The Center for Teaching Excellence

Faculty Workshops

Featured Workshops & Events

Workshop Calendar


Faculty Panel/Workshop

Faculty panels/workshops provided in response to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE).  Sessions showcase how faculty use the following tactics in the classroom:

Using Examples, Illustrations, and Visuals to Explain Difficult Concepts. 

  • Aug. 12, (During ISS) 9:40-10:55 a.m., DeMoss Hall 4047
  • Oct. 3, 10-11 a.m., DeMoss Hall 3032

Led by Donna Donald, Dr. Ben Kalu, Dr. Troy Matthews, Dr. Nancy Richardson, and Dr. Rob Van Engen.  Register in the ProDev Portal (CTE Tab). 


The Power of Listening (PoL) Workshop Series

Two-part series is designed to help faculty develop a variety of techniques to become better listeners and communicators.  Led by James Vorberger.

  • Part I, Sept. 23
  • Part II, Sept. 30

Workshops take place in DeMoss Hall 3032 on select Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m.  Register in the ProDev Portal (CTE Tab). 


Semester-Long Faculty Book Studies

Book studies meet on select Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in DeMoss Hall 3032.  Participation is limited and advance registration is required.  Participants will receive a complimentary copy of the book and be asked to help facilitate one of the sessions.  Please email CTE@liberty.edu for more details or to secure a spot.

Fall 2014:  "Learner-Centered Teaching: Five Key Changes to Practice."  Led by Sharon Wheeler.

  • Sept. 16
  • Oct. 14
  • Nov. 11
  • Dec. 2

Spring 2015:  "Learner-Centered Assessment on College Campuses: Shifting the Focus from Teaching to Learning."  Led by Shawn M. Bielicki.

  • Jan. 13
  • Feb. 17
  • March 17
  • April 14

Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Workshop Series

Three-part faculty workshop series is provided in repsonse to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) indicators.  Led by Tess Stockslager.

  • WAC: Teaching Writing as a Process, Rather than a Product (Sept. 26)
  • WAC: Teaching Students to Write Clearly and Effectively(Oct. 24)
  • WAC: Giving Feedback on Written Assignments (Nov. 21)

Workshops take place from 10-11 a.m. in DeMoss Hall 3032.  Register in the ProDev Portal (CTE Tab).  Certificates of completion will be provided to faculty who attend all three workshops.


Teaching Large Classes (TLC) Series

Four-part workshop series is aimed at preparing teachers to deal with increased class sizes.  Led by Shawn M. Bielicki, Donna Donald, and Dr. Troy Matthews.

  • Effective Lecturing in Large Classes (Sept. 29)
  • Active Learning in Large Classes (Oct. 13)
  • Classroom Management in Large Classes (Jan. 23)
  • Making Personal Connections in Large Classes (April 10)

Certificates of completion will be awarded to faculty who attend all four workshops.  Workshops take place from 10-11 a.m. in DeMoss Hall 3032.  Register in the ProDev Portal (CTE Tab).


Faith Learning Integration (FLI) Brown Bag Lunch Series

FLI Brown Bag Luncheons are scheduled on select Tuesdays from 11 a.m.-noon in DeMoss Hall 3032. 

  • Leaders Lead, Managers Manage; Which are You?  How Faith is Fully Compatible with Both (Oct. 7), Dr. Barry Moore
  • Creative Truths Need No Defense (Nov. 4), Stephan Schultze
  • Relating, Relationships and Respect: Teaching to Impact Lives (Feb. 3), Dr. Lew Weider
  • Faith and Health: Inseparable (March 3), Dr. Beverly Mahoney

Register in the ProDev Portal (CTE tab).  Faculty are encouraged to bring their own lunch.  CTE provides snacks and drinks.


 

Workshops

All workshops offered by CTE are available for residential and online faculty, as well as graduate teaching assistants.  Strategic sessions targeting Early Career Residential Faculty and Online Faculty are offered every year.  Please see below for requirements and check the 2014-15 CTE workshop calendar for upcoming opportunities.


 

New Faculty Orientation (NFO), All-Faculty Orientation, Institute for Student Success (ISS), LUO Faculty Orientation, & Focused Meetings

August 6-15, 2014

New Faculty Orientation, LUO Faculty Orientation, and All-Faculty Orientation/Institute for Student Success are held in August of each year. The CTE hosts a variety of workshops and informational sessions during this period. Note- LUO Faculty Orientation is designed for new online faculty with an on-campus office and new online faculty who reside within a reasonable driving distance.

2014-15 Schedules:


Early Career Requirements

Faculty Cohorts Hired in 2009-2010 and After

First Year

    Getting Ready to Teach a Class
    Blackboard at Liberty University
    Start Smart
    Stopping Plagiarism Before It Starts
    Teaching Act: Facilitating Learning
    Faith Learning Integration Elective

Second Year

    Constructing Meaningful Writing Assignments
    Bb: Grade Center Management
    IT's Best Kept Secrets
    Evaluating Classroom Assignments
    Teaching Act: Assessment of Learning
    Faith Learning Integration Elective

Third Year

    Teaching Act: Student Engagement
    Bb: Export/ Import/ Course Restore
    Technology Integration
    The ESL Student Writer
    Teaching Act: Higher, Deeper (Critical Thinking)
    Faith Learning Integration Elective

Veteran Faculty

Veteran faculty are encouraged to avail themselves of workshops throughout the year that will enhance their teaching/professional development.  During Faculty Orientation, all faculty must participate in selected offerings unless they are involved in teaching assignments.

Liberty University Online Faculty

Required LUO Workshops (2014-15)

The Center for Teaching Excellence offers six workshops targeted to online faculty each year.  These workshops are recorded and can be accessed using the ProDev Tracking feature in the Faculty Portfolio tool. Online faculty members are required to view these workshops and encouraged to view other recorded trainings.

  • Teaching and Learning - LUO: JFL Research Assistance for Online Students. Recording available by Sept. 15
  • Writing - LUO: Grading Multilingual Writers' Assignments. Offered live during ISS (Aug. 12); Recording available by Sept. 15                                    
  • Special Topics - LUO: Assessing Experential Learning of the Adult Student. Recording available by Sept. 15                          
  • Faith Learning Integration - LUO: Spiritual Formation from a Distance: Paul's Formation of the Romans. Recording now available
  • Bb - LUO: Using Safe Assign Effectively. Offered live during ISS (Aug. 12); Recording available by Sept. 15
  • Teaching with Technology - Feedback in the Online Classroom with GradeAssist. Offered live during ISS (Aug. 12); Recording available by Sept. 15

January Professional Development

January professional development day is scheduled for Jan. 7, 2015.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

CEUs are available for instructors/professors that complete TWT Boot Camp and full tracks of LUO professional development through the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE). They are OPTIONAL. CEUs are awarded by the Liberty University Center for Professional and Continuing Education CPCE at a charge of $25.00 for .6 CEUs. Professional development funds may be used to pay the fee.

Graduate Student Assistants (GSA)

GSAs are welcome to attend nearly all CTE workshops, roundtables, communities of practice, and trainings during the academic year.  Registration for workshops can be found in the Pro Dev Portal (PDP).  In addition, several GSA specific trainings and roundtables are scheduled, such as effective classroom management, assessment, student engagement, Blackboard, audience response devices, and effective lecturing.  Check the GSA orientation schedule and CTE workshop calendar for the latest information or log into the GSA_FCC.

GSA Certificate of University Teaching

GSAs are also eligible to earn a Certificate of University Teaching.  For more information log into the GSA_FCC or stop by the Center for Teaching Excellence, DH 3032.

Boot Camps

2014 CTE/IT Teaching with the iPad Boot Camp- Applications closed

CTE, in partnership with IT, is hosting a boot camp experience, led by official Apple trainers for teaching with the iPad from June 23-25 inside the CTE, DH 3032.  While technical abilities may vary, participants are required to have their own iPad in order to attend.  Seating is limited.  Participants will be required to implement iPad technology into one of their classes during the Fall 2014 semester and attend monthly meetings at the CTE.  Stipends will be provided.  Faculty applications for the Teaching with the iPad Boot Camp will be accepted until June 6, 4 p.m. (firm deadline) at http://tinyurl.com/CTEiPadBootCamp.

2014 CTE Teaching with Technology Boot Camp- Applications closed

The Center for Teaching Excellence is pleased to announce that the application period is now open for the 4th annual “Teaching with Technology Boot Camp”.  The TWT Boot Camp will take place inside the CTE, DeMoss 3032, from June 9-13, 2014 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. each day.  The TWT Boot Camp is an intensive training session on integrating technology into the classroom.  The application process is competitive and seating is limited.  All faculty are welcome to apply, but preference is given to residential, full-time faculty applicants.  Lunch, mentoring, and stipends will be provided.  Faculty applications are due by May 2, 2014 by 4 p.m.  To submit an application, log on to http://tinyurl.com/TWTBootCamp .