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CTRL Faculty Summer Institute

May 15 - May 25, 2017

Monday, May 15 | 9:30am-3:30pm | Location TBA

Complex Problems Fellows Workshop

Cindy Bair Van Dam (Hurst Senior Professorial Lecturer and Complex Problems Pilot Faculty Director) and Laiko Quintero (Program Manager, University College)

This workshop will help faculty teaching in the Fall 2017 Complex Problems pilot program develop their syllabi and course assignments. Special attention will be given to best practices for working with living-learning communities, teaching critical reading and communication skills, and providing meaningful feedback.   


Monday, May 15 and Tuesday, May 16 | 9:30am-3:30pm | Location TBA

Community-Based Learning Faculty Institute

Marcy Campos (Director of Center for Community Engagement and Service) and Harry Gilliard (Coordinator of Community-Based Learning)

This Institute provides an opportunity for AU faculty to learn about best practices in community-based learning pedagogy and to use this knowledge to revise and strengthen a course syllabus. Through the “CB” course designation, the Community Service-Learning Program (CSLP) add-on credit, and the Community-Based Research Scholars program, this pedagogy is gaining traction on campus and nationally. Faculty practitioners will serve as guest speakers to provide practical resources such as articulating learning outcomes, designing project-based vs. direct service approaches, weighing assignments to account for engagement in the community, and tips on including reflection. The first day of the session will be on campus, while the second day will begin in a neighborhood nonprofit setting. Strategies for working with community partners and incorporating neighborhood learning will be shared during the visit. 

This Institute, now in its fourth year, is relevant both for those who have experience with CBL but want to refine an existing course and those who are exploring this approach for a forthcoming class.  


Tuesday, May 16 | 9:30am-3:30pm | Location TBA

Intentional Course Design

Marilyn Goldhammer (CTRL Associate Director for Pedeagogy & Educator in Residence, SOE) and Anna Olsson (CTRL Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning Resources)

Most of us have been in the position of inheriting a course and syllabus from a colleague or being asked to create an entirely new course. It can be hard to know where to start as you weigh competing ideas, available resources, and curricular focus.How do you create cohesion and balance among course components — your goals, readings, assignments, lectures, and in-class exercises?Join us for an interactive session to explore ways to make course design decisions with intention.  


Tuesday, May 16 | 12:30pm-3:00pm | Location TBA

Promoting Inclusive Classrooms

Fanta Aw (Assistant VP of Campus Life, Office of Campus Life) and Amanda Taylor (Professorial Lecturer and Program Director - IC in SIS)

The changing demographics (race, class, gender, and political diversity) of the AU student body require culturally responsive pedagogy for effective teaching and learning. This workshop will help faculty identify tools for creating inclusive classrooms. The focus will be responsive to timely issues affecting our students and the campus learning environment such as

  • Reducing stereotype threats

  • Managing difficult conversations and conflicts

  • Diversity and inclusion statements

  • Assessing relevance of course materials

  • Pro-social classroom

  • Micro-aggressions in the classroom and implicit bias

  • Building course content to ensure diversity of perspectives and viewpoints


Thursday, May 18 | 9:30am-3:30pm | Location TBA

Leveraging Instructional Technology for Your Classroom

Anna Olsson (CTRL Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning Resources), Lindsay Murphy (CTRL Coordinator of Faculty Technology Initiatives), and CTRL Consultants

At this workshop, you will be able to identify and learn to use the most beneficial instructional technologies for your classroom, and then get hands-on experience working with two new instructional technology tools of your choice. The day begins with a broad conversation about the role of technology in higher education and how it can most efficiently be used to align with course goals and learning outcomes, while being accessible to all students. Following the morning session, you will delve deeper into two tools of your choice by attending hands-on workshops that go into detail about their uses in your classroom.

Monday, May 22 | 9:30am-3:30pm | Location TBA

Using SPSS Software for Research and Teaching

Assen Assenov (CTRL Associate Director for Research Support) and Angel Bogushev (CTRL Academic Technology Applications Trainer)

SPSS is a user-friendly statistical package that easily performs data manipulation, analysis, and visualization. This full-day, hands-on workshop will introduce some fundamental topics utilizing the point-and-click interface over four distinct sessions. We will begin with an overview of the software, including simple data exploration and manipulation techniques. The aim of the second session is to help increase skills in creating and customizing graphics. The third session will introduce linear regression analysis and diagnostics. The workshop will be completed by bi-variate and regression analysis for categorical variables.

Monday, May 22 and Tuesday, May 23 | 9:30am-3:30pm | Location TBA

Kickstarting Your Summer Writing Project: A Two-Day Write-on-Site

Naomi Baron (CTRL Executive Director)

Finding uninterrupted time to work on a writing project is often a challenge. Whether we are drafting a book proposal, an article, an op-ed, a fellowship proposal, or course redesign,
distractions tend to chip away at our best-laid writing plans.

Make the beginning of summer an opportunity to focus on your writing project by joining colleagues for a two day "write-on-site." CTRL will provide lunch, drinks, snacks, and a place for quiet, individual work. You bring your writing implements and emerging ideas.

This workshop is part of the year-long Partners in Writing Program (in collaboration with the Humanities Lab), which provides space each week for faculty to work on individual writing projects.


Wednesday, May 24 | 9:30am-3:30pm | Location TBA

Data Exploration and Visualization

Assen Assenov (CTRL Associate Director for Research Support), Angel Bogushev (CTRL Academic Technology Applications Trainer), and Bill Harder (CTRL Lab Manager)

Join us in this full-day, hands-on workshop to discuss the next steps of your research: finding, cleaning, and exploring data to search for patterns and insights which visualize your story. Please bring your research questions and hypotheses that we can work on. First, we will discuss how to conceptualize and organize your data broadly. Then, we will break into two groups.

The quantitative research group will discuss the process of variable identification, univariate and bi-variate analysis and visualization, and variable creation and transformation. The qualitative research group will focus on how to organize and analyze data, including interviews, field notes, archival sources, images, videos, and more. We will use tools like word clouds, word trees, cluster analysis, concept diagrams, and network maps.

Thursday, May 25 | 9:30am-3:30pm | Location TBA

Sustainability Across the Curriculum

Megan Litke (Director of Sustainability Programs)

Join us for a full-day workshop to integrate sustainability into an existing course. AU is committed not only to carbon neutrality by 2020, but also to educating our community about local and global sustainability issues. The goal of this workshop is to create an opportunity for faculty from all disciplines to engage with a diverse cohort to learn how to include sustainability concepts in any course.

Participants will be introduced to sustainability concepts and examples of sustainability concepts that have been included in courses across the curriculum, as well as to campus and community resources that are available to help faculty integrate sustainability into a course. Reflection opportunities and small group discussions will provide faculty participants with an opportunity to connect sustainability broadly to their discipline and then to a specific course. Participants will leave with a plan to integrate sustainability into a course. Faculty who edit a course syllabus for the next year will be recognized by the Office of Sustainability.