Upcoming Events


Lunch and Learn Series: Open to All Members of Our Teaching Community

The CTL started a Lunch and Learn Series last fall, featuring faculty that completed the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) "Effective Online Teaching Practices" program. This year we aim to continue the program featuring innovative faculty from across campus.

Back by popular demand, we offer a virtual Lunch and Learn series one Friday per month featuring innovative faculty from the UMSL teaching community. Two faculty present their context, how and why they have implemented a particular strategy, its impact, and how they plan to iterate. Participants then can join faculty in a breakout room to ask questions about the strategy. It is a great opportunity to learn from and with colleagues and meet new faculty across campus. All members of the UMSL community (faculty, staff, and graduate students) are welcome to attend. If you have any questions please reach out to CTL Assistant Director Erin Whitteck (elwbcf@umsl.edu). 

  • September 16th, 12:15 - 1:00pm: Graphic Syllabus and Interactive Game
  • October 14th, 12:15 - 1:00pm: TBA
  • November 11th, 12:15 - 1:00pm: TBA

Register for the Fall Lunch and Learn Series here.


Focus on Teaching and Technology Conference

This conference is an amazing opportunity for faculty, higher education administrators, and other staff involved in course and curriculum development or academic technology support to come together to share and learn collaboratively. The conference offers a dynamic keynote speaker, faculty innovation idea-sharing, technology workshops, and vendor presentations.

The FTTC will be held virtually this year. 

September 29th - September 30th, 2022.

Registration is open now! Click here


Teaching Circles

Pat Hutchings, in her book Making Teaching Community Property, defines a teaching circle as “a small group of faculty who make a commitment to work together over a period of at least a semester to address questions and concerns about the particulars of their teaching and their students' learning.” We currently have two teaching circles that meet regularly over the academic year (see below). If you are interested in forming a teaching circle that centers around a particular topic and would like help making connections and launching the teaching circle please contact Erin Whitteck at elwbcf@umsl.edu.

Anti-Racist Educators Group

Through bi-weekly synchronous discussions the group provides a space for faculty across disciplines to share experiences, find common ground, pursue lifelong learning opportunities, and view race and racism from multiple perspectives. We share events, resources, and other work being done on campus with one another.  In the end, we aim to brainstorm antiracist pedagogical strategies and think about how to apply this knowledge to our courses.

The group meets every two weeks via Zoom. This is a flexible group, not a committee, and has no attendance requirements. We are always happy to have new members join our group. If you are interested in joining please contact CTL Assistant Director Erin Whitteck at elwbcf@umsl.edu.

Statistics Teaching Circle 

This group started from a faculty learning community that launched in January 2020. When the FLC completed their work they decided to continue meeting three times per semester and expand the teaching circle beyond the College of Arts and Sciences. This is an interdisciplinary group of faculty members that rotate facilitating a conversation about teaching graduate and undergraduate statistics courses.

The group meets once a month. This is a flexible group, not a committee, and has no attendance requirements. We are always happy to have new members join our group. If you are a faculty member that teaches statistics and is interested in joining please contact CTL Assistant Director Erin Whitteck at elwbcf@umsl.edu.

Part-Time Faculty Teaching Circle 

The Part-time Faculty Teaching Circle is an opportunity for part-time faculty to engage with other part-time faculty and tackle those challenging teaching questions pertinent to this group. Our goal is to build a supportive community to help connect you to the campus and campus resources. Topics are selected by our Advisory Group made up of members of the community such as yourself. The Advisory Group meets twice a year to review the success of the previous semester's sessions and set the agenda for the upcoming semester. Interested in joining the Advisory group, email Jen McKanry mckanryj@umsl.edu.  The agenda of sessions are set at the start of each semester. See current schedule and register.


Certificate in University Teaching (CUT) Workshops

Whether you plan to have a career in academia, industry, business, education, public service, or the health professions, UMSL's graduate Certificate in University Teaching (CUT) will be of value to you. Nearly all professional roles require pitching, presentation, or instruction. This program, jointly sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and the Graduate School, is open to all UMSL graduate students - both Master's and doctoral candidates.

Registration in the CUT program is required to participate in these workshops.  Contact us for more information.

Unit F 2022 dates:

  • Spetember 2, 9, 16, 23
  • October 7,14
  • November 3,11,18
  • December 2
Unit T 2022 dates:
  • October 28: Kick off session
  • October 29th-December 8th: Asynchronous Canvas work
  • December 9th: Wrap up session

Upcoming Faculty Orientations

We look forward to welcoming new faculty at our upcoming new faculty orientations where you'll meet new colleagues, learn about important campus resources and supports, and begin your journey at UMSL successfully. These sessions are highly engaging and interactive including conversations with the Provost, strategizing about your learning materials, and interactive case study discussions with our panels of student supports from across campus. Our goal is for you to leave with a wealth of new contacts to help you and your students have a successful experience at UMSL.

First Friday of the month, 1PM-2PM: New Full-Time Faculty Extended Orientation Sessions (Fridays in October, November, February, March, April, and May)

January 7, 2023: 8AM - Noon: Part-Time Faculty Orientation (Virtual event; Zoom link sent to registered attendees)

May 6, 2023: 8AM - Noon: Part-Time Faculty Orientation (Virtual event; Zoom link sent to registered attendees)

August 12, 2023: 1PM - 5PMPart-Time Faculty Orientation (Virtual event; Zoom link sent to registered attendees)

August 15, 2023: 8AM - 4PM: New Full-Time Faculty Orientation (In-person event including the Chancellor's Welcome Reception at the Chancellor's Residence where new faculty are introduced to the UMSL community.) 

August 18, 2023: 1PM - 5PMPart-Time Faculty Orientation (In-Person event)