"It has been said that the primary characteristic of a truly enlightened mind is its ability to entertain two seemingly contradictory ideas at the same time."

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

April Forum 2017

April 7th, 2017 from 8:30 - 3:30 pm

Keynote Presentation


Scales of Difference: Practicing Story-ing each other

Ananya Chatterjea

(Scholar & Professor of Dance, U of M)


Ananya leading a community workshop

Recent events have reminded us of our collective failure to understand our intersectionality and the complexity of our identities and allegiances. As we re-dedicate ourselves to building communities through our work with students, how might creative processes allow us to indicate the many ways in which our lives resonate with each other? How might the drawing out of different stories create layered understanding of shared human experience?

In this session, Dr. Chatterjea will work with poetic text and metaphoric movement to remind us of the implication of the global in the local and our inevitable interdependence”.  A brief dance theater performance, participants working in small and large groups, and shared dialogue will be the key features of this session. The interactive exercises will work with the concept of "story-ing", creating and sharing stories in response to prompts.”

Everyone is welcome to attend, however, to help her prepare a presentation that is inclusive of all and provides accommodations as needed, please click here to RSVP for the presentation and indicate in your response if you have any special needs with regard to movement.

Registration and requests for special needs is required by Tuesday, March 28, 2017.


Coffee Hour: 8:30 - 9:00 am

Keynote Presentation: 9:00 - 10:45 am

Location: Atwood Ballroom



The Unconference is a forum for faculty and staff to share and showcase the work they have done or to seek feedback on what they are planning for next year. We understand if you are unable to present, but, please make plans to come and participate. No RSVP needed for participation – just show up!

If you are thinking about presenting, the commitments are to:

  1. Choose a topic related to one of the following:
    • Your efforts to make changes to your program or course based upon last year’s assessment of the OHC dimension “Communicate Effectively” or
    • Your accomplishments and efforts at enhancing yours and your students’ Engagement as a member of a diverse and multicultural world, or
    • Plans you might have for next year as we prepare for the next OHC Dimension, “Think Creatively and Critically.”
  2. Prepare and present a 2-minute introductory pitch (no PowerPoints needed) to share the highlights of your topic and a couple of questions you would like your audience to think about.
  3. When that is over, move to an assigned table to facilitate a discussion in a small group. (Bring with you a short hand-out with the description of your topic and questions.)
If you are willing to help us lead these focused, reflective conversations with your colleagues, please e-mail cetl@stcloudstate.edu, with the following information:


Registration Information


Department / Unit:

Participation (Check One):

____ Present (if yes, please provide details below)

____ Attend

Title of Presentation:

Abstract (not more than 50 words):

Which of the following Our Husky Compact Dimension does your presentation connect to? (Check all that apply):

2015-16 (Communicate Effectively): ____

2016-17 (Engage as a Member of a Diverse and Multicultural World): ____

2017-18 (Think Creatively and Critically): ____


Time: 11:00 - 12:30 pm

Location: Atwood Glacier

Student Learning: Online Courses

Professor Robin Ewing, SCSU


Following the January Workshops webinar on Anti-Racist pedagogy in synchronous online learning, this session will focus on creating community in asynchronous online courses. In particular we will discuss adapting classroom-based activities to online platforms, reflective activities, and discussions. Through collaborative dialogue and problem solving, participants will learn strategies to enhance student learning to Engage as members of a diverse and multicultural world, and Think Creatively and Critically.

To RSVP for this session, please click here and write the name of this session in the body of the email.

Time: 1:15-2:15 pm

Location: Atwood Glacier


New Faculty Conversations


Active and engaging technology enhanced session on what faculty who have been hired over the last 3 years would like to share with us about their experiences and learning and what we can learn from them.

To RSVP for this session, please click here and write the name of this session in the body of the email.

Time: 2:30-3:30 pm

Location: Atwood Glacier