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NCC Professional Peer Academy

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Conference Information

Please join us for the 2nd annual Professional Peer Academy Conference August 6-7, 2018. The conference will focus on researched-based best practices to help all students succeed. We will focus on the THREADS (Teach, Help, Retain, Engage, Assess, Develop, Service) of Education. Dr. Maryellen Weimer’s keynote will focus on learning through collaboration.

Conference Cost: $99, includes conference and lunch

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Keynote Address: Learning Skills: What Collaboration Contributes
Dr. Maryellen Weimer

In 2007 Dr. Maryellen Weimer retired from Penn State as a Professor Emeritus of Teaching and Learning. For the last 13 years of her career at Penn State she taught communication courses, first year seminars and other courses business students at one of Penn State’s regional campus colleges. In 2005 she won Penn State’s Milton S. Eisenhower award for distinguished teaching.

Before returning to full time teaching, Dr. Weimer was the Associate Director of the National Center on Postsecondary Teaching, Learning and Assessment, a five year, $5.9 million, U. S. Department of Education research and development center. The Center, a consortium of six universities, was part of the Center for the Study of Higher Education at Penn State University where Dr. Weimer was a senior research associate.

Dr. Weimer has a Ph.D. in Speech Communication from Penn State which she received in 1981. For the next ten years she directed Penn State’s Instructional Development Program.

Dr. Weimer has numerous publications including articles in referred journals, book chapters, books reviews, and service on the editorial boards of journals. She has consulted with over 700 colleges and universities on instructional issues. Dr. Weimer regularly keynotes national meetings and regional conferences.

Since 1987 she has edited the Teaching Professor, a monthly newsletter on college teaching with 15,000 subscribers. Her blog, found at has 130,000 subscribers. She edited or authored eight books including a 1990 book on faculty development, a 1993 book on teaching for new faculty, and a 1995 anthology edited with Robert Menges, Teaching on Solid Ground. She was primary author of a Kendall-Hunt publication, Teaching Tools, a collection of collaborative, active and inquiry-based approaches to be used in conjunction with Biological Perspectives, an NSF-funded introductory biology text, created by Biological Sciences Curriculum Studies (BSCS). Over 35,000 copies of the first (2002) and significantly revised second edition (2013) of her book, Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice have been sold. Her book, Enhancing Scholarly Work on Teaching and Learning, was published in February 2006 and Inspired College Teaching: A Career-Long Resource for Professional Growth was released by Jossey-Bass in March, 2010.

NCC is certified as one of only two National Demonstration Sites for Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Higher Education (AHE). As an AVID campus, Nash Community College is a pacesetter implementing research based instructional strategies to engage students and prepare them for success. The College is located on 111 acres midway between Nashville and Rocky Mount, North Carolina, less than one mile off U.S. Highway 64 Bypass and US Interstate 95.


Renee Martinez
Coordinator, Faculty Development
Renee Martinez
Phone: 252-451-8373
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Location: 4106