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TES helps faculty get ready for a new academic year by spending time with colleagues and reflecting on teaching. Come hear from nationally recognized experts, interact with colleagues across campus, and celebrate the beginning of the academic year.

CTE was excited to celebrate the 26th Annual Teaching Effectiveness Symposium (TES) this fall. Below is additional information from previous years.


Hughes Trigg Student Center
Lower Level
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
August 17th, 2018

Is the lecture an outmoded teaching method that inhibits active learning or is it a potentially powerful tool that is an essential part of every teacher’s repertoire? CTE is excited to announce that Todd Zakrajsek will return to the SMU campus this fall to talk about his new book, Dynamic Lecturing. His talk will present up-to-date research on the different types of lecture, on what constitutes effective lecturing, and on the impact of lecturing when done appropriately and well. The strategies he will present are succinct, easy to incorporate into lectures and, if done well, will have immediate impact and increase student mastery of course content.

Todd Zakrajsek


Todd Zakrajsek

Todd Zakrajsek is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Executive Director of the Academy of Educators in the School of Medicine. Prior to his work in the School of Medicine, Dr. Zakrajsek was the Executive Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has consulted with approximately 200 institutions in the past 10 years in areas related to pedagogical innovations and effective instructional strategies.





Past Schedule

8:30 am Registration & Breakfast
9:00 am Welcome and Campus Updates
9:30 am Dynamic Lecturing with Todd Zakrajsek
12:00 pm Closing Remarks