Celebrating College Teaching Conference Featured Presenter on Humor

The University Teaching Council (UTC) will host the 24th Annual Celebrating College Teaching Conference on Friday, Oct. 20 in the Kent Student Center for a day of dialogue with Kent State University faculty, featuring interactive roundtables and engaging poster sessions.

At the UTC conference, Lisa Waite, senior lecturer in the School of Communication Studies at Stark, will co-present “To Pun or Not to Pun: That is the Question” with Jerry Lewis, Kent State sociology professor emeritus of sociology.

Waite and Lewis will discuss the use of humor in the college classroom and how it can be used as an effective teaching tool and learning aid. Both have researched the topic and will discuss the theme of humor in teaching methods, while also discussing humor when it does not come naturally in the classroom.

“Using humor can lead to better learning, not just more learning. Quoting Victor Borge, ‘There is more logic in humor than in anything else. Because, you see humor is truth,’” Waite said.

Session attendees will explore the different methods of humor, including when to avoid it, and how to effectively lighten up the classroom with humor.

All conference events and presentations are free, but registration is required by Oct. 18: http://bit.ly/2yW8ejp.

The conference will close with a dessert reception honoring the recipients of the Distinguished and Outstanding Teaching Awards.

For more information on the Celebrating College Teaching Conference, visit www.kent.edu/utc/annual-conference.


POSTED: Wednesday, October 11, 2017 10:24 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:02 AM