Faculty Development Center Welcomes Renowned National Educator Felten for Convocation

Mon. 08/15/2022 – 13:27 | From: David Tisdale

Dr. Peter Felten, professor of history and executive director of the Center for Engaged Learning at Elon University in North Carolina, will be the keynote speaker at the University of Southern Mississippi (USM) Fall 2022 Academic Convocation. Wednesday, August 17 at 1:15 a.m. at the Bennett Auditorium on the Hattiesburg campus.

Dr. Felten’s presentation, which will take place in conjunction with the first faculty week at the university, will focus on the power of connection in higher education to boost learning and a sense of belonging within of a university community. He will be introduced by USM President Dr. Joseph S. Paul.

A leading national researcher on teaching and learning, including the dynamics of relationship building and its impact on student success in higher education, Dr. Felten is co-author, with Leo Lambert , of Relationship-Rich Education: How Human Connections Drive College Success. Past President of the International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and the POD Network (the American society of professors for educational developers), he is also co-editor of the International Journal for Academic Development and Fellow of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

“Dr. Felten’s research focuses on how faculty, staff, and students connect through learning experiences inside and outside the classroom, and his book Relationship-rich education offers intentional ways to help students make sense of and gain a sense of belonging, said Dr. Kelly Ferris Lester, director of the Center for Faculty Development. “With the theme for the first week of faculty ‘Connect: Building Community at Southern Miss’, Dr. Felten’s approach can inspire and provide tools for faculty and staff to support our community.”

A livestream of Dr. Felten’s presentation can be viewed at this link: Livestream available at this link: https://youtu.be/H5KyRsKYgWE. For more information about the USM Center for Faculty Development, visit https://www.usm.edu/news/2022/release/faculty-development-new-year.php.

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