Spring 2020


Support with Educational Technology
Use the Faculty Support Request Form to get help with educational technology needs. A member of our team will reach out to you promptly

Faculty Support Request Form

Support with Teaching Approaches / Pedagogy
You can request a short consultation with Julie Sievers directly through email, or through the Faculty Support Research Form.

Individual support is particularly encouraged for faculty with children/homeschooling responsibilities who are struggling with their workload. We can focus a brief session on identifying any possible ways for you to streamline your work while continuing to achieve your essential learning goals for your courses. 

Faculty Support Request Form


Email Julie


Community and Conversation

Every Thurs, Through 5/7 Faculty Parents/Caregivers Happy Hour (where it’s OK to be sad)
These sessions are designed to create a space for faculty with significant caregiving and/or homeschooling responsibilities to meet up and share support. We get that folks in this situation have very little time, and if this format is not workable for you, no worries. If you need immediate help with a teaching issue, please request individual support (above).


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Every Fri, Through 5/8

Remote Teaching Happy Hour
These sessions are designed for any member of the SU teaching faculty — full-time or part-time — to share their experiences, process the week, talk shop, or just to maintain some collegiality and connection with SU colleagues. These sessions are not designed for targeted help with Ed Tech challenges. Those requests should go through our Faculty Support Request Form.


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Faculty Collaborative for Remote Teaching - Moodle Site 
This site enables faculty to share resources, ideas, and experiences with one another directly. There have been posts in a wide variety of topics. You can also “subscribe” to a topic so you are notified if someone adds a post to it.


Teacher-Scholar Workshops, Panels, and Discussions

Feb 12

10 Strategies for Fostering Interaction and Discussion in Class 
—mini-presentation + round-table discussion

12:30-1:50 pm
Marsha Ballroom

Feb 14

 Commenting Effectively on Student Writing
Jennifer Marciniak and student consultants from the Debby Ellis Writing Center - RSVP
 2-3 pm
Library 111
Feb 19
Academic Reading: How We Keep Up with and Make Time for Scholarly Reading
Fay Guarraci, Psychology; Jethro Hernandez Berrones, History; Ben Pierce, Biology, Katy Ross, Spanish - panel and roundtable discussion

12:30-1:50 pm
Marsha Ballroom


Teaching through Integrative Learning
featuring Study Abroad faculty and 18-19 CEL Fellows Michael Kamen,
Emilly Syndor, Ed Merritt, and Katy Ross

12:30-1:50 pm
FJS 403
Mar 6
Cultivating Information Literacy
Theresa Zelasko and Katherine Hooker, Smith Library
12:30-1:50 pm
FJS 403
Apr 1

Editing a Collection: Recent Book Editors Discuss the Process - POSTPONED
Laura Hobgood, Religion; Sequoia Maner, Feminist Studies; Sandi Nenga, Sociology;
and Angeles Rodriguez Cadena, Spanish

12:30-1:50 pm
Marsha Ballroom

Apr 8

Creating Cruelty-Free Syllabi - UPDATES TBA
Erika Berroth, CTLS Faculty Fellow

12:30-1:50 pm Location TBA
Apr 17
FYS: Making Connections in First-Year Seminar/Advanced-Entry Seminar
Sergio Costola, Theatre; Sarah Brackmann, Integrative Learning; Lisa Dela Cruz, Mosaic; Julie Sievers, CTLS 

- RSVP12:30-1:50 pm
Location TBA
Fri, Apr 17

Responding to Inclusion, Equity, and Accessibility Challenges in the Remote Classroom
Erika Berroth, CTLS Faculty Fellow and Modern Languages & Literatures; Julie Sievers, CTLS; Jennifer Leach, Advising & Retention; Jen Smull, Academic Success; and Melanie Hoag, Instructional Technology

In this open-format session, we invite you to join colleagues in reflecting on how accessibility, inclusion, and engagement are playing out in you remote courses. Are you experiencing inclusion challenges? If so, what do those look like? How can we respond, given the limitations of our own time constraints? Our goal is to share strategies and support for one another as we, and our students, adapt to learning under remote conditions. 


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Wed, Apr 15 & Mon, Apr 20

Taking Capstone Presentations Online
Melanie Hoag, Instructional Technology; Julie Sievers, CTLS

In this session, we will talk with participants about the various options for taking capstone presentations online


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May 1
Course Design Workshop - POSTPONED
Julie Sievers, CTLS
May 6 & 
May 12

Making a Summer Research and Writing Plan
Julie Sievers, CTLS
—Wed, May 6, 2-3 pm - join the meeting

—Tues, May 12, 12-1 pm - join the meeting


Conversations On Our Scholarly & Creative Lives

This series enables faculty to learn about colleagues’ scholarly and creative work while joining together for refreshments and conversation. Presenters share their work and then discuss it with the audience.

Wed Mar 11 Kim McArthur, Biology -  RSVP 12:30-1:30 pm
FJS 100
Thur Apr 16 Speaker TBA -  RSVP 4:00-5:00 pm 
CB 360


Programs for New Faculty and Mid-Career Faculty

Orientation for New Faculty
Wed, Jan 8 | Orientation to people, policies, resources, and tools | 8:30-2:30 in Cullen 360

New Faculty Foundations
(for new full-time faculty)                             

Mon, Feb 3 Balancing Teaching, Scholarship/Art, Service, and a Life 12:30-1:50 pm
Margaret Shilling Rm
Mon, Mar 2 Preventing Sexual Violence + Supporting an Honor Code Culture 12:30-1:50 pm
Margaret Shilling Rm
Mon, Apr 6 Managing Committee Service + Preparing the Brief Annual Report 12:30-1:50 pm
Margaret Shilling Rm
Mon, Apr 20 End-of-Year Lunch 12:30-1:50 pm
Margaret Shilling Rm

For more new faculty resources, visit the New Faculty Programs page


Mid-Career Mentoring Communities
Mid-Career Mentoring Communities enable members to work toward what is best for each other and have conversations about their personal and professional lives that do not normally take place among colleagues. MMCs are an opportunity to explore your hopes aspirations, and purposes and reflect on common problems, challenges, or concerns. The ultimate goal of an MMC is to reinvigorate ourselves, our work, and by extension the academy. 

Convene Your Own Peer Mentoring Group
If you would like to regularly gather with colleagues for mutual support and to discuss shared interests, challenges, or circumstances, the CTLS will support your group. Funds are available to support periodic lunches or refreshments. Reach out to the CTLS director, Julie Sievers, for more information.

Learning Communities & Reading Groups

To sign up for a group, visit the Reading Groups  page

Reading Groups

Podcasts on Teaching and Learning: Inclusive, Evidence-Based Approaches
Wed, Mar 13, 3:30-4:30p; Fri, Apr 3, 12:30-1:30p - CANCELLED; Thurs, Apr 30, 12:30-1:30p - CANCELLED

Convene Your Own Reading Group -Any two or more faculty who would like to read together can receive support from the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship. 


Course Design Fellows

Wed, Jan 29 Mid-Year Check-In for 2019-20 Course Design Fellows 12:30-1:30 pm
Roy Shilling Room

Writing & Research Groups

To sign up, visit the Writing and Research Groups page.

Peer Writing and Review Groups

These are small (3-4 people) cross-disciplinary groups for faculty who want to share their writing-in-progress and receive thoughtful feedback from colleagues. Groups can meet for as little as a semester but may choose to stay together for longer. They often meet every 3-4 weeks.

Writing & Research Accountability Groups – online or in-person

Accountability groups of 3-4 people require less time commitment than peer review groups. Members agree to check-in regularly (usually weekly or bi-weekly) to report on whether they met their goals for the preceding period, and to define their goals for the upcoming period. Sign-up

The Junior Faculty Research Group (JFRG), offers in-person accountability groups for junior faculty and are highly         recommended for pre-tenure or visiting faculty members. This group is run by and for junior faculty, led this year by Jethro Hernandez Berrones. Look for sign-up information in your email. 

Workshops for Departments, Committees, and Department Chairs

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Faculty Search Process - for Search Committees
Julie Sievers, CTLS
Multiple Dates and Times TBA | Cullen 120

Classroom Observation of Teaching - for department chairs
Julie Sievers, CTLS
Wed, Jan 29 | 2:00-2:30 pm, CB 360

Interpreting Student Evaluation Data - for department chairs
Julie Sievers, CTLS
Wed, Mar 25 | 2:00-2:30 pm, Connie Ballroom

Past Event & Program Schedules

Contact the CTLS

Julie Sievers, Ph.D.
Director of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship
Cullen 120  |  sieversj@southwestern.edu   |  512.863.1390