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 2014 he retired from the University of Maryland College Park (UMCP). From 2003 to 2013 he was Director of the Center for Teaching Excellence at UMCP. His expertise and research interests include: faculty development, outcomes-based education (OBE), teaching evaluation, pedagogies for teaching science for all students, assessment of 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 2017, he was appointed as the honorary advisor of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Nanjing University.