Center for Faculty Excellence

Center for Faculty Excellence Workshops

 All workshops take place from 11:30am to 12:30pm at Rhodes Tower, Room 401, unless a different room has been announced. Click on the links below (Workshop Titles) to register for any of these.  

Also, you can download a PDF version of this table here[Page last updated: 1/3/2017.]  

Kindly note that, if you register for any of our workshops, we will send you a confirmation email three to four days prior to the workshop — to ensure you can still come, and to be more certain of the lunch choices (before we place the order). If you DO NOT receive that email, check your spam folder, and (failing that) please call us.






Veterans 101

There are over 600 veterans and serving members of the Armed Forces of the United States enrolled in degree programs at Cleveland State University.  They bring to the classroom characteristics and habits forged in their military service that can help them excel as students and make them potential leaders in a classroom.  They can, in military terms, be a force multiplier for the faculty member who wants to use them in that manner.  You can learn how in this presentation.  

Robert Shields,

Coordinator of Veteran Student Success


COSHP & COE Workshop: Managing and Resolving Student Problems

Drs. Modney and Weyman with a combined 45 years of experience as faculty, advisors, program directors, associate chairs, chair, associate dean and interim dean provide a list of ten important things to do (or not do) when dealing with student problems and issues.

Dr. Barbara Modney,

Associate Professor in the Department of Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences [BGES]

Crystal Weyman,
Chair and Professor in the Department of BGES


Beyond the Research Paper: Alternative Assignments and Easy Assessments

Integrating well designed information literacy assignments into courses can develop students’ ability to recognize when information is needed and improve their ability to locate, retrieve, analyze, and effectively use information to accomplish specific tasks. As valuable as they are, research papers are not the only way for students to hone these essential information literacy skills.  Beyond the research paper there are a variety of creative assignments that seamlessly integrate information literacy and course learning outcomes into the curriculum without overburdening the instructor with stacks of research papers to grade.  During this workshop, the presenter will share best practices for developing effective assignments and assessments that address information literacy outcomes, and share examples participants can adapt to their course.  Participants are encouraged to bring their existing assignments that are in need of a make-over. Faculty who are teaching or considering teaching a general education course that designates information literacy as a learning objective as well as faculty interested in learning more about integrating information literacy into their courses are encouraged to attend

Ann Marie Smeraldi,

Head of Library Teaching & Learning Service in the Michael Scwartz Library


Using New Teaching Evaluations in P & T Reappointment

In 2015, the University switched to a completely online student evaluation system. This workshop will address the following aspects of using these evaluations: evaluation response rates: how to interpret them, what they tell you, and what faculty who will be submitting a dossier can do to ensure good ones. In addition, we will talk about using the evaluations in your dossier, either for P&T or Reappointment.

Dr. Marius Boboc,
Vice Provost of Academic Planning


Preparing for Reappointment

This is a repeat of the session from Fall 2017 - In this session, participants will create a timeline for preparing their dossier for reappointment, promotion and tenure. Examples of summary statements and dossier organization will be shared. This workshop is particularly targeted at full-time faculty in their first or second year. 

Dr. Joanne Goodell,
Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence and  Professor of Mathematics Education in Teacher Education Dept.


Using Copyrighted Materials in the Classroom and Online

Want to make sure that you are using copyrighted materials appropriately? In this workshop learn how to legally use copyrighted materials in face-to-face teaching or online.  Learn how the library works with Blackboard to ensure legal use of copyrighted materials, and learn about educational resources not governed by copyright restrictions.

Dr. Glenda Thornton,

Director of the Michael Schwartz Library


Starfish Tips and Tricks 2.0

In this session, users will learn about advanced features of Starfish, the undergraduate student early alert software used at CSU. This session will include: A brief overview of Starfish and a deeper dive into items such as: manual flags, syncing outlook and Starfish calendars, filtering student lists, and much more! 

Dr. Heike Heinrich, Director of Student Success Programs


Dr. Jacob  Roope, Academica Systems Coordinator in Academic Programs


COSHP & COE Workshop:  IRB and Funding Proposal Submission with Cayuse

This workshop will discuss how researchers whose work includes human participants are required to submit new protocols to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) using Cayuse IRB. Cayuse IRB is a completely online system, including online protocol creation, submission, review, and management. Cayuse IRB is easy to use and should improve all aspects of the submission and review process for researchers and IRB members.

John Jeziorowski, School of Health Sciences Assoc. Professor, and Teri Kocevar, Director of Sponsored Programs & Research Services


Digital Methods in Research and Teaching

Technology transforms our classrooms, libraries, labs, and archives. Join the DigitalCSU working group conveners for a discussion on WHY faculty members use technology for teaching and research. Each convener will briefly discuss their use of technology using examples from their own work, including project-based and multi-modal learning, digital research methods, and innovative content delivery. In addition, learn more about spring events sponsored by the DigitalCSU interdisciplinary working group, including a campus resource showcase and idea incubator for new projects.

Please note that this will be held in MC 420, from 11:20 a.m. to 12:25 p.m.

Chris Rennison,

Senior Instructional Technologist for the Center for Instructional Technology & Distance Learning,

Dr. Shelly Rose,

Associate Professor of History,

and Emily Zickel, Asst. College Lecturer in the English Department


How the TV Studio can Enhance your Instruction

Through its television and audio studios, the Center for Instructional Technology and Distance Learning provides broadcast-quality recording and editing services to meet the instructional needs of faculty. This session will showcase various kinds of educational content created through CIT&DL studios including guest interviews, seminar and symposium coverage, and location shoots. 

Chris Rennison,

Senior Instructional Technologist for the Center for Instructional Technology & Distance Learning