CFD Faculty Members Attend 2016 Annual Conference of Jiangsu Research Association for College Teaching and Teacher Development
TIME: 2017-01-02     CLICKS: 44

On December 20th, 2016, The Annual Academic Conference of Jiangsu Research Association for College Teaching and Teacher Development was held by the Center for Faculty Development of Huaiyin Normal University in the historic city Huai’an. The conference was hosted by the Jiangsu Research Association for College Teaching and Teacher Development. 108 teachers from 40 colleges and universities in Jiangsu participated in the conference. As a vice director university of the researchassociation, CFD’s faculty member Professor Li Xiaoxiang, Mr. Chen Xugan and Mr. Yang Ankang attended the conference.

The theme of this annual conference is “Standardization and Innovation: The development and Construction Path of Centers for Faculty Development in Higher Education Institutions”. Professor Zhu Linsheng, President of Huaiyin Normal University delivered an opening speech. President Zhu briefly introduced the history of Huaiyin Normal University, and their initiatives and achievements made in teacher and teaching development work. Director Cai Hua, Researcher of the Office of Higher Educationof Jiangsu Education Department introduced the overall framework of the Department’s Thirteenth Five-Year Plan of higher education development. Vice President Chen Hao of the Higher Education Academy of China, Professor Bao Chonggao, Vice Director of the Center for Faculty Development of Xi'an Jiaotong University, and Teacher Song Xiaoqing of the Center for Faculty Development of Nanjing University also gave speeches on the teaching reform in higher education, the construction of centers for faculty development, and discussion activities in overseas teachers’ teaching respectively. Speeches ofexperts provided different perspectives on teacher and teaching development, which offered the participants much free space to contemplate.

Three sessions were organized in the afternoon. Mr. Chen Xugan of CFD was the host of the second session. The one-and-a-half-hour seminar discussed the problems encountered in the work of locating center’s position, constructing centers’ organization, planning activity, doing teaching evaluation and academic research on teaching development. After the discussion, Chen made a summary report. Prof. Yu Fuli from Yangzhou University, Prof. Feng Zhigang from Jiangsu University and Prof. Zhang Xiangxue from Nanjing Xiaozhuang College then gave speeches respectively. At the end of the conference, Professor Wang Shouren President of the Research Association, made a concluding speech.

The conference organized a Council Meeting of executive directors, which identified its development direction, research topics, activity plans and application and compiling of the proceedings and so on in 2017. Chen Xugan of CFD attended the Council Meeting, and exchanged ideas with the present colleagues.

The establishment of Jiangsu College Teacher and Teaching Development Association was initiated by joint endeavors of Centers for Faculty Developments including Nanjing University, Southeast University, Nanjing Normal University and other colleges and universities. It is a civil academic organization forteacher development. As an inter-college organization of teaching development in higher education, it hasattracted 25 executive council colleges, and organizes 1-2 annual academic conferences and exchange activities, which have promoted teacher and teaching development, and facilitated teachers’ communication from different colleges and universities.

(translated by Chen Xi, edited by Hao Jie)