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Author of 'What the Best College Teachers Do' to keynote teaching and learning conference at NU

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Wed, Dec 2nd 2015 03:00 pm

Niagara University's 15th annual conference on teaching and learning will take place Jan. 11-12, 2016.

Serving as keynote speaker of the conference is Dr. Ken Bain, author of "What the Best College Teachers Do," and its sequel, "What the Best College Students Do." Both books are top-selling treatises on higher education and winners of the Virginia and Warren Stone Prize for an outstanding book on education and society.

Bain, now president of the Best Teachers Institute, spent much of his academic career at Vanderbilt University, Northwestern University, New York University and the University of the District of Columbia He was the founding director of four major teaching and learning centers: the Center for Teaching Excellence at New York University, the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence at Northwestern University, the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University, and the Research Academy for University Learning at Montclair University.

"What the Best College Teachers Do" has been translated into 12 languages and was the subject of an award-winning television documentary series in 2007.

Bain has won four major teaching awards, including a Teacher of the Year award, faculty nomination for the Minnie Piper Foundation Award for outstanding college teacher in Texas in 1980 and 1981, and Honors Professor of the Year awards in 1985 and 1986. A 1990 national publication named him one of the best teachers in the U.S. He has also received honors from the Harry S Truman Library, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, the Ford Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the International Studies Association.

Niagara University's committee on college teaching and learning is coordinating the conference.

Registration is $40 for the Monday program, $55 for the Tuesday program, or $75 for both. The deadline to register is Dec. 19.

For registration information, call 716-286-7357, email [email protected], or visit www.niagara.edu/conference-information.

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