TEACHx 2022 Keynote Offers Whole Student Insight

Neuroscientist Mays Imad, PhD, will give the TEACHx 2022 keynote address. Prof. Imad is a Gardner Institute Fellow and an American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) Senior Fellow within the Office of Undergraduate STEM Education. She currently teaches in the biology department of Connecticut College. Her research focuses on stress, self-awareness, advocacy, and classroom community and how these impact student learning and success. A nationally recognized expert on trauma-informed teaching and learning, she passionately advocates for institutions to make mental health a top priority and systematically support the whole student's education.

Prof. Imad's keynote, Beyond Theory: Bearing Witness as an Act of Love, Resistance, and Healing, scheduled for Wednesday, May 18 at 9:30 a.m., will contemplate the power of knowledge; welcoming TEACHx participants to consider how understanding the neuroscience of toxic stress can empower us to self-regulate and help students cope, engage, connect, and learn.

Through her teaching and research, Prof. Imad seeks to provide students with transformative opportunities grounded in the aesthetics of learning, truth-seeking, justice, and self-realization. Outside of the classroom, Prof. Imad works with faculty members across disciplines at her institution and across the country to promote inclusive, equitable, and contextual education–all rooted in the latest research on the neurobiology of learning.

During her keynote, Prof. Imad will examine the principles, notable misconceptions, and practical examples of equity-centered, trauma-informed approaches to education and restorative justice. Participants will walk away with concrete strategies they can use in their own courses and contexts to help their students' learning and success.

Register for TEACHx 2022 to attend Prof. Imad's address.