Rhona Free, a University of Notre Dame alumna and 2004 U.S. Professor of the Year, will deliver a lecture titledTsunamis, Cincotti, and Silk Sarongs:Bringing Life to the Classroom and the Classroom to Lifeat 3:30 p.m. April 27 (Wednesday) in the auditorium of Notre Dames Hesburgh Center for International Studies.
Sponsored by theKanebCenterfor Teaching and Learning, the lecture will address how teaching style can be altered to improve student learning.A reception will immediately follow in the center atrium.
Free will discuss a teaching approach in accordance with the belief that students learn most when they have intrinsic motivation and can relate course content to personal interests.
A professor of economics atEasternConnecticutUniversity, Free was named one of four national winners of the 2004U.S.Professors of the Year Award, presented annually by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.She won in the Masters Universities and Colleges category, which includes more than 600 colleges and universities nationwide.
Free, a 1978 graduate ofSarahLawrenceCollege, earned her masters and doctoral degrees in economics from Notre Dame in 1980 and 1983.