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  2. To view and/or register for one of The Center trainings:

    Professional Learning Communities (aka certificate programs) usually meet in Memorial Library 94B. This is a Telepresence room, so if you work at one of the alternate campuses in the Twin Cities or Virginia, let us know that you want to call in.

    NEW! Adjunct Faculty Cohort

    Second Wednesday of each month, 4:30 – 5:30 pm

    Ideas for class activities, best practices for teaching, technology tools, and other resources for teaching and learning.

    First Year Faculty Cohort

    First Friday of each month, 9:00 – 9:50 am

    Information about the campus, our culture, resources for teaching and learning, and how to survive and thrive during your first year at Minnesota State Mankato.

    Supporting First Year Student Success

    First Friday of each month, 11:00 – 11:50 am

    One of the University’s strategic priorities focuses on supporting first year and transfer student success. What unique challenges do these students face as they become Mavericks? How can we support them in our teaching and advising? Through discussions and research, this group will brainstorm ideas, develop materials, and plan activities to support faculty as we support our students. We extend a special invitation to faculty who teach courses that students typically take in their first year to share your expertise with the rest of us.

    Second Year Faculty Cohort

    Second Friday of each month, 9:00 – 9:50 am

    Ongoing support now that you’ve settled in a bit. Dr. Allen Thompson will join us in September to talk about advising, and Dr. Dan Houlihan will join us in October to talk about establishing a sustainable research agenda. Additional topics will be added based on the interests of the group.

    Online Teachers Cohort

    Second Friday of each month, 11:00 – 11:50 am

    A support group for faculty who teach online. What are best practices for course design? What kinds of activities have you used that really engaged your distance learners? What resources and professional development opportunities can support online teaching? Join us in September for an organizational meeting. Presentations and guest speakers for the rest of the year will be based on your questions and interests.

    New! Academic Trends & Research Discussion

    Third Friday of each month, 9:00 – 9:50 am

    What's the on the horizon for higher education? Join us to talk about trends in teaching, learning, and technology; research that might have applications in our fields or on our campus; and other hot topics that arise during the year. Participants may be asked to read short news or research articles to prepare for the conversation, but this is an informal, easygoing conversation. Join Matt Clay (IT Solutions) and me each month for a discussion of trends and current issues pulled from academic research and sources like The Chronicle of Higher Education and Educause.

    Cultural Competency Cohort

    Third Friday of each month, 11:00 – 11:50 am

    Intercultural competence is “an attempt to raise students’ awareness of their own culture and help them to interpret and understand other cultures” (Rose, 2003, page 1). Many institutions lean toward study abroad to help students learn about other cultures, but that is not an accessible or affordable experience for all students. In fact, LEAP (2007) reported that less than 10% of students study abroad, less than 34% of students earn credit for an international studies course, and less than 13% of students achieve basic competence in a second language. To help students in all disciplines become “authentic global citizens” (Granholm, 2013, page 168), Elizabeth Sandell (Elementary and Literacy Education) has used the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) to create an “internationalization at home” (Soria and Troisi, 2014) experience within her course. This cohort will help faculty learn more and consider ways to create their own intercultural competence activities.

    Book Discussion: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

    Fourth Friday of each month, 9:00 – 9:50 am

    From Amazon: “Bryan Stevenson was a young lawyer when he founded the Equal Justice Initiative, a legal practice dedicated to defending those most desperate and in need: the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of our criminal justice system. One of his first cases was that of Walter McMillian, a young man who was sentenced to die for a notorious murder he insisted he didn’t commit. The case drew Bryan into a tangle of conspiracy, political machination, and legal brinksmanship—and transformed his understanding of mercy and justice forever. Just Mercy is at once an unforgettable account of an idealistic, gifted young lawyer’s coming of age, a moving window into the lives of those he has defended, and an inspiring argument for compassion in the pursuit of true justice.”

    Jill Cooley (History) and Jennifer Turner (Library Services) invite you to join them for a three-part discussion of Just Mercy.

    NEW! Women in Higher Education

    Fourth Friday of each month, 11:00 – 11:50 am

    Gender bias in course evaluations. Sexual harassment and discrimination. #MeToo. Work/life balance. Parenting while professoring. We invite women from across the institution to join us for monthly conversations about the issues that challenge us and ways we can support each other.

    Team-Based Learning 

    Wednesdays, September 5, 12, 19 and 26 at 11:00 to 11:50 am in ML 94B Telepresence Room

    Join Dr. Mary Hadley (Chemistry) to learn about team-based learning, a popular and effective technique for supporting learning and engagement through ongoing student groups.

    Assessment for Student Learning

    Tuesdays, September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16 at 11:00 am - noon. Location TBA.

    The Assessment for Student Learning Certificate focuses on assessing student learning at the course level, and includes developing strategies to aid in effectively assessing learning in the classroom, high versus low stakes assessment processes and practices, Bloom’s Taxonomy, and ways to embed assessment into course assignments. It also includes ways to effectively assess General Education courses. This training meets weekly for five weeks. TARGET AUDIENCE: All faculty members and staff.

    Program-Level Assessment Certificate

    Thursdays, September 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25. 11:00 am - noon. Location TBA.

    The Program-Level Assessment Certificate focuses on strategies to better “bring together” student learning assessment information from across a broader program. Information focuses on ways to create effective program assessment models, identify program-level outcomes, develop responses to findings, complete annual assessment reports, and create insights into program performance based on a variety of data and information available. This training meets weekly for five weeks. TARGET AUDIENCE: Department Chairs, Program Directors, Assessment Coordinators.


    Are you working on an article, a manuscript, a dissertation, or a new course design? Sometimes you need a change of scenery to avoid distractions. Sometimes you just want the writing experience to be a little less lonely.
    It’s is a writing group for people who don’t like writing groups.
    It’s a weekly one-hour writing retreat.
    It’s an accountability partner for teaching and scholarship.
    It's a workout buddy for writing.

    No registration needed.

    Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm in ML 88A Conference Room

    Show up, shut up, and write. (Feel free to bring lunch, but for the sake of the other writers, please eat quietly.)

    Fridays, 12:00 – 1:00 pm in ML 88A Conference Room

    Writing group conversations hold us accountable and offer encouragement when we don’t seem to be making much progress. Two groups will meet this fall, one for faculty working on tenure and promotion documents and another for more general writing projects.


    CETL New Faculty Orientation 

    Tuesday, August 21 at 9:00 - 2:30 pm in CSB 112

    The goal of this workshop is to help new faculty to feel prepared to enter the classroom on Monday. We will discuss best practices for designing your courses, planning course assessments, required and recommended elements of a course syllabus, technology tools, and using the D2L Brightspace learning management system to support your activities. We will also discuss the professional development plans (PDRs) that are part of the performance evaluation outlined in Article 22 of the IFO Contract.

    Black Minds Matter

    Mondays, October 8 - November 26 at 3:30 - 4:30 pm in CSU 245

    In collaboration with Institutional Diversity, CETL is bringing the seven-week Black Minds Matter workshop series to campus. Black Minds Matter, featuring Dr. Luke Wood of San Diego State University, is designed to raise the national consciousness about issues facing Black boys and men in education. The sessions will intentionally draw linkages between the pervasive undervaluing and criminalization of Black boys and men in society and illustrate how those same patterns are evident in school, college, and university settings. Participants will watch videos from Dr. Wood and participate in small and large group discussions, panel presentations, and planning ideas for improving the learning experience for our students. This course is open to faculty at MSU Mankato, South Central College, Bethany Lutheran College, Gustavus Adolphus College, and Mankato Public Schools.

    Registration is required. Enrollment is limited to 70 participants.

    Immigration in the Trump Era

    Tuesday, September 11 2:30 - 4:00 pm in Ostrander Auditorium

    Open to students & faculty. No registration required.

    The Supreme Court upheld the federal travel ban on seven countries. What does that mean for our international students? What are some best practices to secure their residency? What do faculty need to know to support these students on their path to success? Afia Yunus will discuss these questions and more. Yunus is the principal attorney and founder of Yunus Law (Philadelphia and Chicago). Her practice focuses exclusively on U.S. Immigration and Nationality Law. She represents clients nationwide and abroad in employment-based immigration, family-based immigration, and also in removal defense before the U.S. Immigration Court and Board of Immigration Appeals.

     This special event is a collaboration with Institutional Diversity.


    Teaching & Technology Workshops

    In collaboration with IT Solutions, CETL is offering teaching, learning, and technology workshops on demand for groups of 5 or more. Pick a topic from the menu below and we’ll schedule the workshop at your convenience. We’ll even come to your classroom or conference room.

    1. Academic Honesty
    2. Accessible Document Design
    3. Adult Learning Principles
    4. Backward Design & Alignment Mapping
    5. Build Your Online Course Boot Camp Series
    6. Concept Maps and the Learning Syllabus
    7. Differentiating 400/500 Courses
    8. Engaging Activities
    9. Flipping Your Classroom
    10. Getting Ready to Teach Online
    11. Ideas for High/Low Stakes Assessment
    12. Managing Large Lecture Courses
    13. Online Teaching Competencies
    14. The Role of Social Presence in Online Teaching
    15. Universal Design for Learning
    16. D2L Essentials
    17. D2L for Assessment
    18. D2L For Engagement
    19. D2L For Collaboration
    20. D2L for Accessibility

    Students Consulting on Teaching

    Sometimes it helps to get a student’s perspective on your teaching or course design. The Students Consulting on Teaching (SCOTs) are carefully selected and trained Minnesota State Mankato students who are interested in the teaching and learning process. SCOTs serve as an excellent resource to faculty members by providing valuable insights to supplement student evaluations and peer reviews. They offer an objective perspective since they are not working for a grade. The SCOTs have experienced a wide range of college teaching situations and styles. They can serve as excellent resources to faculty members, providing valuable insights to supplement student evaluations and peer reviews. Starting this semester, they can also “observe” online courses using our checklist of best practices for online course design.

    All instructors are eligible to request a student consultation. See the program page for more information, including details about how to sign up.

    Request an observation in weeks 1-10. Observations occur in weeks 4-12.

    Peer Faculty Observations

    CETL retains a pool of qualified, experienced Peer Faculty to offer objective classroom observations for all faculty campus-wide. The program is designed to provide non-evaluative observation reflections concerning your specific course. All information collected and shared during the observation is confidential. Your Peer Faculty match will be someone from outside the college in which you work.

    All instructors are eligible. See the program page for more information, including details about how to sign up.

    Peer Faculty Mentoring

    Mentoring, widely used among the world's most successful universities and corporations, is a time honored and established means of devloping individual talent. At Minnesota State University, Mankato, we realize that mentoring as a means of developing human capital and quality teachers, pays big dividends.

    The CETL Mentor Program is open to all new faculty who are full-time, probationary, tenure track faculty. Contact CETL for more information.

    Tech Tactics

    Learn about institutionally supported technology tools. Topics change weekly. Schedule will be available at

    Instructional Design Assistance

    Schedule an appointment for one-on-one assistance with one of our instructional designers. Drop in hours are also available.

    D2L Brightspace Assistance

    Get help with using D2L Brightspace to store files, manage assignments, post grades, and more. Schedule of drop in hours is available at NEW!

    IRB Drop In Hours

    Second and Third Fridays at 10:00 – 10:50 am in ML 94B Telepresence room

    Get answers to your questions about submitting IRB applications from Dr. Mary Hadley, IRB guru. No appointment necessary.

    UBetcha Teaching & Technology Podcast

    Inspired by the Teaching in Higher Ed podcast, we have created a podcast miniseries for Minnesota State Mankato faculty to get information about teaching and technology on your schedule. Contact Michael Manderfeld or Jennifer Veltsos if you have an idea for an episode for the new season.

    To register for any of our programs or to ask questions about any of the programs, please contact CETL at 507-389-5899, Jennifer Veltsos at 507-389-3233, or email

    DISCLAIMER: Certificate programs are for professional development only and do not confer a degree.