CETL Weekly Annoucements

September 22, 2022

September 22, 2022 |

Dear Colleagues:

We are nearly one week away from the deadline to submit a presentation for the Scholars at Work Conference. This conference continues to be a great avenue for faculty, students, and staff to share the incredible work they are doing as scholars and teachers with our University community. We often wonder how we can better tell our story or how we can connect with others who are doing work similar to our own. Scholars at Work can also be a great venue for sharing resources and ideas in a collective way.

I encourage you to consider submitting a proposal to share your research, innovative teaching ideas, and other ways that you are engaging in scholarly activities. If you have an idea to pitch, but want to talk through your potential submission, reach out to Hannah Radcliff-Hoy (hannah.radcliff-hoy.2@mnsu.edu) to brainstorm your idea. 

And – save the date for January 5th – the Scholars at Work Conference will be held virtually that day from 9:00 am - 4:30pm.

Take care, 

Brooke Burk

In this issue:

Call for Applicants: Associate Director, Writing Across the Curriculum 

CETL is seeking applications for the Associate Director, Writing Across the Curriculum. A letter of interest and a CV may be sent to Brooke Burk, Director for the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) at brooke.burk@mnsu.edu. Please submit applications by September 26, 2022. You may also contact Brooke if you have any questions about the position.

This position will begin the first duty day of the 2023-2024 academic year. You can view the full call here

Associate Director of CETL, Writing Across the Curriculum

The Associate Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, Writing Across the Curriculum works in harmony with the CETL staff to design and implement faculty programs that support teaching and learning activities at the University in ways that advance social justice and racial equity. A particular charge of the Associate Director, Writing Across the Curriculum is to oversee writing instruction-focused faculty programming and to advance academic anti-racist policies and processes related to student writing.

Terms of Appointment   

The Associate Director of CETL, Writing Across the Curriculum, receives a 0.5 reassignment for the academic year to carry out the responsibilities described above. Appointment for this position is for a period of three (3) years, with potential for reappointment. The academic department of the selected faculty will receive resources for a fixed-term or adjunct faculty, as determined in collaboration with the college dean.

CETL Program Highlights

CETL Fall Certificates are starting soon. You can learn about some of the program offerings below. These particular certificates are starting soon, but there are also more certificates for later in the semester. You can learn more about the CETL programs and register for them here.

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Research Power Hour: Atomic Habits

Join CETL and CESR to get a productivity boost on your scholarship. Work on your scholarship in a supportive Zoom environment. Come as an independent researcher or as a research team. All participants will receive a complimentary copy of Atomic Habits and will have opportunities to exchange ideas with fellow researchers.

Dates: Meets weekly on Fridays (September 30 - November 4) from 9:00-10:30 am.

Digital World/Digital Classrooms: Building an Inclusive Antiracist Community for Students

Facilitated by Dr. Maria-Renée Grigsby and Dr. Elizabeth Harsma

In this two-part workshop, participants will engage in self-reflection and discussion of race, cultural frames of reference, inclusive teaching practices, and bias in a way that deepens understanding of their own frames of reference, potential bias in these frames, and the impact of bias on expectations for and relationships with students. Part 1 focuses on self-reflection and Part 2 focuses on teaching practices.

The workshop time commitment will be about 4 hours total: Two Zoom meetings (1.5 hours each) and reflection activities (.25 - .5 hours weekly) between the Zoom sessions.

Synchronous meetings via Zoom:

Part 1 - Tuesday, September 27 from 4:00-5:30 pm (CST)

Part 2 - Tuesday, October 25 from 4:00-5:30 pm (CST)

Creating Interactive Online Lectures

Facilitated by Michael Manderfeld

In this four-session professional development certificate program, participants will have the opportunity to learn about exciting new improvements to our enterprise lecture capture service, MediaSpace. New improvements include dynamic closed captioning features, a variety of video quiz options, and a direct integration with our Learning Management System, D2L Brightspace. At the end of this certificate, participants will be able to create video lectures and video quizzes to track student learning, as well as implement those learning activities into D2L Brightspace’s Gradebook.

Dates: Meets weekly for four weeks with two options to attend: Mondays (October 3 - October 24) at 2:00 pm Tuesdays (October 4 - October 25) at 10:00 am

Intersectional Teaching and Learning Design

Facilitated by Dr. R Danielle Scott, Dr. Yalda Hamidi, and Dr. Elizabeth Harsma

What is intersectionality? How does this apply to course design? What technology could be used for intersectional course design? These are the essential questions this certificate will answer.

This certificate is an introduction to intersectional course design with a focus on feminist pedagogies and intersections with disability studies and antiracist teaching. You will learn course design, teaching strategies, and technology ideas that can be applied to your own courses.

The certificate time commitment will be about 2 hours per week, 10 hours total: 4 Zoom meetings (1 hour weekly) and learning activities (1 – 1.5 hours weekly) that are completed after the Zoom sessions. Participants are welcome to attend the Zoom sessions live or by watching the recording.

Dates for live sessions: Meets weekly on Mondays (October 3 - October 24) from 5:00-6:00 pm

Submit a Proposal to Present at the Scholars at Work Conference

The deadline is coming very soon! There is still time to submit your proposal for Scholars at Work. The conference will be a virtual conference on Thursday, January 5, 2023. The theme for this year's conference is Advancing Equity in Teaching and Learning.

The Scholars At Work Conference allows faculty, staff, and graduate students to share their teaching, research, and innovations with peers and colleagues around our institution. 

Join and present from where you are by Zoom. You can submit a proposal here. The deadline for proposals is September 30, 2022.

Writing Equitable Learning Outcomes Webinar 

All new CDS proposals need to include learning outcomes that address Equity 2030. Join this webinar to learn more from Dr. Beth Beschorner, CETL Associate Director for Equity Initiatives, about how to strengthen the language of your department's learning outcomes . This 20-minute webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28 at 2:00 pm.

 If you have questions about this webinar, you can email cetl@mnsu.edu. If you would like to attend, you can register here.

Webinar - New Quizzes Experiences in D2L Brightspace

This webinar is a 30-minute introduction to using the new Quizzes experience in D2L Brightspace. Choose one of the following dates/times for registration. Each date/time has the same session/information.

  • Sept. 26 - 9:00 am (CST)
  • Sept. 28 - 1:30 pm (CST)
  • Oct. 4 -  1:30 pm (CST)
  • Oct. 6 - 9:00 am (CST)

Webinar Registration Link

IRB Drop-in Sessions 

Have questions about how to submit your research for IRB approval? Curious about research ethics? Honestly, not even sure where to begin? Please join us for no-pressure drop-in sessions monthly 10:00-11:00 am. Hosted by Jason Kaufman, Director of the Institutional Review Board. All question are welcome.



Zoom ID:691-078-7144


  • AMA with the IRB
    • Scheduled: Sep 23, 2022 at 10:00 to 11:00 am, CDT
  • AMA with the IRB
    • Scheduled: Oct 28, 2022 at 10:00 to 11:00 am, CDT
  • AMA with the IRB
    • Scheduled: Nov 18, 2022 at 10:00 to 11:00 am, CST
  • AMA with the IRB
    • Scheduled: Dec 9, 2022 at 10:00 to 11:00 am, CST
  • AMA with the IRB
    • Scheduled: Jan 13, 2023 at 10:00 to 11:00 am, CST
  • AMA with the IRB
    • Scheduled: Jan 27, 2023 at 10:00 to 11:00 am, CST
  • AMA with the IRB
    • Scheduled: Feb 24, 2023 at 10:00 to 11:00 am, CST
  • AMA with the IRB
    • Scheduled: Mar 24, 2023 at 10:00 to 11:00 am, CDT
  • AMA with the IRB
    • Scheduled: Apr 28, 2023 at 10:00 to 11:00 am, CDT

Introducing the Excellence in Teaching Series

Minnesota State is filled with incredible faculty who are doing amazing work focused on their teaching craft. The purpose of the Network for Educational Development (NED) Excellence in Teaching Series is to continue honoring and showcasing the experience and expertise of the Board of Trustees Awards for Excellence Educators of the Year through the opportunity to present, share, or teach about teaching and learning topics that have contributed to their recognition as excellent educators.

Join the first installment of this series, “The Teacher’s Life: Guided Reflection for Renewal” on Saturday, October 8, 2022. This virtual workshop is facilitated by 2016 Educator of the Year Bill Breen from Anoka-Ramsey Community College.

You may register here.

Creating Space for Democracy: Methods for Promoting Civil Discourse in Higher Education

How can educators use civil discourse to address increasing polarization and free speech controversies on campus? Drawing on lessons from Creating Space for Democracy, this session will introduce various methods of dialogue and deliberation, including case study examples from leading dialogue practitioners. Participants will leave this session with ideas and practices for promoting free spaces for civil discourse in classroom, student life, and community settings. This session will take place on October 12, 2022 from 1:00-2:30 PM.

You can register for this workshop here.