American University of Beirut

Annual Conference on Effective Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

​​​​​​​​​The Annual Conference on Effective Teaching and Learning in Higher Education is a common effort of the CSP, the IT, and the Center for Teaching and Learning. Each year, writing instructors populate the program with conference presentations that grow out of our passion for teaching and invite prominent keynote speakers who link the conference theme with the strand closest to our hearts and minds, writing instruction and research in higher education. We remain grateful for inspiring addresses of the past and look forward to future collaborations.


Keynote speakers invited by the Communication Skills Program

  • 2019 – Dr. Brenda Jo Brueggemann on Active and Accessible. Engaging Equitable Learning and Writing in the 21st Century
  • 2018 – Drs Angela Creese and Adrian Blackledge on Translanguaging as Transformative Pedagogy in Higher Education
  • 2017 – Dr. Chris Anson on Writing as High-Impact Practice: Toward an Ecological Model of Writing and Learning
  • 2016 – Dr. Suresh Canagarajah on Globalization of English and Changing Definitions of Proficiency
  • 2015 – Dr. Katrin Girgensohn on Successful Implementation of Writing Centers: How Collaborative Learning Contributes to the Center's Sustainability
  • 2014 – Dr. Charles Bazerman on The Challenge of Writing at the University: How we learn how our students think, How students learn our worlds of thought, How we can set the right challenges in the right contexts to grow their thinking

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