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All Duquesne faculty, staff, and graduate students are welcome to attend CTE's workshops.  Please register online to assist us in planning. The online registration form contains all scheduled events for the semester. 

Fall 2016 Workshops

Introductory Session: Certificate of University Teaching (graduate students only)

Hosts: Emtinan Alqurashi and Arvin Simon (CTE)
Date: Tuesday, September 6, 1:45-3:00
Location: Union 613

The Center for Teaching Excellence is delighted to introduce the Certificate of University Teaching, a non-credit program which provides an excellent opportunity for graduate students to document their college teaching in preparation for faculty careers. Please attend this informational session to learn more about the certificate, ask any questions that you may have, and enroll in the program!

Register online 

Teaching the New MLA Citation Style

Facilitator: James Purdy (Writing Center and English)
Date: Monday, September 12 12:00 - 1:00
Location: Union 608

Description coming soon

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Transparent Assignment Design - Hands-on

Facilitator: Laurel Willingham-McLain (CTE)
Date: Tuesday, September 13, 1:45-3:00 
Location: Union 613

Description coming soon

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Better Together: Highly Effective Practices for Engaged Learning

Special Guest Presentation with Terrell Rhodes, Vice-President, AAC&U (Read more here)

Date: Friday, Sept. 16, 1:30-3:30,
Location: 613 Union

This workshop invites attendees to consider the learning outcomes of their own courses and curriculum in the framework of what we know works for enhancing student learning for all students. In Ensuring Quality and Taking High-Impact Practices to Scale, George Kuh and Ken O'Donnell (2013) list a set of characteristics that are associated with deeper student learning through highly effective practices. Further, research demonstrates that the use of multiple high impact practices amplifies engaged learning.

Workshop participants are encouraged to come with a curricular and/or co-curricular program in mind along with some key learning outcomes connected to their program.

We will use a visual framework during the session to design and display the key elements of engaged learning and effective practice. We can then use this framework to communicate the design of assignments to courses to programs with our students and with educators from diverse programs across the university. 

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Developing a CV, Cover Letter, and Research Statement (for graduate students only)

Presenters: Dr. Philip R. Reeder (Dean, Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences), Dr. Magali Michael (Associate Dean/Professor of English, McAnulty College & Graduate School of Liberal Arts), and Dr. Peter Wildfong (Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics, Mylan School of Pharmacy)
Facilitators: Emtinan Alqurashi and Arvin Simon (CTE)
Date: Monday, September 19, 3:00-4:15
Location: tbd

As a Teaching Assistant who aspires to land a job within academia, you will want to attend this workshop! Your cover letter and curriculum vitae are your first point of contact with future academic employers. Come and learn about creating an outstanding CV and cover letter for entry-level teaching positions. Our panelists will also offer advice on constructing a relevant Research Statement, intent on conveying your research interests and road-map. This too can add to your application portfolio as you offer a first impression to your potential, academic employer.

Register online

Predatory Publishing: What You Don't Know CAN Hurt You...

Presenters: David A. Nolfi and Charlotte Redgate Myers (Gumberg Library) & Joan Such Lockhart (Nursing)
Date: September 29, 10:50-12:05
Location: Gumberg 408 

A growing number of new publishers are inviting researchers and recent Ph.D. graduates to publish their work in journals of questionable value.

These "predatory publishers" often present themselves as reputable publishers and then charge fees in order to get the author's work published. Predatory publishers mimic the business models of well-respected Open Access journals, making them difficult to recognize.

This workshop is aimed at faculty and graduate students looking to publish their research. Its goals are to help you understand predatory publishing and recognize predatory publishing inquiries. The presenters will discuss ways that you can investigate the reputations of publishers and journals as well as how you can combat predatory publishing in the context of your own discipline or profession.

Co-Sponsored by the Gumberg Library

Register online via Gumberg Library

Creating Plagiarism-Resistant Assignments

Facilitators: James Purdy (Writing Center and English) and Jerry Stinnett (English)
Date: Monday, October 3, 12:00 - 1:30
Location: Union 613

Description coming soon

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Winning Ideas and Tips on Preparing Creative Teaching Award Submissions

Facilitator: Laurel Willingham-McLain (CTE)
Panelists: Alison Colbert and Melanie Turk (Nursing) & Sarah Woodley (Biological Sciences) 
Date: Tuesday, October 4, 3:00-4:15 
Location: Union 613

Description coming soon

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Using a Nudge to Transform and Deepen Student Learning

Facilitator: Steve Hansen (CTE)
Date: Thursday, October 6, 12:00 - 1:30
Location: Union 613

Description coming soon

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Book Study: Teaching at its Best (for graduate students only)

Facilitator: Arvin Simon (Center for Teaching Excellence)
Date: A two-part book study. Participation in both sessions is required

  • Part One: Friday, October 7 12:00-1:40 
  • Part Two: Friday, October 21, 12:00-1:40

Location:Union 608

Do you need tips on teaching? Come to this two-part book study featuring Linda Nilson's Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors. The book is a veritable toolbox for college instructors addressing topics such as

  • Understanding your students
  • Motivating your students
  • Getting your students to do the reading
  • Constructing tests

Participants will receive a free copy of the book in exchange for participation in both of the discussion sections.

Register online (SPACE IS LIMITED)

Book Study: Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning (by James Lang)

Facilitator: Laurel Willingham-McLain (CTE)
Date: A two-part book study. Participation in both sessions is required

  • Tuesday, October 11, 4:00-5:15
  • Tuesday, October 25 4:00-5:15

Location: Union 610

Details coming soon

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Writing a Philosophy of Teaching (for graduate students only)

Presenters: Emtinan Alqurashi and Arvin Simon (CTE)
Date: Monday, October 17, 12:00 -1:15
Location: Union 613

Increasingly, search committees are asking faculty candidates to provide a statement of their teaching philosophy. At first, this can be a little frightening. It s an opportunity, however, to think through the beliefs in which you ground your teaching practices, and to be prepared for both the written and oral aspects of the academic job search.
Come and discover:

  • What is a statement of teaching Philosophy?
  • Why is it so important? 
  • How can you go about writing one?

This will be a practical workshop! You will leave with sample statements of teaching philosophies, useful exercises to help you write your own, and confidence to discuss your teaching philosophy with perspective employers.

Register online

Planning a Writing Intensive Course

Presenter: James Purdy (English & University Writing Center)
Date: Thursday, November 10, 10:45 - 12:00
Location: Union 109
One of the biggest challenges of teaching a writing-intensive course is incorporating the writing assignments/projects into the syllabus. When should due dates fall? How can the syllabus reflect the scaffolding of activities the lead to a writing project? How can writing activities fit in with all the content to be covered? This hands-on workshop will guide participants in planning the syllabus for a Spring 2016 writing-intensive course. Faculty and graduate students will leave with an outline of the schedule of writing projects and tasks. If you teach a University-designated "W" course, you will find this workshop especially useful as you prepare your new syllabus.

Cosponsored by the University Writing Center

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Developing a Teaching Portfolio (for graduate students only)

Presenters: Emtinan Alqurashi and Arvin Simon (CTE)
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 1:45 - 3:00
Location: Fisher 609

Research institutions hire fewer than 10% of available PhDs. The vast majority of hires are in institutions that emphasize classroom teaching. The creation of a teaching portfolio will give you the edge on showing yourself as a person who values excellence in teaching.Please bring with you the following items: example syllabus, example test and/or handout, and a draft philosophy of teaching statement (if you have one).

Register online

Designing Your Course and Syllabus - Hands-on

Facilitator: Laurel Willingham-McLain
Date: Thursday, November 3, 12:00 -1:15
Location: Union 608

Description coming soon -- this session will feature a "flipped" format.

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Those Who Do the Work, Do the Learning: Actively Engaging Students in Flex-Tech Classrooms

Facilitators: Lauren Turin (Office of Classroom Technologies) and Laurel Willingham-McLain (CTE)
Panelists: tbd
Date: tbd
Location: tbd

Duquesne has created five flex-tech classrooms. Take a look. In this session, three faculty members will demonstrate a specific way in which they engage learners. Workshop participants will play the student role. In addition to giving practical tips, presenters will describe lessons learned, obstacles overcome (or not), and a next step they plan to take.

Co-sponsored by Office of Classroom Technologies

Register Online

Publish or Perish: Choosing and Approaching Academic Publishers

Presenter: Susan Wadsworth-Booth (Duquesne University Press)
Date: tbd 
Location: tbd 

The workshop is intended for graduate students and junior faculty who want to learn about getting their work published in today's academic environment. We will discuss how to research and choose appropriate publishers, how to prepare initial proposals for a publisher's review, how doctoral dissertations may (or may not) be revised for book publication, how the review process works, and how new technologies and models (such as electronic journals and open-access publications) fit into the process. This workshop will focus on the humanities and social sciences, though all are welcome.

Cosponsored by Duquesne University Press

register online -- coming soon!