Each year in May, the Walker Center for Teaching and Learning hosts their Instructional Excellence Conference. This year’s conference on May 7th-8th featured renowned author and speaker, Dr. Todd Zakrajsek of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The attendance this year was higher than ever before and many of our UTC faculty and guests commented on the helpful teaching strategies they learned from the workshops focused on cognitive load, dynamic lecturing, and active learning. Each year’s audience seems more committed to engaging students and branching out to try new things.
One of our goals in the Walker Center is to help faculty find meaningful professional development throughout the year. By hosting the IE Conference, we have been able to bring in some great speakers, as well as provide a forum for faculty to meet and network with peers and colleagues. This year, we announced the winner of the inaugural Grayson H. Walker Excellence in Teaching Award that went to Tonya Miller of the Department of Interior Architecture and Design. Congratulations, Tonya!