Texas Tech University

The John M. Burns Conference on The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning


Register here for the 2021 John M. Burns Conference!

*Please note: this year's conference is virtual and Zoom links are available on the registration website.

Featuring Dr. Noah Finkelstein

Thursday, September 30th

3:30-5:00 pm
Keynote Session: Advancing Scholarly Teaching Practices and Evaluation of Teaching
Decades of research and scholarship provide us essential tools for enhancing our teaching, improving our evaluations of teaching, and implementing these approaches.  This interactive talk will build on theories of teaching, learning, and institutional change to argue for and share the results of change initiatives that advance our educational mission.

Friday, October 1st

10:30 am-12:00 pm
Workshop: Making Change Happen: Transforming the Evaluation of Teaching
This working session will review materials and approaches that build on longstanding work to advance teaching evaluation in higher education.  We will review a synthetic framework that defines categories of quality practice, consider forms of evidence collected from students, peers, and self-review, and approaches for implementation.

About Dr. Noah Finkelstein

Noah Finkelstein

Noah Finkelstein is a Professor of Physics at the University of Colorado Boulder and conducts research is in physics education. He serves as a PI of the Physics Education Research (PER) group at Colorado and is also a co-Director Center for STEM Learning on campus, which has served as one of eight national demonstration sites for the Association of American Universities (AAU) STEM Education Initiative. He co-directs the national Network of STEM Education Centers.
Finkelstein's research focuses on studying the conditions that support students' interest and ability in physics – developing models of context. These research projects range from the specifics of student learning particular concepts to the departmental and institutional scales of sustainable educational transformation.  His research has resulted in over 150 publications.
He is increasingly involved in education policy. He has testified before the US Congress on the state of STEM education at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He serves on many national boards including chairing both the American Physical Society's Committee on Education and PER Topical Group. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Higher Learning Commission, is a Technical Advisor to the AAU, sits on the National Academies' Roundtable on STEM education, and is very involved in the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities' efforts in STEM education. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and a Presidential Teaching Scholar, and the inaugural Timmerhaus Teaching Ambassador for the University of Colorado system. 

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