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Todd Zakrajsek, PhD

Founding President

Dr. Todd Zakrajsek, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Faculty Development Fellowship Program in the Department of Family Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is also the immediate past Executive Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Zakrajsek currently directs five Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching, and sits on two educationally related boards and several editorial boards for journals in the area of teaching and learning. He is an international speaker who is requested regularly for keynote presentations and campus workshops, having published and presented widely on the topic of effective teaching and student learning.

Dr. Zakrajsek has served on many educational boards over the past 10 years, including The Journal of Excellence in College Teaching; International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; Higher Education Teaching Learning Portal; Technology Enriched Instruction (Microsoft); Communicating Science in K-12 (Harvard); and Education Research Initiative (Lenovo). Currently, he directs 5 national Lilly Conferences on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning.


His recently co-authored books include Dynamic Lecturing: Research-based Strategies to Enhance Lecture Effectiveness (Stylus Publishing, to be released July, 2017); Teaching for Learning: 101 Intentionally Designed Education Activities to Put Students on the Path to Success (Routledge, 2015); and The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with Your Brain (Stylus; 2013).

Meet our Team

Kathryn W. Smith, MS

Zakrajsek and Associates

Kathryn W. Smith, MS is the Director of Learning Technologies and Assessment for ITLC. Prior to this, she was the Assistant Director of Academic Affairs, Foundation Phase at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She received her Master of Instructional Technology from North Carolina A&T State University and wrote her thesis on Team-Based Learning in Medical Education. Her undergraduate degree is in Elementary Education from Elon University. Prior to entering higher education, Ms. Smith taught at a Title I Elementary School in rural North Carolina. She helped to develop the county’s eCoach program which helped train other educators on how to effectively utilize various instructional technologies. She went on to become the countywide eCoach facilitator.


Upon entering higher education, she has continued to help faculty members develop skills in incorporating educational technologies effectively in the large and small group classrooms. She has presented at many conferences, including the AMA ChangeMedEd Conference, about how to effectively use technology in the Medical Education classroom. 

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