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Plenary Presenters


Marina Smitherman

Marina Smitherman is Chair of the Department of Life Sciences, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and a Professor of Biology at Dalton State College. With two decades of college teaching experience, Dr. Smitherman has specialized in Educational and Organizational Development; serving as Director of the Center for Academic Excellence, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, leading faculty development in Teaching and Learning, leading High Impact Practice, and Inclusive Excellence innovations, chairing the Georgia Consortium of Teaching and Learning Directors, and working collaboratively on scholarship with POD, CUR, and AAC&U colleagues. She has served as a University System of Georgia Leadership Fellow 2020-2022, and was the recipient of the Felton Jenkins Jr. Faculty Hall of Fame Teaching Award in 2020. She is a co-author of Taking Flight: Making your Teaching and Learning Center Soar published with Stylus in June 2020.

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Kevin Kelly


Kevin Kelly is the Educational Advisor at the Association of College and University Educators. He serves as a Lecturer in Education at San Francisco State University, where he has taught graduate and undergraduate classes since 1999, and has taught at Santa Clara University as well. Throughout almost 20 years in higher education, Kelly has advanced and supported professional development efforts for higher education faculty and campus leaders.

Todd Zakrajsek


Todd D. Zakrajsek is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he serves as the Associate Director of the Faculty Development Fellowship Program. In addition to his work at UNC providing resources for faculty on various topics related to teaching/learning, leadership, and scholarly activity, Todd serves on several educationally-related boards, including the Journal of Excellence in College Teaching; International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; and Higher Education Teaching Learning Portal. In recent years, Todd served on boards charged with creating resources and opportunities related to teaching and learning: Education Research Initiative (Lenovo Computer);...

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