Center for Faculty Excellence

Center for Faculty Excellence Workshops

 Most of our workshops take place from 11:30am to 12:30pm at Rhodes Tower, Room 401, unless a different room or time has been announced. Keep this page bookmarked, as more workshops will be posted here soon.

Click here for more information on our Book Discussions, Gateway Courses Program and Teaching Open Houses.

March Workshops


Incorporating Critical Thinking & Information Literacy in the Classroom

Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter:  Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian    
Description: Do your students struggle to evaluate arguments? Do they fail to approach claims with reasoned skepticism? Do they have difficulty using evidence to make well-supported decisions or solve problems? Regardless of whether you teach in STEM, the humanities, or the social sciences, your students will be expected to have critical thinking skills when they graduate and enter the job market. This workshop will explore some of the basic best practices of employing critical thinking in the classroom, especially as it relates to finding, assessing, and using information.


Start Up Funds

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter:  Dan Simon, Associate Vice Provost for Research, and Teri Kocevar, Director of Sponsored Programs & Research Services
Description: This workshop will discuss how faculty can best manage their startup funds. The workshop will cover startup policies and requirements, budget transfers, how to check your balances, and other important startup-related information.


Understanding Students with Chronic Disabilities

Date: Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter:  Jeffrey Dell, Assistive Technology Specialist, and Rachel Lutner, Interim Director of Disability & Testing Services   
Description: This student panel discussion is designed to give CSU faculty, instructors, and staff more information about the experiences of students with chronic medical conditions at CSU. Each of the student panel members will discuss their experiences at CSU, focusing specifically on what facilitated their success and what hindered their success in the university setting. They will discuss their accommodations, barriers they face, adaptive technology, and/or alternative text, and how faculty, instructors, and staff can best support them.


eFAAR and eDossier 

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
Time: 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. ** TIME CHANGE
Location: RT 502 ** ROOM CHANGED

Presenter:  Joanne Goodell, Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence & Professor of Mathematics Education
Description: Faculty180 is the web-based platform CSU uses for eFAAR and eDossier reports. As we move closer to fully implementing eDossier for all promotion, tenure and reappointment applications, it is essential that all faculty fully utilize the features of Faculty 180. In this workshop, Dr. Goodell will highlight and demonstrate some of these features. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop for this workshop.


April Workshops


Managing & Resolving Student Problems

Date: Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter:  Crystal Weyman, Professor & Chair of Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences (BGES), and Barbara Modney, Associate Professor of BGES   
Description: 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.


Classroom Assessment Techniques - Part 2

Date: Thursday, April 4, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter:  Joanne Goodell, Professor of Mathematics Education and Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence   
Description: Learn about how to best provide feedback to improve student learning over this two-part workshop. Topics covered will include assessing prior knowledge, critical thinking skills, creative thinking skills, problem solving, and application of material. Participants are welcome to attend one or both sessions.


EndNote Basic

Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter:  Theresa Nawalaniec, Sciences and Engineering Librarian 
Description: Take advantage of EndNote Basic bibliographic management software which is included with the library's subscription to the Web of Science database. Learn how to export/import and manage references, create in-text citations and formatted bibliographies, and share references with colleagues!


Preparing for reappointment, promotion and tenure: Documenting your teaching and writing your teaching statement

Date: Thursday, April 11, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter:  Joanne Goodell, Professor of Mathematics Education and Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence   
Description


Copyright and Creative Common Licenses: How they work together for Open Access

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter:  Mandi Goodsett, Performing Arts & Humanities Librarian 
Description: Have you ever wanted to use someone's intellectual property but didn't know how to get permission? Or, have you ever wanted to freely share your own intellectual property but didn't know how? Well, there are millions of people out there who do freely share their creations with others by using Creative Commons licensing on their copyright materials. Come to this workshop to learn both how you can freely share your intellectural property and use intellectual property that has been licensed with a Creative Commons license.


Supporting International Students

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter:  Ali Soltanshahi, Director of the Center for International Services & Programs
Description


Planning Your Summer

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter:  Joanne Goodell, Professor of Mathematics Education and Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence
Description: You are almost finished with the current academic year. You are finishing up your EFAARS report. How will you spend your summer, so that you balance some well-earned rest with your research and writing projects, as well as getting ready for fall? This workshop will provide you with some techniques for planning a productive summer so that you can move forward on important projects related to getting tenure and meeting workload guidelines in your college. Bring a list of what you would like to do this summer - especially some fun ideas and your planner.


Gateway Courses Program - Spring 2019

Applying Psychological Science to Teaching and Learning to Improve Student Success 

Applications are now closed for Spring 2019. Accepted applicants will be notified on January 22nd. 

Faculty who teach gateway courses, defined as those 100 and 200 level courses that have more than 100 students enrolling over a calendar year, are invited to apply to participate in a faculty learning community that will examine how to apply current psychological science to their teaching to improve student success in their courses. Below is a list of topics and dates. All sessions will be 90 minutes and begin at 2:00pm.

Session 1: 1/28/19 - Cognitive psychology of teaching and learning: an overview

Session 2: 2/11/19 - Application and examples from the content areas

Session 3: 3/04/19 - Small teaching: predicting, growing

Session 4: 4/01/19 - Fostering metacognitive strategies to improve study skills: making exams worth more than the grade

Session 5: 4/29/19 - Wrap up and planning to share our findings

*Note: If your course does not meet the definition of a gateway course, but you have evidence to suggest that it is an impediment to retention or graduation in your program, you may still apply. Please provide an explanation of this in your rationale for applying.

 

Sip & Share Open Houses 

Join the Center for Faculty Excellence for afternoon tea and conversation. Each open house will center on a different topic in teaching & learning. Topic summaries will be provided; you do not need to listen to the podcast in order to attend.

Details of the meetings

Time: Select Tuesdays, 2:00-3:00pm

Location: BH 212

Session schedule:

January 22 - "Connecting with Students Inside & Outside the Classroom"

February 28 - "Research on Engaging Learners" 

March 26 - "Inquiry-based Learning"

April 16 - "Interactivity and Inclusivity Can Help Close the Achievement Gap"