Thursday May 23
8:30am – 5:00pm

Bello Grand Hall 

The Division of Academic Affairs at Bryant University invites your participation in the 2nd Annual Summit on Teaching and Learning on Thursday, May 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The day will include presentations by Bryant faculty, a keynote and workshop by award winning educator Claire Major Howell, and opportunities for round-table discussions on important topics in our teaching community. The objective of the Summit is to bring faculty together to share information, collaborate, design, and develop approaches and best practices in support of innovative teaching. It is also an opportunity for faculty in different disciplines to exchange ideas, develop collaborations, and maintain a dynamic and innovative teaching climate. Join your Bryant colleagues for a full day experience focused on student learning and teaching innovation!

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Program Information

Breakfast will begin at 8:30am with morning sessions starting immediately following a welcome message and introductions. One of the morning sessions will include a presentation on Virtual Reality in the Curriculum, led by Emory Craig of New Rochelle College.We’ll break for lunch at noon and be back in our seats for our keynote address from Claire Major at 12:45pm. For the remainder of the afternoon, we’ll have several more sessions including a session on Online Learning, and a discussion on Classroom Challenges led by Dr. Kevin Martins

Download the full program and abstracts here.  

Keynote Address by Dr. Claire Howell Major

Terms of engagement: Promoting student engagement and active learning in the college classroom

Recent research on motivation and learning indicates that for students to be successful, they have to value learning, they have to expect to succeed, and they have to be active participants in their learning. In this session, Professor Major will describe the cognitive principles of learning that foster student engagement. She will also identify active learning techniques for promoting it. Participants will learn about practical strategies for creating a course that fosters sustained attention and elicits students’ best work in various teaching contexts.


Claire Howell Major, Ph.D. is a Professor of Higher Education at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

Major has extensive teaching experience in higher education.  She teaches masters and doctoral level courses in the Higher Education Administration program. She most often teaches courses on college teaching, technology in higher education, and reading research in the field of higher education.

Major’s research interests are in the areas of faculty work, pedagogical approaches, technology for teaching, and online learning. She also focuses on issues of higher education in popular culture and higher education as a field of study. She typically draws on qualitative methods to answer her research questions. She has authored and co-authored several books, including Learning Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (with Elizabeth Barkley published by Jossey-Bass), Online learning: A guide to theory, research, and practice (published by Johns Hopkins University Press), and Collaborative learning techniques: A handbook for college faculty (second education, with Elizabeth Barkley and Pat Cross, published by Jossey-Bass). She has also published books on qualitative research methods. 

Major holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from The University of Georgia, an M.A. in English from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a B.A. in English from the University of South Alabama.