GCHC Professional Development Workshop

Georgia Collegiate Honors Council Professional Development Workshop: Honors Pedagogy 

Led by Dr. John Zubizarreta, Director of Honors and Faculty Development, Columbia College 

September 18-19, 2014
Statesboro, GA

One of the perennial questions in honors education is the thorny issue of what defines honors teaching and learning. We invest much of our work in the notion that honors is somehow different or better than traditional pedagogies and types of learning. This workshop session, underpinned by learning theories, is a hands-on, interactive opportunity to address the uniqueness of honors teaching and learning philosophy and strategies to give participants a better understanding of how and why honors education is valuable and special. The workshop involves presentation of model teaching and learning practices in honors, small-group work, writing and reflection exercises, discussion, and sharing of individual experiences and resources.

This workshop will be of keen interest to administrators and professors in honors programs and colleges. In addition to the pedagogy workshop, there will be an administrative roundtable for directors and deans to discuss a variety of issues concerning honors administration.

Thursday, September 18, 7:00pm-9:00pm: Mixer (hors d’oeuvres and refreshments)
Friday, September 19, 9:00am-4:00pm: Workshop, lunch included

Holiday Inn Statesboro, $84 per night (breakfast included)
Rate guaranteed through September 3, 2014. Reserve here: GCHC Workshop Hotel Reservation Link

$25 per attendee, GCHC members
$40 per attendee, non-members
(covers workshop costs, refreshments at reception, and luncheon)
Register by September 3, 2014 here: GCHC Professional Development Workshop Registration


Biography: John Zubizarreta

John ZJohn Zubizarreta is Professor of English, Director of Honors and Faculty Development, and former Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Columbia College. He has published widely on modern American, British, and comparative literatures; teaching pedagogy; honors education; teaching, learning, and administrative portfolios; academic leadership; and faculty development. Foremost among his disciplinary publications is his co-edited Robert Frost Encyclopedia (2001). The 2010 Carnegie Foundation/CASE U.S. Professor of the Year for Baccalaureate Colleges and a former CASE Professor for South Carolina in 1994, he has also earned awards and recognition for teaching and scholarly excellence from the American Association for Higher Education, the South Atlantic Association of Departments of English, the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities, the National United Methodist Board of Higher Education, the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, and other educational organizations.

John has mentored faculty and academic leaders nationwide and abroad in developing portfolios to enhance and document teaching and administrative performance and to improve student learning. He has led faculty development workshops and has delivered keynote addresses worldwide. His work on portfolios includes many articles and chapters in journal and book publications such as the Journal on Excellence in College Teaching; The Department Chair; Phi Delta Kappan; P. Seldin’s The Teaching Portfolio (1997, 2004), Changing Practices in Evaluating Teaching (1999), Improving College Teaching (1995), Successful Use of Teaching Portfolios (1993); J. Roth’s Inspiring Teaching (1997); A. Wright’s Teaching Improvement Practices (1995); and others. He has also contributed to P. Seldin and M. L. Higgerson’s The Administrative Portfolio (2002) and to P. Seldin and E. Miller’s The Academic Portfolio (2009). His most recent interest in portfolio development has turned to student learning portfolios, and his latest book is The Learning Portfolio: Reflective Practice for Improving Student Learning (Anker, 2004), now in a second edition by Jossey-Bass Publishers (2009).

John is a Past President of NCHC and SRHC, and he has served as Director of Honors at Columbia College for over twenty years and Director of Faculty Development for nearly the same. He has presented many regional, national, and international conference sessions and workshops on honors education, delivered keynote addresses worldwide, and collaborated with hundreds of students on panel presentations, publications, and undergraduate research. He sits on governing and editorial boards of several organizations and educational journals, including NCHC’s Honors in Practice. He is an NCHC-approved program reviewer, and his most recent honors book publication is a co-authored volume on Inspiring Exemplary Teaching and Learning: Perspectives on Teaching Academically Talented College Students (NCHC, 2008).

When the academic life becomes too hectic, John is an avid telemark skier and fisherman; an overly ambitious, aching runner; a former six‑time national champion in whitewater canoe competition; a moonstruck husband; and the adoring father of two grown girls who keep him busy outside the ivied walls.


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Last updated: 7/25/2014

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