Center of Excellence for Teaching & Learning

CETL Learning Communities

The Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning (CETL) is excited to continue our Learning Communities initiative! Learning Communities bring like-minded educators together for a series of discussions focused on a central topic. They incorporate the social aspect of learning, while providing structure and intentionality to professional development. Participants who attend each session of a Learning Community will receive a letter of recognition that may be included in the FAAR. The Learning Communities planned for this fall are shown below.

Fall 2018 Learning Communities

Learning Community #1: New Faculty of SUU

Build relationships, develop teaching skills, and join SUU's culture of teaching and learning.

This Learning Community is open to all faculty who are new to SUU during the 2018-2019 academic year. During the spring semester, we will meet every other week to discuss the book "How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching".

Location: Marketing Communication Conference Room (BB 304H)

September 17 -- December 10, 2018 (Every other week)

3 sections:

  • Wednesday (10-11am) with Matt Weeg
  • Thursday (3-4pm) with Matt Weeg
  • Friday (1:30-2:30pm) with Liz Olson

Contact Matt Weeg at for more information.

Learning Community #2: Diversity & Inclusion on Campus

Facilitator: Schvalla Rivera (

Session 1: Unpacking Your Cultural Baggage

Dates: Tuesday Oct. 30
Times: 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Location: Red Hills Room (Hunter Conference Center)


The purpose of this training is to discuss the impact bias, stereotypes and prejudice can have on people. We will spend time exploring how our own cultural views create assumptions that impact the way we see and respond to others and how this can raise unnecessary hurdles in our cross-cultural communication with others. We will also share strategies for responding to situations where stereotypes are used.

Session 2: Identifying and confronting microaggressions

Dates: Wednesday Oct. 31
Times: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Red Hills Room (Hunter Conference Center)


The purpose of this training is to define and discuss microaggressions. We will spend time exploring how microaggressions effect us in society (work, school and home). We will also share strategies for responding to situations where microaggressions are used.

RSVP to Learning Community #2: Diversity & Inclusion on Campus

Learning Community #3: Engaging Courses via Canvas

Facilitator: Michelle Miller (

Dates: September 18th, 25th and October 2nd
Time: 3-4 p.m.
Location: EVT 221


Regardless of your experience with Canvas, we will explore how you can create engaging courses using evidence-based practices with Canvas and other tools. We will cover:

  • How to create an aesthetically engaging course that positively impacts the learners.
  • How to develop a course that connects students to you, the class, and their classmates.
  • How to design a course that works for all students and leverages technology to automate routine tasks and helps you focus on authentic interactions with students and other higher priorities.
RSVP to Learning Community #3: Engaging Courses via Canvas

Learning Community #4: English for Academics: Strategies to Support International (and US) Students' Academic Language Development

Facilitator: Robb McCollum (

Dates: Wednesdays, Sep 26, Oct 10, Oct 24, and Nov 7
Times: 4:30-5:30pm
Location: GC 003


As SUU continues its mission of internationalization, the number of international, English as a second language (ESL) students on campus will increase. The English for Academics Learning Community raises instructors' awareness of the challenges and opportunities that second language students bring to the classroom. The course demonstrates a variety of strategies that instructors can integrate into their teaching to create an environment that better supports language and content learning for both ESL and domestic US students.

  • Session 1, Wed Sep 26, 4:30-5:30 pm: Teaching the Language of your Field
  • Session 2, Wed Oct 10, 4:30-5:30 pm: Language Input; Helping Students Understand
  • Session 3, Wed Oct 24, 4:30-5:30 pm: Cultural Cooperation; Helping Students Communicate
  • Session 4, Wed Nov 7, 4:30-5:30 pm: Building Fluency in Language and Tasks
RSVP to Learning Community #4: English for Academics

Learning Community #5: Left to Write: A Research and Writing Learning Community

Facilitator: Anne Diekema (


We are starting this learning community to support faculty in their academic research and writing efforts.

We are planning four topical sessions throughout the semester to support the library research process and the writing process (such as composition, free writing, drafting, revision), as well writing café sessions during other times to allow those in the learning community to get away from their office and other commitments and create a quiet, dedicated space for writing. The hope is that having mutual accountability and camaraderie will allow faculty to be more productive and successful in their academic writing.


Faculty or staff interested in boosting their academic writing or synthesizing research more successfully into their writing. Maximum number of participants: 12.

Each participant will receive a copy of How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing (2007) by Paul J. Silvia.

Fall Schedule

The topic sessions are scheduled for Tuesday afternoons from 3:00-4:00. The Writing café sessions are drop-in two hour block sessions.

Location: LIB 002

Session Date Time
First topic session: Intro + Composition/writing Sept 17 3:30-4:30 PM
Writing café Sept 25 3:30-5:30 PM
Second topic session: Zotero and the Library Databases Oct 2 3:00-4:00 PM
Writing café Oct 10 8:00-10:00 AM
Writing café Oct 18 8:00-10:00 AM
Third topic session: Research Synthesis Oct 30 3:00-4:00 PM
Writing café Nov 9 12:00-2:00 PM
Writing café Nov 16 12:00-2:00 PM
Fourth topic session: Revision in writing Nov 27 3:00-4:00 PM
RSVP to Learning Community #5: Left to Write