RoTL Summit 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016 to Saturday, October 15, 2016

Since 1993, thousands of educators in colleges and universities from across the country and globe have participated in this interdisciplinary conference to discuss and share experiences and innovative teaching techniques. The Summit offers concurrent sessions on cutting-edge issues in pedagogy and student learning in a relaxed, congenial atmosphere. There are also opportunities for participants to network with fellow educators. Participants report that they have learned many new ideas they were able to bring back to campus, and that they have been energized by interacting with a collegial community of educators invested in excellent teaching.

Pre Conference Workshop

Moving Your SoTL Projects Forward 

This workshop will provide practical suggestions for faculty at any stage of the SoTL research process, from generating initial ideas to presenting or publishing the research. Learn More

Keynote Speakers

  • Todd Zakrajsek, Ph.D.

  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • Todd D. Zakrajsek is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he also serves as the Associate Director of Fellowship Programs. In addition to his work at UNC, Todd serves on several boards: Journal of Excellence in College Teaching; Journal on Centers for Teaching and Learning; International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; Higher Education Teaching Learning Portal; Education Research Initiative (Lenovo Computer); Technology Enriched Instruction (Microsoft); and Communicating Science in K-12. Todd is also serving a three-year term as an elected core committee member for the Professional Organizational Developers Network. His current academic work and publications pertain to faculty development, effective instructional strategies, and student learning. His two most recent books include The New Science of Learning (co-authored with Terry Doyle; Stylus; 2013) and Teaching for Learning (co-authored with Claire Major and Michael Harris, Routledge Publishing; 2015). Todd has delivered keynote addresses and workshops at over 200 campuses and teaching conferences.

  • Beth M. Schwartz, Ph.D.

  • Heidelberg University

  • Beth M. Schwartz is Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, and Professor of Psychology at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, OH. Prior to Heidelberg, Beth was on the faculty for 24 years and served as the Assistant Dean of the College and Thoresen Professor of Psychology at Randolph College in Lynchburg, VA. She is a fellow of the American Psychological Association, a member of the Association for Psychological Science, and serves on the Executive Committee of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology. Beth was recognized for her teaching and scholarship at Randolph with the Gillie A. Larew Excellence in Teaching award, and the Davidson Excellence in Scholarship award. In addition to numerous presentations and workshops, her recent publications include articles in the Journal of Higher Education, and in Ethics & Behavior. Dr. Schwartz continues her SoTL, including two edited volumes titled Evidenced-Based Tools and Techniques for University Teaching, and Using SoTL to Enhance Your Academic Position, and a co-authored book titled, Optimizing Teaching and Learning: Practicing Pedagogical Research. In addition to her current research program on academic integrity, her scholarship also includes a series of books published by Sage focused on the intricacies of APA style, research design, statistics, and presentations.