to the conference adjournment, this year’s conference program is loaded with engaging and relevant sessions for educators across a wide variety of academic disciplines and experience levels,” said Conference Chair Nicki Monahan, faculty facilitator at George Brown College. “Whether it’s your first time or you’re among the many conference alumni, you will appreciate the collegial atmosphere as we share pedagogically effective approaches for improving higher ed teaching and learning. You will leave refreshed and invigorated, brimming with ideas that you can take back to your classroom, lab, or online course.”

The high-quality roster of speakers is a combination of top presenters from the 2013 Teaching Professor Conference who were invited back, and a host of new presenters who were selected by the advisory board following a blind review of session proposals. See the full slate of concurrent sessions.

“This year’s call for proposals resulted in more than 450 submissions, making it the most competitive selection process to date,” said MaryAnn Mlekush, conference manager. “The conference is sure to help educators sharpen existing skills, generate new ideas, and learn proven new strategies for transforming the learning environment.”

About Magna Publications
Founded in 1972, Magna Publications is dedicated to providing high-quality, research-based professional development resources to the higher education community. The company’s growing portfolio of newsletters, online seminars, online courses, and in-person events represent some of the most trusted names in higher education, including: The Teaching Professor, Online Classroom, Academic Leader, Distance Education Report, and Faculty Focus. The company is based in Madison, Wis. Learn more at

About The Teaching Professor:
Magna Publications founded The Teaching Professor in 1987. The goal was simple: create a newsletter that helps college faculty improve their teaching, share best practices, and stay current on the latest pedagogical challenges and trends. Today The Teaching Professor product line includes the newsletter, conferences, workshops, and a blog — all dedicated to the best strategies supported by the latest research for effective teaching in the college classroom. Learn more at

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