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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 27th Annual Teaching Effectiveness Symposium (TES) this fall. Below is additional information from previous years.


Hughes Trigg Student Center
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
August 23rd, 2019


Research-Based Teaching Practices to Foster Student Learning

The ever-expanding body of research on college teaching provides recommendations for faculty in designing and teaching their courses. In this session, Dr. Major will provide research-based strategies and tactics that can be immediately implemented into your classes. Everyone will leave with practical tips that can be easily and quickly used regardless of class size, discipline, or types of students that you teach. If you are looking to improve student participation, have your students pay more attention, implement active learning, or use assessment as a learning tool, you will learn practical, evidence-based tools to improve your teaching.

Claire H. Major:

Claire Major is a Professor of Higher Education at The University of Alabama. She teaches courses on college teaching, technology in higher education, reading research in the field of higher education. Her research interests are in the areas of faculty work, pedagogical approaches, technology for teaching, and online learning. She has authored and co-authored several books including Collaborative Learning Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (with Elizabeth Barkley and Patricia Cross, Jossey-Bass), Learning Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (with Elizabeth Barkley, Jossey-Bass), Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally Designed Educational Activities to Put Students on the Path to Success (with Michael Harris and Todd Zakrajsek, Routledge). Major publishes her work in leading education journals and speaks at universities across the country on college teaching issues. Learn more about Dr. Major.






8:30 am

Registration & Breakfast

9:00 am

Welcome and Campus Updates

9:30 am

Research-Based Teaching Practices to Foster Student Learning with Claire Major

12:00 pm

Closing Remarks

Register today!