Kuo to speak on the relationship between teaching and research

Published: Mar 12, 2007 2:48:52 PM
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Way Kuo, university distinguished professor and dean of the College of Engineering at the University of Tennessee, will discuss the relationship between teaching and research performance in a seminar on Monday, April 16 at 3:30 p.m. The talk is part of the Ginn Distinguished Lecture Series, sponsored by the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering. The university community is invited to attend this event.

Kuo's lecture, "Teaching Performance and Its Relationship to Research Performance," will address the question of whether a professor's involvement in research has any effect on his or her ability to teach, as professors not involved in research are often inclined to dismiss the value that performing research has on teaching. Whether this is true, however, often depends on the individual professor's point of view. The study is based on research using 350 tenure track faculty and 50 non-tenure track teaching staff at Texas A&M University's College of Engineering from 1999-2003.

Kuo is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, Academia Sinica of Taiwan, ROC, and the International Academy for Quality. He has co-authored five textbooks and currently serves as the editor of IEEE Transactions on Reliability.

The Ginn Distinguished Lecture Series, founded in 2005, brings leaders from the academic and business communities to campus to interact with faculty and students. Lectures cover subjects such as engineering, education, entrepreneurship, global engineering issues, and engineering and business leadership.