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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.

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 THIS 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.

Developing Mixed Methods Research Studies

Friday, October 23, 2015 | University Library 1126 | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Register »  | Organizer: Terri Tarr and Presenter: Debra Burns  

Mixed methods research includes research studies or programs that involve the integration of qualitative and quantitative concepts, methods, and data. The combination of qualitative and quantitative methods and data in the natural and social sciences has occurred for centuries. Mixed methods researchers contend that combining elements from quantitative and qualitative traditions provide enriched, multi-perspective understandings of research phenomena. This workshop will cover an overview of MMR, combing research questions, designs, schemas, data collection, and analysis strategies for mixed methods studies. Participants are encouraged to bring an initial research problem or question to develop during the workshop.

Writing a Teaching Statement for Awards and Advancement

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 | University Library 1126 | 12 - 1:30 p.m.
Register »  | Organizer: James Gregory and Presenters: James Gregory, Richard Turner

A teaching statement makes the case that the writer has achieved excellence in his or her teaching. The statement explains how the writer’s teaching philosophy has been put into practice, providing specific evidence to demonstrate successful student learning. This workshop will help participants identify disciplinarily-appropriate benchmarks for excellence in teaching as well as evidence that they have met these benchmarks in their own teaching. This workshop will last one and a half hours and will include time for feedback on participants’ existing teaching statements. This workshop is the second in a two-part series; faculty need not have attended the first workshop to attend this one. This workshop will last one and a half hours; the presenters will be available afterward to help provide feedback to interested participants who have existing statements.

Teaching@IUPUI: Teaching a Large Class

Thursday, November 5, 2015 | Online via Adobe Connect | 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Register »  | Organizer: Terri Tarr and Presenters: Anusha Rao, James Gregory

When teaching a large class, instructors face challenges related to engaging learners and managing the classroom. Developing rapport with students, eliciting student participation, and giving and receiving feedback from students can all be daunting tasks. Presenters and participants will discuss strategies for increasing interactivity, developing community, efficiently handling logistics, and incorporating technology to minimize the challenges of teaching a large class.

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 is now open and applications will be due by 11:59 p.m. on November 1, 2015. Click here to apply to the Certificate in College Teaching program.


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. - 2:30 p.m.
Registration » | Organizer: RISE Program

RISE Day will be a gathering of students, faculty/staff, and community partners that will include a keynote address by Dr. Paul Mullins, lunch, a student poster session highlighting a variety of RISE experiences, and a Q&A panel featuring RISE instructors and community partners.

The conference will be followed by a student workshop about how to market RISE participation to employers and graduate schools. Registration for the workshop is separate. 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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