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Professional Development

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Certificate of Innovation in College Teaching.

The Certificate of Innovation in College Teaching (CICT) is a free, voluntary, non-credit professional development experience designed to prepare future and current faculty for teaching and professional life in higher education. 

Conferences & Workshops

The Certificate of Innovation in College Teaching Program hosts recurring professional development conferences and workshops throughout each year for concrete skill and teaching practice development and community-building. The Teaching Innovation Conference draws nationally-recognized keynotes speakers on a variety of topics related to the future of higher education.

Leadership Roles

Lead Graduate Assistants can apply to gain paid leadership experience through the Certificate of Innovation in College Teaching. They mentor fellow GTAs in their department, help shape the future of the CICT program, and complete leadership projects that will affect teaching, learning, and research at PSU for years to come.

Teaching Portfolio

Participants in the CICT program construct a digital Portfolio of Teaching and Professional Development that illustrates their professional experiences and skills that will carry them forward into their career.

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Department Workshops

Bring new teaching tutorials and workshops on a wide range of topics to your next department meeting. Explore our offerings and reach out to us to schedule a visit!

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Academic Innovation Mini-fund Program

Join an interdisciplinary AIM cohort and develop an individual project while benefiting from discussions with your colleagues.

Winter 2021 AIMs are currently closed and in progress.

Inclusive Curriculum and Pedagogy AIM

Participants in the Inclusive Curriculum and Pedagogy cohort will develop or revise a course or program offering with the goal of creating a more inclusive, culturally-sustaining approach to curriculum and pedagogy.  This could include syllabus/course development that represents diverse perspectives, inclusion of teaching methods that support multiple student backgrounds and abilities, fosters social justice and the centrality of student voice, reflects personal awareness of the impacts of one’s bias and identity on curriculum and pedagogy, and promotes equity and academic success for all students.  

Open Educational Practices AIM

The Open Education AIM is part of an Open Education Initiative, co-led by The Office of Academic Innovation and the Portland State Library, to put students’ learning first through cost-saving strategies, increasing inclusion efforts, and improving academic success. Open educational teaching practices allow for more diverse voices to engage in the learning experience and provide opportunities for faculty to collaborate with students to ensure the learning materials meet their students' needs.

OAI seeks up to 15 faculty to replace cost-bearing required textbooks with no-cost Open Educational Resources in one of their courses. Workshops will cover: Evaluating OER for teaching and learning purposes, understanding and working with Creative Commons open licenses, creating assessments and other ancillary materials, aligning syllabus to new OER text, and student assessment of the course materials.

Program Assessment Planning and Reporting AIM

Participants in the Program Assessment Planning and Reporting cohort will develop or revise a robust, high-quality academic program assessment plan or a component of the academic assessment plan with the goal of establishing or continuing to improve student learning through discovery, reflection, and assessment planning. This will include articulating or reviewing goals and program learning outcomes, incorporating inclusive assessment practices, developing a curriculum map to examine alignment, evaluating types and quality of data, understanding how to interpret assessment findings, and demonstrating program improvement through concrete action planning and quality reporting.

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Academic Writing Program

Our academic writing programs support faculty toward successful, satisfying, and productive academic writing. Facilitated with direction from our Faculty-in-Residence, offerings include the Jumpstart Academic Writing Program, writing consultation, writing communities, and writing retreats.


Faculty Book Group

OAI hosts a faculty book group each quarter, featuring a current book chosen by faculty on topics pertaining to higher education trends, teaching and learning, and the experience of faculty in postsecondary education today. Faculty nominate and choose the books that are featured each quarter.  

Upcoming events

Faculty Book Group

This winter, the Faculty Book Group will be diving into James Lang's…
Add to my Calendar 2021-02-26 12:00:00 2021-02-26 13:00:00 Faculty Book Group This winter, the Faculty Book Group will be diving into James Lang's timely read, "Distracted: Why Students Can't Focus and What You Can Do About It."   The group meets five times throughout winter term on January 15th, 29th, February 12th, 26th, and March 12th. We will meet to discuss the Introduction and Chapter 1 on January 15th.   About The Book Why is it so hard to get students to pay attention? Conventional wisdom blames iPhones, insisting that access to technology has ruined students' ability to focus. But acclaimed educator James M. Lang argues that this solution obscures a deeper problem: how we teach is often at odds with how students learn. Classrooms are designed to force students into long periods of intense focus, but emerging science reveals that the brain is wired for distraction. We learn best when able to actively seek and synthesize new information.   In Distracted, Lang rethinks the practice of teaching, revealing how educators can structure their classrooms less as distraction-free zones and more as environments where they can actively cultivate their students' attention. Brimming with ideas and grounded in new research, Distracted offers an innovative plan for the most important lesson of all: how to learn.   Watch our events page for future announcements to join the Faculty Book Group in Spring. Remote Office of Academic Innovation Office of Academic Innovation America/Los_Angeles public

Open Ed Week Keynote Address: Achieving a Socially Just Open…

Register Jasmine Roberts is a renowned Open Education leader and…
Add to my Calendar 2021-03-01 11:00:00 2021-03-01 12:00:00 Open Ed Week Keynote Address: Achieving a Socially Just Open Education during the COVID-19 Era Register Jasmine Roberts is a renowned Open Education leader and professor of communications at The Ohio State University. She advocates for education ecosystems that are accessible, affordable, equitable, and inclusive to everyone regardless of their background. In this keynote, she will focus on how Open Educational Resources and Open Educational Practices encourage more equitable, inclusive, and diverse classrooms.   Founded in 2013 by Open Education Global, the goal of Open Education Week is to raise awareness and showcase impact of open education on teaching and learning worldwide. Open Education Week has become one of the most foremost global events recognizing high achievement and excellence in open education.   Keynote Facilitator Jasmine Roberts Keynote Speaker, Open Education Leader Jasmine Roberts is a lecturer in the School of Communication at the Ohio State University, where she teaches in the areas of public relations writing, digital activism and campaign strategy. Roberts’ advocacy work centers on the experiences of people of color, women and queer communities. Along with her communication expertise, Roberts is also a renowned open education leader. She has delivered numerous keynote presentations across the country on the topics of inclusion in open education. She is the author of the highly-rated, openly-licensed book "Writing for Strategic Communication Industries." In her spare time, she loves to connect with her green babies (52 plants total), fur babies (2 dogs), and loving fiancé.     Remote Office of Academic Innovation Office of Academic Innovation America/Los_Angeles public

Open Education Week: How does OER meet our Diversity, Equity,…

Register How does OER meet our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Goals? Eliminating textbook costs through the use of Open Educational Resources may…
Add to my Calendar 2021-03-02 10:00:00 2021-03-02 12:00:00 Open Education Week: How does OER meet our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Goals? Register How does OER meet our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Goals? Eliminating textbook costs through the use of Open Educational Resources may seem like a simple change, but it's one that can have a big impact. Research has shown that using OER in place of traditional textbooks helps to create more equitable and inclusive learning experiences for marginalized students. In this workshop, learn more about how OER is a DEI tool and how PSU faculty are using OER in their courses.   Facilitators: Jenny Ceciliano - M.A. Spanish 2009, M.A. Educational Leadership and Policy 2015 Jenny is a Senior Instructor II of Spanish and the Coordinator of First-year Spanish at Portland State University. She has developed and implemented an OER program for Beginning Spanish at PSU, centering the student experience, and informed by principles of Adult Education as well as Second Language Acquisition.   Lisa Notman - M.A. Spanish, M.S. Educational Leadership and Policy Lisa is an adjunct senior instructor of Spanish at Portland State University and an instructor of Spanish at Northwest Academy. As co-author of a forthcoming Spanish OER, she is interested in using OER's as a tool for advancing social justice pedagogy goals.   Karen Bjork - M.A. in History and a Master of Library and Information Science, 2005 Karen is the Head of Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Publishing at Portland State University. She manages the Digital Initiatives Unit, which provides services that support the changing landscape of digital publishing, including the management of PDXScholar, a digital repository that provides online open access to scholarship and research produced by Portland State University faculty and students. She is also the project lead for the open access textbook publishing initiative, PDXOpen.   Jaime Wood - UDL, Program Manager for Educational Initiatives Jaime is the Program Manager for Educational Initiatives in the Office of Academic Innovation at PS. She has an MA in English education from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado, and an MFA in creative writing, poetry from Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Washington. Her career in education began as a language arts and math teacher in an Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound middle school where she used service learning, adventure trips, and community-based curriculum to engage sixth and seventh graders. Since 2003, she has worked in universities and community colleges both in the classroom and as a faculty developer and assessment coordinator. She is fascinated by the relationship between learners and teachers and how these roles overlap. When she’s not reading about pedagogy, Jaime enjoys writing poetry and songs, camping on the coast, and exploring the unadvertised beauties of Portland.   Scott Robison - Associate Director, Digital Learning and Design After completing his Ph.D. in Instructional Technology at Ohio University, Scott was Director of Distance Education and Online Resources at Ohio University, Director of Learning Technologies and Online Education at Plymouth State University, and most recently the Co-Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Plymouth State University. He is very interested in how technology can be used to expand access to education and enhance teaching and learning experiences. Scott is also very interested in Open Education practices and the transformative role they can play in education. Remote Office of Academic Innovation Office of Academic Innovation America/Los_Angeles public

Virtual Faculty Writing Retreat

Register Set aside time for yourself and your writing by joining a facilitated writing retreat with OAI. This virtual three-hour retreat provides…
Add to my Calendar 2021-03-04 21:00:00 2021-02-12 20:54:43 Virtual Faculty Writing Retreat Register Set aside time for yourself and your writing by joining a facilitated writing retreat with OAI. This virtual three-hour retreat provides faculty the opportunity to focus on their writing projects while gaining inspiration and support from fellow academic authors. With guidance from Dannelle Stevens, OAI's Faculty in Residence for Academic Writing, participants will begin by setting realistic goals and warm up with a focused freewrite. Danelle will facilitate group discussion, small group breakouts, and dedicated writing sessions throughout the day. During these retreat, participants will learn practical, focused writing strategies to enhance their writing practice, make meaningful progress on their writing project during three focused writing sessions, and benefit from the fellowship and support of a community of like-minded scholars. This retreat is offered twice, on February 4th and March 4th, 2021. Please register to attend. Our events seek to be inclusive, and all are welcome. If you have accessibility requests, please reach out to prior to the event and we will do our best to accommodate them. About the Facilitator Danelle Stevens, OAI Faculty in Residence Dannelle D. Stevens, Ph.D., has co-authored four books and numerous articles, framed around different ways to assist faculty in their complex roles as writers, scholars and teachers. She has crystallized her many years of experience into assisting graduate students, faculty and other professionals in creating a productive and satisfying professional life. Danelle consults both nationally and internationally on strategies that improve faculty writing and publishing, and promote positive classroom assessment practices as well as infuse their work with creative insights. Her fourth book, Write More, Publish More, Stress Less!, was released January 2019. Remote Office of Academic Innovation Office of Academic Innovation America/Los_Angeles public