CTL Lecture: Monday, October 12 

Art, Education and the Making of Future Creative Thinkers, a Lecture by Anila Agha

Monday, October 12, 2015 | IUPUI Campus Center Theater | 4:30 - 7 p.m. 
For more information and to register »  | Organizers: Pratibha Varma-Nelson & Angela Briel and Presenter: Anila Quayyum Agha

A successful art practice need not be measured solely on commercial success but also on the quality of life of the practitioner. Artistic excellence in creative fields is often the result of a great deal of time spent in research: analyzing, synthesizing and then producing well crafted art or design work that is heartfelt, layered and relevant to our times. The source of my own artwork has been interpretations of contrasts and similarities, within cultures/religions/rituals of people of myriad cultures. This subject matter requires deep intellectual introspection, concept development and research to assimilate it into the artwork. Having a disciplined approach to exploring a broad spectrum of ideas helps to formulate the foundations for a successful and self-sustaining long-term practice. Furthermore artistic training provides opportunities to explore a wide array of interests and to experiment and innovate with a variety of materials/processes along with conceptual development and a mastery of the visual language to deal with the challenges present in our current societies and which is essential for success in the world today. Such skills are transferable into myriad disciplines for professional advancement for students while simultaneously adding value to their lives through personal well being. 

A reception will precede the lecture outside the theater from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. with the lecture immediately following.

Learning Environments Grants

Learning Environments Grants Request for Proposals Now Open

Through the awarding of small grants, the Learning Environments Grant (LEG) supports the creation of innovative, engaging formal and informal learning environments that meet the needs of both faculty and students. The Request for Proposals for the 2015-2016 grant cycle is now live. Please email with any questions about the LEG. Please note: the deadline for required assistance from the University Architect's Office is Friday, October 23.

CTL Workshops  

Note: Attendance at any CTL workshop or event will count towards professional development required for University College’s Gateway Teaching Academy.

Drafting a Teaching Philosophy

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 | University Library 1126 | 1:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Register »  | Organizer: Terri Tarr and Presenters: James Gregory, Richard Turner

A teaching philosophy is a self-reflective expression of a faculty member’s beliefs and experiences that shape his or her teaching and learning strategies. Often used as part of a job application, a promotion and tenure dossier, a teaching award nomination, and course syllabi, a teaching philosophy captures and documents a teacher’s values and successes in teaching. This workshop is the first of a two-part series and will engage participants in conceptualizing and drafting a teaching philosophy. Faculty can attend one or both of these workshops and need not have a previously written philosophy to take part. This workshop will last two and a half hours.

Teaching@IUPUI: Preventing and Managing Disruptive Behavior

Thursday, October 8, 2015 | Online - Adobe Connect | 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Register »  | Organizer: Terri Tarr and Presenters: Douglas Jerolimov, Anusha S Rao

How and when do you address challenging student behaviors? Disruptive student behaviors are those which impede learning and teaching, and have the potential to escalate or spread if left unchecked. In this online mini-workshop, you will learn how to prevent and manage the most common disruptions.

Teaching@IUPUI: Teaching Metacognitive Skills

Thursday, October 15, 2015 | Online - Adobe Connect | 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Register »  | Organizer: Terri Tarr and Presenters: Terri Tarr, Anusha S Rao

Metacognition refers to how learners think about and monitor their own knowledge, a process which has been shown to improve students’ learning. Metacognitive skills involve assessing the demands of a task, evaluating one’s own knowledge and skills, planning an approach, monitoring one’s progress, and adjusting strategies as needed to complete the task. Participants will learn how to blend metacognitive skill instruction with content instruction by using strategies such as instructor modeling of reflection, student self-reflection, visual organizers, formative assessments, and more.

Curriculum Enhancement Grant (CEG) Symposium

Thursday, October 22, 2015 | University Library Lilly Auditorium | 2 - 5 p.m.
Register »  | Organizer: Terri Tarr and Presenter: Craig E. Nelson, Professor Emeritus of Biology at Indiana University

Held to honor and celebrate the successes of the 2014 Curriculum Enhancement Grant (CEG) awardees, the 2015 CEG Symposium will feature a keynote address titled Applying SOTL to Quickly Make Major Improvements in the Curriculum by Craig E. Nelson, Professor Emeritus of Biology at Indiana University. In the talk, he will address how we can use Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) processes to rapidly improve student success and examine an overview of the processes and some important examples. Professor Nelson's 50 papers on teaching and learning in college address critical thinking and mature valuing, diversity, active learning, teaching evolution and the scholarship of teaching and learning.

A drawing for five free copies of the book Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, a reception and poster presentations by 2014 CEG recipients will follow the keynote address.

The purpose of the CEG initiative is to provide faculty with support, time, and resources to implement projects designed to improve student learning and success. In addition, it is expected that the grants will increase faculty competitiveness for external educational or curricular improvement grants and increase the number of faculty involved in pursuing the scholarship of teaching and learning. For more information on the CEG initiative and the 2014 awardees and their projects, go to

Attending the CEG symposium is especially recommended to faculty who may be interested in submitting proposals for CEG funding in the future, but all faculty are encouraged to attend.

Canvas Workshops

View complete listing of Canvas Workshops

Learn how to use Canvas, IU's new Learning Management System, at your own pace or in a guided tutorial. The Center for Teaching and Learning, along with IT Training, offers a wide variety of workshops and webinars to help faculty set up Canvas sites for summer and fall semesters.  

Upcoming workshops: 

Oncourse to Canvas Migration Support

If you have been teaching in Oncourse and are ready to make the move to Canvas, here are some resources you may find helpful:

Annual Symposium on Excellence in Teaching

2016 E.C. Moore Symposium Call for Proposals

The IUPUI Center for Teaching and Learning seeks proposals from faculty teaching at universities across Indiana for the 2016 E.C. Moore Symposium on Excellence in Teaching. The symposium brings the Indiana higher education community together to examine teaching excellence and the instructional strategies employed in various disciplines to encourage student learning. Proposals should address one of the following: efforts to improve student learning and engagement, evidence-based practices in teaching, the scholarship of teaching and learning, the innovative use of instructional technology, and initiatives that promote excellence in teaching. Proposals that have application to other disciplines are strongly encouraged. The 2016 E.C. Moore Symposium will be held at the IUPUI Campus Center on Friday, March 25, 2016. 

Proposals will be accepted through 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 1, 2015.

For more information and to submit a proposal please visit

Teaching Programs Offered by the CTL

Certificate in College Teaching Program

The CTL’s Certificate in College Teaching program provides IUPUI graduate teaching assistants (graders, recitation leaders, primary classroom or lab instructors, etc.) with the opportunity to develop and document the college teaching skills that are critical for a successful academic career. Structured to be completed in three semesters, the program requires participants to attend workshops and webinars, as well as facilitated discussions with other program participants. Participants will create the foundational components of a teaching portfolio, including sample course materials, teaching observation reports, and a preliminary teaching philosophy statement. To apply, interested teaching assistants need to submit an online application form, a C.V., a one-page letter of interest, and a letter of support from their advising faculty member. The application system will open this Thursday, October 1, and applications will be due by 11:59 p.m. on November 1, 2015.


For more information, please visit the Certificate in College Teaching page on the CTL’s website.


The CCT program is not a K-12 teacher licensing program and is non-credit bearing. As a result, it will not appear on participants’ transcripts; however, it can and should be listed on participants’ C.V.s.

2016 Early Career Teaching Academy Applications due Monday, November 2, 2015

Most new tenure-track faculty at large public universities enter the professoriate with training and support to conduct research, but few also enter with equivalent preparation and support for their teaching. The Early Career Teaching Academy provides a setting within which faculty members can create and develop a powerful teaching career, one that is rooted in evidence-based active learning strategies and high-impact educational practices, and designed to facilitate student success. Faculty who become Early Career Teaching Fellows will be in a position to play a leading role in efforts to develop a culture of expert teaching within departments and schools at IUPUI, to document and promote their teaching successes, and to serve as effective teaching mentors for future faculty.

The academy convenes in two intensive sessions, one full-day and one half-day session. These sessions focus on the effective development and assessment of active learning teaching strategies suited to IUPUI’s diverse student body. By the second session, faculty are able to articulate the teaching strategies they plan to implement. Academy fellows have the opportunity to participate in faculty learning communities and teaching-related events over the course of the next year.

The next academy will be held on Friday, February 5, 2016, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday February 12, 2016, 1 to 5 p.m, in University Library, Room 1126.

Click here for more information and to apply.

Partner Opportunities

Save the Date for RISE Day

Friday, November 6, 2015 | University Library Lilly Auditorium | 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
RISE website » | Organizer: RISE Program

RISE Day brings together students, faculty, staff, and community partners; a keynote address, lunch, a poster session highlighting student work, a Q&A panel featuring RISE instructors/community partners and a student workshop on how to market RISE participation.

Direct questions to Dr. Jennifer Thorington Springer (, Director of the RISE Program or Morgan Johnson (, Graduate Assistant.

FALCON Adjunct Faculty and Lecturers’ Conference

FALCON provides the highest quality personal and professional development opportunities to part-time and associate faculty members from institutions of higher education around the world through networking, workshops, guest speakers, and expert panel discussions; a full weekend conference not to be missed! The conference will run November 13-15, 2015.

For more information, and to register, please visit the FALCON website

IUPUI Gateway faculty, please contact Kate Thedwall at for free registration.

Making Science Make Sense: Adapting Complex Topics for Multiple Audiences

Tuesday, November 17, 2015 | Glick Eye Institute (GK) 103 | 5 - 7 p.m.
Register »  | Organizer: Krista Hoffmann-Longtin and Presenters: Krista Hoffmann-Longtin and Jonathan Rossing

Scientists and physicians today are required to connect to and tailor their communication for a variety of audiences. Whether speaking to a patient, a journalist, or a funder, they must speak clearly and vividly about their work and why it matters, in terms non-scientists can understand. 

This workshop borrows techniques from improvisational theater and communication studies to help participants speak more spontaneously, responsively, and directly. The workshop is not about acting, but about helping scientists and physicians to connect with and engage their audience. Participants will practice finding common ground with an audience, speaking at different levels of complexity for different audiences, and answering questions about their work.

William J. Plater Institute on the Future of Learning

Monday, November 30, 2015 | Campus Center 450 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Register »  | Organizer: Office of Academic Affairs and Presenter: Katie Watson, Assistant Professor, Northwestern University

This program will involve participants in the emerging field of applied improvisation in teaching and learning with keynote, Katie Watson, JD, an award-winning Assistant Professor in the Medical Humanities and Bioethics Program of the Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, who is also an adjunct faculty member at the Second City Training Center. Come learn how improv can be used for more than comedy -- its foundational principles also drive a pedagogical strategy that is engaging, effective, innovative and fun -- and discover new ways to invigorate your teaching. 

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