Welcome

The purpose of the Center for Teaching and Learning is to provide support and development opportunities to enable Augsburg faculty, staff, and leadership to co-create “an educational experience like no other.”


Upcoming Events

Please see the calendar below for upcoming events. Click the “+Google Calendar” icon on the lower right to subscribe. Scroll down on this page to see detailed event descriptions.

Adjunct Workshop Stipends

Adjunct instructors are eligible to receive a $50 stipend for attending selected workshops during the semester they are on contract. Attendance is not always communicated to CTL and stipends are not processed automatically. Please email ctl@augsburg.edu to ensure that your attendance was noted and the stipend will be processed. Workshops for which adjuncts may receive a stipend are noted below.

 

September 2017

Thursday, September 28 | All About Bias | 12:00pm-1:30pm, Marshall Room

“All About Bias” is a hybrid, group-format e-learning workshop that provides an introduction to understanding and responding to unconscious bias in any workplace setting or interaction. Relevant to employees of all levels, participation in this workshop can positively impact all aspects of an organization. This workshop explores the hidden and pervasive nature of unconscious bias – how it works in the human brain, how it can impact workplace interactions and decisions, and how individuals can respond when they encounter it in themselves. Note: This workshop should be taken prior to “From Microinequities to Inclusion” if possible. For more information about this workshop, contact Diversity, Inclusion and Equity Initiatives Staff at diversity@augsburg.edu. To register for this workshop, click here.

** Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact ctl@augsburg.edu to ensure that your attendance was noted! **

October 2017

Thursday, October 5 | Working Towards Inclusive Spaces | 9:40am-11:40am, Marshall Room

This workshop will highlight the five most common ideologies and/or behaviors that well-meaning individuals subscribe to which actually counteract their attempts to create inclusive spaces at Augsburg. Also, this workshop will provide participants with history and examples connected to these ideologies and/or behaviors, individual and small group activities and discussions, and large group solution brainstorming around Augsburg-specific environments. For more information about this workshop, contact Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Staff at diversity@augsburg.edu. To register for this workshop, click here.

** Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact ctl@augsburg.edu to ensure that your attendance was noted! **

 

Monday, October 9 | Conversations in the Classrooms: Systems for Facilitating Student Discussion | 8:00-9:10am, OGC 100

In this session, faculty are invited to participate in an immersion experience of discussion formats used in class regularly by Assistant Professor of Education Joaquin Munoz. Faculty will practice two systems by engaging in them and reflecting on the experience together. Guidelines for conducting these discussions will be provided, along with strategies for trouble-shooting discussion challenges.

** Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact ctl@augsburg.edu to ensure that your attendance was noted! **

Monday, October 9 | Speaking of Sabbaticals: The Hunt for Spinal Cord Dopamine Receptor Gene Expression in Zebrafish | 12:00pm-1:00pm, Riverside Room

Faculty and staff are invited to gather for this special luncheon and learn more about a faculty member’s recent sabbatical. Matt Beckman, Associate Professor of Biology, will present on his search for spinal cord dopamine receptor gene expression in zebrafish!

An RSVP for this luncheon is required. Please click here to go to the Speaking of Sabbaticals with Matt Beckman RSVP form.

Monday, October 9 | Ally Training I | 1:00pm-4:00pm, OGC 100

This workshop provides participants tools, skills, knowledge, and resources to be intentionally supportive to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) communities. The workshop will cover definitions and terminology, tackle current issues and challenges facing LGBTQIA students, and practice skill-building scenarios, among other topics. Those who attend Ally Training will receive an ally placard that they may place on their door or in their office. For more information, contact Michael Grewe at grewe@augsburg.edu. Please click here to register for Ally Training I.

** Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact ctl@augsburg.edu to ensure that your attendance was noted! **

Tuesday, October 10| NAMI: In Our Own Voice | 9:00-10:30am, Marshall Room

Presented by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), In Our Own Voice is a unique public education program in which two trained speakers share compelling personal stories about living with a mental illness and achieving recovery. Open to Augsburg staff, faculty, and students. Sponsored by Diversity & Inclusive Initiatives.

Tuesday, October 10| Accessibility Workshop: Captioning Course Resources | 12:00pm-1:00pm, Sverdrup 205

Videos have become an integral part of how we teach, create webpages with multimedia content, as well as provide information during events. Making sure these videos are captioned for students, faculty, staff, and visitors on campus is essential  in creating a welcoming and accessible environment. In this session, we’ll address the why-to behind captioning, and well as the how-to so you can have the resources to caption your video content. Sponsored by the CLASS office and the E-Learning Team.

** Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact ctl@augsburg.edu to ensure that your attendance was noted! **

Tuesday, October 10| New Faculty Series: What Makes Augsburg Unique? | 2:45-4:45pm, OGC 100

Professor Phil Quanbeck II, Professor in the Religion Department, will share stories of Augsburg’s history, traditions, and his own personal experiences.  He has some “skin in the game:”  there has been a “Phil Quanbeck” on Augsburg’s Religion Faculty for 60+ years! All faculty and staff are welcome.

Thursday, October 12| Accessibility Workshop: Creating Accessible Documents | 3:00pm-4:00pm, Foss 22B

Creating accessible documents is not only a good idea to ensure all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to our campus have equal access, but as a result of  recent changes in the legal world, it’s now the law for us to do so on our campus too. We all have the ability to make our documents accessible to everyone, once we know how to do it. In this session, we’ll go over how to create accessible Microsoft Word and Google Docs. We’ll provide easy steps to create these documents, provide resources for accessible document creation, and feature tools to help check if you are on the right track. In addition, we’ll talk about how to make your Moodle courses accessible as well. Bring a document or Moodle site, and your computer. At the end of the session we will have work time practice these skills. Sponsored by the CLASS office and the E-Learning Team.

** Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact ctl@augsburg.edu to ensure that your attendance was noted! **

Thursday, October 12|
Discussing Race, Racism, and Other Difficult Topics with Students
| 3:45pm-5:00pm, Lindell 202

Join CTL for a discussion about the Teaching Tolerance webinar “Let’s talk! Discussing Race, Racism, and Other Difficult Topics with Students”. The 1-hour webinar airs on October 4 at 7:00 p.m. CDT and can be accessed any time after that.

Augsburg faculty will gather on Thursday, October 12th from 3:45- 5:00 to examine the content of the webinar and discuss how we might engage this work in our classrooms. This session will end with a Gift Card Raffle!

To sign up for and view the webinar:
– Visit https://www.tolerance.org/login?destination=/profile to create a free Login to access the Webinar
– Visit https://www.tolerance.org/professional-development
– Scroll to Webinars
– Select “Let’s talk! Discussing Race, Racism, and Other Difficult Topics with Students”
– Select “Login to View Webinars”
– Select “Register” for the Webinar and watch on Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. or “Watch This” if viewing after Oct. 4th.

** Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact ctl@augsburg.edu to ensure that your attendance was noted! **

Thursday, October 19| Speaking of Scholarship: Bill Green, Professor of History | 4:00-5:15pm, Marshall Room

Faculty and staff are invited to this next installment in the “Speaking of Scholarship” series featuring Professor Bill Green, recipient of the 2017 Distinguished Contributions Award in Scholarship. He has published articles, op-ed pieces, and book chapters on history, law, and education, and he has published two books on race and civil rights in Minnesota history – A Peculiar Imbalance in Early Minnesota: 1837-1869, and Degrees of Freedom: The Origin of Civil Rights in Minnesota, 1865-1914, which won the 2016 Hognander Minnesota History Award. He is presently working on a history of Minnesota during the period of the Civil war and Reconstruction.

To RSVP for this event, please see the Speaking of Scholarship with Bill Green RSVP form.

Tuesday, October 24| Asexuality 101
9:00-11:00, Marshall Room

This workshop aims to build understanding around terminology and current issues around access uniquely facing asexual students. Moreover, it aims to give tools and resources to participants to help them in their practice when working with asexual communities. For more information, contact Michael Grewe at grewe@augsburg.edu. Please Click Here to register.

** Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact ctl@augsburg.edu to ensure that your attendance was noted! **

Tuesday, October 24 | Ally Training II | 1:00pm-3:00pm, OGC 100

This workshop is designed for people who have preferably attended Ally Training I and/or have been actively involved in LGBTQIA communities. In this training, participants will explore the intersections of gender and sexuality with race, ethnicity, class, ability, age, faith and culture through a critical discussion of power and privilege. Participants will have a space to consider how allies can help create inclusive and accessible environments in the many positions, roles and communities where we live and work, and share specific strategies for overcoming the barriers we face when advocating for LGBTQIA issues and interrupting oppression. For more information, contact Michael Grewe at grewe@augsburg.edu. Please click here to register for Ally Training II.

** Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact ctl@augsburg.edu to ensure that your attendance was noted! **

Tuesday, October 24| Heritage Day: Mary Lowe
|
7:00-8:30pm, Chapel

As part of the Reformation series, Mary Lowe, associate professor of Religion at Augsburg, will give an evening lecture, “Martin Luther on the Body, Our Bodies, and the Body of Creation,” followed by discussion and a reception.

Thursday, October 26| Disability as Diversity: Building Bridges To Full Inclusion
|
 9:30-11:30, Marshall Room

Most people want to be inclusive of those with disabilities in educational, vocational, religious, and social arenas; however, there can often be uncertainty about how to best accomplish this. In this interactive workshop, participants will explore the concept of ableism and various models of disability. Participants will examine disability through the lens of diversity and identify underlying sources of prejudice and discrimination commonly experienced by people with disabilities. Finally, this workshop will provide tips and resources for creating spaces that welcome people of all abilities. For more information, contact Kathy McGillivray at mcgillik@augsburg.edu. To register for this workshop, click here.

** Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact ctl@augsburg.edu to ensure that your attendance was noted! **

November 2017

Thursday, November 7| Fine Arts Convocation: The Rose Ensemble | 11:00am-12:00pm, Chapel

Award-winning musical group The Rose Ensemble will present “Welcome the People: The Musical Legacy of the Reformation.” Learn more on the Humanities Convocation website.

Tuesday, November 7| From Microinequities to Inclusion | 11:40am-1:40pm, OGC 100

“From Microinequities to Inclusion” is a hybrid, group-format e-learning workshop that provides an introduction to the concept of microinequities: small, often subtle expressions of bias and exclusion. Relevant to employees of all levels, participation in this workshop can positively impact all internal and external interactions. Participants explore microinequities across national cultures as well as cultures related to gender, ethnicity, language, generations, and sexual orientation, and will learn how to identify and respond to specific scenarios. Note: This workshop should be taken after “All About Bias” if possible. For more information about this workshop, contact Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Staff at diversity@augsburg.edu. To register for this workshop, click here.

** Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact ctl@augsburg.edu to ensure that your attendance was noted! **

Tuesday, November 7 | New Faculty Series: How Can Augsburg Support Your Research? | 12:15pm-1:15pm, Riverside Room

You are invited to bring your own lunch (CTL will bring the cookies) to this brown bag lunch featuring Dixie Shafer, Undergraduate Research and Graduate Opportunity (URGO), Erica Swift, Sponsored Programs, and Tina Maria Tavera, McNair Scholars Program.

Monday, November 13 | Assigning and Assessing Student Writing: Panel Discussion | 12:30pm-1:40pm, OGC 100

Panelists will speak on four different topics:

Writing within STEM Disciplines: Writing plays a significant role in STEM curriculum; it makes students career-ready because writing is a big part of any profession, but, more importantly, it helps them organize thoughts and clarify thinking. We’ll have faculty members discuss discuss strategies for integrating writing assignments into math and science classes.

Writing in Blended Learning: Students in hybrid and online courses sometimes complain that online forum discussions are boring and repetitive “busywork.” Bonnie Tensen will discuss strategies for varying assignment prompts that encourage students to think more critically about assigned texts and take greater ownership of the conversation.  

Effective and Efficient Feedback: Grading student writing can be time-consuming, so it is important to be strategic and provide feedback that helps students recognize areas of strength as well as ways to improve without overwhelming them or you. We’ll discuss how to streamline your grading while simultaneously providing valuable feedback.

Responding to Writing from Non-Native Speakers of English: Although native speakers of English also have problems with writing, non-native speakers’ problems can be quite different, and the approach taken by the instructor needs to be different as well. We’ll provide suggestions for how to recognize and respond to typical writing problems for ESL students.

** Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact ctl@augsburg.edu to ensure that your attendance was noted! **

Monday, November 13 | Intercultural Conflict Styles | 3:10-6:10pm, Marshall Room

This workshop makes use of the Intercultural Conflict Style (ICS) Inventory, which describes an individual’s preferred approach or style for resolving conflict by reflecting the individual’s culturally learned patterns for dealing with disagreements and expressing emotions. This workshop will not only teach individuals about their own preferred approach and style, but it will also teach individuals about the preferred approaches and styles of others. Finally, this workshop will give participants tangible skills that can be used when navigating conflicts across cultural differences. The increased understanding of intercultural conflict styles and tangible skills participants will receive from this workshop can enhance their overall intercultural competence in resolving disagreements across cultures in addition to help them to create more inclusive campus spaces. For more information about this workshop, contact Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Staff at diversity@augsburg.edu. To register for this workshop, click here.

** Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact ctl@augsburg.edu to ensure that your attendance was noted! **

Tuesday, November 14 | Intersex 101 | 9:00-11:00am, Marshall Room

This workshop will provide participants knowledge around understanding supporting and advocating for intersex communities, as well as understanding the importance between systems of sex and gender. For more information, contact Michael Grewe at grewe@augsburg.edu. Please Click Here to register.

** Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact ctl@augsburg.edu to ensure that your attendance was noted! **

Tuesday, November 14 | Intersex 101 | 1:00-4:00pm, Marshall Room

This workshop provides participants tools, skills, knowledge, and resources to be intentionally supportive to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQIA) communities. The workshop will cover definitions and terminology, tackle current issues and challenges facing LGBTQIA students, and practice skill-building scenarios, among other topics. Those who attend Ally Training will receive an ally placard that they may place on their door or in their office. For more information, contact Michael Grewe at grewe@augsburg.edu. Please Click Here to register.

** Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact ctl@augsburg.edu to ensure that your attendance was noted! **

Wednesday, November 15 | Fall Vocation Lunch with Tina Maria Tavera | 11:15am-12:15pm, East Commons

The Christensen Vocation Lunch is an event that strengthens the concept of vocation at Augsburg for faculty and staff by providing role models from within the community to share a presentation on their sense of call and life journey. The fall vocation lunch features Tina Maria Tavera, Director of the McNair Scholars Program.

Friday, November 17 | Leveraging Diversity: The Department Chairs’ Transformative Role | 9:30am-3:00pm, St. Catherine University

The keynote of the Upper Midwest Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (UMW HERC) at St. Kate’s is called “Leveraging Diversity: The Department Chairs’ Transformative Role.” This highly interactive seminar, led by Dr. Edna Chun, will focus on concrete research-based approaches and strategies to strengthen diversity leadership in the academic department in alignment with institutional mission and goals.

Read more about this free professional development opportunity at St. Catherine’s University here.

Thursday, November 30 and Friday, December 1 | Diversity Dialogue Book Group: Make Your Home Among Strangers

This fall, CTL diversity fellows will lead discussion of the novel Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Capó Crucet. In the novel, Lizet, the daughter of Cuban immigrants, begins her studies at an elite liberal arts college. But the privileged world at Rawlings College feels utterly foreign to Lizet. Pulled between life at college and the needs of her family, Lizet is faced with difficult decisions that change her life forever.

There are two dates for discussion – please pick the one that best suits your schedule.

Discussion #1: Thursday, November 30, 3:45-5:00, OGC 100
Discussion #2: Friday, December 1st, 11:45-1:00pm, OGC 100

To RSVP for one of the discussion times and to receive your copy of Make Your Home Among Strangers, please click here.

** Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact ctl@augsburg.edu to ensure that your attendance was noted! **

December 2017

Friday, December 15 | Working Towards Inclusive Spaces | 8:30-10:30am, Marshall Room

This workshop will highlight the five most common ideologies and/or behaviors that well-meaning individuals subscribe to which actually counteract their attempts to create inclusive spaces at Augsburg. Also, this workshop will provide participants with history and examples connected to these ideologies and/or behaviors, individual and small group activities and discussions, and large group solution brainstorming around Augsburg-specific environments. For more information about this workshop, contact Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives Staff at diversity@augsburg.edu. To RSVP click here.

** Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact ctl@augsburg.edu to ensure that your attendance was noted! **

January 2018

Tuesday, January 23 | Accessibility Workshop: Creating Accessible Documents | 12:00-1:00pm, Sverdrup 201

Creating accessible documents is not only a good idea to ensure all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to our campus have equal access, but as a result of  recent changes in the legal world, it’s now the law for us to do so on our campus too. We all have the ability to make our documents accessible to everyone, once we know how to do it. In this session, we’ll go over how to create accessible Microsoft Word and Google Docs. We’ll provide easy steps to create these documents, provide resources for accessible document creation, and feature tools to help check if you are on the right track. In addition, we’ll talk about how to make your Moodle courses accessible as well. Bring a document or Moodle site, and your computer. At the end of the session we will have work time practice these skills. Sponsored by the CLASS office and the E-Learning Team.

** Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact ctl@augsburg.edu to ensure that your attendance was noted! **

February 2018

Thursday, February 1| Accessibility Workshop: Captioning Course Resources | 2:00-3:00pm, Sverdrup 201

Videos have become an integral part of how we teach, create webpages with multimedia content, as well as provide information during events. Making sure these videos are captioned for students, faculty, staff, and visitors on campus is essential  in creating a welcoming and accessible environment. In this session, we’ll address the why-to behind captioning, and well as the how-to so you can have the resources to caption your video content. Sponsored by the CLASS office and the E-Learning Team.

** Adjunct instructors who attend this event are eligible for a $50 stipend. Contact ctl@augsburg.edu to ensure that your attendance was noted! **

Past Events