Each year, CETaL organizes the International Sun Conference on Teaching and Learning, held on the UTEP campus, typically for two days in March. This event is an annual opportunity for faculty from across the nation and other countries (we have had participants from Canada, Mexico, and Europe) to share results of their best teaching efforts, and a major way CETaL can promote effective Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, as well as attention to student learning outcomes. Materials from recent FFRs are available on the CETaL website.
B. Fall Faculty Retreat
A few days before the start of each school year, CETaL holds a half-day event to energize instructors with an interactive, concentrated focus on a particular teaching approach. Materials from recent FFRs are available on the CETaL website.
C. New Instructor Training
The week before classes includes some key training for graduate student instructors and part/full-time faculty who are new to teaching at UTEP. The intensive, interactive training not only covers many nuts and bolts that any new teacher need to know (to design a course, write a syllabus, increase engagement, assess learning, etc.), but also addresses dynamics specially relevant for success with UTEP's distinctive student population.
Each year, CETaL offers a series of public workshops to the faculty at large. These offerings are informed by periodic surveys, post-workshop evaluations, and requests received by the Center. Workshops are developed by the Director of CETaL and in collaboration with the Academic Technologies staff, CETaL Fellows, or others who bring particular expertise. As resources permit, the Center creates online resources (e.g., Teaching Toolkit podcasts) and/or conducts requested individual consultations on a range of topics, including such things as: integrating pedagogical innovations, assignment and course design, curriculum design, interpreting student evaluations, documenting student learning outcomes, documenting effective teaching for promotion, planning an academic career, etc. The CETaL website also has new or improved pages on topics such as Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Peer Observation, etc. The F.A.Q. page helps faculty make valuable connections about how to interpret end-of-course student ratings, etc.
E. Collaborative Faculty Mentoring Program
In recent years, CETaL's director has led a formal collaborative faculty mentoring program with the aim of contributing to the university's goal to retain and promote a highly qualified, diverse faculty. The mission is to assist new faculty in their professional development through the guidance and support of experienced UTEP faculty members who serve as role models, advisors, and advocates. Its three goals are to provide:
- Access and Connections: to information and resources that support academic activities and to networking opportunities for new ventures and relationships;
- Balance of Workloads: An environment where new faculty can discuss the conflicting demands of work and family and prioritizing the diverse demands of teaching, research, and service;
- Acculturation: Orientation for new faculty to UTEP in general.