Reflections on a quarter-century of pedagogy, power and politics

The Office of the Provost and the Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center are pleased to announce the spring 2017 Presidential Teaching Professor Seminar. Dr. Greg Long, distinguished teaching professor of the School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders in the College of Health and Human Sciences will share “Reflections on a Quarter-Century of Pedagogy, Power and Politics.”

All staff, regardless of designation, are invited to attend. Students are also welcome. The seminar will be held in the Holmes Student Center Capitol Room from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16. No registration is required.

NIU has experienced changes, challenges and opportunities the past 25 years, during which faculty roles have significantly evolved. Expectations and responsibilities for teaching continue to change, especially regarding student engagement and use of technology. Also, cultural views on power and group rights have attained much greater attention over this time.

Long’s dual roles as current Faculty Senate President and Executive Secretary of University Council provide him insight on teaching and 21st century faculty roles, which he will share through stories, examples and lessons learned.

Greg Long is a Distinguished Teaching Professor in the School of Allied Health and Communicative Disorders. In 1991, he became the director of research at the Northern Illinois University Research and Training Program on Traditionally Underserved Persons Who Are Deaf. In 1994, he became a full-time faculty member in the Rehabilitation Counseling program at NIU. He chaired NIU’s Presidential Commission on Persons with Disabilities from 2006-2014. In 2013,  Long offered the university’s first MOOC (Massively Open Online Course), “Perspectives on Disability.” The course received an international Blackboard Catalyst Award for Exemplary Course Design and innovation in July 2014. His research interests include the impact of closed captioning on learning among college students as well as the use of videos to change attitudes about disability.

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