Auburn University center to host institute for visiting faculty from Saudi Arabia

AUBURN – Auburn University’s Biggio Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning will host a summer institute on major issues and methods of collegiate instruction June 18-29 at The Hotel at Auburn University for 32 faculty members from Saudi Arabia’s King Saud University.

The visiting faculty delegation from Saudi Arabia is the latest in a series of interactions between Auburn and King Saud University over the past five years involving Biggio Center Director James E. Groccia and Auburn faculty associated with the Biggio Center.

Groccia, who is also on the faculty of the College of Education, noted that Auburn has attained an international reputation as a center for professional development services to enhance teaching and learning. In addition to working with colleges and schools at Auburn to promote excellence in teaching, the center extends its services to institutions around the world, he said.

The Biggio Center director said the Saudi institution and Auburn share a commitment to promoting excellence in collegiate instruction as well as a common interest in international cooperation. An important benefit for Auburn faculty and students, he said, will be the opportunity to meet leading scholars in their academic fields from Saudi Arabia.

Located in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia’s capital, King Saud University has 65,000 students. Representing a cross-section of that university’s academic areas, the visiting faculty members are in the colleges of Dentistry, Computer and Information Sciences, Sport Sciences, Pharmacy, Engineering, Languages, Education, Law and Political Science, Sciences, Business, Medicine and the Arts.

Institute presenters will be drawn from the Biggio Center, Auburn colleges and schools and the University of Virginia. Some of the topics will include course design, research on effective teaching and learning, teaching evaluation, communication in the classroom, technology in teaching and models of effective teaching. Teaching and learning issues will also be reviewed in depth.

Institute faculty and presenters from Auburn include Groccia, Bill Buskist, Emad Mansour, Raj Chaudhury, Stacy Nickson, Kathy McClellan, Betsy Gilbertson and Amanda Major. They will be joined by Michael Palmer and Deandra Little from the University of Virginia.

(Written by Roy Summerford.)

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