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April 05, 2019

La Roche University to Host Teaching Conference This Fall

PITTSBURGH, April 5, 2019 – La Roche University invites higher education professionals and graduate students to the Conference on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education on Nov. 15, 2019.

The conference will focus on fostering discourse on student-centered techniques, strategies and approaches. There will be three types of sessions featured: poster sessions, presentations, and round-table discussions. Teaching faculty, professional staff and graduate students are encouraged to submit proposals and attend.

“The conference will provide an arena for higher education professionals to share best practices in working with students. Ideally attendees will walk away with some strategies that they can implement in their own classrooms right away,” Mary Shuttlesworth, conference co-director, said.

Dr. Sanj Katyal, M.D., founder of the Positive Psychology Program for Physicians and president of Optimal Life Imaging Group, PC will serve as the keynote speaker. Dr. Katyal authored the Amazon Bestseller “Positive Philosophy: Ancient and Modern Wisdom to Create a Flourishing Life,” and has lectured extensively on the science of well-being and happiness.

Dr. Katyal obtained a bachelor’s degree with university honors in chemical and biomedical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, a doctorate in medicine from New York University School of Medicine, and certifications in positive psychology and positive psychology coaching from Whole Being Institute.

Lee Markowitz, conference co-director, said, "The conference should be beneficial to everyone involved in higher education teaching, including faculty and professional staff."

Proposals may be submitted now through June 1. Early registration ends Aug. 31.

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About La Roche University: A private liberal arts university in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees and one doctoral degree, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,400 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.