The Excellence in Teaching & Learning Committee hosts conferences and workshops throughout the year.

Spring 2019 Workshops

  • Friday, February 22
  • Friday, March 29

SOS: What's Next for Student Opinions and Faculty Evaluations?

Friday, March 29  **This event has been canceled.**
Strosacker Room, Park Library
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

In this last workshop of the 2018/19 school year, the CLASS Excellence in Teaching and Learning Committee (ETLC) will build upon prior sessions and interrogate the current state of the Student Opinion Survey, examine its past, and question its future. Panelists Anja Mueller (Chemistry & Biochemistry) and Lynn Sweeney (Psychology) will provide a summary of contemporary student-related factors that have strong potential to influence their responses on the SOS as well as look at the recent trends and data points articulating the strengths and deficiencies of CMU’s current model of the SOS. A lengthy question and answer period between workshop attendees and panelists will seek to gather insights as we try to see where the student opinion survey can go in the future, how/if it could be better constructed and administered for all parties, and possibly address whether one model still can serve a useful function at this particular moment in time for several different parties. **This event has been canceled.**

How Do the Student Opinion Surveys Affect Our Teaching and How Should They?

Friday, February 22, 2019
Strosacker Room, Park Library
3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

Join the CLASS Excellence in Teaching and Learning Committee (ETLC) and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) for an interactive workshop on student evaluations of teaching facilitated by Tracy Collins (ENG), Talat Halman (PHL-REL) and So Hee Jeon (PSC-PA) and featuring research from Dr. Jessica Wicks (CETL).

To continue our discussion on student evaluations of teaching, this interactive workshop on the impact of the Student Opinion Surveys (SOS). This workshop will be composed of three sessions exploring the following questions: a) what are the influences of the SOS on instructors’ mental health and wellness?; b) how and in what ways does the SOS affect teaching?; and c) how should the SOS affect teaching?  By addressing these questions, the workshop will serve as an opportunity to better understand the current status of the influence of SOS and identify its desired influence on teaching. Dr. Jessica Wicks (CETL) will share her expertise on how we may achieve the desired “should be” impact of SOS on our teaching. 

Sponsored by the Excellence in Teaching and Learning Committee (ETLC) and the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL).


Past Conference & Workshops

In 2018, the Teaching and Learning Collective merged with the college's Excellence in Teaching Committee to form the Excellence in Teaching & Learning Committee. The TLC was a grassroots, college-based initiative aimed at looking at ways in which we could promote effective strategies for improved teaching and learning. It quickly received university-wide attention, and became—with the support of the Provost’s Office and CETL—a university endeavor led by the TLC community within our college and across campus.

Follow the links in the navigation menu to view archives from conferences and workshops hosted by the Teaching and Learning Collective (TLC).