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Group Opportunities

One of the best sources of knowledge and experience in the classroom comes from our colleagues. CETL offers group opportunities for those who like to meet and discuss teaching and learning topics and issues with their colleagues. Whether it be discussing a book or video, seeing a technology demonstration, or learning from a colleague about a teaching technique that works for them we will offer options to consider each semester as you strive to improve your teaching and student learning.

Successful Teaching Practices: Instructor Case Studies and Professional Rounds

Our signature program that is offered every semester is a collaboration with the professional development unit at CVTC. This group meeting features at least 6 dates all focused on one theme for the semester and will meet at either CVTC or CETL.

Past themes have been effectively using groups, efficient grading practices, small changes with a big impact, culturally responsive practices, and intentional teaching practices.

CETL Certificate Program

Designed for
Early career educators;those with 4 or less years of teaching experience.

The topics change every year so participants are invited to join this group multiple times.

Please email CETL to register for this group.


Book Discussion

slow profThe Slow Professor: Challenging the Culture of Speed in the Academy
By: Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber
Discussion Facilitator: Jessica Miller

If there is one section of society that should be cultivating deep thought in itself and others, it is academia. Yet the corporatization of the contemporary university has sped up the clock, demanding increased speed and efficiency from faculty regardless of the consequences for education and scholarship.

In The Slow Professor, Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber discuss how adopting the principles of the Slow movement in academic life can counter this erosion of humanistic education. Focusing on the individual faculty member and his or her own professional practice, Berg and Seeber present both an analysis of the culture of speed in the academy and ways of alleviating stress while improving teaching, research, and collegiality. The Slow Professor will be a must-read for anyone in academia concerned about the frantic pace of contemporary university life

If you are interested in attending this group please email CETL.

Book Discussion

evictedEvicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
By: Matthew Desmond
Discussion Facilitator: John Pollitz

A community-wide reading initiative aimed at encouraging residents of the Chippewa Valley to turn their attention to a single book on a social justice topic in order to understand how the issue affects our community and, more importantly, to start conversations about how community members can take positive steps toward change. The book we have selected is Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond, which looks at how eviction and poverty affect the economic and social fabric of a community.

This one-time book discussion will be held from 12-1pm on January 31, 2017, in the CETL conference room. It is scheduled in conjunction with the Eau Claire One Book, One Community event.

If you are interested in attending this group please email CETL.

Inclusive Pedagogy

msuDiscussion Facilitator: Jeff Goodman

As a response to the 2015 Campus Climate Survey and the Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity Implementation Plan, the Women's Studies Program would like to host a discussion group on inclusive pedagogies during spring 2017. We will use a series of articles that are available on the Michigan State University Inclusive Teaching website. On the website, there are resources for different disciplines and there is a link for Inclusive Teaching in Gender Studies. We envision participants going to the website and choosing articles to be discussed; probably 2 articles per session. This approach will be valuable to participants as they are able to use this information directly in their classrooms.

If you are interested in attending this group please email CETL.