Please consider attending a CIRTL workshop, Apr. 25th, 12-1:30, 324 Farish Hall, on “Tenure and Promotion: What You Should Know, and What You Should Ask” (w/free lunch!)

“Tenure and promotion: What you should know, what you should ask”

Thursday, April 25, 12-1 pm; Lunch and discussion 1:00-1:30pm (please arrive at least 15 mins prior to the session)
Location: 324 Farish Hall

UH’s own Dr. Don Foss (Psychology), will share his experience in building an academic career.  Come learn the tools for navigating tenure and promotion.  This session is ideal for those considering careers in academia as well as assistant professors who have already embarked on their careers.

**Join Dr. Foss along with your fellow faculty, post-docs,  and graduate students in a learning community as this session is broadcast from the UH campus!

**A limited number of seats are available for this live session in 324 Farish Hall (located on the 3rd floor of Farish Hall in the CITE computing lab suite 300).
** Doors will open at 11:30 am for attendees to check-in, and Dr. Foss will be available after the session until 1:30 pm for an extended discussion and Q/A.

Come enjoy a lunch as you mingle with Dr. Foss, students, and faculty!

Please RSVP (by Tuesday, April 23 at 5 pm) to Hibah Salem at ( to ensure your seat!!

This session will also be facilitated through Blackboard Collaborate with the following faculty members from the CIRTL Network:
Philip Cohen, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Dean, Graduate School, Professor, Department of English, The University of Texas at Arlington

Daniel Mosse, Professor, Department Chair, Department of Computer Science, University of Pittsburgh

Event Flyer:

For questions regarding UH-CIRTL, please contact the Program Assistant, Hibah Salem at (


Feb. 13th CIRTLcast: Linking Pedagogy to Professional Skills

CIRTLCast Presentation
Presentations on STEM teaching and learning from leaders across the CIRTL Network’s 23 institutions.

Linking Pedagogy to Professional Skills: One-Page Instructional Resources on Problem-Solving and Teamwork
Wednesday, February 13 at 2 pm CT

As we help prepare the next generation of STEM professionals, what are the skills, knowledge and ways of thinking they will need for the workplace? How can we connect pedagogy and course content to these abilities? In an NSF-funded study of professional work, we asked these questions of engineers and observed their work to determine how STEM education can better connect to current practice. As with our November 7th CIRTLCast, this session will draw on findings from our study to dig into two more of the essential skills emphasized by STEM professionals–problem-solving and teamwork. We will explore how to explicitly develop students’ real-world problem-solving and teamwork skills within your courses without a lot of extra work.

Presented by:
Tom McGlamery, Faculty Associate, Department of Engineering Professional Development, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Kevin J. B. Anderson, PhD CESA #2 School Improvement Consultant in STEM Education

The CIRTLCast series features presentations throughout the academic year on topics related to STEM education.  Future topics include service learning in STEM disciplines and issues confronting minority graduate students. We welcome comments or suggestions; contact Robin Greenler ( with any feedback.

To join the session, download a flyer, or see archived recordings of previous sessions, go to

CIRTL Online Coffee Hour Series: Alternative academic careers, this Thursday 1/24, 12-1 PM

[And here’s the next in the CIRTL coffee hour series, passed along to us by Dr. Shirley Yu, CIRTL Liaison]

Alternative academic career (alt-ac) opportunities appear to be increasing in both number and prominence. What are these positions, and how can you pursue them? How can your teaching or research experience be an asset in these positions? What are the advantages and disadvantages of staying in academia in a non-faculty position?  Where are the non-academic positions in industry, government, or education?  Hear these individuals in alternative academic careers talk about their experiences and perspectives.

Facilitated by:
Sue Cardinal, Chemistry Librarian, University of Rochester
Anne Poduska, Graduate & International Student Career Advisor, Cornell University
Chris Vanags, Associate Director, Center for Science Outreach, Vanderbilt University

This CIRTL Coffee Hour series will run monthly on the 4th Thursdays at 12 pm CT and will focus on building an academic career. Future topics include navigating tenure and promotion, developing a work-life balance and teaching at a primarily minority institution.  We welcome comments or suggestions; contact Robin Greenler ( with any feedback.

To join the session, download a flyer, or see archived recordings of previous sessions, go to

CIRTL Online Coffee Hour New Series: Teaching and Learning in the STEM Classroom; this Wednesday, 1/16, 1-2 pm

[Note: Dr. Shirley Yu, the university’s CIRTL liaison, asked me to pass along the following CIRTL announcement:]

Electronic distractions in the classroom: managing and utilizing the instant connections to the world

Wednesday January 16, 2-3 pm ET / 1-2 pm CT / 12-1 pm MT / 11 am-12 pm PT
Are smartphones, laptops and iPads a classroom distraction or untapped asset? As an instructor, how do you handle digital distractions in the classroom? Should you strive to make your classes so engaging that there is little temptation to fire up Facebook or check Twitter or is the Internet simply too alluring to resist? Should you try to ban the use of these devices during class? How about going the BYOD route and asking students to “Bring Your Own Device” and utilize their allure and computing power in your class?  What might that look like?

This Coffee Hour series is appropriate for everyone from graduate students through seasoned faculty, so pass on the word to colleagues, graduate students, staff–anyone with an interest in improving teaching in the STEM classroom.

Facilitated by:
Mary Elizabeth Besterfield-Sacre, Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering, Director, Engineering Education Research Center, University of Pittsburgh
Angel Hoekstra, Postdoctoral Fellow, Graduate Teacher Program, Lead Coordinator for Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, Instructor, Departments of Sociology and Continuing Education, University of Colorado, Boulder

This CIRTL Coffee Hour series will run monthly on the 3rd Wednesdays at 1pm CT and will focus on teaching and learning challenges in the STEM classroom.  Future topics include teaching in diverse classrooms, teaching and using writing skills in the STEM classroom, and fostering critical thinking.  We welcome comments or suggestions; contact Robin Greenler ( with any feedback.

To join the session, download a flyer, or see archived recordings of last year’s sessions, go to

Faculty welcome to attend Simon Bott presentation, “Active Hands-On Learning in Large Lecture Classes,” tomorrow, 1-2 pm

This announcement came from Prof. Shirley Yu, CTE Board Member and campus coordinator for CIRTL:

Dear Colleagues

Faculty are cordially invited to attend Dr. Simon Bott’s presentation, “Active Hands-On Learning in Large Lecture Classes,”  on Monday 1:00-2:00 pm  in the CITE lab room 326.
His topic should be of interest to faculty and graduate student future faculty regardless of discipline.   Dr. Bott does a lot for the university through his creation and running of the PALS program, Profs with Pride, and the Cougar Trading Cards, so this is a great opportunity to meet him and learn some ways to engage large classes.  Please RSVP to Shirley Yu at if you would like to attend.

Thank you,
Shirley Yu