Professional Development

Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning supports and encourages professional development through various teaching and learning trainings, workshops and professional development opportunities including Think Tanks, workshops, book clubs, and various sessions that change each semester. All new and returning faculty, instructors, and staff are encouraged to attend CETL programming, workshops & events throughout the year.

Visit the CETL Calendar of Events and watch the Staff Digest for dates and event details.

Individual Consultations

CETL offers individual consultations as requested. Consultations may be centered around reflecting on your teaching evaluations, getting feedback on creative new assignments, working on your own scholarly projects and writing, or other areas of concern or exploration. Simply email the CETL Director to request an appointment. 

CETL Book Club

Book clubs are held each semester and are open to any UWS faculty or staff who are interested in topics related to teaching and learning in higher education. Books are chosen based on interest and priorities of the University, such as Liberal Arts learning, diversity, and writing across the curriculum. Copies of the book are provided to each participant.

Spring 2020 CETL Book Club

Winter Book Club - Burnout: The Cost of Caring by Christina Maslach

Cohort Options:

Via Zoom: Monday evenings 6:15-7:30pm

In-person: Tuesday afternoons 4:15-5:30pm 3/24, 4/7, 4/21

Spring Book Club - Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes by Flower Darby

Cohort Options:

Via Zoom: Monday evenings 6:15-7:30pm (facilitated by Rebecca Graetz)

In-person: Tuesday afternoons 4:15-5:30pm

A sampling of previous Book Club Selections:

Fall 2019 CETL Book Club - Bad Ideas About Writing edited by Cheryl E. Ball and Drew M. Loewe

2018: The Road Back to Sweetgrass by Linda LeGarde Grover (in collaboration with Global Awareness)

2017: White Folks by Timothy Lensmire (in collaboration with Global Awareness)


Encouraging the Heart: A Leader's Guide to Rewarding and Recognizing Others by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner.

Roads Taken: The Professional Life, Scholarship in Place, and the Public Good edited by Roger Epp and Bill Spellman.

The Heart of Higher Education: A Call for Renewal: Transforming the Academy through Collegial Conversations by Parker J. Palmer and Arthur Zajonc with Megan Scribner.

2013: Transformative Conversations: A Guide to Mentoring Communities Among Colleagues in Higher Education by Peter Felten, H-Dirksen L. Bauman, Aaron Kheriaty and Edward Taylor.

Communities of Practice (CoPs)

Communities of Practice (CoPs) bring colleagues and companions together to share in a process of collective learning and engagement. CoPs are opportunities to share concepts and ideas and to develop relationships that support us as individuals, as learners, as teachers, as employees and help to change our campus over time.

CoPs are open to all staff and faculty to join in anytime.

We are currently soliciting new topic ideas for CoPs. Please let us know if you are interested in facilitating a CoP. 

Current Communities of Practice:

  • Global Awareness and Inclusivity CoP typically meets the 2nd Wednesday of the month from noon-12:50 p.m. in the CETL Conference Room - Swenson 2074.  Co-facilitators for this CoP are Global Awareness HIP Coordinator, Dr. Lynn Goerdt and Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusivity,  Dr. Jerel Benton. 
    • The Global Awareness and Inclusivity CoP has incorporated a book club:
    • 2019 – The Sun Does Shine:  How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton 
    • 2018 – The Road Back to Sweetgrass by Linda LeGarde Grover with 32 book club participants across campus (100% increase from the year before!) and an on-campus lecture visit by the author 3/5/19
    • 2017 – White Folks by Timothy Lensmire with 15 participants across campus and an on-campus lecture visit by the author spring 2018