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Learning Communities

Learning communities pair two classes to help students develop a closer community and see intellectual connections between the disciplines. Veterans of previous learning communities will share successful practices and others can learn about how to select a course and a partner for a learning community.

Presenters: Julie Miller and Chris Edelman

Tues, Jan. 21, noon to 1:00 (lunch), Library Special Collections


Managing Screens in the Classroom

It can be a challenge to help students use smart phones, tablets and laptops responsibly in class. Participants in this session will try out several activities that integrate digital devices with class activities. They will also consider different policies to manage the use of digital devices in the classroom.

Stipends for the first 15 teaching faculty participants at each session

Presenters: Pat Burr, Kelly Pittman, and Kenneth Rogers

Mon, Jan. 27, 12:00 to 1:00 (lunch, Admin 212) OR Wed, Jan. 29, 8:00 to 9:00 (breakfast, Admin 212)


Writing Your Teaching Statement (Rescheduled from fall)

Writing a teaching philosophy serves important purposes. UIW candidates for promotion and tenure include one in their packets; moreover, having written one can make it easier to write the teaching reflection required each year in the Faculty Self-Inventory. Ultimately, a teaching statement helps us clarify our thoughts about how we are teaching.

Presenter: Dr. Barbara Millis, retired from UTSA

Friday, Jan. 31, 12:00 to 2:00 (lunch available at 11:30), Library Special Collections


Service Learning: A High Impact Educational Practice

Service learning courses give students the opportunity to apply what they are learning to a real world context and to reflect upon its significance. Service learning courses are also a second way that UIW students can fulfill the service requirements. Participants in this workshop will consider ways to match common service activities to their course outcomes and try out a variety of reflection activities.

Stipends for the first 15 teaching faculty participants at each session

Presenters: Sister Dorothy Ettling, Sherry Herbers, Monica Cruz, and Susan Hall

Friday, Feb. 7, noon-2:30, Library Special Collections lunch


Using Facebook in your Class: Pedagogical, Ethical and Legal Issues

This hands-on workshop will focus on the best practices in using Facebook as a pedagogical tool and building community in classes. Relevant ethical and legal issues will also be discussed. Participants are requested to bring their laptops and join a specific Facebook group prior to the session. Details will be sent later

Noah Kasraie— Wed, Feb.12th 4:45 to 5:45 (Admin 4:45 to 5:45)


The Writing Center Presents: Student Writing and Critical Thinking

Learn strategies to guide students into thinking more deeply about course material and translating their thoughts into writing.

Stipends for the first 15 teaching faculty participants at each session

Presenter: Amanda Johnston, Director of the UIW Writing Center

Wed, Feb.19, 8:00 to 9:00 (breakfast, Admin 212) OR Fri, Feb. 21, 12:00 to 1:00 (lunch, Admin 212)


Active Learning: Six Strategies You Can Try Right Now

In this session, participants will try out different strategies to promote active learning. Some emphasize writing and others stress discussion, but they all can be used in a variety of disciplines without a major redesign of a course.

Presenter: Brian McBurnett

Stipends for the first 15 teaching faculty participants at each session

Tues, Feb. 25, 12:00 to 1:00 (lunch, Admin 212) OR Thurs, Feb. 27, 4:45 to 5:45 (Admin 212)


Managing Cultural Diversity in the 21st Century Classroom

Given the growing ethnic, racial, religious and linguistic diversity in the United States and in intuitions of higher education, this workshop will highlight recent theory, research and practice related to teaching in complex and diverse classrooms. Additionally, the workshop will incorporate an experimental component, in which participants will reflect on their own cultural positions and assumptions and become more aware of others’ positions as a means to becoming more effective instructors.

Monday, March 10, 8:00am-1:00pm, Coffee at 8:30, session 9:00 to noon (lunch follows)

Library Special Collections

Presenters: Osman Ozturgut and Dr. Cindy Crusto, Yale School of Medicine


The Writing Center Presents: Responding to Student Writers Effectively

Discuss ways to give students helpful feedback on common issues with writing without spending all of your time grading.

Stipends for the first 15 teaching faculty participants at each session

Presenter: Amanda Johnston, Director of the UIW Writing Center

Wed, Mar. 19, 8:00 to 9:00 (breakfast, Admin 212) OR Fri, Mar. 21, 12:00 to 1:00 (lunch Admin 212)


True Grit: Talking with Students about Persistence

MacArthur fellow Angela Duckworth describes grit as “sticking with things over the very long term until you master them.“ Participants at this session will take the “Grit Scale” and discuss possible strategies for helping students become “grittier” about college success.

Stipends for the first 15 teaching faculty participants at each session

Presenter: Maria Felix-Ortiz, Psychology

Wed, Mar. 26, 4:45- 5:45 (Admin 212) OR Fri, Mar. 28, 8:00 to 9:00 (breakfast, Admin 212)


The Catholic Intellectual Tradition in Stone, Wood, and Glass

Buildings often reflect the worldview of their builders. Participants will visit the Chapel of the Incarnate Word (Motherhouse chapel) and learn about details of its art and Romanesque architecture which express the spiritual foundation on which it was built.

Presenter: Sister Eilish Ryan

Thurs, April 10thnoon to 1:00 Meet at the glass doors below the chapel’s steeple


Teaching Writing: The Basics for Faculty in any Discipline

Participants in this interactive workshop will examine current perspectives on the nature of writing, and apply that information to crafting effective assignments, using writing to further student’s mastery of course outcomes, and assessing student writing efficiently. Limit: 30 participants.

Presenter: Barbara Walvoord, retired, University of Notre Dame

Wednesday, May 14, 2014, 9:00-4:00 (Lunch will be provided), ICC Conference Hall & Patio



Register early to get a spot: Title V stipends are available only for the first 15 teaching faculty registering /attending those sessions. Use the Center for Teaching and Learning’s online registration site at or contact Kathy Allwein (283-5030 or