Spencer BENSON

Founder and Director

Education Innovations Intl. Consulting/University of Macau

US United States

Dr. Spencer Benson, is the Founder and Director of Education Innovations International Consulting (Eii-Consulting, LLC, http://eii-consulting.com/ ) and former Director, of the Centre for Teaching and Learning Enhancement, University of Macau SAR, PRC, (2013-2017), and former director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Maryland, College Park MD, US (2003-2013).

Prof. Benson received his B.A. in Zoology from the University of Vermont and his Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Chicago. He has been working in the areas of faculty development and learning enhancement for more than 20 years.  He is the 2002 US CASE-Carnegie Maryland Professor of the Year and recipient of the 2011 American Society for Microbiology Carski Teaching Award.  He is past chair of the American Society for Microbiology International Education Committee and in 2008-09 was a Fulbright Fellow to Hong Kong working on general education.  In 2017 he retired from the University of Macau following his 2014 he retirement from the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP). His expertise and research interests include: faculty development, outcomes-based education (OBE), teaching evaluation, pedagogies for teaching science for all students, assessment for student learning, secondary science education and the use of technologies for learner-centered 21st century education.  Prof. Benson has organized local, national and international meetings on science education, E-learning, scholarship in teaching and learning (SoTL) and faculty development.  He has published more than 50 articles on teaching and learning and has given talks and workshops on teaching and learning in more than a dozen countries around the world.  In addition to his educational leadership work in the US, Macau and Hong Kong he taught at Yonsei’s International Summer School in Seoul, South Korea 2010-2012 and spent a year as visiting professor at Academia Sinica in Taiwan studying Chinese herbal medicine