Office of Teaching and Learning

Upcoming Events Schedule

OTL Conference Room (Anderson Academic Commons 345)

Does the idea of “work-life” balance make you want to laugh – or cry – as you juggle raising children and your academic workload? You are not alone! The Parenting and Productivity group will foster a supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere to tackle the specific challenges facing academics who are parenting children (or anyone else who provides time-intensive and physically demanding dependent care).

Join us for donuts and a hot beverage as we watch and discuss NCFDD’s four-week series on Parenting and Productivity. We will meet in the OTL Conference Room (room number) from 8:30-10:00 a.m. on January 14, 28, February 11, and 25, 2020 from 8:30-10:00 a.m.

Feel free to come or leave early and to join us as you are able.

Faculty Development


How can you teach your class when bad weather strikes or when going to class is just not an option? Learn how to use ZOOM to keep your class going and keep it engaging. ZOOM comes packed with many features that can improve your instructional webinar meetings. In this session, we will discuss the following topics:

  • Best practices for instructional webinars
  • Discuss various ZOOM meeting settings that can improve your webinar
  • Recording options - local vs. cloud
  • Using polling questions to increase audience interaction
  • Using collaborative screen annotation tools
  • Using breakout rooms for small group work
  • Ideas for using ZOOM for face-2-face courses

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Hosts: Jae McQueen and Alex Martinez

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Educational Technology Pedagogy Online Education Open to Grad Students Faculty Development

Garden Room (Chambers Center Colorado Women's College)

The path to tenure is well-worn, and the “up-or-out” culture makes the timeline unambiguous. Promotion to full is often shrouded in more mystery with variation in both the path and the timeline. Diversity in faculty representation also decreases across stage, with inequities that begin long before receipt of an advanced degree accumulating, sometimes exponentially. This loss of diverse perspectives among full professors result in enormous costs to individuals, units, administration, and the students and communities we collaborate with and serve.

In this 2-hour workshop, we bring together a diverse panel of recently promoted full professors from different units across campus to share their struggles and successes in challenging myths and envisioning themselves as full. We are dedicated teacher-scholars, we serve, and we are people who balance and blend personal and professional obligations. We will first share panelist’s experiences and then work in small groups to support participant progress with structured prompts and activities. Come join us for drinks, snacks, conversation, and support in envisioning your advancement to full.

Panelists are:

Sarah Watamura, Department of Psychology, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences 

Jennifer Bellamy, Graduate School of Social Work

Peter Laz, Professor, Department of Mechanical & Materials Engineering, Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science

Rick Barbour, Department of Theatre, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Maria Calbi, Professor, Department of Physics & Astronomy, Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Lisa Martinez, Professor, Department of Sociology & Criminology, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Jess Owen, Department of Counseling Psychology, Morgridge College of Education

(h)Appy Hour Faculty Development

OTL Conference Room (Anderson Academic Commons 345)

If you crave a social connection to support your academic writing then this is the group for you.

We will be meeting on the following Friday mornings: February 28, March 20, April 24 and May 29 from 8 to 10 am in the OTL conference room.

The environment will be quiet (silent, really) to provide a setting that is friendly, a small portion of accountability and writing support from OTL staff if you need some. We’ll put on a pot of coffee, you bring your computer and project.

Faculty Development

OTL Conference Room (Anderson Academic Commons 345)

The Heart of Higher Education is an opportunity to gather as a DU community to share the challenges and opportunities of transcending the institutional, professional and personal choices that tend to separate core identity/integrity from day to day actions. The meetings are open to all faculty (of any rank) and staff (of any title).  The Conversations are hosted by the Office of Teaching and Learning and facilitated by OTL Faculty Teaching Fellow, Professor Paul Michalec from the Morgridge College of Education. The Heart of Higher Education Conversations create a positive and constructive space where staff and faculty can explore ways of re-connecting calling with professional responsibilities. Our time together is bounded by norms designed to create an open invitation to share while respecting individual choices to not share at a particular time. Prior to each meeting an agenda and brief reflective reading is sent out.

Bring your lunch.  Come late or leave early.  This is an invitation for self-care.  No guilt necessary.