Thank you to all who participated in the 5th Annual Scholarship for Teaching and Learning Conference, held on May 18th, 2012. This professional development conference is devoted to conducting and publishing research on teaching and learning.
Keynote speaker was Derek Bruff.
Derek Bruff is an assistant director at the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching and a senior lecturer in the Vanderbilt Department of Mathematics. Through individual consultations, workshops, orientations, and other programming, he helps faculty and teaching assistants develop and refine their teaching skills, deepen their understanding of the teaching and learning process, and take a more scholarly approach to their teaching. In his own mathematics teaching, he emphasizes conceptual understanding of computational techniques, uses technology to increase student engagement during class, and investigates how students in his particular teaching context best learn. His research interests include effective uses of classroom response systems ("clickers"), the role of pre-class reading assignments in mathematics courses, the role of teaching in the academic hiring process, and, in his home discipline of mathematics, adapting traditional wavelet methods to nonuniform settings.
More information on the keynote address, breakout sessions, and the conference capstone can be found in the 2012 Conference Program below.