Gregory Light to Keynote Midwest Teaching Conference

Gregory Light to Keynote Midwest Teaching Conference

Gregory Light
SESP associate professor Gregory Light will be the keynote speaker at the 2011 Annual Midwest Regional Conference on the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning on April 15. Light is director of the Searle Center for Teaching Excellence at Northwestern.

His topic will be "In Pursuit of Learning: A Framework for Rethinking Teaching in Higher Education," and his keynote speech is set for 9 a.m. 

The conference, which will be held at Indiana University-South Bend from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., is designed for college students and educators. Its theme is “Meaningful Work: Enhancing Student Learning Through Collaboration, Connection & Synergy,” and the day's activities will include six panel presentations, three presentations, a roundtable discussion and a poster session.

Light has taught graduate courses in higher and professional education and consulted across the higher and professional education sector in North America, Europe and Asia. Prior to coming to Northwestern, he was deputy head and then interim head of the department of Life Long Learning at the Institute of Education, University of London in the U.K. His research and scholarship focuses on the theory and practice of learning and teaching in higher and professional education with a particular focus on science and science-related education. He is currently the principal investigator (PI) or co-investigator on four major research projects studying critical areas of teaching and learning in the sciences, engineering and medicine. 

His research publications are focused on student learning and the professional development of teaching in higher education. He has authored and co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed papers and is the first author of the books Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: The Reflective Professional (Sage 2001, 2009) and Opening the Gates to Science (Harvard University Press, under contract).

For those interested in attending the conference, the cost is $50 per person for faculty and $10 for students, which includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Registration information is available at 574/520-4894 or

By South Bend Tribune
Last Modified: 3/28/11