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Center for Teaching Excellence presents second-annual teaching symposium

By Chris Horn, University Magazine Group,, 803-777-3687 

The Center for Teaching Excellence plans to serve a full plate of best-practices and teaching tips Oct. 12 at the second-annual Oktoberbest: A Symposium on Teaching that’s open to faculty across the system. 

In addition to presentations by USC faculty, the symposium will feature a keynote address, “Why Students Don’t Learn What We Think We Teach,” by Robert A. Duke, a professor of music and human learning at the University of Texas at Austin. 

The symposium will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library, adjacent to the Thomas Cooper Library. Faculty will present on student engagement, best uses of technology and other effective or innovative strategies used in teaching. For more information about Oktoberbest, visit . 

Now in its sixth year, the center has a full complement of workshops planned for the 2012-13 academic year and, soon, will have a new director. Jed Lyons, the center’s first faculty director, has returned to the College of Engineering and Computing to serve as associate dean for academic affairs. 

“Six years ago, the CTE was just a concept,” Lyons said. “Now it is a vibrant and positive force at the university. Not many people get the opportunity to design and develop a unit that serves the entire university system. I’m proud of what we have achieved.” 

From its first year of offering six teaching workshops, the center regularly presents 70 to 80 workshops annually resulting in more than 5,000 hours of faculty engagement. Additional professional development is provided through the center’s website and video archive. 

Lyons has handed the director’s baton to music associate professor Jeremy Lane who will serve on an interim basis while a search for a permanent director takes place this fall. Lane had previously served as the center’s associate director for integrative learning. 

The Office of the Provost is conducting the search for the center’s next permanent director. Faculty members interested in the position should contact Lacy Ford, vice provost and dean of graduate studies, at

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Posted: 10/09/12 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 10/25/12 @ 12:24 PM | Permalink

If you go 

  • Oktoberbest teaching symposium 
  • Who: Robert A. Duke, University of Texas at Austin, plenary and keynote speaker
  • When: Oct. 12, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  
  • Where: Hollings Special Collection Library, program room 



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