Programs & Events
The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) plans a variety of events and programs to help faculty strengthen and diversify their teaching skills, to engage in interdisciplinary conversations, and to use assessment strategies to improve student learning. View our Academic Year 20/21 Offerings (PDF/313 KB).
Welcome Back to the New Academic Year!
The Peter J. Guerin, O.S.B. Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) invites all full-time and part-time faculty members to participate in our programs for the academic year 2020 - 2021. For more announcements and news, watch for emails with the new offerings as they become available.
Center for Teaching Excellence Fall Events
These events are coordinated by Loretta Brady and they will rely on a provided zoom link. To register for one of the workshops below, email Loretta Brady at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you the Zoom link.
New Faculty Orientation (NFO)
Typically reserved for faculty within their first 3 years of teaching; in AY 20/21 this series will be open to anyone because teaching this year is new for everyone.
Friday 8/28 12:20-1:30 p.m.
NFO1 “Checking In” will focus on checking in and establishing a reflective practice approach to managing one's courses and teaching energy. Practical announcements as available will be provided, and an opportunity for targeted resources or supports will be invited.
Friday 9/18 12:20-1:30 p.m. Faculty Workshop
“Cultivating Contemplation through Silence, Movement, and Music: Pandemic Friendly Pedagogues”
Guests will discuss value of present-focused approaches to teaching for remote and in person instruction.
Wednesday 9/30 12:20-1:30 p.m.
NFO 2 “Advising, Registration, Midterms, & Deficiencies: Oh my!” Navigating Mid semester. Gather with faculty and Academic Affairs leaders to review resources on advising for students. Discuss midterm and deficiency needs and resources for students struggling with their courses.
Friday 11/13 12:20-1:30 p.m.
NFO 3 “End of Semester Wrap Up and Course Evaluations”
Gather for resources and reflection on navigating end of term in the remote final exam environment.
Center for Teaching Excellence Spring Events
Deborah McCarter coordinates these events and they will rely on the Zoom link provided.
Friday February 6, 2021 12:20-1:30 p.m. Faculty Workshop
Summer Funding and Student Research Support: Gather to review Summer '21 and AY '21/22 internal funding opportunities and to learn more with Office of Sponsored Programs on finding support for your faculty development or research training needs through external grants and funding opportunities.
Friday, February 12, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
“The Latinx Experience on Campus” presented by Gilberto Ruiz, Associate Professor of Theology, and Stephanie Fernandez, Assistant Dean of Freshmen and Director of Academic Advisement. Gilberto will share results of a focus group meeting held with Latinx students during his time as a 2019-2020 Faculty Fellow for Inclusion with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. More details to follow.
Thursday, March 4, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
“Universal Design Principles in the College Classroom” presented by Kenn Walker, Director of the Academic Resource Center. Guests will review the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to consider how teaching can be optimized for increased accessibility to a wide range of college learners.
Wednesday, March 31, 4-5 p.m.
"What to Do if a Student Discloses to You”, presented by Amanda Casali, MS, Violence Prevention Coordinator, and Sarah Maynard, PhD of the Sociology and Social Work Department. Would you know what to do if a student disclosed about sexual assault, dating violence or stalking? In a clear, concise, and informative manner, we will address faculty members' reporting responsibilities. In addition, we will offer practical ideas and suggestions for how to be trauma-informed in your interaction with student survivors and in the classroom.
Wednesday, April 14, 4-5 p.m. (NOTE new date and time)
“Supporting Students with Mental Health Issues” presented by Maura Marshall, APRN, MSN, Director, College Health Services. Presentation will address best practices for faculty in establishing relationships, providing privacy, and maintaining boundaries with students.
Canvas Site for Faculty - New Frontiers in Pedagogy
The switch to remote instruction has left many veteran professors feeling like a novice. If this sentiment resonates with you, rest assured you are not alone! The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) offers our support this summer and beyond as you work to rediscover your teaching groove in the shift to hybrid, flipped, and fully online teaching modalities. The new faculty Canvas site, "New Frontiers in Pedagogy” was developed for the CTE by Dr. Dianna Terrell (Education) and Cynthia DiMascio (Instructional Technology and Design), in consultation with a multidisciplinary group of advisors, with support from the Dean’s office. The site is designed to facilitate learning for Saint Anselm College professors on current theories and practice in teaching.
Professors from any discipline are welcome to:
• navigate this one model of an online course in pursuit of instructional ideas worth transferring to your courses;
• experience first-hand dozens of teaching strategies shown to improve student learning;
• consider insights, reflections, tips and tool-support from colleagues experienced in online instruction;
• reflect on, reaffirm, or improve their own pedagogical choices for the upcoming term; and
• share insights and crowdsource challenges with our community of colleagues and learners.
We invite you to browse the site after your well-deserved Memorial Day respite.
This site will continue to be populated with content regularly. Perhaps you have something you would like to contribute! If so, please contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at email@example.com.
The CTE currently provides three kinds of faculty mentoring. First, in concert with the Dean's Office, the CTE offers a series of discussions and workshops for faculty of Saint Anselm College. Second, the CTE also sponsors a New Faculty Mentoring Program, in which new, tenure-track and three-year faculty members are paired with tenured colleagues as resource people. Third, faculty can request to visit another faculty member's classroom to observe a specific pedagogical skill.
Faculty Classroom Visit
The Center for Teaching Excellence regularly receives requests from faculty members interested in visiting another faculty member's classroom to see examples of how to handle particular classroom issues.
In order to facilitate cross-classroom exchanges among faculty, the Center provides a list of faculty members (PDF/14.5KB) willing to open their classroom to another faculty member by appointment and after discussion.
No special talent in any area is implied by being on this list, other than a willingness to share teaching experience.
Any faculty interested in setting up a visit should make direct contact with a person on the list, discuss your particular need, and see if there is an appropriate course, date and time for a visit. Faculty pairs can decide whether the visit will be simply a one-time observation, or will include a post-observation discussion and exchange of ideas.
New Faculty Orientation
The CTE helps to organize new faculty orientation series throughout the fall semester, and provides new faculty with additional teaching resources.
New Faculty Mentoring
This program pairs each new tenure-track or longer-term faculty member with one tenured faculty member from outside his or her department. The two are encouraged to meet at least once a month to discuss all aspects of being a faculty member at Saint Anselm College. Topics of discussion might include relocation issues, teaching strategies, campus culture, and the mission of the college. The resource person functions within a "community of support" which includes the Dean of the College, the new faculty member's department chair, and his or her departmental colleagues. If you are a tenured faculty member at Saint Anselm College and would like to participate in the program, please contact us at CTE@anselm.edu.
Faculty Writing Support
Faculty Writing Community
Seeking to keep your summer writing project on track? Facing a looming writing deadline this fall? Research finds that the most prolific academic writers commit themselves to short, regular, morning writing sessions. Consistency and accountability in a supportive environment also help form productive writing habits. In our effort to support faculty research and writing, the CTE welcomes faculty writers each Monday for an hour (or less/more) anytime between 8-10 a.m. Kick start your week with your own writing, in silence and solidarity with your colleagues. Coffee, tea and light snacks are available!
May 18-22, 2020 Summer Writing Challenge Week, Geisel Library Periodicals Room
This informal week of writing space and coffee service takes place in partnership with Geisel Library following commencement from Monday, May 18 through Friday, May 22nd, with an off campus celebration reception at 3pm on 5/22/20. If you would like to participate in the challenge simply enter your name in this writing challenge google sheet by May 1 so we can best prepare the coffee service order and off campus reservation.
Other Programs of Interest
Courageous Community Conversations
Beginning in 2018, a partnership between Saint Anselm College, the Goffstown Public Library, the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire and the Granite State Organizing Project was begun, with the goal of encouraging and facilitating conversations about race and other difference. Events continue in the community and welcome participation from the campus community. Details are available here.
R.E.A.C.T. A discussion on mental health awareness
Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 6 p.m. in Perini Hall. Hosted by SAC, Dartmouth Hitchcock Senior Director, External Affairs, and former N.H. Supreme Court Justice John Broderick will lead the discussion about signs of emotional suffering, with the goal of changing the conversation about mental health and reducing stigma. For more information, contact Karen Borgstrom.