About Terry Doyle

Brief Biography of Professor Terry Doyle

Terry Doyle is an author, educational consultant and  professor emeritus of reading at Ferris State University where he worked for 38 years. He spent from 1998 to spring of 2009 as the Senior Instructor for Faculty Development and Coordinator of the New to Ferris Faculty Transition Program for the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at Ferris State University.

Terry has presented over seventy-five workshops on teaching and learning topics at regional, national and international conferences and has work with faculty on  one hundred and seventy different colleges and universities around the world over the past ten years. His presentations focus on ways to assist higher education faculty in becoming learner centered teachers and how faculty can apply  new findings from neuroscience, biology and cognitive science in their teaching to improve students’ learning.

He is the author of three books that focus on the application of neuroscience, biology and cognitive science to teaching and learning.  The first is Helping Students Learn in a Learner Center Environment: A Guide to Teaching in Higher Education, published by Stylus, 2008 has just been translated into Chinese.  His 2011 book is  titled Learner Centered Teaching: Putting the Research into Practice  published by Stylus and was featured in the Chronicle of Higher Educations Selected New Books in Higher Education in 2012  His  most recent book published in August 2013,  co-author with Dr Todd Zakrajsek and written for college student  is The New Science of Learning: How to Learn in Harmony with Your Brain also by Stylus. The book was a finalist for the USA Best Book Award for 2013 in the category of Education/Academics. Terry also co-authored the book New Faculty Transition -An Ideal Program published in 2004.

A list of his current  professional presentations can be found  under the calendar title of this website.

Terry can be reached at Doylet@Ferris.edu or at 231 580 9737


  1. I attended your walsh College presentation and I must say it was the best seminar on learning that I ever attended.
    I am new to teaching and I aggree with the concept of Learner Focused Teaching.

  2. Your recent presentations at the SUNY Fredonia Teaching and Learning conference were fantastic. As I told a friend — “he was a great speaker: entertaining (he showed a clip of Father Guido Sarducci, what’s not to like?), organized, coherent, informative and motivational.” (And I’ve taught public speaking many times, so I may speak with at least a little authority on the matter. =)) I’ve since been motivated to make real changes in my classes this semester and am very excited! Thanks.

  3. Your presentation at the Lilly Conference in Traverse City was excellent. I learned several new things, which I have already added to my classroom activities for Fall. Thank you!

  4. Excellent, what a blog it is! This website provides valuable data to us,
    keep it up.

  5. Great conference at USA in Mobile, AL. I ordered one of the books you suggested. Spark: The New Science of Exercise and the Brain. I am sure it will be encouraging and helpful to me as a faculty member at USA>

  6. Dear Terry,

    I would prefer a root canal without Novacaine than attend a full day faculty retreat…….. until today. In 46 years of university experience, yours was the best and most useful presentation I have experienced.
    Great job. Please come back to MWU. We need depth and not another speaker to give us variety.

  7. Really good blog, thank you very much for your effort in writing this post.

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