Discover Regan Gurung’s new model for understanding learning and celebrate our 2016-2017 Miller Scholars.
That and more at the Celebration of Teaching Excellence Sept. 15 at the Miller Center. The event will unfold in three parts:
Employees will gather for a 9-9:45 a.m. reception on the patio near the south entrance to the Miller Center. The rain site in Ringsmuth Auditorium in the Miller Center.
Meet the Miller Scholars
Ashish Vaidya, interim president, will honor the three Miller Scholars about 9:45 a.m. in Ringsmuth Auditorium.
Benjamin Witts‘ $10,000 award funded the refinement of three assessments that support our adult student population. Witts is an assistant professor of Community Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy. He holds a doctorate from University of Nevada-Reno.
The $10,000 awarded to Nancy Sundheim and Eric Little funded a comparison between traditional laboratory learning and online learning in two engineering technology courses.
Sundheim is an assistant professor of Environmental and Technological Studies. She holds a doctorate from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas.
Little is an associate professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. He holds a doctorate from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan. He earned a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law, St. Paul.
The Miller Scholars program rewards a demonstrated record of teaching excellence that leads to student success.
Funding is from a donation by James W. and Marion Miller. James Miller, for whom the Miller Center is named, was honored as a 2014 Visionary Award winner by the St. Cloud State University Foundation.
Psychologist and human development expert Regan Gurung will discuss the psychological factors that influence learning. He’ll introduce pragmatic ways instructors can shape how classes are designed. Strategies will span course, assignment design and pedagogical style.
His 10:10-11:40 a.m. address is titled “Cultivating Learning: Challenges and Solutions to Fostering Lifetime Learning.”
Gurung is a University of Wisconsin, Green Bay professor and former research fellow for the National Institute of Mental Health.
At Green Bay, Gurung is chair of the Department of Human Development and a past recipient of the school’s Ben J. and Joyce Rosenberg Professorship.
His textbook “Health Psychology: A Cultural Approach” (Sage, 2006) is in its fourth edition. He is the co-author or co-editor of 15 other books.
Gurung has delivered more than 200 presentations and given workshops nationally and internationally.
He holds a doctorate and a master’s degree from University of Washington and a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota.
The Celebration of Teaching Excellence is sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.