CTRL Programs

CTRL Events

AU Entrée Program

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. Learn more about AU Entrée.

Faculty Fellows Program

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. Learn more about the Faculty Fellows Program. 

Faculty Learning Communities

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. Learn more about Faculty Learning Communities. 

Greenberg PhD Seminars for Effective Teaching

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. Learn more about Greenberg Seminars. 

The Green Teaching Certificate Program

Now in its 12th year, the program has certified more than 600 individual professors at AU as “Green Teachers,” by allowing them to collect points for a variety of environmental actions, intended to (1) reduce the use of paper by moving towards using course materials, assignments, and exams in an electronic format; (2) reduce the use of energy and reduce pollution by using energy efficient equipment, e.g. by making a habit of turning off equipment not in use; scheduling office hours on the day of class; or biking or carpooling to campus; and (3) commit to other measures, such as using reusable food and beverage containers; or talking to department staff about purchasing recycled materials and supplies. Learn more about The Green Teaching Program. 

New Faculty Orientations

We welcome you to campus and the community. The orientations are designed to introduce you to various offices, services and opportunities to enhance your experience as an AU faculty member. Learn more about New Faculty Orientations. 

August Workshops

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. Learn more about August Workshops.

Ann Ferren Conference

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. Learn more about Ann Ferren Conference. 

Chalk Talk Series

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. Learn more about Chalk Talk Series. 

If you have ideas or topics for this series, please send them to ctrl@american.edu.

Noontime Conversations

The Center for Teaching, Research & Learning sponsors two or three conversational lunches per semester focused on topics of special interest to Faculty. Learn more about Noontime Conversations. 

May Workshops

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. Learn more about May Workshops.

Research Software Workshops

We offer a robust schedule of Research Software Workshops to demonstrate the software we offer. Learn more about Research Software Workshops. 

Tech Talk Series

The CTRL Tech Talk Series offers opportunities to learn about the 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. Learn more about Tech Talk Series. 

If you have ideas or topics for this series, please send them to ctrl@american.edu.

Critical Perspectives on Teaching and Learning Series (Other Events)

Part of our job as faculty is to translate our informational materials to students in a way that allows for learning to occur. These sessions will unpack and explore ways that instructors can foster classroom learning environments that allow for the success of a broad range of diverse learners. Learn more about the Critical Perspectives on Teaching and Learning Series.

If you have ideas or topics for this series, please send them to ctrl@american.edu.