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 has been announced. Keep this page bookmarked, as more workshops will be posted here soon.

Click here for more information on our Book Discussions.

September Workshops

Starfish Tips and Tricks 1.0

Date: Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Time 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter: Heike Heinrich, Student Success Programs Director & Jacob Roope, Academic Systems Coordinator
Description: In this session, users will learn about Starfish, the undergraduate student early alert software used at CSU. This session will be an in-depth overview of topics that include: setting up a profile and office hours, progress surveys, recording attendance, referrals, and much more!

WAC Workshop: Increasing Writing Productivity for Your Students and You

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2018
Time 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter: Dr. Mary McDonald, Writing Center Director
Description: This workshop will offer participants various techniques to help students manage and finish writing projects.  Understanding these techniques helps prepare them for the professional world where they will have to manage and finish many projects.

Ally for Blackboard

Date: Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Time 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter: Caryn Lanzo, Center for eLearning Director
Description: Ally is a product that promotes accessible content. Because it is integrated with Blackboard, it provides students with more accessible original content by offering alternative formats. It also provides faculty with feedback on how to improve original documents to make them more accessible.

Lessons Learned About Teaching

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018
Time 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter: Dr. Michael Horvath, Assoc. Professor of Psychology Department
Description: Through experience, faculty develop policies and practices that enhance their teaching and classroom management. Many of these, while meaningful, may not be major enough to be the focus of a typical teaching workshop. In this session, Dr. Horvath will share some of the ideas that he and other faculty have adopted.

October Workshops

Citation Metrics and Journal Rankings

Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter: Theresa Nawalaniec, Sciences and Engineering Librarian
Description: A hands-on workshop to help you determine the number of times your papers have been cited using various databases and tools. Also learn how to locate the impact factor, rank, and quartile of journals in your discipline. This workshop will be useful if you are new to CSU, going up for tenure, or just curious!

Planning your Timeline for Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure

Date: Thursday, October 4, 2018
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter: Dr. Joanne Goodell, Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence & Professor of Mathematics Education
Description: 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. 

Cayuse IRB

Date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter: Dr. John Jeziorowski, Chairperson of CSU Institutional Review Board & Maribeth Kralik, Office Coordinator for Graduate Studies
DescriptionLearn more about the IRB submission process and Cayuse IRB, the online system used for all IRB applications at CSU.

Bringing a Guest Speaker to Class through Videoconferencing

Date: Thursday, October 11, 2018
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter: Chris Rennison, Senior Instructional Technologist
Description: Videoconferencing connects people all over the world with the immediacy and impact of live interaction. This can be a huge help for those who are faced with the cost and complexity associated with bringing a guest speaker to campus. With recent advancements in quality, availability, and ease of use, today’s video conferencing is as close to “being there” as one can get without actually making the trip.

Documenting and Analyzing Teaching for Reappointment, Promotion and Tenure

Date: Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter: Dr. Joanne Goodell, Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence & Professor of Mathematics Education            
Description: All faculty seeking reappointment, promotion or tenure at CSU must be fully competent teachers, and provide significant documentation and analysis of teaching in their dossier. In this workshop, I will provide sample documents and discuss best practice in preparing your teaching statement and the evidence needed to support that statement in your dossier.

Blackboard Ultra at CSU

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter: Caryn Lanzo, Director of the Center for eLearning and Glenn Curtis, Sr. Media Developer & Sr. Instructional Designer            
Description: Join us to get up to speed on Blackboard’s Ultra experience and Ultra course view. Learn how selected instructors are using Ultra course view here at CSU.

 Using OneNote with Your Students

Date: Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Time: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Location: RT 401
Presenter: Dr. Joanne Goodell, Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence & Professor of Mathematics Education, and Dr. Steve Gubkin, Associate College Lecturer of Mathematics            
Description: OneNote is a note taking and organizing tool that is part of CSU's Office 365 package. It has an innovative and very useful feature that allows faculty to easily collect work and give feedback in real time that does not require downloading and uploading documents. Faculty from the Mathematics department have used it to enhance interaction and communication with students. In this session, we will explore this and other features of OneNote Class notebooks.

Book Discussions

Applying Psychological Science to Teaching and Learning to Improve Student Success

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 1:00 pm. 

Session 1: 9/24/18  - Cognitive psychology of teaching and learning: an overview 

Session 2: 10/15/18  - Application and examples from the content areas 

Session 3: 11/05/18  - Small Teaching: predicting, growing 

Session 4: 11/26/18  - Fostering metacognitive strategies to improve study skills: making exams worth more than the grade. 

Session 5: 12/3/18  - Wrap up and planning to share our findings 


 Participants in this learning community will 

  • Meet and share teaching experiences with colleagues from across the university. 

  • Receive $500 in the form of professional development funds upon successful completion of the learning community activities. 

Application procedure 

 Send an email to including the following information:

  1. Course DescriptionFor the gateway* course(s) you teach, include the title along with the catalogue description and the number of students enrolled in the course each semester over the period Fall 17 – Summer 18. Briefly explain why students enroll in this course (e.g. is it a major requirement, general education course, etc.). Outline the major goals and intended outcomes of the course.  

  2. Rationale. Discuss why you want to participate, what you hope to gain as a teacher, and what aspect of your class you hope to improve as a result of your participation. 

The selection committee will make the selection and notify participants by September 20.   

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

Fall 2018 Group - Flipped Learning: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty by Robert Talbert

Are some students disruptive, inattentive or not attending your lectures? 

Do you want more time for students to work together and solve problems in your class? 

Maybe it’s time to think about “flipping” your class! Despite what you’ve heard, flipped learning is not about recording your lectures on video or using technology, although these methods can be used. It’s about moving the information transfer part of your course out of the shared learning space (the traditional lecture), to an individual learning space (usually outside the classroom), and then using the shared space for deeper learning and interaction between students and professors.  

Join Marcus Schultz Bergin, Assistant College Lecturer in Philosophy and Joanne Goodell, Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence, as we discuss the book Flipped Learning: A Guide for Higher Education Faculty by Robert Talbert. The author has been using a flipped learning approach in his mathematics classes for a number of years. Talbert  asserts that “Students in these classes not only learn the content of their courses as well as or better than in a traditional course setup, but also learn to take more responsibility for their work, make greater strides to becoming self-regulated learners…and are generally happier with the course. In fact … students complain when a course doesn’t use flipped learning, and some say how are we supposed to learn anything if all the teacher does is lecture during class?’ 

Target Audience for this Book Discussion Group 

This group is suitable for all faculty members in any content area with any level of experience in flipped learning, from beginner to expert. The book utilizes examples from mathematics, science, engineering and business, but the methods are generic and can be applied across many content areas.  

Details of the meetings 

Time: Mondays, 10:15 to 11:45 

Location: MC 420 

Session schedule and topics 

  1. October 1st Models of flipped learning. 

  1. October 22nd.  Designing flipped learning and building a lesson. 

  1. November 19th. Designing group space activities. 

  1. December 3rd Dealing with issues around flipped learning. 

We look forward to working with you! 


Also stay tuned for more details about our book discussion groups this Spring.

Spring 2019 Group 1 - Using Reflection and Metacognition to Improve Student Learning by Kaplan, Lavaque-Manty, Meizlish & Silver

Spring 2019 Group 2 – Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning by James Lang