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The Interlink Alliance to host faculty development conference March 9-10

The Interlink Alliance will host its second faculty development conference, "Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century," March 9-10 on the campus of North Carolina Central University in Durham, N.C.

Conference organizers have issued a call for proposals to faculty who wish to share their experiences, best practices and research. Desired outcomes include:

1. Sharing of best practices in teaching and learning for the 21st Century
2. Discussion of research on teaching and learning processes
3. Networking and establishing relationships with faculty from other Interlink Alliance campuses

Ohio University Interlink Alliance Director Tyrone M. Carr discussed the importance of the conference.

"I'm very excited about this professional conference because it is an opportunity to showcase the faculty talents from all of the member institutions," he said. "Events like this are integral as we continue to build meaningful partnerships between the universities."

Janice Harper, assistant vice chancellor for university programs at North Carolina Central University, spoke about the importance of the conference.

"This will be a wonderful opportunity for faculty to network with colleagues and develop ideas for improving student learning, future research, grant writing and other scholarly activities," Harper said. "The participants will have an opportunity to interact with presenters who will discuss topics such as the latest developments in using technology in the classroom, distance education and teachers as leaders."

The central purpose of The Interlink Alliance is the development and preparation of African-American students to learn, live and lead in the 21st century. Member institutions work cooperatively in three key areas: faculty development, student leadership and an African-American male/female initiative that engages and motivates prospective college students as early as middle school.

Other desired outcomes of The Interlink Alliance are increasing the number of students earning graduate degrees, increasing campus diversity at all institutions, and sponsoring faculty and student exchanges that foster deeper understanding of cultural perspectives on educational policies, laws and resources.

Members of The Interlink Alliance include: Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio; Hampton University; Johnson C. Smith University; North Carolina Central University; Ohio University; South Carolina State University; Spelman College; Virginia State University; and Wilberforce University.

To find out more information about the conference, visit
http://www.nccu.edu/conferences/interlinkAlliance/conferenceTracks.cfm or contact Tyrone M. Carr at 740-597-1900 or carrt@ohio.edu.