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Community-University Partnerships

Intersections Between Technology and Social Justice - A Spring Series

Teachers in higher education are increasingly called to consider the role of technology in delivering course content and learning experiences. We have only begun to explore the resulting implications on access to higher education, as well as the very real technology gap faced by many students and faculty. While this focus on technology as a teaching tool is getting more attention, we in higher education, particularly at Portland State University, must understand how to effectively use online and hybrid modes of course delivery while also engaging our students in community-based learning experiences.
In this study group of five 90-minute sessions, participants will reflect on a series of recently published articles that inspire us to examine the:
  • contradictions between the ability of technology to democratize education and the barriers it presents to those students and instructors who lack digital access; and

  • implications of how technology can be used to facilitate civic engagement and equity

Five-session series on Tuesdays (April 22, April 29, May 6, May 13, and May 27) from 2:30 to 4:00 pm in SMSU 209 Mez

Please contact Amy Spring ( with questions. Click here to register for one or more sessions.

See the information flyer here.



Newer Faculty Programs -- RSVP Only
Co-sponsored by the Offices of Academic Innovation and Academic Affairs
This series is designed for new, first and second-year faculty.

Details will be added to the links as they are confirmed.
*Brown Bag = Bring your lunch and we will supply beverages and treats

Upcoming New(er) Faculty Programs to be announced.


Faculty Academic Writing Programs  

Coffee Talk Series on Academic Writing

Join us in our suite (SMSU 209m) for a cup of coffee, refreshments, and discussion at the second in a series of coffee talks hosted by OAI and facilitated by Dr. Dannelle Stevens, Faculty-in-Residence for Academic Writing, with the goal of getting together for an hour to discuss specific topics related to academic writing.

  • Thurs. May 22 @ 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in SMSU 209: "I know I am a ___ (perfectionist, procrastinator...) as a writer; now what do I do about it?"

Jump Start Academic Writing Group

Academic writing has its own set of tacit rules and hidden expectations. Faculty members are never taught these rules and yet understanding them is essential on the path to publication. This set of workshops will focus on the strategies designed to translate the “language of the academic writing culture”, to guide you toward establishing a satisfying writing practice and a prolific publication profile.

  "Using creative strategies to boost motivation and insight" (bring a photo of yourself as a child!)

  • Mon. May 5 @ 12 noon to 1:00 **This event repeats on Th. May 8 @ 12 to 1:00 pm

   "Using Jumpstart strategies in your teaching and feedback to students"

  • Mon. June 2 @ 12 noon to 1:00 **This event repeats on Th. June 5 @ 12 to 1:00 pm

  • Fri. June 6 @ 3:00 to 5:00 JumpStart final celebration (SMSU 333)

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Workshop series

Conducting research in your own classroom may seem like a far-fetched idea. Yet, every discipline has their own education journal where faculty are publishing articles from studying their own classroom, called the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL). Over our series of four workshops we will disentangle the challenges of conducting research in your classroom and invite you to implement a classroom research project.  We will talk about the continuum of classroom research from reflective teaching to scholarship of teaching.  We will get down to the nuts and bolts of conducting classroom research, analyzing data and publishing your work. Click here to register now!


Remaining sessions:

  • Fri. May 2 @ 10:00 to 11:30 am in SMSU 209
  • Fri. May. 9 @ 10:00 to 11:30 am in SMSU 209
  • Fri. May 23 @ 10:00 to 11:30 am in SMSU 209

Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks

This 12 week spring and summer series will span six weeks in spring term and another six weeks in summer.  We will bring together a group of faculty to participate in this 12-week program designed to produce a published article. Using Wendy Belcher’s book, Writing a journal article in 12 weeks, this small group of faculty will meet weekly, read the 12 chapters in the book, and complete the exercises suggested to write a complete journal article and 'kick it out the door!'  The exercises in Belcher's book are very direct and explicit.  Click here to register now.

Remaining sessions:
  • Thur. May 8 @ 2:30 to 3:30 pm in SMSU 209 
  • Thur. May 15 @ 2:30 to 3:30 pm in SMSU 209 
  • Thur. May 29 @ 2:30 to 3:30 pm in SMSU 209 
  • Thur. June 5 @ 2:30 to 3:30 pm in SMSU 209 
  • Thur. June 12 @ 2:30 to 3:30 pm in SMSU 209 
  • summer dates TBD


Faculty Reading Groups

Winter selection: What Our Stories Teach Us: A Guide to Critical Reflection for College Faculty

by Linda K. Shadiow
Faculty pursuing a deeper understanding of their teaching have long used critical reflection as a means to do so, but it is not always clear how to convert general insights into specific practices and teaching techniques that will ultimately improve student learning.
Link to information flier

Spring Selection: Facilitating Seven Ways of Learning: A Resource for More Purposeful, Effective, and Enjoyable College Teaching

by James R. Davis, Bridget D. Arend, L. Dee Fink
For teachers in higher education who haven’t been able to catch up with developments in teaching and learning, Davis and Arend offer an introduction that focuses on seven coherent and and proven evidence-based strategies to provide a framework to match teaching golas to distinct ways of learning, based on well-established theories of learning.
11:00am,  April 11, April 25, May 9, May 23, June 6
Link to information flier

Carnegie Conversation

Carnegie Conversation with Dr. Simon Peacock:
Transforming undergraduate education: UBC’s Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative


Dr. Simon Peacock will discuss UBC’s Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative, which has significantly improved student learning in more than 100 large undergraduate science courses through the adoption of effective, evidence-based science education practices. UBC faculty, aided by science education specialists, have successfully “flipped” many traditional science lectures, with information transfer now occurring outside the classroom while in-class time now focuses on interactive engagement (e.g., guided peer learning) aimed at specific learning goals. Successfully changing the way science is taught collectively at UBC is an example of complex organizational and cultural change and required substantial resources; talented, innovative faculty and staff; and a sustained academic and administrative commitment.

Simon has served as Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of British Columbia since 2006; he is a Professor in the Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences. As Dean, Dr. Peacock focuses on advancing disciplinary and interdisciplinary education and research initiatives across the physical, life, and mathematical sciences. Dr. Peacock and his colleagues recently developed First Year Seminars in Science, a small class experience focused on critical scientific thinking and communication skills, which was awarded the 2013 Alan Blizzard Award by Canada’s Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

3:00 to 4:30 pm, Thurs. May 8, 2014, SMSU 296/298 [ REGISTER NOW ]
Followed by a wine & appetizer reception
Link to information flyer