Events: Spring 2016

The Center for Teaching Excellence offers conferences, workshops, panel discussions, reading groups, and other events open to all faculty (full-time, adjuncts, and staff who teach) at St. Edward's University.
[Note: The information on this page is also available as a PDF.] 


New Faculty Orientation

Tuesday, January 5, 8:00 - 3:00, Mabee Ballrooms
Orientation, lunch meetings with colleagues, and Canvas training. 


 Books & Coffee Reading Group

Book:  Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology - Michelle D. Miller
Thursdays 3:30 - 4:30 | Dates: January 28, February 25, March 31, April 21

From the publisher: “From wired campuses to smart classrooms to massive open online courses (MOOCs), digital technology is now firmly embedded in higher education. But the dizzying pace of innovation, combined with a dearth of evidence on the effectiveness of new tools and programs, challenges educators to articulate how technology can best fit into the learning experience. Minds Online is a concise, nontechnical guide for academic leaders and instructors who seek to advance learning in this changing environment, through a sound scientific understanding of how the human brain assimilates knowledge.
Drawing on the latest findings from neuroscience and cognitive psychology, Michelle Miller explores how attention, memory, and higher thought processes such as critical thinking and analytical reasoning can be enhanced through technology-aided approaches. The techniques she describes promote retention of course material through frequent low‚Äźstakes testing and practice, and help prevent counterproductive cramming by encouraging better spacing of study. Online activities also help students become more adept with cognitive aids, such as analogies, that allow them to apply learning across situations and disciplines. Miller guides instructors through the process of creating a syllabus for a cognitively optimized, fully online course. She presents innovative ideas for how to use multimedia effectively, how to take advantage of learners’ existing knowledge, and how to motivate students to do their best work and complete the course."
For more information and to sign up, visit the Books & Coffee page. 



Peer-to-Peer Teaching Exchange Program

Work with a colleague to observe one another's teaching, exchange feedback on assignment and course design, or review scholarship of teaching and learning projects.  The Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Teaching Exchange Program was created to give St. Edward's instructors the opportunity to learn about teaching from one another and to build mutually supportive relationships with colleagues -- both within and between the university's schools.  The program is open to all St. Edward's faculty.  

Friday, January 29, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, JBWS 180   -  Preparation Workshop


Learning Communities

This fall, faculty members have the opportunity to participate in two learning communities.  A group of faculty members with a shared interest in the topic will meet together over the course of a semester or year, reading about and working on projects related to the group's topic.

New Faculty Seminar (for new full-time faculty)
Fridays, February 5 (Trustee 104), March 4, April 22 (Fleck 305) from 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Writing Circles
Monthly meetings, schedule TBD by groups

Join a small writing / project group to make progress on your SoTL project.  For more info, or to sign up, visit the SoTL Circles page

Alternative Forms of Feedback: Specifications Grading, Contract Grading, and Holistic Grading
Thursdays, February 11, March 3, April 7, and May 5, from 11 am - 12 pm, Ragsdale 319


Conversations on Teaching: Presentations, Discussions, Workshops

Workshops, presentations, panels, and discussions on a wide range of teaching topics.

Designing Group Projects with International Students: Maximizing the Benefits,
Minimizing the Risks

Thursday, February 4, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Fleck 314
~ Mary Rist, Literature, Writing, & Rhetoric; CTE Faculty Fellow in Global Learning
~ Keith Ward, Management
Refreshments served.  Please RSVP

Working with Students in Distress
Wednesday, February 17, 3:30 - 4:30 pm, Fleck 305
~Calvin Kelly, Rachael Neal, Steven Pinkenberg, Steve Rodenborn, Lynn Rudloff
Refreshments served.  Please RSVP.

Lit Review: Critical Readings about Teaching and Learning:
Topic: Debates and Research about Lecturing vs. Active Learning
Friday, March 4, 12:00 1:30, Fleck 305
Lunch will be served at 11:45.  Please RSVP

Graduating Seniors Share Their Best Learning Experiences at SEU
Wednesday,April 13, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Fleck 305
Refreshments served.  Please RSVP



Innovation Fellowship Programs

Spring Cohort Gathering & Discussion - TBD
~ Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and Instructional Technology


Faculty Honors Ceremony & Faculty Recognition Gathering

Wed, Apr 20, 4-6 pm - Mabee Ballrooms
~ Co-sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Department of Instructional Technology, and the Office of Assessment

Join us for food, drink, and a chance to unwind.  We will also recognize those who have won teaching awards, advising awards, or received grants or fellowships.

Innovation Institute

Late Spring - some sessions of the Innovation Institute will be open to all faculty, not just Innovation Fellows.
~ Co-organized by the Center for Teaching Excellence, Instructional Technology and the Munday Library


Past Event Schedules


To see other public events we have offered recently, click on any of the following semesters: 

Spring 2015
Fall 2014

Spring 2014

Fall 2013

Spring 2013

Fall 2012
Spring 2012

Fall 2011
Summer 2011
Spring 2011
Fall 2010
Spring 2010
Fall 2009