Conference on Teaching and Learning
CoTL: 2017 Keynote Speakers
Co-director of Faculty Learning Community
Associate Director of Campus Instructional Consulting
Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
Professor, Department of Statistics and Analytical Sciences
Kennesaw State University
Joan Middendorf, lead consultant at Indiana University’s teaching center and adjunct professor in education leadership, specializes in leading faculty groups to make disciplinary ways of thinking available to students. Her forthcoming book, Overcoming Student Learning Bottlenecks, builds on the Decoding the Disciplines theory she developed with David Pace. Joan and the History Learning Project were awarded the Menges Research Award from the Professional Development Network in Higher Education and the Maryellen Weimer Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning Award.
Kennesaw State University
Dr. Michele DiPietro is the Executive Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and a Professor in the Department of Statistics and Analytical Sciences at Kennesaw State University. He received his PhD in Statistics from Carnegie Mellon University. After work in statistical genetics and statistical finance, he has shifted his interest to education–the statistics of education and the education of statistics. His innovative course “The statistics of sexual orientation” has been featured on the Chronicle of Higher Education and several other magazines. He is also a former President of the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network in Higher Education, the premiere faculty development association in North America, and a Board Member of the International Consortium for Educational Development (ICED). With his former Carnegie Mellon colleagues, Dr. DiPietro is a co-author of “How Learning Works: 7 Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching.” The book was listed at #3 in a “Top 10 Books on Teaching” list on the Chronicle of Higher Education. His scholarly interests include learning sciences, academic integrity, diversity and inclusion, the Millennial generation, statistics education, the consultation process in faculty development, the connections between yoga philosophy and LGBT liberation and teaching in times of tragedy. He has presented dozens of workshops and keynotes at numerous colleges and conferences, in the US and abroad, and some of his scholarship has been translated into foreign languages (Chinese, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and–forthcoming–Spanish). He won the POD Innovation award for the online consultation tool “Solve a Teaching Problem.” Dr. DiPietro is the 2015 recipient of the Bob Pierleoni Spirit of POD award, the highest honor bestowed in the field of educational development for professional achievement and legacy to the field.