About the Keynote

14th Innovations in Teaching & Learning conference keynote speaker
Theme: Fostering Inclusive Excellence  
Dr. Major is a teacher with more than three decades of teaching experience in higher education. Her early teaching experiences were as a Teaching Assistant and adjunct faculty member, and in these roles, she taught more than forty sections of developmental studies English, freshman composition, and sophomore literature. She also taught across institutional types, including at a large urban community college, a two-year historically black college and university, a two-year technical institution, a public 4-year institution, and a large research institution. Now at the University of Alabama, she teaches masters and doctoral level courses in the Higher Education Administration program. She most often teach courses about college teaching, technology in higher education, and reading research in the field of higher education. She also regularly serve as a dissertation chair.
Her research interests are in the areas of faculty work, pedagogical approaches, technology for teaching, and online learning. She has authored and co-authored several books, including Learning Assessment Techniques: A Handbook for College Faculty (with Elizabeth Barkley published by Jossey-Bass), Online learning: A guide to theory, research, and practice (published by Johns Hopkins University Press), Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally Designed Learning Activities to put Students on the Path to Success (with Todd Zakrajsek and Michael Harris published by Routledge) and Collaborative learning techniques: A handbook for college faculty (second education, with Elizabeth Barkley and Pat Cross, published by Jossey-Bass). She has also published books on qualitative research methods.
She shares her knowledge of teaching and learning through keynotes, workshops, and webinars. These most often focus on my books in the College Teaching Techniques Series with Jossey-Bass/Wiley and include topics such as student engagement, engaging lectures, collaborative learning, and evidence-based teaching practices.