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February 02, 2016 : Teaching Excellence Series Kicks Off Spring Semester Schedule


Lancaster, Ohio, February 2, 2016 - Instructional Librarian Paul Clayton Campbell and Mark Nevin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, listened to the faculty at Ohio University Lancaster who desired an informal outlet for pedagogical discourse.  The pair began a collaboration to develop what is now the Teaching Excellence Series to fill that need.



With 4 seminars scheduled throughout the semester, the Teaching Excellence Series is a forum for faculty to present and discuss pedagogical development, reflective teaching, and overcoming challenges in the classroom.


“Dr. Nevin and I really wanted to show that many teaching styles and strategies are able to be adapted to different disciplines,” Campbell said. Adding, “It really is the faculty teaching the faculty and helps break down those traditional academic silos.”


The series kicked off its spring semester schedule in January with Associate Professor Christine Wolfe’s  "Using PowerPoint to Generate Course Content,” a hands-on workshop for creating effective teaching slides and to create stand-alone lessons for online and flipped classes as well as dynamic illustration in a classroom.


February’s  workshop features Candice Thomas-Maddox, Ed.D. demonstrating two new resources to engage students and assist them in creating an online profile to showcase their academic work in her workshop “’Plicking’ their Attention & ‘Seelio’ You Online: Free Tech Resources to Engage & Prepare Students.” This workshop will be held in the Brasee Hall 301, 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, February 17.


Scott Minar, Ph.D. “The Big Revamp: Starting Over, Sort Of” features a case study of teaching challenges and difficulties along with options for managing instructional effectiveness. The seminar will be held 3:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 16 in Brasee Hall 301.


Completing the spring semester series is Ping-Yuan Wang, Ph.D., with “Tackling, Accepting, and Learning from Teaching Mistakes." This workshop will be held at 3:30 pm, Wednesday, April 20th in Herrold Hall room 201 and presents the highlights of the 2015 Original Lilly Conference with a focus on the benefits of reflecting upon and learning from less-successful teaching moments.


The Series was founded in the fall of 2015. For additional details on the Teaching Excellence Series, contact Paul Clayton Campbell at or Dr. Mark Nevin at