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Fall 2016 Teaching Effectiveness Institute


Links to download session resources and handouts are available below

The Art of Teaching: Using Performance Techniques in the Teaching/Learning Process

Friday, August 12, 2016 
8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Capitol Room, Holmes Student Center

by Greg Justice, Virginia Tech


Greg Justice

Whether you are trying to reach an audience of two or 200, using acting techniques will enhance both your speaking and performance abilities. This institute will cover a variety of techniques used by professional theatre, film, and television performers that can be used to enhance teaching communication and will focus on the practice of teaching – using the body and voice more effectively when communicating with students. Topics include dealing with nervousness, using the body in a more dynamic way, developing a better voice, and improving your creativity through imagination, concentration, observation, and relaxation.

This institute is highly engaging and participants will learn techniques by doing them: they will have fun, they will laugh, and they become better at teaching. Participants will leave with take-aways they can begin using the very next day.

Greg Justice is a professional speaker, director, actor, award winner teacher, and professor in the School of Performing Arts at Virginia Tech where he has taught for over 30 years. He has taught internationally in the Dominical Republic, Switzerland, and Semester at Sea and has presented workshops to universities and colleges for over twenty-five years. Greg has directed over 50 plays at Virginia Tech and as a professional actor, has appeared in over 100 theatrical productions. Greg has a BFA degree from the University of Utah and a MFA degree from Pennsylvania State University. He has received numerous major teaching awards including the Virginia Tech Alumni Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Diggs Teaching Scholar Award for innovative teaching.

Tentative Agenda

8:30 a.m.
Check-in, Refreshments, and Networking
8:55 a.m.
Welcome and Introductions
9:00 a.m.
Is Teaching a Science or an Art? 
10:30 a.m.
Morning Break
10:45 a.m.
Improving Non-Verbal Communication in Teaching
12:00 p.m.
Lunch in Blackhawk Cafeteria
1:00 p.m.
Improving Verbal Communication in Teaching
2:15 p.m.
Afternoon Break
2:30 p.m.
Enhancing Words through the Physical and Vocal Instruments
4:00 p.m.
Conclusion and Institute Evaluation


The following resources were shared by the presenter during the institute and are available for download:

Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Registration Information

This institute is open to NIU faculty, instructors, and SPS and Civil Service staff. Participants will receive institute materials, lunch, and a certificate of participation. Due to the expensive nature of the institute and the advance notice needed for arranging food and materials, please register by the deadline and plan to attend the entire day. Advance registration is required.

Registration Deadline: Friday, August 5, 2016. Online registration is closed. If you wish to register, please call 815-753-0595.

After you register, if you are unable to attend, please inform the Center by Monday, August 8, 2016 to allow those on the waiting list the opportunity to attend and/or institute costs can be reduced.

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Last Updated: 8/12/2016