Oregon State University

Bill Roberson - Engaging Students to Promote Critical Thinking

Bill Roberson, founding director of the Institute for Teaching, Learning, and Academic Leadership for the University at Albany, will present a workshop aimed at professional faculty who work in academic and student affairs settings. The workshop will focus on ways to design learning experiences that increase critical thinking. Whether you teach a formal for-credit class, facilitate workshops or seminars, or work with students in tutoring, mentoring, or advising settings, this session will provide an opportunity for you to explore interactive techniques that you may incorporate into your work to help promote essential critical thinking skills among your students.

Bill Roberson came to U Albany in 2006 as founding director of the Institute for Teaching, Learning, and Academic Leadership. His career in faculty development has focused on discovering and promoting ways of fostering reflective, critical thinking in adult learners. He consults with faculty members in all disciplines to integrate innovative and proven practices into university teaching and learning processes. The institute produces workshops, seminars and academies on teaching, and provides a variety of services that facilitate faculty work.

Before coming to U Albany, Roberson held positions in faculty development at UNC-Chapel Hill, Indiana University and the University of Texas at El Paso, where he served as founding executive director of the Instructional Support Services division. He received his Ph.D. in literary studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has held instructional positions at multiple levels of higher education, from tier-one research institutions such as Duke University to regional public institutions in Georgia, Texas and Japan.

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