Every year before the beginning of the semester, the Center for Teaching, Research and Learning, in collaboration with the University Library, hosts the May Workshop series, demonstrating new and innovative approaches to classroom teaching and research.
This one-day annual conference, held the Friday before spring classes begin, features interactive, faculty-led panel sessions on current and important topics related to teaching, research, and learning.
The CTRL Chalk Talk Series supports focused discussions that are timely and relevant to all faculty at American University. The series, which are 75 minutes long, are designed to be responsive to the needs of faculty: topics can be submitted by as early as two weeks in advance, and the event can be scheduled anytime that best meets the needs of the faculty. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. If you have ideas or topics for this series, please send them to email@example.com.
This year’s program included curriculum-based workshops on topics such as active learning, curriculum design, and grading strategies; instructional technology workshops on topics such as video creation, creating surveys in Qualtrics, and the Blackboard gradebook; a Community-Based Learning institute; two Complex Problems Faculty Fellows Workshops; as well as “Office Hours” hosted by faculty from each of the AU Core’s five Habits of Mind.
The CTRL Tech Talk Series offers opportunities to learn about technology that can be incorporated into your teaching and scholarship. The series, which are 75 minutes long, are designed to be responsive to the needs of faculty: topics can be submitted by as early as two weeks in advance, and the event can be scheduled anytime that best meets the needs of the faculty. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. If you have ideas or topics for this series, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AU Entrée is a program for new full-time faculty at AU, designed to support you during your first two years of teaching, and run by a seasoned member of the AU faculty. The program enables you to learn about best teaching practices from a spectrum of mentors and to network with peers.
The goal of the Faculty Fellows Program is to advance CTRL’s mission of promoting and supporting excellence in teaching and research. The Program leverages faculty expertise to lead in the sharing of knowledge, experience, and creativity with their colleagues. Faculty Fellows work with CTRL to develop and implement programming to enhance faculty’s effectiveness as teachers and researchers.
Recent events on- and off-campus have reminded us of the vital importance of developing curricula and pedagogy that recognize and sustain the ways of knowing and the lived experiences of students from communities marginalized by systemic inequalities.
The Greenberg Seminars for Effective Teaching is now a one-credit course, The Art of Teaching, that is offered each spring semester for PhD students who want to learn more about educational pedagogy. Designed as a complement to the PhD academic experience, the Greenberg PhD Seminars for Effective Teaching provide a hands-on, practical introduction to professional development and classroom techniques.