Teaching and Learning Conference

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar

Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar - Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Interim Vice Chancellor of Development and Alumni Affairs at Western Carolina University

Workshop Topic

Engagement and Application: Intentional Learning

How and what do students learn through intentional learning? How does student research, faculty scholarship, leadership development, study abroad, internships, service learning, capstone courses etc., help our students learn? How do we know they are learning and what is the short and long term effects of intentional learning? In this interactive keynote workshop we will discuss and share ideas on intentional learning pedagogies that work!


Dr. Morrison-Shetlar has more than 33 years of experience working in higher education at eight institutions in three countries in public and private universities. Morrison-Shetlar is a professor of biology, served as a dean of Arts and Sciences at Elon, was vice provost, dean of undergraduate studies and director of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Central Florida and also served as director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching at Georgia Southern University. She founded North Carolina’s Project Kaleidoscope Network, which brings together educators from science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines to focus on educational strategies.

Morrison-Shetlar has been awarded over $4 million in external grant funding for research on topics ranging from laboratory-based examinations of the molecular, biochemical and physiological aspects of cell membrane transport systems to a more pedagogical investigation of large classrooms, effective use of technology, and student engagement and the impact of living learning communities on retention and graduation.

A native of Scotland, Morrison-Shetlar also has served as founding chair of the molecular biology unit at the Max Planck Institute in Dortmund, Germany, and has taught at Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany; Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.; Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn.; and the Kennedy Institute for Rheumatology in London.

Morrison-Shetlar holds a doctorate in biomedical science from Dundee College of Technology, where she also earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry. She earned a management and leadership in higher education certificate from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University.