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Teaching Expert is RMU's 17th Rooney Visiting Scholar 

Pittsburgh -- Michal Maoz arrived at Robert Morris University last month to become RMU’s latest Rooney Visiting Scholar. Maoz is head of the Teaching and Learning Center at Ort Braude College, Israel, one of RMU’s newest international and study abroad partners.

Maoz holds undergraduate and master’s degrees from Tel Aviv University, and a doctorate of science degree in biotechnology from Technion Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa. In addition, she has a teaching certificate from the Department of Education in Technology and Science from Technion.

Maoz’s research has been in biotechnology and includes extraction of plants, purification of plant products, determination of MIC (minimum inhibition concentration) for antimicrobial drugs, mode of action of drugs, GC (gas chromatography) analysis, dermatophytes, effects of biocides on microorganisms, biofilms, natural antioxidants, wood microbiology, and wood preservation.

The Rooney International Visiting Scholars Program seeks to enhance the richness and diversity of teaching and scholarly activities at Robert Morris University by inviting qualified individuals to serve as visiting faculty members. International visiting scholars offer a unique opportunity for faculty and students at RMU to learn about the theory and practice of their discipline in other countries by collaborating on mutual teaching and research activities.

The program is funded by Patricia Rooney and the Rooney family.

Maoz will be providing the following presentations during the fall semester:

Sept. 9 – Presentation: “Introduction to Israel and Ort Braude College”
Maoz will chronicle the history of Higher Education in Israel, establishment of Ort Braude College, and the creation and history of their Center for Teaching and Learning. Faculty, staff and classes are welcome to this presentation.

11:30 a.m. - Reception
11:45 a.m. - Presentation
12:45 p.m. - Q&A
Location: RMU Moon Township Campus, Sewall Center Executive Dining Room
RSVP: Byrnes@rmu.edu

Sept. 30 – Presentation & Workshop: “The Leader Project”
Maoz and Vicki Roth, director of Learning Assistance Services, University of Rochester, will deliver a morning presentation and afternoon workshop on her Leader Project, where high-achieving students guide freshmen enrolled in courses with high failure rates.

8:45 a.m. - Reception & Welcome
9:00 a.m. - Leader Project at University of Rochester
10:00 a.m. - Leader Project at Ort Braude
11:00 a.m. - Leader Project Impacts Retention
Noon - Lunch for all-day attendees
1:00 p.m. – Workshop, “Implementing the Project”
Location: RMU Moon Township Campus, Sewell Center International Suite
RSVP: Byrnes@rmu.edu

Oct. 20 – Program for Underachieving Students
Maoz will present the impact of her Center for Teaching and Learning on the challenges of identifying, remediating, and monitoring the performance of underachieving students in the university classroom. Examine some ‘best practices’ for helping all students succeed.

11:30 a.m. - Reception
11:45 a.m. - Presentation
12:45 p.m. - Q&A
Location: Sewall Center International Suite
RSVP: Byrnes@rmu.edu

Nov. 5 – “Principles of Learning”
Susan Ambrose, author of “The New Professor's Handbook,” associate provost for education and director of the Eberly Center for Teaching Excellence at Carnegie Mellon University, will present an interactive, hands-on presentation on the principles and applications of learning theories. All RMU faculty are encouraged to attend.

9:45 a.m. - Reception
10:00 a.m. - Presentation
11:45 a.m. - Q&A
Location: Sewell Center International Suite
RSVP: Byrnes@rmu.edu