Events: Spring 2015

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.]

Orientation for New Faculty

Tuesday, January 6, 2015 8:00 - 3:00, Mabee Ballroom A 
Orientation, lunch meetings with colleagues, and Blackboard training. 

Books & Coffee Reading Group

Book:  Learner-Centered Teaching: Putting the Research on Learning into Practice - Terry Doyle
Thursdays 3:30 - 4:30 | Dates: Jan 29, Feb 19, Mar 12, Apr 16

This book presents the research-based case that Learner Centered Teaching (LCT) offers the best means to optimize student learning in college, and offers examples and ideas for putting it into practice. It also starts from the premise that many faculty are much closer to being learner centered teachers than they think, but don’t have the full conceptual understanding of the process to achieve its full impact. 
To enable faculty to navigate this shift, Terry Doyle presents an LCT-based approach to course design that draws on current brain research on cognition and learning; on addressing the affective concerns of students; on proven approaches to improve student’s comprehension and recall; on transitioning from “teller of knowledge” to a “facilitator of learning”; on the design of authentic assessment strategies – such as engaging students in learning experiences that model the real world work they will be asked to do when they graduate; and on successful communication techniques.  - Stylus, 2011

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.  

Fri, Jan 23, 3 - 4 pm, Rags 301   - Preparation Workshop

Learning Communities

This spring, all faculty members (full-time, adjunct, and staff who teach) 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.

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Circle
Thursdays, 2 - 3:15, Rags 301
Feb 5 | What's Your Evidence?
Mar 24 | Going Public / Fitting Writing & Research Into Your Life
Apr 23 | Project Reports

100% Digital Faculty-Staff Learning Community
Wednesdays, 3:30 - 4:30
Feb 25, Mar 11, Apr 22, in Fleck 306
May 6 in Fleck 314


Conversations on Teaching: Presentations, Discussions, Workshops
Workshops, presentations, panels, and discussions on a wide range of teaching topics.

Designing (More) Effective Tests
Friday, Feb 12, 3:30 - 4:45, Fleck 314
~ Kris Sloan, Education
Refreshments served, please RSVP

Navigating Difficult Discussions in Class
Friday, Feb 20, 2 - 3:30 pm, Mabee C
~ Alex Barron, University Studies
~ Rachael Neal, Sociology
~ Grant Potts, University Studies; Religious & Theological Studies
~ Mary Rist, CTE Faculty Fellow in Global Learning; Literature, Writing and Rhetoric
Refreshments served, please RSVP

Understanding Student Course Evaluation Data
Friday, Feb 27, 3:30 - 4:45, Carter Auditorium
~ Tere Garza, Communication                                ~ Arcelia Hernandez, Education
~ Brian Smith, Politcal Science                              ~ Cindy Naples, Mathematics and Physics
~ Kris Sloan, Education                                          ~ Alan Swinkels, Psychology
~ Paul Walter, Mathematics and Physics                ~ Jeannetta Williams, Psychology

Incorporating Peer Review Into Your Teaching to Benefit International and Domestic Students
Tuesday, Mar 3, 2 - 3:15 pm, Fleck 314
~ Moriah McCracken, Literature, Writing and Rhetoric
~ Chris Micklethwait, Literature, Writing and Rhetoric 
~ Mary Rist, CTE Faculty Fellow in Global Learning; Literature, Writing and Rhetoric
Please RSVP

The Student-Teacher Relationship in the Age of Social Media
Thursday, Mar 26, 2:00 - 3:15, Fleck 305
~ Corinne Weisgerber, Communication
Please RSVP


Teaching and Your Career

Writing Your Annual Self-Evaluation
Friday, Mar 6, 1 - 2:15 pm, Holy Cross Hall 317
~ Hollis Hammonds - Visual Studies
~ Chad Long, Political Science

Preparing a Portfolio for Tenure & Promotion
Friday, Mar 13, 2:30 - 3:45, Rags 301
~ Patricia Baynham - Biological Sciences
~ Mary Rist - Literature, Writing, and Rhetoric
~ Alan Swinkels - Psychology

Faculty Talks: St. Ed's Professors Discuss Their Scholarly and Creative Work

This series is co-sponsored by the Office of Sponsored Programs.

Books De Luxe: Alfred A. Knopf and the Launch of a Publishing Powerhouse
Monday, Feb 2, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Fleck 314
~ Amy Root Clements, Literature, Writing and Rhetoric
Wine and cheese will be served, please RSVP

A Faculty Reading to Honor the Release of Mary Helen Specht's Migratory Animals
Tuesday, Feb 17, 5:00 pm, Rags 101
Mary Helen Specht, Alan Altimont, Tomas Morin, Beth Eakman, Catherine Rainwater
- presented by the School of Humanities Marcia Kinsey Visiting Writers Series

Biodiversity of Texas Sea Grass Beds:  Who Gives a Fish?
Thursday, Apr 9, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, Fleck 314
~ Raelynn Deaton, Biology
Wine and cheese will be served, please RSVP

Teaching and Advising Awards Ceremony & Faculty Recognition Gathering

This event co-sponsored by the Office of Sponsored Programs, Instructional Technology, and the Office of Assessment
Thursday, Apr 30, 4 - 6 pm, Mabee Ballrooms

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

This program co-sponsored by Instructional Technology and the Munday Library
May 18 - 29    Note:  Some sessions of the Innovation Institute will be open to all faculty, not just Innovation Fellows.




Past Event Schedules

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

Fall 2014
Spring 2014

Fall 2013

Spring 2013

Fall 2012
Spring 2012

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