Ongoing Events Info

A monthly series (2nd Monday of most months, 12-1pm) intended for graduate students only. Future faculty are invited to discuss pressing classroom issues in a room of their peers. Guided by a faculty or staff teaching mentor, these sessions will offer participants a chance to deeply and meaningfully engage in conversation as well as receive a list of resources to further support their teaching. Soft Drinks, Coffee, and Desserts will be provided. Please feel free to bring a lunch.
The First Friday Roundtables are monthly discussions (1st Friday of most months, 3:30-5pm) that provide an opportunity for faculty, instructors, and graduate students to examine teaching, learning, and assessment practices and issues. The First Friday Roundtables are designed and sponsored through a collaboration of Faculty Commons partners including IT Academic Technology Services, the Institute for Transforming Undergraduate Education, the University of Delaware Library and the Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning. Follow us on Twitter to keep up with our First Friday Roundtable discussions: @UD_CTAL #FFR

Summer 2018

May 30 thru 31 – Summer Institute for Teaching (formerly known as Summer Faculty Institute)
The Summer Institute on Teaching brings instructors from across the university together as part of a larger community of educators. Meet and mingle with your colleagues, and to learn about new instructional strategies with and from instructors across our campus. This year’s institute will be held at ISE Lab and includes breakfast and lunch on both days, as well as a reception at the end of the first day. Learn more and register here

June 5 thru 7 – Course Design Institute
This workshop will provide a personalized course design experience where you will be supported by Faculty Commons Partners staff and other workshop participants to create a new course or revise an existing one. The institute will be held on June 5th – 7th in Gore Hall room 208. Coffee and a light breakfast as well as lunch will be served on each day. You must have a specific course in mind when you attend this workshop. Seating will be limited and on a first-come-first-served basis.
Register here. Note: Colleagues who have participated in a previous CTAL course design workshop or institute are not eligible to attend (but course design alumni are of course welcome to contact us for consultations and one-on-one assistance!).

August 21 –  Faculty Commons Book Club: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren 
12:00-1:30, Faculty Commons (Pearson 116)
Discussion of this year’s FYS common reader will be facilitated by Avron Abraham, Meghan Biery, and colleagues in UD’s First-Year Seminar Office.
Register here.

Fall 2018

September 7 – First Friday Roundtable: Building Community, Even in Your Large Classroom
3:30-5:00, Gore Hall 208
Register here.

September 25 –  Faculty Commons Book Club: Crucial Conversations Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Al Switzler, Joseph Grenny, and Ron McMillan
12:30-1:30, Faculty Commons (Pearson 116)
This discussion will be facilitated by Susan Luchey, Associate Director of the UD Blue Hen Leadership Program.
Register here.

October 5 – First Friday Roundtable: Making Group Work Work
3:30-5:00, Gore Hall 208
Register here.

November 1 –  Faculty Commons Book Club: Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
12:30-1:30, Faculty Commons (Pearson 116)
This discussion will be facilitated by Stephanie Kerschbaum, Associate Professor in the English Department and Faculty Success Program Coordinator.
Register here.

November 2 – First Friday Roundtable: The Procrastinator’s Guide to Canvas
3:30-5:00, Gore Hall 208
Register here.

Winter 2019

January 31 – Winter Institute on Learning
How do you make students’ learning visible in your courses? Learn with and from your colleagues? Learn with and from your colleagues about designing and grading engaging, effective assignments as part of this collaborative one-day event.
Registration information coming soon.

Past Events

Spring 2018

Feb 9 – First Friday Roundtable: “How Do I Document My Teaching For Promotion?”
3:30-5:00, Gore Hall 208
Ways to document your teaching will be discussed with a panel featuring: Barry Joyce, Olga Gorbachev,Deb Jaisi, Chrystalla Mouza (tentatively), Matt Kinservik
Register here.

Feb 12 – Graduate Teaching and Learning Conversations:  Positioning – Between Student and Faculty
12:15-1:15, Faculty Commons (Pearson 116)
This conversation will focus on the challenges and vulnerabilities that often face graduate students who inhabit the roles of student and teacher simultaneously. We’ll be joined by our colleague Adam Foley (OEI) to discuss issues of harassment and misconduct that can negatively affect your ability to instruct students or work with your faculty supervisor. We’ll discuss strategies to manage challenges from students about grades, and open the floor for other concerns. Follow up support from OEI will be available for those who wish to continue a challenging conversation.
Register here.

March 2 – First Friday Roundtable: “How Do I Make Grading Less Painful?”
3:30-5:00, Gore Hall 208
Register here.

March 12 – Graduate Teaching and Learning Conversations:  Teaching Skills Outside the Classroom
12:15-1:15, Faculty Commons (Pearson 116)
What are the skills you already have, and are developing, that you can use in other careers?
Register here.

April 9 – Graduate Teaching and Learning Conversations:  Creating Work/Work/Life Balance
12:15-1:15, Faculty Commons (Pearson 116)
How do you balance teaching, research, and life?
Register here.

April 13 – First Friday Roundtable: “Why Don’t They Like My Course?”
3:30-5:00, Gore Hall 208
Creating authentic learning experiences by using community engagement opportunities.
Register here.

April 12 –  Faculty Commons Book Club: Unscrewed: Women, Sex, Power, and How to Stop Letting the System Screw Us All.
12:30-1:30, Faculty Commons (Pearson 116)
Discussion facilitated by Adam Foley, Associate Director of Diversity and Inclusion and Adjunct Faculty member in Women’s and Gender Studies.
Register here.

April 26 –  the University of Delaware Writing Center will be hosting Dr. Neal Lerner, Director of the Writing Program at Northeastern University and prominent scholar in the field of composition studies. Dr Lerner will offer a hands-on workshop for faculty from all disciplines, and an invited talk for the whole campus community. Register here.

Workshop for Faculty: Teaching for Meaningful Writing in all Disciplines
11:00am – 12:15pm, Faculty Commons (Pearson 116)
Based on the results of a multi-institutional study, the Meaningful Writing Project, this hands-on workshop will help faculty (re) design assignments to foster their students’ meaningful writing experiences in all disciplinary contexts. This workshop will be of interest to any faculty who include writing-to-learn or writing-in-the-disciplines assignments in their courses. Participants should bring course materials, like a syllabus or writing assignment sheets, that they would like to rethink through the lens of this research.

Lecture: the Meaningful Writing Project: Learning, Teaching, and Writing in Higher Education
3:30pm – 4:30pm, Memorial Hall 108
Faculty, administrators, staff and students are all invited to attend. The Meaningful Writing Project is a multi-year, multi-instructional study of what college seniors report to be their most meaningful writing projects as undergraduates.  In this talk, Dr. Lerner will present findings from this research and discuss their implications for curriculum, pedagogy, and assignment design across the disciplines.

May 4 – First Friday Roundtable:  “How Can Self-care Help Me Become a Mindful Instructor?”
3:30-5:00, Gore Hall 208
Led by Michael J. Mackenzie, Assistant Professor in Behavioral Health, Program Director of the Graduate Certificate in Health Coaching and Director of the Mind Body Behavior Laboratory.
Register here.

May 22-24 – PBL Classic: Introduction to Problem-Based Learning
PBL Classic introduces participants to inquiry-based approaches centered around problem-based learning. We demonstrate strategies, practice skills, and identify resources to transform classrooms from lecture-based, teacher-centered spaces into student-centered, inquiry-based environments. Visit the CIRTL2018 web site for more info and registration.
Offered in conjunction with the Center for Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL)


Winter 2018

Jan 16, 17 and 18 – Transition to Canvas Course Support
9-4:30, Faculty Commons (Pearson Hall 116)
Visit T2C website for more information about the workshops being offered. Workshops are about 1-2 hours long and cover various topics. No registration needed, just drop in!

Jan 23 – New Faculty Orientation
9-4:30, Faculty Commons (Pearson Hall 116)

Jan 25 and 26 –  Syllabus Clinic
8:30-5:00, Faculty Commons (Pearson Hall 116)
Drop into the Faculty Commons anytime during the Syllabus Clinic hours and get one-on-one feedback on your syllabus. ATS staff will also be on hand to offer Canvas support for courses.

Fall 2017

September 8

First Friday Roundtable: “Why Don’t They Talk?”
3:30-5:00, Gore Hall 208|
Creating a classroom community. What does “participation” actually mean for you? Hosted by CTAL. Register here.

Teach Assess Learn Podcast Episode 7 from Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning (CTAL) hosted by UD Capture.  Rose Muravchick and Kevin Guidry share the highlights of  September 8’s First Friday Roundtable 

 September 11

Graduate Teaching and Learning Conversations:  Managing Expectations
12:00-1:00, Faculty Commons (Pearson 116)
Topics to be discussed: Working with your advisor and your students; Clashes in teaching philosophies; Office hours and student contact. Register here.

September 13

Teaching Freshman Series (Session I)
12:00-1:30, Faculty Commons (Pearson 116)
Professor Mark Stanton, from the department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, will help participants learn how to orient students early on to their assessments through mastery of increasingly complex material. Register here.

September 27

Teaching Freshman Series (Session II)
12:00-1:30, Faculty Commons (Pearson 116)
Associate Professor Christine Peters Cucciarre, English, will focus upon getting students to think about their learning by reflecting and will assist faculty in providing students with feedback. Cucciarre is the director of composition and an associate professor of English at the University of Delaware. Cucciarre teaches graduate courses such as “Advanced Pedagogy in English Studies,” and “Composition Theory” as well as regular undergraduate sections of first-year writing, creative writing, introduction to rhetoric and writing studies, and new media writing. Register here.

 October 6

First Friday Roundtable: “How Do I Help Undergraduate Students Be Successful at UD?
3:30-5:00, Gore Hall 208
How do you feel when advising undergraduates? Scared to death and totally unprepared? Afraid you would get everything completely wrong? Overwhelmed by the numerous UD policies and systems? All of the above? This interactive session will utilize case studies, role playing, as well as small and large group discussion to illustrate common advising issues and the ways in which they may be approached. Facilitators will provide information and guidance on academic policies, campus technologies, and the soft skills needed to help faculty strengthen their advising portfolios. Register here.

Teach Assess Learn Podcast Episode 8 from Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning (CTAL) hosted by UD Capture. Rose Muravchick chats with Naomi Nashi, Director for the Blue Hen Success Collaborative,  about what UD is doing to promote student success.

October 9

Graduate Teaching and Learning Conversations: Issues of Authority
12:00-1:00, Faculty Commons (Pearson 116)
How do I get my students to take me seriously in the classroom? Imposter Syndrome. Register here.

October 11

Teaching Freshman Series (Session III)
12:00-1:30, Faculty Commons (Pearson 116)
The final session of this series will be facilitated by Nancy O’Laughlin and Sandy McVey of Academic Technology Services. They will focus on technology-based tools that faculty can utilize to help monitor their students learning, enhance participation, and create automated feedback. Register here.

November 3

First Friday Roundtable: “Why Don’t They Do The Reading?
3:30-5:00, Gore Hall 208
Creating accountability, transparent teaching tips, supporting good study habits, making use of unique campus resources. Register here

Teach Assess Learn Podcast Episode 9 from Center for Teaching and Assessment of Learning (CTAL) hosted by UD Capture. CTAL’s Rose Muravchick and Kathy Pusecker share their key “takeaways” from today’s 1st Friday Roundtable led by Bill Lewis, associate professor of literacy education in the School of Education.

November 13

Graduate Teaching and Learning Conversations:  Dealing with Conflict
12:00-1:00, Faculty Commons (Pearson 116)
Haggling over grades, conflicts w/faculty over teaching responsibilities, toxic classroom environments, policies and empowerment. Register here.


Additional Teach, Assess, Learn Podcasts

Podcast: Creating a Classroom Community


Podcast:Presentations and Making the Most of Them for Your Class


Podcast: Sticky Learning

Using assessment techniques to help learning “stick”. Learning is scaffolded through activities such as the defining features matrix, debate and concept map.


Podcast: Grading Fairly and Effectively

Ensure that international students will do well on your tests by testing on content rather than cultural knowledge.NY Times article we mentioned. And here you can find the research on Culturally Responsive Assessment.




“Attending the workshop renewed my energy and enthusiasm for teaching — not that I had lost it! I love my students and it is a joy to walk into the classroom. Actually, I feel the way I did when I was teaching 26 years ago.” Mary Ruth

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