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Faculty Development Seminar planned at Lamar University

Christy Price, a nationally known expert on faculty development, will present two interactive faculty development sessions on Thursday and Friday at Lamar University in a visit sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement as part of the university’s ongoing Quality Enhancement Plan.

Price, Dalton State College professor of psychology, has been heavily involved with the college’s “Retention, Progression, and Graduation” initiative. She has provided leadership in faculty development workshops in Georgia, and she frequently presents at statewide and national conferences on the topic of “Motivating and Engaging Millennial Students.”

Sessions for Lamar University faculty members will be offered from 2-5 p.m. Thursday in the Cardinal Club Room of the Montagne Center and 1-2:30 p.m. in the Spindletop Room of the Mary and John Gray Library.

In her first session, “Engaging Millennial Learners,” she will focus on the factors that influence student motivation and desire to learn. She will explain how teachers can create learning environments that are linked to and supportive of the current student culture. The participatory session will offer a brief review of the current literature including research findings from Price's work.

Her second session entitled “Extreme Arousal 2.0! Creating  ‘I Don't Want to Miss a Moment of This!’ Learning Environments” focuses on student apathy and disinterest, and answers the question of whether courses and professors can inspire students to attend and engage. The answer is yes. Some influences are beyond the professor’s control, but research in educational psychology suggests professors can do things to increase students’ willingness to attend class, their ability to maintain interest and their desire to learn. Throughout the interactive workshop, participants will be encouraged to reflect on the learning environments they create. Digitized video clips of student interviews will convey practical steps faculty can take to increase student motivation, interest and desire to learn.

Research suggests that teachers should facilitate an educational experience in which learning is active, not passive,” said Price. “I use a variety of methods and engage students with techniques such as brief digitized video clips, application exercises, case studies, group activities, demonstrations, role plays, computer simulations, online review games and utilization of a classroom response system.”

Price was named the 2010 Georgia Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). She has taught at Dalton State for more than 18 years and was selected from more than 300 top professors in the United States who were nominated for recognition through the U.S. Professors of the Year Awards Program. In 2009, Price was named one of the top 10 “Outstanding First-Year Student Advocates” nationwide by the National Resource Center for The First-Year Experience and Students in Transition. In 2008, she was awarded the prestigious 2008 Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents for two-year and state colleges, and in 2007, she received the DSC Foundation Award for Teaching Excellence.

Price’s visit is part of ongoing efforts by the Center for Teaching and Learning Enhancement, which will continue with Timothy McNicholl’s faculty development workshop from 2-3:30 p.m. March 27. The center supports all members of the LU teaching community in their instructional endeavors by providing a range of enhancement services to promote a deeper understanding of the scholarship of teaching and learning. For more information on all center initiatives, visit https://sacs.lamar.edu/ctle/.