Center for Transformative Teaching Director Search
Dr. Ben Wolfe
Director of Academic and Faculty Support and teaching professor of Environmental Studies, University of Kansas Edwards Campus, (Kansas City, KS)
Monday, February 4, 2:30-3:30 p.m.,
Nebraska Union, Colonial Room B
Dr. Wolfe is the inaugural director of Academic and Faculty Support at the University of Kansas Edwards Campus. In this role he developed a new unit responsible for faculty development activities focused on instructional technology, active and collaborative learning, and alternative course delivery modes to meet the needs of non-traditional students. He has also developed and fostered relationships across KU campuses to facilitate the design and launch of over 20 new degree and certificate programs.
He is a teaching professor of Environmental Studies and his many presentation and workshop topics include STEM workforce development, strengthening regional partnerships between higher-education institutions, and broadening participation in the sciences. Wolfe’s current research focuses on geoscience education, two-year college student transfer, transfer shock, and higher-education policy.
He is a recipient of the Missouri Governor’s Award in Teaching Excellence. His Bachelor of Science in geology is from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Master of Science in geology is from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. His doctorate in educational leadership and policy studies is from the University of Kansas.
Dr. Josh Eyler
Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and adjunct associate professor of Humanities, Rice University (Houston, TX)
Tuesday, February 5, 2:30-3:30 p.m.,
Nebraska Union, Heritage Room
Dr. Eyler is the inaugural director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and adjunct associate professor of Humanities at Rice University. He began his academic career as assistant professor of English at Columbus State University in Georgia.
Although he was approved for tenure at CSU, his love for teaching and his desire to work with instructors from many different disciplines led him to the field of educational development and to George Mason University, where he served as an associate director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Excellence from 2011-2013. In August of 2013, he took his current position as director of the CTE.
His eclectic research interests include the biological basis of learning, evidence-based pedagogy, and disability studies. He is the author of “How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching.” Eyler earned his Bachelor of Arts in English from Gettysburg College and his Master of Arts and doctorate in medieval studies with an emphasis on medieval English language and literature from the University of Connecticut.
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