The Teaching Matters and Assessment Center is happy to announce a lineup of events for the Spring 2016 semester. We have discussions, workshops, and more to further your pedagogical interests and assist you with all things teaching. Join us as often as you can; spark great discussions.

Refresher Course on Assessment 
Friday, January 22, from noon-1:30 p.m. (ATG-Faculty Lounge). Pizza will be served.
What does your department or program need to know to make annual assessment meaningful and manageable? Piloting a new handbook on assessment, TMAC offers a short course for all degree-based programs (majors, minors, grad programs) and Gen Ed that will review expectations and best practices for formulating learning goals; developing and implementing assessment plans; reporting results; and “completing the feedback loop” with evidence-based action. At least one representative from every “reporting unit” should attend this important meeting. (We will make information available to anyone unable to attend in person.)

Campus Survey on Writing
Please participate (by January 29) in an anonymous survey on writing instruction across the curriculum: We look for broad participation from all departments and instructors (full-time, part-time or TA) to learn the what and how of assigning writing. Incentive: the department with the highest response rate will receive a $50 gift certificate from Barnes and Noble to award to a survey participant. (This piece might stimulate your thinking.)

Teaching the ‘Research Paper’ : A Panel Discussion
Scheduled for Tuesday, February 2, 12:20-1:20 p.m. (ATG-Faculty Lounge).
Calling on panelists (and attendees) to discuss how we teach undergraduate research and the “research paper.” Bill FitzGerald will present on approaches to sponsoring research in first year composition. We are looking for insights from others in arts, humanities, social sciences, sciences. What’s (not) working? How can we guide students to find, employ, and cite sources well? How can we help students identify and pursue authentic research questions and contribute to academic and civic conversations? How can we help students explore alternative venues for presenting their research (e.g., CURCA poster sessions, undergraduate research journals)? What impediments discourage us from

Rev Up Your Syllabus
Wednesday, February 24, 12:15-1:15 p.m.; location to be announced.
Join Travis DuBose (English instructor and Managing Director of our Writing and Design Lab) for a hands-on workshop on steps to design an effective syllabus.

Why We Grade the Way We Do: A Panel Discussion on Grading
Tuesday, April 12, 12:20-1:20pm; Faculty Lounge
Details TBA.