Professional Development

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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 faculty 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.

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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

Spring Faculty Book Group

We may be remote, but we're still reading! Join the PSU Faculty Book Group for a springtime discussion of a fabulous new book. We'll be reading, "…
Add to my Calendar 2021-04-22 12:00:00 2021-04-22 13:00:00 Spring Faculty Book Group We may be remote, but we're still reading! Join the PSU Faculty Book Group for a springtime discussion of a fabulous new book. We'll be reading, "Promoting Inclusive Classroom Dynamics" by K. Oleson, and the start date is April 8th. Sign up by April 1st to receive a copy of the book in the mail! Remote Office of Academic Innovation Office of Academic Innovation America/Los_Angeles public

Zoom Into Spring: Engage & Collaborate

Register Kick your pedagogy up a notch with tools designed to encourage…
Add to my Calendar 2021-04-22 13:00:00 2021-04-22 14:00:00 Zoom Into Spring: Engage & Collaborate Register Kick your pedagogy up a notch with tools designed to encourage collaboration and interaction! Today we will look at features like annotation, whiteboards, polling and reactions. Join us for the hour and for the optional 30 minute session afterwards where we’ll answer questions and practice the tools. Remote The Office of Academic Innovation The Office of Academic Innovation America/Los_Angeles public

Canvas Information Session

Register Say hello to Canvas! Join OAI for an introduction to the new…
Add to my Calendar 2021-04-23 10:00:00 2021-04-23 11:00:00 Canvas Information Session Register Say hello to Canvas! Join OAI for an introduction to the new Learning Management System at PSU, coming winter 2022. During a series of information sessions this spring, we will get to know Canvas's new features, see what example classes could look like, and discuss the timeline for migration from D2L to Canvas. Whether you're new to Canvas or have taught in it before, there will be something to learn for everyone. Bring your questions and curiosity, and join us at the next information session. Remote Office of Academic Innovation Office of Academic Innovation America/Los_Angeles public

Zotero: Managing Your Academic Writing Citations

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Add to my Calendar 2021-04-26 13:00:00 2021-04-26 15:00:00 Zotero: Managing Your Academic Writing Citations Register Maximize the use of your academic writing references with a comprehensive system like Zotero to easily and efficiently manage your citations. By having more literature at your fingertips through the use of a CMS, your scholarly resources are more accessible, you will save time, and present a persuasive and comprehensive argument for your work. This workshop is also for those who want to polish their current skills in using any citation management system. 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