Dr. Todd Zakrajsek on Science of Learning Monday, September 21, 2015, MA campus

NOVA Faculty,


Are you ready to teach, if they aren’t ready to learn?


Angelo and Cross (1993) said “learning can–and often does–occur without teaching, but teaching cannot occur without learning; teaching without learning is just talking.”  Even when faculty members employ the best teaching strategies, students cannot be optimally successful unless they understand their own learning processes and feel empowered to integrate their findings. The good news is that there is a host of emerging research in the area of the science of learning. Almost daily neuroscience, biology, and cognitive science researchers reveal new insights about how the human brain works and learns. This research has the potential to elevate the learning success of all students — regardless of their learning situations.


In a series of presentations for faculty and students Dr. Todd Zakrajsek (bio below) will discuss several findings in the science of learning; provide readily integral teaching and learning strategies; and share how together we can enhance the educational experience.


We have planned this early, so that you can readily use what you learn, particularly while your students are still excited about your class J. Moreover, the sessions can be used toward your faculty evaluation as professional development/scholarship and creative engagement activity—don’t let the opportunity slip away!

Please plan to join us on Monday, Sept. 21, 2015 in the Howsmon Lecture Hall (MH 216), Manassas Campus for a transformative series of presentations (light refreshment will be provided). Win one of our raffle prizes.  Full-time & Adjunct Faculty and Staff are welcome to attend. Those who RSVP receive a free gift.

Student Sessions

Title: “The New Science of Learning: Study Less and Learn…… Is It Possible?”

Times:  9:30am to 10:40am & 11am to 12:10pm


Faculty/ Staff Only Sessions

Session #1  “The New Science of Learning–How Research Changes the Way we Teach and Motivate”

Time: 12:20pm to 1:30pm


Session #2  “Motivating and Engaging Students in the Learning Process: Strategies for Teaching from the Psychology of Learning”

Time: 2:00pm to 3:10pm

Event co-sponsored by: Teacher2Teacher, Manassas Campus New Faculty Mentorship Program; Honors Program; Student Life; The Health and Physical Education Department; Campus & Community Relations



Dr. Todd Zakrajsek Bio


Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of Fellowship Programs in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. Dr. Zakrajsek is the immediate past Executive Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to his work at UNC, Todd was the Inaugural Director of the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching at Central Michigan University and the founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Southern Oregon University, where he also taught in the psychology department as a tenured associate professor. Dr. Zakrajsek currently directs three National Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning and one International Teaching Conference. He also sits on two educationally related boards and several editorial boards for journals in the area of teaching and learning, including Technology Enhanced Instruction for Microsoft and the Journal of Excellence in College Teaching. Dr. Zakrajsek received his PhD in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Ohio University. Dr. Zakrajsek is an international speaker who is requested regularly for keynote presentations and campus workshops, having published and presented widely on the topic of curriculum design, effective teaching and student learning including workshops and conference keynote addresses in 42 states and 6 countries.

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