CTL Workshops  

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

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.

Making PULs a Central Part of Faculty Work

Thursday, November 12, 2015 | University Library 1126 | 12 - 1:30 p.m.  
Register »  | Organizer: Terri Tarr and Presenters: Terri Tarr, Richard Turner

The Principles of Undergraduate Learning (PULs) are the essential ingredients of the undergraduate educational experience at IUPUI. These principles form a conceptual framework for all undergraduate students’ education. Faculty are expected to contextualize the PULs for students within an individual course and teach students how to recognize success in meeting PUL expectations. In this workshop, participants will examine the values and characteristics of their own teaching as they relate to PULs, develop a plan for making PULs part of their teaching, and consider strategies for documenting the success they have had in incorporating PULs into their teaching.

Introduction to High-Impact Practices

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 | University Library 1126 | 12 - 1:30 p.m.  
Register »  | Organizer and Presenter: James Gregory

High-impact practices like undergraduate research, service learning, study abroad, and experiential learning have been demonstrated to improve student engagement, achievement, and retention. Similar results can also be achieved through first-year seminars, themed learning communities, and writing-intensive courses, as well as through collaborative and capstone projects. However, designing these experiences for students requires careful planning and access to the appropriate resources. This workshop will introduce IUPUI faculty to high-impact practices in general by briefly reviewing each of these practices and the considerations for implementing them. Faculty will also be directed to resources and offices on campus that support the design and delivery of specific high-impact practices.

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


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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