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Sacharia Albin Next Speaker for 'Provost's Conversations on Teaching and Learning'

Sacharia Albin, professor and graduate program director in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, will be the next Old Dominion University faculty member to speak as part of the Provost's Conversations on Teaching and Learning series.

Hosted by Provost Carol Simpson and the Center for Learning Technologies, the series features many of ODU's award-winning faculty members. Albin's presentation, "Understanding Students' Diversity," will be from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 13, in room 1202 of the E.V. Williams Engineering and Computational Sciences Building. All faculty members are invited to attend.

In his presentation, Albin will discuss diversity within the classroom. "I would like to share a few stories of my attempts to build 'unity in diversity' and share ways in which I have come to understand and appreciate diversity, especially in the engineering environment," said Albin. "I also hope to be able to compare and contrast experiences of diversity in the classroom and on campus with fellow faculty members."

Albin, a senior member of IEEE, the world's largest professional association for the advancement of technology, has received a number of awards for his teaching and research, including: a Certificate of Recognition in Research from NASA, ODU's Most Inspiring Faculty Award, and the Frank Batten College of Engineering and Technology's Excellence in Research Award and Excellence in Teaching Award.

His research interests include diamond technology and nanotechnology, photonics and sensors. He has produced more than 100 publications. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, NASA and private industries.

Conversations on Teaching and Learning is designed to provide faculty members from across the campus with the opportunity to share, think and reflect on a wide range of teaching and learning issues, according to Simpson.

This will be the final presentation in the series for this academic year; the series will resume in September.

Archived videos of the presentations from the 2009-10 series can be viewed at http://clt.odu.edu/pctl or on ODU's YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=odu.

For more information about the lecture series, including a calendar of dates and conversation leaders, visit: http://clt.odu.edu/pctl.

To register, visit: http://clt.odu.edu/facdev.

Questions? Write to: clt@odu.edu.

This article was posted on: April 8, 2010

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