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Teaching Workshops

These workshops focus on practical, concrete strategies for common teaching tasks, challenges, and opportunities.  These sessions draw on research-based best practices from the literature on teaching and learning and help participants consider ways to apply those best practices in their teaching. Teaching Workshops are typically a mix of presentation, large group discussion, small group activities, and times for individual reflection.

Writing a Diversity Statement

Sara Beck
Joe Bandy

The CFT has partnered with The Office of Inclusive Excellence and The Office for Career Development at The Graduate School to provide an introductory workshop on developing a written diversity statement. Increasingly, universities and colleges are requesting that faculty job applicants provide a statement addressing how they plan to contribute to inclusive excellence in their professional lives.

Sometimes, a job ad will request that applicants address diversity in the cover letter or the teaching statement, but a request for a stand-alone diversity statement is becoming more common. From the perspective of the university, the purpose of this document is to verify that an applicant has a commitment to diversity in his or her work within higher education, including scholarship, teaching, service, mentoring, and advising. From the applicant’s perspective, a diversity statement offers an opportunity to articulate the many ways one may contribute to inclusive and just research, teaching, and service; and the challenges to this work that one may help academic institutions overcome.

This session will introduce several approaches to developing and writing a diversity statement and give participants an opportunity to begin generating ideas on their own and in small groups.


Sara Beck, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow
Joe Bandy, CFT Assistant  Director

Question and answer session with:

Ruth Schemmer
Asst. Dean for Graduate Career Development


Melissa Thomas-Hunt
Vice Provost for Inclusive Excellence


Date: Thursday, April 12th
Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm
Location: Alumni Hall Room 206
Open to Graduate Students & Postdocs


Hybrid/Online Teaching Workshop: Presence & Interaction Online

Are you interested in creating meaningful learning experiences as part of your current or future online or hybrid course, but not sure where to start? A few practical tools can help ease the transition to online teaching. Come explore online teaching strategies in this workshop designed for a range of experience levels–from those just thinking about online teaching to those who have been teaching in an online or hybrid setting for a while.

In this workshop, participants will explore online teaching through the community of inquiry framework with an emphasis on instructor presence and student interactions. By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • describe multiple ways instructors facilitate online learning,
  • understand how teaching approaches can be modified for online learning environments, and
  • apply this knowledge to a course they may be teaching.


Kylie Korsnack, CFT Graduate Teaching Fellow
Stacey Johnson, CFT Assistant Director for Educational Technology

Date: Monday, April 16th
Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Location: CFT Classroom
Open to Graduate Students & Postdocs

Date: Monday, April 23rd
Time: 1:00pm-2:30pm
Location: CFT Classroom
Open to Faculty Only