2012 Cross-Faculty Teaching Forum
Engaged Teaching | Engaged Learning
with Maryellen Weimer
Engagement has become one of those buzz words in higher education. What does it mean when students are engaged? “We want students to share our enthusiasm for our academic discipline and find our courses so compelling that they willingly, in fact enthusiastically, devote their hearts and minds to the learning process.” (Barkley, 2010, p.5) That description from a book on student engagement sets a high but not impossible standard. The key to achieving it rests in part on the level of faculty engagement with the content, with students, and with learning. Join us for a conversation that explores teaching that engages students and teachers in the learning process.
*Barkley, E. (2010). Student engagement techniques: A handbook for college faculty. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
In 2007 MARYELLEN WEIMER retired from Penn State as a Professor Emeritus of Teaching and Learning. For the last 13 years of her career at Penn State she taught communication courses, first year seminars and other courses for business students at one of Penn State’s regional campus colleges. In 2005 she won Penn State’s Milton S. Eisenhower award for distinguished teaching.
Before returning to full-time teaching, Dr. Weimer was the Associate Director of the National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning and Assessment, a five year, $5.9 million, U. S. Department of Education research and development center. The Center, a consortium of six universities, was part of the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Penn State University where Dr. Weimer was a senior research associate.
Dr. Weimer has a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Penn State which she received in 1981. For the next ten years she directed Penn State’s Instructional Development Program.
Dr. Weimer has numerous publications including articles in referred journals, book chapters, books reviews, and service on the editorial boards of journals. She has consulted with over 500 colleges and universities on instructional issues. Dr. Weimer regularly keynotes national meetings and regional conferences.
Since 1987 she has edited the Teaching Professor, a monthly newsletter on college teaching with 15,000 subscribers. She edited or authored eight books including a 1990 book on faculty development, a 1993 book on teaching for new faculty, and a 1995 anthology edited with Robert Menges, Teaching on Solid Ground. She was primary author of a Kendall-Hunt publication, Teaching Tools, a collection of collaborative, active and inquiry-based approaches to be used in conjunction with Biological Perspectives, an NSF-funded introductory biology text, created by Biological Sciences Curriculum Studies (BSCS). In 2002 Jossey-Bass published her book, Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice which has sold more than 25,000 copies. Her book, Enhancing Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning, was released in February 2006 and she her most book, Inspired College Teaching: A Career-Long Resource for Professional Growth was released by Jossey-Bass in March, 2010.