Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning



New Faculty Orientation 2015 Conference at a Glance


Wednesday, August 19

12:00-12:30     Welcome to New Faculty and Introduction to the SCSU Teaching and Learning Fair and Passport Activity, Miller Center Second Floor Reading Court

12:30-1:00       Networking Lunch. Third Floor, Miller Center 310

1:00-2:00         Introduction to Academic Technology

2:00-2:15         Break and move to Alumni Room, Atwood Memorial Center

2:15 – 2:45       Introduction to planning committee, CETL programs in 2015-16. Alumni Room, Atwood Memorial Center

2:45 – 3:15      Who are the SCSU Students? Alumni Room, Atwood Memorial Center

3:15-4:30        HR Benefits Overview . Affirmative Action Diversity Alumni Room, Atwood Memorial Center

Thursday, August 20, 2015

2:00 – 3:15      Teaching and Learning Session I

3:15 – 3:30      Break  

3:30 – 4:30      FA/IFO Orientation: Introduction to Faculty Association and Inter-Faculty Organization, IFO Rights and Responsibilities, and Faculty Retirement Options

Friday, August 22, 2014, 8:30 am – 3:30 pm Alumni Room, Atwood Memorial Center

8:00 – 9:00                  Continental Breakfast and President’s Remarks

9:00 – 10:00                Faculty Panel: Perspectives on The first Few Years at SCSU

10:00 – 11:00              Teaching and Learning Session II: Effective Ways to Demonstrate Our Effectiveness

11:00 – 12:00              Teaching and Learning Session III: Facilitated with the support of the Academic Technologies Team.

12:00 – 1:00                Lunch & Conversation with Deans

1:00 – 2:30                  Campus Resources Trade Show

2:30 – 3:30                  Wrap up and Evaluations


Spring Semester New Faculty Workshops

Date and Time
Comments and Resources

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015


PDR Cafe: Facilitated by Lalita Subrahmanyan and an FA Representative (TBA)

PDR Presentation by Lalita Subrahmanyan

B18, Miller Center

Dinner provided

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2015


PDR Deans' Panel
Glacier North, Atwood
Dinner provided

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015


Advising Workshop #2: Facilitated by David Warne
Alumni, Atwood
Dinner provided

Wednesday, March 25, 2015


Course Evaluations Workshop: Co-Facilitated by Lalita Subrahmanyan and David Switzer
206, Miller Center

Dinner provided



Spring Convocation Workshop

Rubrics: Why and How to Use Them

In response to popular demand, The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and the Academic Technologies Team announce a special four-hour workshop for New Faculty members on “Rubrics: Why and How to Use Them” facilitated by Bill Dowden and Lalita Subrahmanyan during January Workshops.

Whether or not you are completely new to Rubrics or you have used them before, this workshop has something for you!

When? Friday, January, 9 2015, 8:30 am – 1:30 pm. A light breakfast and lunch will be served!

Where? B31, Miller Center

All participants will receive Dannelle D. Stevens and Antonia J. Levi’s book, Introduction to Rubrics, 2nd Edition.

Participant Outcomes:

By the end of the workshop, participants will engage in hands-on activities and will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of what rubrics are, why they are useful for teaching and how and in what contexts they can be used most effectively
  • Examine sample rubrics and made decisions/choices of the kinds of rubrics they could use in their own courses
  • Use the D2L Brightspace Rubrics tool as a group to create and evaluate rubrics for one assignment, preferably one that can be modified by each member of the group for his or her own course
  • Work individually, but in consultation with one another and an expert on D2L Brightspace and teaching, to create, modify, and evaluate a rubric for one of their assignments either on D2L Brightspace or on a different platform to be later transferred to D2L Brightspace.

Homework for registrants:

To get the most out of the workshop, it is essential that participants complete the assignments and preparation before coming to the workshop. Please note that the facilitators will assume the participants have made adequate preparations for the workshop.

  • All participants: Please read Chapters 1, 2, 3, 6, 10 in Stevens and Levi’s book, Introduction to Rubrics, 2nd edition.
  • Bring your laptop or tablet with word processing capabilities.
  • If you have never used rubrics before, please bring with you: Description for one task or assignment in your class that you intend to give your students later next Spring or in the Fall semester 2015. That way, you will have time to work with the consultants and be guided to create and refine the rubric you have created.
  • If you have used rubrics before, but wish to learn more about them or to evaluate one of your rubrics using the meta-rubric provided in the book, bring your task description and rubric with you.

Once again, the deadline for registration is noon, Monday, December 8, 2014. Send us an email at


Fall Semester 2014 New Faculty Workshops

Date and Time
Comments and Resources

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

5:00-7:30 pm

PDP Café: Facilitated by Lalita Subrahmanyan, Director, CETL

Presentation: Preparing your PDP

Voyageurs North, Atwood. Dinner Provided.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


Advising: Facilitated by David Warne, Department of Communication Studies
Glacier North, Atwood

Dinner provided

Wednesday, October 15, 2014


D2L Brightspace: Facilitated by Bill Dowden, The Center for Continuing Studies
Glacier South, Atwood
Dinner provided

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


Research & Grants: Facilitated by Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Miller Center 114/115
Dinner provided in MC 310 at 5:00pm

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


Handling Student Matters: Co-Facilitated by the Office of Student Life and Development & Counseling and Psychological Services
Alumni Room, Atwood

Dinner provided


For information about the 2013-2014 academic year workshops, click here.




New Faculty Orientation

2013-2014 New Faculty share tips and tricks with 2014-2015 New Faculty.

New Tenure-Track Faculty Orientation Schedule

New FTNP Orientation Schedule




Click the image below to access the guideblog!

CETL Faculty e-Handbook



First Day Tips

Article: The First Day of Class


According to AACU, "The following teaching and learning practices have been widely tested and have been shown to be beneficial for college students from many backgrounds. These practices take many different forms, depending on learner characteristics and on institutional priorities and contexts." The practices which include collaborative assignments and projects, service learning and community engagement, are known as High Impact Practices. For more information, please go to AACU's website.


Teacher Education


Cindy Gruwell Library 180 Intro to Academic Research


Learning Styles: Concepts and Evidence

Learning Styles, are they a myths or a reality: See Daniel Willingham's video summary

and article with Cedar Reiner in Change Magazine.

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