Student motivation expert to speak at BU

For immediate release: September 23, 2008

BLOOMSBURG — An expert on student motivation and engagement in the learning process will speak at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania Thursday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m. in Centennial Hall, room 218. The presentation by Todd Zakrajsek, “Understanding Student Behavior and Creating Effective Learning Environments,” will be offered as part of the fall 2008 Teaching and Learning Enhancement Center (TALE) seminars and is open to the public free of charge.

“We all know the amazing capacity of the human mind. What seems equally amazing, however, is how difficult it is for our students to learn even simple material and how quickly that information evaporates from their awareness,” Zakrajsek said. “This presentation will focus on research pertaining to human learning and methods teachers can use to create more effective learning environments for their students.”

Zakrajsek is the executive director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, where he teaches courses in psychology, including The Psychology of Learning and Memory. Previously an associate professor of psychology and director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Southern Oregon University, he earned a doctoral degree in industrial/organizational psychology from Ohio University.

In addition to writing a student study guide for Addison-Wesley, Zakrajsek has also written two introductory psychology instructor’s manuals for McGraw-Hill. He has published and made presentations on the concept of student learning and led workshops and conferences in 31 states, as well as in Canada, Switzerland and Sweden.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Professional Studies, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.