Past Events

In addition to our regular programs and services, the Academy for Teaching and Learning offers special events and collaborates with others on events and projects related to our mission to support and inspire a flourishing community of learning.

We welcome new opportunities to collaborate and offer special events. Perhaps this catalog of past events will inspire you. If you have an idea for an event or collaboration that intersects with our mission, contact us at

NOTE: Some of our past events and collaborations are also available for streaming in the video library and on our MediaSpace channel.




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Connecting with International Students in the Classroom

Strategies for Understanding Cultural Backgrounds

Tuesday, February 25, 2:30-3:30
Jones Library – Creekmore Conference Room

As international student enrollment increases on campus, instructors may find students in their classes who are non-native speakers of English, whose cultural norms for academics and communication are not the same as ours, and whose life experiences may have been very different from those of domestic students. These differences can certainly enrich classroom interaction and discussion; however, they may also pose some distinct challenges for professors. This workshop offers practical experience using several different survey instruments aimed at better understanding student diversity as well as perspectives on addressing student behavior with an eye for cultural differences.

Strategies for Teaching and Grading

Tuesday, March 31, 2:30-3:30
Jones 200 – Dennis Campbell Innovative Learning Space

Whether from the United States or from other countries, students have varying needs in the academic setting for their learning and development. Adapting academic materials for non-native speakers of English is crucial to ensuring their success. Additionally, developing appropriate and thoughtful grading strategies can develop productive feedback systems for these students. In this workshop, we will consider strategies for communicating ideas to non-native English speakers and ensuring connection between ideas. Additionally, we will investigate best practices for course scaffolding, error correction, and out-of-class communication with English language learners.

Strategies for Reaching Non-native Speakers of English

Tuesday, April 14, 2:30-3:30
Jones 200 – Dennis Campbell Innovative Learning Space

Every culture uses a unique social language to express ideas and information; the culture of the American classroom is no different. However, with a growing population of non-native English speakers, an increased degree of thoughtfulness is necessary when considering communication. Modifying the language used in the classroom is an effective strategy for connecting with international students. Whether a slower pace of speaking or rephrasing colloquial statements to a simpler structure of language, faculty have the ability to improve student understanding through simple adjustments to their communication. In this workshop, we will develop verbal and visual communication strategies that impact international student comprehension and retention of knowledge.

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Monday, February 24, 1:30-3:00pm

Jones 200 – Dennis Campbell Innovative Learning Space

For those in traditional research appointments, there are several well-established metrics that can be used for evaluation, including the number of publications, impact factor of journals, and grant funding. For faculty with teaching appointments, the metrics for success are more ambiguous, making it difficult to create strong documents for awards, hiring, promotion, and tenure decisions. Thus, the goal for this workshop is to help faculty in teaching-focused positions develop effective materials. Drawing on published literature and personal experience, we will take a three-pronged approach to helping teaching-focused faculty prepare their documents by developing: 1) a teaching-focused CV; 2) an effective teaching portfolio; and 3) supplemental materials to include in submissions.

Creating a Teaching-Focused CV

Most CVs are written to highlight research accomplishments; they include sections on peer-reviewed research, conference presentations, books, grants, and other research-related activities. For faculty in teaching-related positions, these classic CVs do little to showcase their pedagogical efforts and successes. We will review suggestions and guidelines for creating an effective teaching CV. Participants will come prepared with a copy of their CV and will spend part of the workshop editing and adding to their CV.

Developing an Effective Teaching Portfolio

Most award/hiring/promotion/tenure processes require some version of a teaching portfolio (though exact requirements vary depending on institution). In this portion of the workshop, we focus on materials to include and will work with participants to develop a strategic portfolio that highlights their teaching, contributions to the field, efforts to improve, mentoring/advising roles, educational research and contributions, curriculum/program development, and educational leadership.

Supplemental Materials

Supplemental materials should support the narrative statements in the document and emphasize key aspects of excellent pedagogy (Seldin, Miller, & Seldin, 2010). During this portion of the workshop, we will discuss what types of materials to include, such as internal and external letters, how to effectively summarize teaching evaluations, and other pedagogical contributions.

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants will have an enhanced CV, a list of experiences to include in their teaching portfolio, and an individualized list of potential documents to include as supplemental materials.

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Thursday, Apr 25 | 3.30-5.00pm

Jane Damron (Communication)

2019 Collins Outstanding Professor Award Lecture

Marrs McLean Science 101 (Packard Lecture Hall)

Presented by: Office of the Provost

Flyer-Work-Life Balance Panel 2019-03-28
Flyer-IFL Character in Classroom 2019-03-25
Flyer-MLC Teaching Summit 2019-03-23
Flyer-Integrative teaching of STEM with Malcolm Campbell 2019-02-14
Flyer-IFL Character in Classroom 2019-02-12

Flyer-The Lecturer Notebook (2019)
Flyer-IFL Character in Classroom 2018-11-07
Flyer-Mentoring Women Colleagues and Students Panel 2018-11-01
Flyer-IFL Character in Classroom 2018-09-20
Flyer-Christopher P. Long #1 2018-04-19
Flyer-Christopher P. Long #2 2018-04-19
Flyer-IFL Character in Classroom 2018-01-30
Flyer-IFL Character in Classroom 2017-11-07

"Flipping Your Class without Flipping Out"


The Academy for Teaching and Learning is pleased to collaborate with the University Libraries' Online Teaching and Learning Services to offer this series of workshops for exploring flipped teaching strategies.

The series kicks off with a special Seminar for Excellence in Teaching on September 7, 2017: "Demystifying the 'Flipped Classroom.'" (Registration available on the SET webpage.)

Then follow three workshops facilitated by your faculty colleagues and OTLS instructional designers.

Note: These workshops are intended to work together. To save participants the inconvenience of three separate registrations, you only need to register once. Please do not be dissuaded if you can only attend one or two. Sign up anyway and come to the workshops you can make.

Thursday, October 5 | 2:30-3:30pm
Workshop 1: Pre-Class Activities in a Flipped Classroom

Location: Jones Library 200 (Dennis Campbell Innovative Learning Space)


Thursday, October 19 | 2:30-3:30pm
Workshop 2: In-Class Activities in a Flipped Classroom

Location: Jones Library 200 (Dennis Campbell Innovative Learning Space)


Thursday, November 2 | 2:30-3:30pm
Workshop 3: Post-Class Activities in a Flipped Classroom

Location: Jones Library 200 (Dennis Campbell Innovative Learning Space)

2017 Forming Character in the Classroom Flyer

Women's Paths to Full Professor:
Promotion Successes

Women's Paths to Full Professor-Promotion Successes

Hebl on Woman Professionals 2017-04-24
Hebl on Purposeful Personnel Planning 2017-04-12
Wes Null new book edition roundtable discussion 2017-04-03

Cultivating Perserverance and Productive Struggle
in an Age of Shortcuts

April 3, 2017
Sid Richardson 340

Presented by the Institute for Faith and Learning
with the Academy for Teaching and Learning and others.

Dr. Francis Su
Benediktsson-Karwa Professor of Mathematics Harvey Mudd College

Francis Su is the outgoing president of the Mathematical Association of America. His research is in geometric combinatorics and applications to the social sciences, and he has co-authored numerous papers with undergraduates. He has received multiple National Science Foundation research grants for his work. He also has a passion for teaching and popularizing mathematics. From the Mathematical Association of America, he received the 2001 Hasse Prize for expository writing and the 2004 Alder Award and the 2013 Haimo Award for distinguished teaching. He authors the popular Math Fun Facts website and iPhone app.

Teaching for Wisdom

March 21, 2017
5th Floor, Cashion

Presented by the Institute for Faith and Learning
with the Academy for Teaching and Learning and others.

Dr. Candace Vogler
David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor and Philosophy, University of Chicago

From 2000-2007, Candace Vogler served as co-director of the Master of Arts Program in the Humanities at University of Chicago. Her research interests include virtue ethics, social and political philosophy, cultural studies, and philosophy and literature. In 2015, she received a major Templeton Foundation grant for her project, "Virtue, Happiness, and the Meaning of Life." The project brings together philosophers, social scientists, and religious thinkers to examine the role of self-transcendence and self-transcendent goods in meaningful lives. Her books include John Stuart Mill's Deliberative Landscape: An Essay in Moral Psychology (2001), a co-edited volume The Critical Limits of Embodiment: Reflections on Disability Criticism (2001), and Reasonably Vicious (2002). She presently is writing a book on the philosophy of G.E.M. Anscombe.

Teaching for Wisdom

February 27, 2017
Barfield Room, Bill Daniel Student Center

Presented by the Institute for Faith and Learning
with the Academy for Teaching and Learning and others.

Dr. Paul Wadell
Professor of Theology and Religious Studies, St. Norber College

Paul Wadell is a specialist on the ethics of St. Thomas Aquinas. His work additionally focuses on friendship, the role of the virtues in the moral life, theology and literature, and the mission of the church in contemporary society. He serves on the advisory council of the Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE) administered by the Council for Independent Colleges. He is the author of seven books, including Friendship and the Moral Life (1989), The Primacy of Love: An Introduction to the Ethics of Thomas Aquinas (1992), Becoming Friends: Worship, Justice, and the Practice of Christian Friendship (2002), and Happiness and the Christian Moral Life: An Introduction to Christian Ethics (2007).

Virtue: An End and a Means in Your Classroom

February 16, 2017

Presented by the Institute for Faith and Learning
with the Academy for Teaching and Learning and others.

Dr. Mitch Neubert
Chavanne Chair of Christian Ethics in Business, Baylor University

Mitch Neubert's research interests are focused on understanding how leadership, teams, and change processes affect the performance of people and organizations. He also is interested in how faith intersects with these research interests. Neubert is the primary investigator on a National Science Foundation grant exploring the relationship between religion and entrepreneurship. His essays have appeared in numerous journals including Personnel Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology, Leadership Quarterly, Christian Scholars Review, Human Relations, and Review of Religious Research. He also is the author of two textbooks and teaches in Baylor’s undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA programs. He received the Hankamer School of Business’ Distinguished Professor Award in 2016 and its Teaching Excellence Award in 2013.