Throughout its history, Bloomsburg University has been proud host to a rich and diverse body of faculty. This fall, as a part of the continuing celebration of BU’s 175th anniversary, a faculty lecture series is coming to campus.

The series features six faculty members representing each of BU’s four colleges and its historical archives, eager to share their knowledge and research with the community.

To kick off the series, assistant professor of education Beth Rogowsky will give a lecture entitled “Learning Styles Have Nothing to Do With Learning.”

Rogowsky is a BU graduate, having received her bachelor’s degree in education before teaching middle school students for 14 years. She also earned a master’s degree in instructional technology from BU, a second master’s degree from Marygrove College and a doctoral degree from Wilkes University.

Three years ago, Rogowsky was asked to do post-doctoral training at Rutgers University.

“That’s where I really got the research bug,” said Rogowsky of her time at Rutgers. She studied the science of learning, observing what happened on a biological level. “The idea was to link neuroscience, which is all about the brain, with teaching, which is also all about the brain.”

One question that Rogowsky began to ask herself was whether or not teaching to an individual’s learning style improves his or her comprehension.

What are learning styles? If you are an auditory learner, you would comprehend more listening to an audiobook. A visual learner… would want to read off a PowerPoint slide.” Learning style theory has been around for decades and is commonly accepted by professionals in the education field.

Rogowsky explained, however, that there is little to no research behind this theory. “The thing about learning styles is that it makes sense… But that’s not how learning really works.”

Rogowsky did her study with 121 college graduates in order to identify their preferred learning styles and whether or not teaching in these styles improved their comprehension. She will share the results of her research at her lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 7 P.M. in Hartline 108.

The other lectures in the series are as follows:

  • Stephen Hales, professor of philosophy, will speak about “Moral Luck,” why it is puzzling, whether it is even real, and how fortune or misfortune effects one’s nature and ethical standing. His lecture is on Wednesday, Sept. 24 at 7 P.M. in Carver Hall’s Gross Auditorium.
  • Robert Dunkelberger, associate professor and BU’s archivist, will give a lecture entitled “BU: An Institutional History,” covering a number of memorable events and people that have helped to shape the university into what it is today and sharing new research about BU’s earliest years. His lecture is on Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7 P.M. in Carver Hall’s Gross Auditorium.
  • Michael Shepard, professor of environmental, geographical and geological sciences, will speak about “Scientific History” on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 7 P.M. in Hartline 108.
  • Barbara Wilson, associate professor of exceptionality programs, will give a lecture entitled “Pre-K Reading is More than Pictures” on Tuesday, Nov. 18 at 7 P.M. in Hartline 108.
  • Victoria Geyfman, associate professor of finance, will speak about “The Benefits of Benner-Hudock Center for Financial Analysis” on Friday, Nov. 21 at 2:30 P.M. in the Benner-Center in Sutliff. Her lecture will be by invitation only.

Nick Cellucci, junior mass communications major

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