Huston-Tillotson welcomes new
Center of Academic Innovation & Transformation!
Innovative thinking is about unlocking the skills that will impact the future...a collective goal in delivering transformative value to the minds of tomorrow...
Getting the Most Out of a Brief Teaching Workshop
Short workshops can be effective at changing teaching habits. Read below for ideas that can make your expertise a double-edged sword in teaching!

Getting Students to Show-up: Is Online Office Hours the New Trend?
A project supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, assistant editor Sydney Johnson reports how some faculty leverage technology to enhance personal experience and accessibility, in addition to traditional, face-to-face, meetings with students.

Supporting Our Students' Writing Skills
Ever asked yourself, "How can I best support students with very poor writing skills...?" Bonni Stachowiak, Director of Teaching Excellence and Digital Pedagogy at Vanguard University of Southern California, and columnist with EdSurge shares research and thoughts on how to support college students' writing.

Teaching 101: Master Writing Your Teaching Philosophy
Every professor has opinions about teaching and learning, and what works and doesn't work. Incorporating your passion for teaching and learning, while connecting experience is key to polishing a stellar Teaching Philosophy.

SPOT & STOP: 3 Tricks to Ending Plagiarism
Teaching many classes mean grading lots of homework. Checking student work for academic integrity, specifically, has become a time consuming burden for many educators. Read more to learn 3 easy tips on how to spot and stop plagiarism.

“As leaders in education, our job is not to control those whom we serve, but to unleash their talent. If innovation is going to be a priority in education, we need to create a culture where trust is the norm.” –George Couros
Professional Development Opportunities
Introducing 2-day Virtual Conference on Online Student Services!
Monday October 29 & Tuesday October 30, 2018, 10am-3:45pm Central
This 2-day event addresses challenges Student Services/Affairs Professionals face when trying to research, implement, and assess online student services. Participants will learn:
·     Conducting Needs Assessment
·      Scheduling, Coordinating and Assessing Vendor
·      Working with IT
·      Contracts, Negotiations & Budgeting
·      Evaluating ADA Compliance
·      Implementation Strategies
·      Managing Online Student Services
·      Assessing Online Student Services 

Morehouse College Teaching and Learning Institute Invitation
The goal of the Fall UNCF/Mellon Teaching and Learning Institute at Morehouse College, November 29-December 2, is to provide member faculty with the opportunity to create integrative, cultural, and historical service-learning experiences, which will include the use of technology, digital media and open-educational resources. Deadline October 25.
“Better by the Numbers” explores the use of data to increase transparency, accountability, and improvement in higher education. Guests include Robert Kelchen of Seton Hall University, Sally Johnstone of NCHEMS, Michelle Asha Cooper of the Institute for Higher Education Policy, Archie P. Cubarrubia of Miami Dade College, and Stephanie A. Bond Huie of The University of Texas System.

Upcoming Webinars
Case Study- Increasing Completion Rates In High-Enrollment, Low-Success Courses
Tuesday October 16, 2018
2:00pm CST

Beyond Lecture Capture: Improving Engagement with High-Quality Video
Tuesday October 23, 2018
1:00pm CST
A Little Nudge Goes a Long Way: Helping Students Help Themselves
Wednesday October 24, 2018
1:00pm CST
All faculty and staff are welcome to participate in any offered professional development opportunity. Upon selection of event, click the RSVP link to register. A confirmation email will be sent to registered participant providing event details. All participation is monitored and tracked for reporting purposes with The Center for Academic Innovation & Transformation.
#edtech: Empowered by Innovation
Technology in 10 minutes: Connecting People with Ideas for Life
Technology in the Classroom
The buzz around campus is both students and faculty are enjoying the new Promethean Smartboards!! If you have yet to experience these awesome tech boards, swing by AL316, AL318 and JM102 classrooms today! To support usage, checkout these useful video tutorials.


Platform that allows instructors to create, upload or use sample assignments on iPads. Incorporates ability to also see student work in real-time.
( Enrichment Index: Classroom Efficiency )

Engaging app that exposes students to STEM careers through videos showcasing diverse role models and jobs performed. Through simulations and games, students will learn about various aspects of careers, such salary rates, sample tasks and educational requirements.
(Enrichment Index: Career Planning)

Assists college students find professors and professionals who's work aligns to their research.
(Enrichment Index: Student Coaching)
What We're Reading...
The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure

First Amendment expert Greg Lukianoff and social psychologist Jonathan Haidt show how the new problems on campus have their origins in three terrible ideas that have become increasingly woven into American childhood and education...
RAM SPOTLIGHT: Scholarship & Research
Round of applause to both Drs. Alaine Hutson and Katherine Oldmixon for their attendance to October's UNCF/Mellon Scholars Transforming the Academy Conference, held in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Hutson, a UNCF/Mellon Research Fellow, was recently granted an international faculty residence that allowed her to conduct her research on slavery in the Middle East in Qatar this past summer. Those present were greatly impacted and highly impressed with Dr. Hutson's presentation.

Congratulations are in order to Jennine Krueger, English Lecturer for her paper acceptance, titled Bridging the Classics . Professor Krueger will serve as a conference speaker at the November Conference for Young Adult Literature Louisiana and return with new research that will enhance her classes at HT.

  • We here at Huston-Tillotson value Scholarship & Research. Should you desire to present your research at our newly upcoming Distinguished Faculty Symposium, contact CAIT today.

  • Travel requests for PD through Title III should be first submitted to CAIT at least 3-4 weeks before scheduled event. Submissions must have:
  • 1) a Title III Pre-Travel Request Form
  • 2) Travel/Training Request Form
  • attach event agenda
These forms can be found under My.HT

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