Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning

SAVE THE DATE: Fall Faculty Workshop 2021

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Since 2013, Fall Faculty Workshop has provided a practical and inspirational launch to the academic year, and this year promises to be especially meaningful. On August 19 the faculty community will gather in shared physical space for the first time in well over a year. FFW will follow on the heels of President Nook's planned address to the campus (9:00am-10:30am - Great Hall, GBPAC), at which point participants will make their way to Maucker Union. Here is an overview of the schedule.

10:45am-2:00pm - Fall Faculty Workshop (Maucker Union)

  • Introductions: President Nook and Provost Herrera
  • Keynote w/ Q&A: Andratesha Fritzgerald
  • Lunch: Faculty conversations
  • Concurrent sessions: Led by UNI innovators

Our guest, Andratesha Fritzgerald, is the author of Antiracism and Universal Design for Learning. Her keynote is entitled "Pain. Power. Honor.: Transformative Actions That Lead to Learning." An optional catered lunch will create the opportunity for UNI faculty to engage one another in conversation, and will lead to a selection of six concurrent workshop sessions (60 minutes) in nearby meeting rooms, led by various UNI groups and individuals. Each of the concurrent sessions will be interactive and designed to give faculty both an immediate point of entry into the work of creating inclusive classrooms (i.e., a "take-away" to employ immediately as the fall semester begins) as well as supplying resources and establishing an accountability group for continuing efforts and growth.

From Andratesha Fritzgerald:
"It’s more important than ever that we recognize that our systems are not socially just or equitable for our students with disabilities, our English language learners, our LGBTQ students, our students who experience trauma, students who are economically disadvantaged, and our Black, Brown and Indigenous students. This workshop will cover stories and strategies to actualize the pathway to access and success for all learners with Universal Design for Learning through an antiracism lens."

ANNOUNCEMENT: CETL Administrative Fellows appointed

After a highly competitive search, we are delighted to announce the appointment of Professor Lisa Jepsen (Economics) and Professor Sarah Montgomery (Curriculum & Instruction) as administrative fellows to the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, beginning with the fall 2021 semester. Drs. Montgomery and Jepsen are active scholars, dedicated and award-winning teachers, seasoned administrators, and innovative contributors to our institution and to their professions. It is clear that their impact on the work of the CETL will be immediate and substantial.

Our deep appreciation to all applicants for these positions, who reminded us that we are blessed with many capable and visionary faculty leaders. Thanks are also due to the members of the CETL Advisory Board and staff who served on the search committee.

Fellowships at the CETL are made possible by the Office of the Provost and supported by the fellows' respective Deans and Department Heads. Thanks to all for contributing to the work of the Center. We are all excited to enhance faculty opportunity and capacity in support of student learning.


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