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3nd Annual Symposium on Teaching Learning

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3rd Annual Symposium on Teaching and Learning

The Seven Habits and Practices of Master Teachers

Presented by William Buskist

Distinguished Professor in the Teaching of Psychology
Faculty Fellow at the Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning
Auburn University

Thursday, January 10, 2013Professor William Buskist

  • Keynote Address: 10:30-11:45 a.m., LA 159 (All IPFW faculty & staff)
  • Lunch: Noon, Walb 222-226 (COAS faculty & staff)
  • Small Group Activities: 1-2:30 p.m., Walb 222-226 (COAS faculty & staff)

Lecture: When we think about the teachers we have had in our lifetimes, it is easy to think of which ones were “excellent” and which ones were “bad.” However, it is often difficult to define just what it was about the “excellent” teachers that made them so masterful. The elusive concept of “excellent teaching” has been the topic of much debate and study for many years. In this talk, Buskist will provide an overview of his research findings regarding the seven habits and practices of excellent college and university teaching, and provide advice on how all teachers may improve their teaching.

Two of Buskist's books will be available for purchase before and after the keynote address: Evidence-Based Teaching and Effective College and University Teaching: Strategies and Tactics for the New Professoriate.

Biography: William (Bill) Buskist is the Distinguished Professor in the Teaching of Psychology at Auburn University and a Faculty Fellow at Auburn’s Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. In his 30 years at Auburn, he has taught over 33,000 undergraduates, mostly in large sections of introductory psychology. He has co-edited three volumes on the teaching of psychology: The Teaching of Psychology: Essays in Honor of Wilbert J. McKeachie and Charles L. Brewer (2003), The Handbook of the Teaching of Psychology (2005), and Voices of Experience: Memorable Talks from the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology (2005). He has also co-edited three books on college and university teaching: Evidence-Based Teaching (2011), Effective College and University Teaching (2012), and Handbook of College and University Teaching: Global Perspectives (2012).He is editor-in-chief of the Society for the Teaching of Psychology’s (STP) e-books program ( His forthcoming book on excellence in college and university teaching will be published in2013 by Oxford University Press. In 2005, he was a co-recipient of Auburn University’s highest teaching honor, The Gerald and Emily Leischuck Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. In addition, he was the American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2005 Harry Kirke Wolfe lecturer. He also is a recipient of the 2000 Robert S. Daniel Teaching Excellence Award from the STP and the American Psychological Foundation’s Charles L. Brewer Distinguished Teaching of Psychology Award. He is a fellow of APA Divisions 1 (General Psychology), 2 (STP), and 52 (International Psychology), and is a past president of STP. His proudest achievement, though, is that six of his former graduate students have been honored with national teaching awards.

Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs