Dear Colleagues,

The Office of Teaching and Learning has an eventful Spring term coming up! Please join us for our upcoming workshops and faculty development opportunities.
National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity Events

The OTL is hosting a live watch party for an upcoming NCFDD curricular webinar. We will be able to ask questions as part of the webinar, learn from each other, and support our ongoing goals for thriving. OTL will provide some type of sweet treat and drinks. So, bring a lunch and come join us! Please register through the link below. If you can’t join us, the webinar is also available in recorded form through the NCFDD website .
Thursday, April 11, 12:00-1:30pm
OTL Conference Room (AAC 345)

Also make sure to join us for an all-day NCFDD workshop on Friday, May 10, 9:00am – 4:00pm. Please register using the link below.

Under-represented faculty commonly describe:

  • Feeling over-whelmed by service requests related to diversity
  • Pressure to serve as role models, advisors, and mentors to all _______ students
  • Struggling to respond effectively to classroom dynamics that are shaped by race, class, and gender
  • Lack of support network, community, mentors, and sponsors
  • Mixed messages about the best use of their time on campus

The Solo Success Workshop is specifically designed to address the unique concerns of under-represented faculty members. Specifically, participants learn to:

  • Identify the common challenges under-represented faculty face on the tenure-track
  • Identify the three biggest mistakes under-represented faculty make
  • Specific strategies for increasing productivity, serving strategically, teaching efficiently, and building strong and healthy professional relationships
  • Identify why and how to connect with communities of support and accountability
Inclusive Classroom Communication Faculty Learning Community

The Inclusive Classroom Communication Faculty Learning Community is an informal bi-monthly gathering of DU tenure-track and teaching-track faculty who come together to engage in meaningful dialogue and hands-on application of best practices in inclusive pedagogy. We seek to build community, participate in a genuine discussion of our teaching, and exercise best practices for immediate implementation in our classrooms.

This community is facilitated by Dr. Christina Foust and Dr. Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave and will meet on the following Tuesdays from 10:00-11:50 am: April 2, April 16, April 30, May 14, and May 28.

Please register for this faculty learning community if you are interested in attending. Participants are expected to attend all sessions.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Lunch and Learn

Join us to learn from DU faculty and staff about the ways we can work together to create courses that integrate UDL principles, guidelines, and checkpoints. Presenters will share examples of what it looks like to provide multiple means of engagement, representation, action, and expression in their courses; and we will cover the range of UDL support available to faculty who are eager to implement this framework in their teaching practice!

Paul Arithi - Disability Services Program
Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave - Office of Teaching and Learning
Deb Ortega - Graduate School of Social Work
Jimmie Smith - Learning Effectiveness Program

Monday, April 8, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
Garden Room (Chambers Center Colorado Women's College)
Please register for this Lunch and Learn if you are interested in attending. Please notify us at if you have dietary restrictions.
Faculty Showcase: How Does a Country Recover from Genocide? Lessons in Experiential Learning in Rwanda with Professor Nancy Wadsworth

This faculty showcase is based on Prof. Nancy Wadsworth’s 2018 Winter Interterm Advanced Seminar in Rwanda, “Rwanda in the Wake of Genocide: Stretching to Understand the Unfathomable.” We will explore some of the opportunities, challenges, and lessons learned from immersing ourselves in Rwanda’s history, visiting many of the nation’s memorials to the genocide, meeting with organizations working toward reconciliation and healing, spending more time together than we do in a standard classroom, and hearing from Rwandans at this optimistic moment in the country’s life.

Wednesday, April 24, 11:30 am-1:00 pm
OTL Conference Room (AAC 345)
Please register for this Faculty Showcase if you are interested in attending.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Are you interested in designing a research project about student learning and its impact on the practice of teaching? Join us to talk about the practical elements of designing this type of research project, including the ethical issues of SOTL, getting IRB approval, project design, and many other topics. We are also hosting a drop-in work session where you can join us and ask questions about any part of your current or future SoTL projects. Find more information about each session and register using the links below.

Wednesday, April 10, 12:00-2:00 pm
OTL Conference Room (AAC 345)

Thursday, May 2, 2:00-4:00 pm
OTL Conference Room (AAC 345)
Educational Technology Workshops

Are you looking to learn about a new technology to incorporate into your teaching? Do you want to advance your knowledge about technologies that you already use? Join us at one of our upcoming educational technology workshops! Find more information about each workshop and register using the links below.

Thursday, March 28, 1:00-2:30 pm

Friday, March 29, 1:00-2:00 pm

Tuesday, April 9, 12:00-1:00 pm
OTL Conference Room (AAC 345)

Thursday, May 2, 12:00-1:00 pm
OTL Conference Room (AAC 345)
Events with the OTL 2018-2019 Faculty Fellow, Paul Michalec

Dr. Paul Michalec, Clinical Professor in the Morgridge College of Education, is the 2018-2019 OTL Faculty Fellow. Paul will spearhead initiatives intended to foster a culture of community-building and greater collegial engagement on our campus.

He hosts monthly Heart of Higher Education Conversations that are an opportunity to gather as a DU community to share the challenges and opportunities of transcending the institutional, professional, and personal choices that tend to separate core identity/integrity from day to day actions. The Heart of Higher Education Conversations create a space where staff and faculty can explore ways of re-connecting calling with professional responsibilities. Our time together is bounded by norms designed to create an open invitation to share while respecting individual choices to not share at a particular time. 
Register for these sessions by clicking on the links below. All sessions are held in the OTL Conference Room (AAC 345). Please feel free to bring your lunch!  

Furthermore, you are invited to join Paul Michalec and Paula Adamo (Languages and Literature) for a conversation and exploration of Laura Rendon's book Sentipensante. Professor Rendon will offer us a rich description of a teaching philosophy and engaged pedagogy that favors holism, integration, and community while also attending to critical thinking and rigor. Core to her reconceptualization of teaching and learning in higher education is the Aztec understanding of "difrasismo," where two independent concepts are brought together in order to create a third distinct notion that is greater than the sum of its two parts. As the subtitle of the book suggests (educating for wholeness, social justice, and liberation), Rendon's goal is to free the hearts and minds of professors and students in service of learning.  Paul and Paula will host through the Office of Teaching and Learning a three week discussion of the book (themes and practical ideas). You are welcome to attend all of the sessions or just the dates that fit your schedule. 

Thursday, April 25, 1:30-2:30 pm
Thursday, May 2, 1:30-2:30 pm
Thursday, May 9, 1:30-2:30 pm

Please register for this book study so we can send you a complimentary book and an agenda of the readings and discussion prompts.
Wishing you a wonderful beginning to your spring term,

Kate Willink
Faculty Director
Office of Teaching and Learning