2019 Plenary Presenters
Joshua R. Eyler
Dr. Joshua Eyler is the Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence and Adjunct Associate Professor of Humanities at Rice University. He has published broadly on teaching, learning, literature, and popular culture and his research interests include the biological basis of learning, Chaucer, and disability studies. His current projects include the book How Humans Learn: The Science and Stories behind Effective College Teaching, which is under contract with West Virginia University Press.
Tara Gray is the director of the Teaching Academy at New Mexico State University (NMSU) and a criminologist in the Department of Criminal Justice at NMSU. She has published dozens of academic articles and book chapters as well as three books, including Publish & Flourish: Become a Prolific Scholar. She has been honored at New Mexico State and nationally with awards for teaching, scholarship, and service. Tara has presented faculty development workshops to 10,000 participants at more than 120 venues.
Becky Wai-Ling Packard
Dr. Becky Wai-Ling Packard is Professor of Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College. She has served as the founding director of teaching and learning, associate dean of faculty, and director of leadership, where she gained extensive experience with faculty development. Packard has visited with over 50 campuses nationwide to speak, lead workshops, or provide consultation. She has completed research and focused on inclusive mentoring and teaching, and was recognized with the nation’s highest honor for early career scientists (PECASE). Packard is the author of Successful STEM Mentoring Initiatives for Underrepresented Students: A Research-Based Guide for Faculty and Administrators.
Dr. Todd D. Zakrajsek is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he serves as the Associate Director of the Faculty Development Fellowship Program. Todd has been a visiting professor/workshop facilitator and delivered keynote addresses at approximately 250 campuses and teaching conferences and serves on several educationally-related boards.