Let's Talk Teaching

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Assignments of Steel: Developing Stronger Writing Prompts
Wednesday, January 10, 11:00-1:00, Excel Writing Center, Columbine Hall 316

Would you like to learn how to:

  • Use writing to promote learning in your classes?
  • Scaffold writing goals throughout the semester?
  • Develop new, or revising existing, writing assignments for your Spring 2018 classes?
  • Create writing assignments that inspire papers that are fun to read? 

Dr. Matthew Balk, Director, Excel Writing Center and Dr. Michelle Neely, Director, Writing across the Curriculum will discuss elements of clear writing assignments and work with you to develop stronger writing prompts for your own classes. You are encouraged to bring existing writing projects used in your classes to the workshop.

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Panel Discussion: Showcasing and Mentoring Undergraduate Research
Wednesday, November 15th, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM - Academic Office Building Room 402

  • Best practices for mentoring undergraduate research
  • Funding and showcase opportunities for undergraduate research on campus 
  • Ways to help students better understand scholarly genres

Join us as our panelists discuss how to mentor and showcase UCCS students' undergraduate research.


  • Tabatha Farney, Associate Professor, Kraemer Family Library, Undergraduate Research Journal Faculty Advisor
  • Eugenia Olesnicky Killian, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology
  • Margie Oldham, Undergraduate Research - Director of Community Relations, LAS
  • Michelle Neely, Director, Writing across the Curriculum, Faculty Advisor Undergraduate Research Journal 

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Panel Discussion: High Impact Teaching for Student Engagement
Thursday, September 28th, 12:15 PM - 1:30 PM - University Center Room 122

Join us as faculty share their experiences with using high-impact practices (HIPs) in their teaching to increase student retention and student engagement. During this panel discussion, faculty will share different High Impact Practicess including Undergraduate Research, ePortfolios, and Service Learning and how they integrated the practices into their courses and programs. 


  • Tabatha Farney, Associate Professor, Kraemer Family Library
  • Margie Oldham, Undergraduate Research - Director of Community Relations, LAS
  • Michelle Neely, Director-Writing Portfolio Assessment
  • Eric Billmeyer, Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

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Connecting Community and Environmental Issues Outside the Classroom
Eric Billmeyer, Geography and Environmental Studies
Thursday, April 13th, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM - ACAD 301

If a student has never been homeless, how do they connect with the issue of homelessness? If they never had to worry about paying their electric bill, how do you get them to be concerned about someone who has? If they never had to worry about drinking water poisoning their health, how do you get them to relate to a community that currently is? The answer is through civic engagement. 

Eric Billmeyer will discuss how he integrated civic engagement activities to explore the issues described above through hands-on participation with three local non-profit organizations currently addressing these concerns. The use of in-class discussions and reflection papers have shown the students found the activities individually life enriching and that they have a better understanding of their civic identity and responsibility.

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Reading Across the Curriculum - Michelle Neely, Director, Writing Across the Curriculum
Tuesday, February 28th, 9:25 AM - 10:25 AM - ACAD 301 OR
Wednesday, March 15th, 3:05 PM - 4:05 PM - ACAD 201

Join us as we continue the conversation about reading! Whether this is your first Let's Talk Teaching conversation or you've been to others, you are welcome to join.

Our discussion about reading will center around these questions:

  • How might we use writing to promote deep reading in our courses?
  • What "insider knowledge" can we provide to students about reading practices and processes?
  • What are best practices around assigning reading at the college level?
  • How can we support students' reading in new or unfamiliar genres?

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The Public Ethics Project - Edward Gray, PhD, Philosophy
Wednesday, February 15th, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM - ACAD 301

Community Engaged Teaching combines learning goals and community service in ways that can enhance both student growth and the common good. Edward Gray's students prepared an "ethics profile" of an approved community organization. They worked with staff and volunteers along with documentary evidence to see how the organization defined who was good, what acts were right, and what is just. Join Dr. Gray as he discusses how he generated high student participation and solid learning outcomes and how you can enrich your students' experiences through community engagement. 

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You've Thought About Flipping Your Classroom. How About Flipping your Syllabus?
Dan Lykins, Biology
Wednesday, January 11, 12:15 PM - 1:15 PM - ACAD 301

Student questions that are answered in the syllabus make a lot of instructors want to tear their hair out! Learn how to make your syllabus work for you, your students, and your inbox, dramatically reducing the number of questions asked that you've already answered. You don't have to pay, prod, quiz, or cajole. Just deliver unexpected value and your students will read it, refer to it, and even love it!   

Come learn the tricks and secrets "Lt Dan" Lykins has learned that make a syllabus flip possible. 

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