Application process begins for Great Teachers Seminar in June


The WV Higher Education Policy Commission, with support from the Faculty Advisory Council, will sponsor the 22nd Annual WV Great Teachers Seminar (GTS), Monday, June 16, through Thursday, June 19, at North Bend State Park in Cairo, W.Va.  Faculty interested in this unique professional development opportunity should contact  Dr. Sherri Smith in the Center for Teaching and Learning (smithsc@marshall.edu) for application information.

Marshall University is eligible to send up to four faculty members to the seminar with all expenses  paid. Registration is funded by the HEPC, and travel expenses (lodging, meals and mileage) are funded by the MU Office of Academic Affairs. The application process is administered through the Center for Teaching and Learning.

The focus of the seminar will be on innovations and challenges of instruction at the college and university level. The seminar is based on the notion that, if properly tapped, the collective wisdom, experience and creativity of any group of practicing educators far surpasses that of any individual expert or consultant. The seminar challenges educators to undertake rational analysis of instructional problems, develop realistic and creative approaches to solutions, and venture beyond the limits of their own specializations and environments in search of transferable ideas. GTS is a useful context for developing one’s perspective and philosophy on excellence in teaching.

The seminar is at the North Bend State Park Lodge (not far from Parkersburg). Participants will enjoy the facilities of an established conference center situated in a picturesque wooded valley. Recreational activities include bicycling, tennis, hiking, swimming, playing music, guided nature and bird walks, and nearby antique shopping. Participants have one afternoon free for recreation.

Smith said CTL will attempt to assemble a team from across several departments.