Eric Mazur, Professor of Physics, Harvard University to Speak at Montclair State on April 6, 2011

Professor of Physics, Harvard University, and founder of interactive lecturing method Peer Instruction, Dr. Eric Mazur will visit the MSU campus on April 6, 2011 as part of the Provost's Series on University Teaching and Learning, 2011-2012.

Dr. Eric Mazur will visit the Montclair State campus on April 6, 2011, to talk with our community about his work in education research, and most specifically, about his development of the interactive lecturing method, Peer Instruction. Dr. Mazur has been a leader in developing lecturing methods that improve the quality of lecturing to large classes, and brings his experience to MSU as part of the Provost's Series on University Teaching and Learning, 2011-2012. This event is sponsored by the Research Academy for University Learning, as part of its annual Provost's Series on University Teaching and Learning. The Research Academy continually seeks to bring leading scholars and educators to MSU to contribute to ongoing conversations and research on teaching and learning, and how best to foster deep learning environments that engage students.

Program Title: Confessions of a Converted Lecturer

Program Description: I thought I was a good teacher until I discovered my students were just memorizing information rather than learning to understand the material. Who was to blame? The students? The material? I will explain how I came to the agonizing conclusion that the culprit was neither of these. It was my teaching that caused students to fail! I will show how I have adjusted my approach to teaching and how it has improved my students' performance significantly.

 To learn more about the Provost's Series, sponsored by the Research Academy for University Learning, this event and all upcoming events, please visit our web site: http://www.montclair.edu/academy/programs/index.html

We are excited to welcome Dr. Mazur on April 6, as well as his colleague Dr. Dudley Herschbach on May 4, 2011, as part of our Annual Provost's Series on University Teaching and Learning. Pre-Registration is now available for both events; please click the links above to access the registration pages, or contact our department at 973-655-3276. We welcome all MSU faculty and staff, as well as interested educators and community members, at no cost.