Class Is In Session

This May, the 12th Annual Faculty Institute focuses on the art and science of effective instruction for the Pace student and features keynote addresses from several highly respected educators.

On May 21 and 22, the Pforzheimer Center for Faculty Development and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Technology come together for the 12th Annual Faculty Institute. This year’s theme, The Art and Science of Effective Instruction for the Pace Student, seeks to promote collaboration and create partnerships among faculty, administrators, staff, and students.

Sessions on Tuesday, May 21, focus on the growing influence of digital resources in teaching and learning. Discussion will center on the challenges presented by digital literacy and the effectiveness of incorporating multimedia and technology in the classroom. The session will be opened by keynote speaker Kelly Schrum, PhD, director of educational projects at the Center for History and New Media and associate professor in the Higher Education program at George Mason University.

Day two kicks off with a session on understanding the language of pedagogy. Keynote speaker Hansun Zhang Waring, an assistant professor of Linguistics and Education at Columbia University, will present video recordings of pedagogical interactions and provide an analysis of what she refers to as “teacher talk.” She will present an analysis of the interactions and explain how mundane phrases like “Very good!” and “Any questions?” can leverage learning opportunities in subtle, yet important ways.

The Faculty Institute will conclude with a presentation by Monica Ekiert, PhD, an assistant professor of Education and Language Acquisition at LaGuardia Community College. Ekiert will address the challenges that academic writing may pose for multilingual college students. She will offer insights on how to strategically initiate multilingual student writers into disciplinary academic discourse, zeroing in on rhetorical, sociopragmatic, lexical, and grammatical dimensions of academic writing in English.

For more information about these and other presenters at this year’s Faculty Institute, or to register to attend, visit