Faculty Teaching & Learning Communities

Join a CETLOE Faculty Teaching & Learning Community (TaLC) to meet faculty with similar interests and participate at the forefront of educational discussion at the university. TaLC members will jointly develop community goals and will meet virtually during the 2021-22 academic year.

New Fall 2021

Exploring Best Practices in the Peer Review of Teaching

Facilitated by Laura Carruth (Neuroscience, CETLOE) and DaShaunda Patterson (CEHD)

Are you preparing for promotion, tenure or structured review? Have you been asked to provide a peer observation for a colleague who is? Join the FTaLC group entitled: Exploring Best Practices in the Peer Review of Teaching. This group will consider the best practices for the peer observation and evaluation process for faculty teaching. We will examine how this process and its outcomes can serve as evidence to convey teaching effectiveness. Participants will have the opportunity to practice utilizing various peer observation tools and process to determine the feasibility of these resources.


  • Identify current practices in Peer observation and evaluation
  • Explore scholarly research on peer observation and evaluation
  • Practice utilizing select peer observation tools and structures

This group will meet 8-9 times across the academic year. At the first meeting, participants will determine the meeting specific schedule for the semester.


Trauma-Informed Pedagogy in Higher Education

Facilitated by Laura Carruth (Neuroscience and CETLOE)

Students with a history of trauma face more challenges on campus and are at higher risk for experiencing more trauma. Trauma-informed pedagogy promotes the recognition that life situations may impact student success and promotes the adoption of teaching frameworks that include an awareness of student experiences, flexibility, scaffolding, organization, and inclusion and sensitivity, support positive student learning outcomes. This TaLC will explore how to support trauma-affected students so they can persist in their undergraduate education and develop skills to become resilient and successful.

The group will meet monthly for 1-1.5 hrs from October through May and the participants will decide the meeting dates and times during the first organizational meeting.

Teaching skills responsive to changes in the job market for AYPS Students

Facilitated by Esra Tanyildiz (AYPS)

This Faculty TaLC for instructors in AYPS focuses on developing a ‘skills workshop’ for students to learn about required skills in different career areas and guide them to develop a ‘skills plan’ to focus and enhance their learning efforts. Students commonly have ideas about the areas they would like to work in, choosing their courses accordingly. However, they are rarely exposed to the skills that the employers identify in their selected areas of interest. Learning about these skills would help the students improve their focus in classes where these skills are taught, and it would encourage them to take responsibility in learning by seeking alternative opportunities to learn new skills. The feedback mechanism from the job market would also enhance skill-based courses’ content to prepare students better for their careers. In this Faculty-TaLC, conversations will focus on such practices and their role in supporting our students.

Meetings will be 1-1.5 hrs once/month decided by the Faculty-TaLC members.