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Faculty Lunch & Learn


After another successful series last academic year, Lunch and Learn - Faculty Conversations on Teaching, returns for 2022-2023. These casual discussions over lunch spotlight experienced faculty sharing innovative teaching practices and demonstrating how others might implement similar strategies.

Upcoming sessions:

Re-engaging Students for the Fall Semester - A Faculty Follow-up Discussion

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 from 1:30-3:00PM 
MSE Library, Garrett Room (CTEI offices) and online (register for Zoom login information)

The return to in-person teaching last year brought with it a high degree of uncertainty for students and faculty. Professors reported that stress, fatigue, and anxiety contributed to higher levels of student disengagement, disconnection, and languishing than in pre-pandemic courses. Homewood faculty gathered together in August to discuss their observations of student disengagement and brainstorm strategies to proactively address their concerns.

At faculty request, the Center for Teaching Excellence & Innovation (CTEI) is scheduling a follow-up event for faculty to discuss how things are progressing this fall, new issues or concerns they want to share, and describe helpful strategies or solutions they implemented. Please join your colleagues for some light refreshments in the Garrett Room (CTEI offices) or online.  

Moderated by Amy Brusini, Senior Instructional Designer, Center for Teaching Excellence & Innovation 

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Reflecting on the Fall First-year Seminars
(TBD ~ February 2023)

Community-based Learning
(TBD ~ April 2023)

Past sessions:


Case Studies from Canvas Pilot

Tuesday, April 12, 2022 from Noon to 1:30PM (online)

A limited number of faculty piloted Canvas during the spring semester to help the University prepare for the migration from Blackboard. Come learn about their experience and ask them questions about Canvas.

Moderated by Brian Cole, Associate Director, Center for Teaching Excellence & Innovation with faculty case studies from Dan Naiman, AMS, Allon Brann, History, and Amanda Hilliard, Center for Leadership Education

Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness

  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022 from Noon-1:30 PM (online)
  • Tuesday, February 22, 2022 from Noon to 1:30PM (online)

The Second Commission on Undergraduate Education report recommended, "establishing a new system for the assessment of teaching." The Provost charged an ad hoc Committee on Evaluation of Faculty Teaching to develop a report submitted to the Homewood Academic Council based on community input and research on teaching evaluation practices used at other colleges. This is the first in a series of conversations with Homewood faculty to occur during the spring semester. Come share your thoughts and brainstorm methods for improving  how we evaluate teaching. 

Moderated by members of the ad hoc Committee on Evaluation of Faculty Teaching.


Inclusive Teaching Strategies

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 from Noon-1:00 PM (online)

In this session we will discuss the importance of inclusive pedagogy and how to incorporate inclusive teaching strategies into the classroom. Come share your thoughts, ask questions, or just listen.

Presented by Karen Fleming, Professor, Biophysics, KSAS; and Mike Reese, Associate Teaching Professor, Sociology, KSAS, Associate Dean, Libraries and Director, Center for Teaching Excellence & Innovation

(Read a summary of this session on the Innovative Instructor Blog.)


Moving from Blackboard to Canvas

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 from Noon-1:00PM (online)

The University launched a comprehensive review process to identify a replacement for our current version of Blackboard. The University has concluded and the University announced Canvas to Replace Blackboard as University’s Primary Learning Management System (LMS). In this session, we will discuss the steps to complete the LMS migration from Blackboard to Canvas by Fall 2022. 

Presented by Brian Cole, Associate Director, Center for Teaching Excellence & Innovation, KSAS/WSE

(Read a summary of this session on the Innovative Instructor Blog.)