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Classroom Talk: Two Juniata Scientists Lecture on Teaching

(Posted December 5, 2005)

Michael Boyle, von Liebig Chai in Biomedical Sciences

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Two Juniata professors, a chemist and a biomedical researcher, will speak on "Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Part 1: A Disciplinary Approach; Part 2: A Practical Approach" as part of the Bookend Lecture Series at 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13 in Neff Lecture Hall in the von Liebig Center for Science on the Juniata campus.

The lecture is free and open to the public. The talk is part of the Bookend Seminar series, which features afternoon lectures each month by Juniata faculty.

The talk will be given by Michael Boyle, von Liebig Chair in Biomedical Sciences, and David Reingold, Foster Chair in Chemistry and professor of chemistry.

Colleges and universities are beginning to incorporate the scholarship of teaching and learning into their ratings for the effectiveness of faculty. "Experiments that professors do in the classroom -- where different approaches to help students learn are tried -- should be treated with the same degree of rigor and subjected to the same tests of validity as other experiments scholars perform," explains Reingold.

Reingold and Boyle will lay out two approaches for how studies in teaching and learning can be disseminated and peer-reviewed. They will show, in general and specific terms, how each approach can affect the faculty at Juniata College. Juniata, long recognized as an institution where superb teaching is celebrated, has made inroads in making the scholarship of teaching an important part of the college's promotion and tenure process.

Reingold joined the Juniata faculty in 1988. He was promoted to associate professor in 1988 and to full professor in 1992. He was named the Foster Ã?hair in Chemistry in 2005. He received Juniata's Beachley Award for Distinguished Academic Service in 2001 and was awarded the Lindback Foundation Award for Distinguished Teaching from the college in 1992.

He earned a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College in 1971 and went on to earn a doctoral degree in chemistry from the University of Oregon in 1976. He worked as an assistant professor at Haverford College from 1978 to 1979 and at Middlebury College from 1979 to 1986.

Boyle came to Juniata in 2002 from the Medical College of Ohio, where he was professor of microbiology and immunology. At Juniata, he supervises undergraduate research projects and helps design research components within Juniata's existing science classes. Currently his research focuses on two areas: using immunotechnology to adapt antibodies as the basis for diagnostics and other tests; and the study of pathogen interactions.

Dr. Boyle earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from the University of Glasgow, in Glasgow, Scotland in 1971. He earned a doctorate from the Chester Beatty Research Institute, Belmont, Sutton in Surrey, England. He began his academic career in 1981 as an associate professor of immunology at the University of Florida College of Medicine in Gainesville, Fla. He was promoted to full professor in 1985. He served as an adjunct professor at the Florida medical college from 1988 to 1990.

Dr. Boyle joined the faculty of the Medical College of Ohio (MCO) in 1988. From 1999 until coming to Juniata, he directed of the college's pathogenesis and immunology program within the newly created MCO cancer center.











Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.