Workshops and Events

The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) provides and coordinates professional development activities for our faculty and staff across our campus. Professional development happens in a variety of ways on our campus and beyond.

Our office provides several workshops for faculty and staff covering a variety of pedagogical and technological topics, including: teaching and learning, teaching and learning with technology, faculty career support, global and civic engagement, the office of research, new faculty seminar series, and Department Chair series.  

The CAE Spring 2019 Professional Development Schedule contains registration links, dates/times, and facilitator information for all of our workshops and special events.

Upcoming Events

Jan 29

Assignment ReDesign

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
218 Anne Belk Hall, CAE Classroom 222

Do you ever feel frustrated with the quality and/or effort that your student's put into their assignments? Are your students turning in work that does not reflect their full potential or capabilities? In this session, we will learn how to revise an assignment to clearly convey expectations for quality. Join us to learn how to apply simple methods to create more transparent assignments that will increase student success. Register and learn more! 
Jan 31

Inclusive Excellence Teaching Strategies

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 10:00pm to 11:30pm
218 Anne Belk Hall, CAE Classroom 222

We all care deeply about our students and want them to succeed. Besides teaching disciplinary content and skills, our role as instructors is to help students learn and to create a diverse set of thinkers and problem-solvers who can go on to do amazing things with our content. Register and learn more!
Feb 6

UDL 101: Universal Design for Learning for Beginners

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
218 Anne Belk Hall, CAE Classroom 222

Are you interested in creating a successful course for your students, or making the one you are already teaching a better experience for everyone? Are you frustrated by students' poor performance? Come learn about Universal Design for Learning strategies to streamline teaching whatever it is you want your students to learn. Register and learn more! 
Feb 18

Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 8:45am to 3:30pm
218 Anne Belk Hall, CAE Classroom 222

During this workshop, participants will discuss the foundations of civic engagement, syllabus design, service-learning course objectives, appropriate reflections/writing assignments for service-learning classes, nuts-and-bolts of community involvement, and the role of civic engagement in tenure and promotion. Register and learn more!
Feb 20

Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 8:45am to 3:30pm
218 Anne Belk Hall, CAE Classroom 222

During this workshop, participants will discuss the foundations of civic engagement, syllabus design, service-learning course objectives, appropriate reflections/writing assignments for service-learning classes, nuts-and-bolts of community involvement, and the role of civic engagement in tenure and promotion. Register for the Service-Learning Faculty Fellows Program today!
Feb 20

Inclusive Teaching in Natural and Physical Science

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
417 Beacon Heights, PSU

There is the necessity for diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM education. However, students from various backgrounds and social identities are underrepresented in scientific fields and typically face larger and more frequent barriers. This workshop focuses on identifying the unique challenges faced by a diverse student population and allows faculty and instructional staff to develop the skills needed to incorporate inclusive practices into their classrooms. Register and learn more today!
Feb 25

Creating Rubrics for Assignments

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
218 Anne Belk Hall, CAE Classroom 222

Would you like to use rubrics to better evaluate student work and to more efficiently provide feedback? A rubric is a scoring tool based on the criteria for evaluating the quality of student work. A rubric can be used for reports essays, projects, performances, and presentations. In this workshop, we will learn tools and strategies for creating rubrics and for using rubrics to efficiently grade course assignments. Register and learn more today!
Feb 25

Creating Rubrics for Assignments

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
218 Anne Belk Hall, CAE Classroom 222

Would you like to use rubrics to better evaluate student work and to more efficiently provide feedback?  A rubric is a scoring tool based on the criteria for evaluating the quality of student work. In this workshop, we will learn tools and strategies for creating rubrics and for using rubrics to efficiently grade course assignments. Register and learn more!
Mar 4

Understanding & Supporting Today's Students

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
218 Anne Belk Hall, CAE Classroom 222

Whether it’s surprise about their apparent lack of foundational knowledge, irritation with their in-class behavior, or frustration with an insufficient work ethic, there are plenty of things students do (or don’t do) that can be positively irksome. This workshop will help us challenge the way we think about these perplexing behaviors, and it will provide information to help us better contextualize today’s college students. We will also discuss a variety of teaching suggestions that can help move your students from where they are to where they could be.
Mar 17

Inclusive Teaching in Natural and Physical Science

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
218 Anne Belk Hall, CAE Classroom 222

There is the necessity for diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM education. However, students from various backgrounds and social identities are underrepresented in scientific fields and typically face larger and more frequent barriers. This workshop focuses on identifying the unique challenges faced by a diverse student population and allows faculty and instructional staff to develop the skills needed to incorporate inclusive practices into their classrooms. Register and learn more today!