Thomas Nelson’s Sixth Annual Faculty Colloquium on Excellence & Innovation will take place Thursday, Jan. 3 on the Hampton campus. The conference allows faculty members to discuss their views on best practices in college teaching.
Also open to faculty from Tidewater, Eastern Shore and Paul D. Camp community colleges as well as others within the VCCS, the event will feature concurrent sessions, workshops and presentations. Lunch and a closing wine and cheese reception are also included.
Among program highlights is a keynote address by Nicole Finkbeiner, director of Institutional Relations for Rice University’s free textbook initiative called OpenStax.
Additionally, Finkbeiner founded and runs the nationally-recognized Institutional Partner Program. The program increases skills in strategic planning, advocacy, and effective goals tracking to encourage the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) at colleges and universities while protecting faculty academic freedom. A graduate of Kellogg Community College, Western Michigan University and Michigan State University, she worked in college relations for community colleges before joining OpenStax. When not promoting education, she fills her time working on civil rights issues, traveling, reading and various activities with family and friends.
For more information about the Jan. 3 colloquium, contact Thomas Nelson's Learning Resources Director Richard Hodges, who is among the event's coordinators, at email@example.com.