CTRL offers events, workshops, and presentations for faculty to come together to discuss timely topics about research and instruction and share ideas and resources in order enhance teaching, bolster scholarship, and maximize student learning. We aim to support faculty professional development as inclusive, collaborative, and reflective educators and scholars.
Throughout the year, CTRL team members lead interactive workshops to support faculty in developing concrete ideas or materials to apply directly to their teaching, research, or in their teaching portfolio. We also host presentations, panels, discussions, and other events with faculty and partners across campus or invited speakers on timely topics and issues. In all our events, we aim to highlight the tremendous expertise from across American University and encourage interdisciplinary perspectives and conversations on teaching, research, and learning.
This one-day annual conference, held the week before spring classes begin, features interactive, faculty-led panel sessions on current and important topics related to teaching, research, and learning. Learn more about the Ann Ferren Conference.
August Faculty Workshops
Every Summer before the beginning of the semester, the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning, hosts the August Faculty Workshops, demonstrating new and innovative approaches to classroom teaching and research. Learn more about the August Faculty Workshops.
Critical Perspectives on Teaching and Learning Series
During the semester, CTRL hosts a series of workshops, discussions, and talks about practical ways for faculty to embrace an inclusive teaching praxis. These sessions will introduce faculty to frameworks, perspectives, and strategies to critically reflect on their teaching practice that can foster inclusive environments for all students. Learn more about the Critical Perspectives on Teaching and Learning Series.
May Faculty Workshops
The annual May faculty workshop series includes several one-day workshops that are designed to provide an opportunity to explore new pedagogical and scholarship opportunities with a little more time at hand than CTRL’s usual programs.
Research Methods Talks
Research Methods Workshops present new concepts and refresher sessions related to quantitative and qualitative methodologies and analyses. These synchronous and asynchronous workshops enable faculty to consider methodological best practices and analysis.
Teaching and Learning Workshops
During the semester, the CTRL Teaching and Learning Team hosts workshops to support faculty’s teaching-related professional development. We offer workshops on topics related to course design, inclusive and equitable teaching, instructional strategies, and developing your teaching portfolio. Our workshops are interactive events during which faculty will engage in collaborative, reflective discussions with CTRL staff and each other. Participants will leave workshops with concrete ideas or materials to apply directly to their teaching or in their teaching portfolio.