SLHRD Instructor Brings New Teaching Strategies Back from Education Conference


Charles Beard, an instructor in the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development (SLHRD), attended the 2016 International Education Conference in New Orleans from March 6, 2016-March 10, 2016.

The conference, hosted by the Clute Institute, promotes excellence in academic business and education research. Beard said he learned exciting and innovative teaching and learning strategies, and he plans on implementing many into his own teachings at SLHRD.

Beard said one of the most impactful presentations was “Using Motivation Theory to Improve your Syllabus and Enhance your Student Evaluations” by Stephanie Slater.

“The presentation focused on diversity and inclusive course policies,” he said. “For example, we reflected on the priorities of various groups of nontraditional students and learned how to design an excused absence policy that reflects their priorities. This is information I’ll consider when creating my fall syllabi.”

SLHRD director Reid Bates said the faculty is thrilled when members of the team bring new practices back to the school.

“The team is proud of Charles for taking the initiative to strengthen the school’s curriculum and focus on human resource and organization development,” Bates said. “I encourage all of our faculty to attend conferences such as the Education Conference so we can continue our professional education and better prepare our students for the changing world of human development.”

The conference featured a keynote by Timothy F. Slater, an endowed professor at the University of Wyoming, titled “Finding Time to Do It: New Lessons in Time Management for Busy Faculty.” The speech focused on balancing the whirlwind of work with personal creativity and a healthy home life, something that all college faculty members should prioritize, Beard said.


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