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Welcome to the Teaching, Learning, and Professional Development Center!  Our primary mission is to support the university’s commitment to excellence in teaching and learning. Whether you’re an advisor looking for professional development workshops, a faculty member interested in talking about your teaching or considering how to implement service learning in your course, or a graduate student looking for resources and ways to improve your teaching, we can help!

Please click on the session title to see a description and to register for the event.

  1. Jul
    13
    Tue

    Understanding Assumptions: The Effect of Bias on The Classroom – (July 13, 2021 02:00 PM – 03:30 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 299

    In this introductory workshop, you will begin to gain an awareness and understanding of how our assumptions, bias, and stereotypes form and function in the classroom, and what effects bias can have on students’ learning. We will consider the implications of bias on student learning in the classroom and their experiences at Texas Tech University. Most importantly, we will discuss specific strategies for the classroom that can help to mitigate the effects of implicit bias on students’ learning. Join the session by clicking: https://zoom.us/j/96759781269

  2. Jul
    21
    Wed

    Responding to Microaggressions in the Classroom – (July 21, 2021 02:00 PM – 03:30 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 299

    “Microaggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color.” (D.W. Sue et al., American Psychologist, 2007, p. 271) In this workshop, we will explore the concept and the common occurrence of microaggressions and discuss the effects on students and the classroom climate. Participants will have an opportunity to consider and practice a communication framework as one strategy to respond to microaggressions in the classroom. Our goal is to leave this session better prepared to respond to these situations and increase the likelihood of maintaining a supportive classroom climate for all students. Join the session by clicking: https://zoom.us/j/95903506756

  3. Aug
    4
    Wed

    PADR instructor professional development – (August 4, 2021 09:00 AM – 12:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 151
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 151

    Available Seats: 14

    The workshop will cover PADR policy updates, curriculum updates, and hands-on training with MindTap and Blackboard.

  4. Aug
    10
    Tue

    PADR instructor professional development – (August 10, 2021 02:00 PM – 04:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 151
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 151

    Available Seats: 11

    This workshop will cover PADR policy updates, curriculum updates, and hands-on training with MindTap and Blackboard.

  5. Aug
    19
    Thu

    New Faculty Orientation – Fall 2021 – (August 19, 2021 08:00 am – 12:00 PM)

    Location:
    map
    Museum of Texas Tech University
    3301 4th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79415

    Room: Helen DeVitt Jones Sculpture Court

    Available Seats: 162

    The next New Faculty Orientation will be held August 19, 2021.  Please note that NFO is mandatory for all new faculty, including tenure and non-tenure track faculty. The schedule is currently under development and we will update all registered individuals as soon as more information becomes available.

  6. Aug
    24
    Tue

    My Student Gave Me a Letter of Accommodation? Now What? An Information Session by TTU Student Disability Services on the Accommodation Process at TTU – (August 24, 2021 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 299

    Dr Larry Phillippe, Managing Director of Student Disability Services and the Campus ADA Coordinator will review the academic classroom accommodation process used at TTU. He will cover the process of how Letters of Accommodation (LOA’s) are presented to faculty and what steps faculty need to follow in order to ensure compliance with ADA guidelines. Dr. Phillippe will also spend time answering any questions instructors have on the classroom accommodation process. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/96316058714

  7. Aug
    25
    Wed

    My Student Gave Me a Letter of Accommodation? Now What? An Information Session by TTU Student Disability Services on the Accommodation Process at TTU – (August 25, 2021 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    Dr Larry Phillippe, Managing Director of Student Disability Services and the Campus ADA Coordinator will review the academic classroom accommodation process used at TTU. He will cover the process of how Letters of Accommodation (LOA’s) are presented to faculty and what steps faculty need to follow in order to ensure compliance with ADA guidelines. Dr. Phillippe will also spend time answering any questions instructors have on the classroom accommodation process. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/97735677033

  8. Aug
    27
    Fri

    What do I do if I am concerned about a student? – (August 27, 2021 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    An information session by the Office of the Dean of Students on what to do about concerns you may have about students. The session will discuss factors that can affect student success, such as behavioral, financial, family, and wellness issues, and will cover how to refer a student to the Dean of Students staff.  The Office of the Dean of Students connects students with campus resources and provides support to students who are attempting to navigate a wide variety of personal challenges. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/95944580610

  9. Aug
    30
    Mon

    My Student Gave Me a Letter of Accommodation? Now What? An Information Session by TTU Student Disability Services on the Accommodation Process at TTU – (August 30, 2021 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    Dr Larry Phillippe, Managing Director of Student Disability Services and the Campus ADA Coordinator will review the academic classroom accommodation process used at TTU. He will cover the process of how Letters of Accommodation (LOA’s) are presented to faculty and what steps faculty need to follow in order to ensure compliance with ADA guidelines. Dr. Phillippe will also spend time answering any questions instructors have on the classroom accommodation process. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/94780118330

  10. Aug
    31
    Tue

    My Student Gave Me a Letter of Accommodation? Now What? An Information Session by TTU Student Disability Services on the Accommodation Process at TTU – (August 31, 2021 04:00 PM – 05:00 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    Dr Larry Phillippe, Managing Director of Student Disability Services and the Campus ADA Coordinator will review the academic classroom accommodation process used at TTU. He will cover the process of how Letters of Accommodation (LOA’s) are presented to faculty and what steps faculty need to follow in order to ensure compliance with ADA guidelines. Dr. Phillippe will also spend time answering any questions instructors have on the classroom accommodation process. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/92786457120

  11. Sep
    2
    Thu

    What do I do if I am concerned about a student? – (September 2, 2021 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 49

    An information session by the Office of the Dean of Students on what to do about concerns you may have about students. The session will discuss factors that can affect student success, such as behavioral, financial, family, and wellness issues, and will cover how to refer a student to the Dean of Students staff.  The Office of the Dean of Students connects students with campus resources and provides support to students who are attempting to navigate a wide variety of personal challenges.

  12. Sep
    7
    Tue

    Where do I update my CV for compliance in Digital Measures? – (September 7, 2021 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    This presentation will prepare new faculty for their annual reviews in Digital Measures.  Faculty will learn how to update their scholarly activities and how to use the import function to make this task even easier.  We’ll also spend time discussing the State of Texas House Bill 2504 mandate, and how you can complete this requirement in Digital Measures. Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/91471396529

  13. Sep
    8
    Wed

    Where do I update my CV for compliance in Digital Measures? – (September 8, 2021 01:30 PM – 02:30 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 299

    This presentation will prepare new faculty for their annual reviews in Digital Measures.  Faculty will learn how to update their scholarly activities and how to use the import function to make this task even easier.  We’ll also spend time discussing the State of Texas House Bill 2504 mandate, and how you can complete this requirement in Digital Measures. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/98644090003

  14. Sep
    17
    Fri

    What are your students worried about? How to Empathize and Empower – (September 17, 2021 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    Teacher empathy is not a new pedagogical strategy. For instructors to enter their courses with empathy, they must be aware of the current stressors and pressures impacting their students (Rogers, 1969). Approaching teaching in a facilitator role, instructors are responsible for the culture and climate of a classroom from day one. The ability to capture data on student stressors impacts how an instructor enters a student/teacher relationship and can alter course policies to be more student centered. Mary Norman and Lisa Low (Assistant Professors of Practice, College of Media and Communication) conducted a survey of 279 undergraduate students in fall 2020 to determine the impacts of COVID-19 and a variety of learning circumstances. The survey incorporated the “Three Column Activity” (Mirsaleh-Kohan, 2020) and revealed common problems students were facing and solutions they identified. This exercise, as an aggregate, helps instructors to empathize with the living, learning, health, family, and financial situations students face—issues that predate the pandemic and are likely to continue. The activity also collects students’ self-analysis of the resources within their control to address their identified problems and a connection to their passions. While health was commonly mentioned, less than 9% were instances of contracting COVID-19 and many students reported non-health related concerns indicating that an introductory assignment such as this has merit in a non-pandemic classroom. The most common themes to emerge will be covered in the presentation along with how instructors can facilitate their students’ success without overwhelming themselves in the process. This study applies to any discipline or higher education program. The study was conducted using a centralized survey system and did not ask for any identifying information such as courses enrolled in. The activity itself would be a helpful addition to any instructor’s first week of class, provided that they seek a way for empathize with their students’ personal and academic challenges. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/98193742251

  15. Sep
    21
    Tue

    What are your students worried about? How to Empathize and Empower – (September 21, 2021 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 50

    Teacher empathy is not a new pedagogical strategy. For instructors to enter their courses with empathy, they must be aware of the current stressors and pressures impacting their students (Rogers, 1969). Approaching teaching in a facilitator role, instructors are responsible for the culture and climate of a classroom from day one. The ability to capture data on student stressors impacts how an instructor enters a student/teacher relationship and can alter course policies to be more student centered. Mary Norman and Lisa Low (Assistant Professors of Practice, College of Media and Communication) conducted a survey of 279 undergraduate students in fall 2020 to determine the impacts of COVID-19 and a variety of learning circumstances. The survey incorporated the “Three Column Activity” (Mirsaleh-Kohan, 2020) and revealed common problems students were facing and solutions they identified. This exercise, as an aggregate, helps instructors to empathize with the living, learning, health, family, and financial situations students face—issues that predate the pandemic and are likely to continue. The activity also collects students’ self-analysis of the resources within their control to address their identified problems and a connection to their passions. While health was commonly mentioned, less than 9% were instances of contracting COVID-19 and many students reported non-health related concerns indicating that an introductory assignment such as this has merit in a non-pandemic classroom. The most common themes to emerge will be covered in the presentation along with how instructors can facilitate their students’ success without overwhelming themselves in the process. This study applies to any discipline or higher education program. The study was conducted using a centralized survey system and did not ask for any identifying information such as courses enrolled in. The activity itself would be a helpful addition to any instructor’s first week of class, provided that they seek a way for empathize with their students’ personal and academic challenges.

  16. Sep
    23
    Thu

    Understanding Assumptions: The Effect of Bias on The Classroom – (September 23, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    In this introductory workshop, you will begin to gain an awareness and understanding of how our assumptions, bias, and stereotypes form and function in the classroom, and what effects bias can have on students’ learning. We will consider the implications of bias on student learning in the classroom and their experiences at Texas Tech University. Most importantly, we will discuss specific strategies for the classroom that can help to mitigate the effects of implicit bias on students’ learning. Join the session by clicking: https://zoom.us/j/96759781269

  17. Oct
    5
    Tue

    Responding to Microaggressions in the Classroom – (October 5, 2021 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    “Microaggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color.” (D.W. Sue et al., American Psychologist, 2007, p. 271) In this workshop, we will explore the concept and the common occurrence of microaggressions and discuss the effects on students and the classroom climate. Participants will have an opportunity to consider and practice a communication framework as one strategy to respond to microaggressions in the classroom. Our goal is to leave this session better prepared to respond to these situations and increase the likelihood of maintaining a supportive classroom climate for all students. Join the session by clicking: https://zoom.us/j/95903506756

  18. Oct
    7
    Thu

    What can I expect during my first years as a new faculty member? A Panel Discussion – (October 7, 2021 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 35

  19. Oct
    11
    Mon

    What do I use in Raiderlink and Faculty Dashboard, especially when it’s time to submit grades or I have questions about FERPA? – (October 11, 2021 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    Provided remotely, this hands-on training will allow us to navigate thru Raiderlink, your Faculty Dashboard (including grading) and an opportunity to ask detailed questions about FEPRA.   Need assistance submitting your grades, locating your class roster, info about your students or why FERPA is pertinent to your course, please join this training. Presented by Kristi Fonzeca-Williams, M.Ed. from the Office of the Registrar. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/97767083023

  20. Oct
    13
    Wed

    How Can OIA Help to Internationalize Your Professional Career? – (October 13, 2021 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 50

    Join the Office of International Affairs for a face-to-face informational workshop. Presentations will highlight resources for:

    • Curricular and co-curricular internationalization
    • International research and development
    • Global collaboration and partnerships
    Presenters: Dr. Sukant Misra, Vice Provost for International Affairs, Dr. Paul Pare, Director of Center for Global Communication, Mrs. Reagan Ribordy, Director of International Programs, and Ms. Whitney Longnecker, Director of Study Abroad

  21. Oct
    13
    Wed

    Teaching Controversial Subjects: How to Manage Hot Moments in the Classroom – (October 13, 2021 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    This session will consider how to prepare for controversial class discussions while addressing topics in intentional, strategic, and critical ways. Sometimes controversial topics and discussions can feel like they are getting away from us or seem to be going in different directions than we anticipated or planned. In this workshop, we will give clear steps to identify, address, and move through controversial topics in a productive way that focuses on developing critical thinking skills while centering your learning objectives. Instead of ignoring or avoiding complex and dynamic topics, these strategies will help you to create supportive, engaging, and transformative learning environments. Join this session in Zoom by clicking: https://zoom.us/j/96311865670

  22. Oct
    18
    Mon

    Teaching Academy Information Session: How to optimize your application for membership in the Texas Tech Teaching Academy – (October 18, 2021 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    History has shown that the process of applying for membership into the Teaching Academy can be a bit overwhelming. Besides meeting the necessary deadlines, there are different ways of assessing outstanding teaching; obviously student and peer evaluations are important, but so are academic contributions to education and novel approaches in the classroom. This 45-50 minute presentation will inform you as to what ways you can enhance your chances for membership by generating the strongest application possible. It will also emphasize providing your nominator and referee your completed application in a timely manner so that their letters can best reflect your strengths. This is a lunch session, please feel free to bring your meal! Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/92076921872

  23. Oct
    18
    Mon

    Ending the Cycle of Email Anxiety: Strategies for Making Sense of Your Inbox and Staying Productive – (October 18, 2021 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    What if someone told you that you only needed to check your email three times a day? If that sounds impossible, this session is for you. While a powerful communication tool, email can also be source of anxiety, stress, and distraction. The presenter will share her perspectives about ending the stressful cycle of email informed by Jocelyn K. Glei’s (2016) book, Unsubscribe: How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions, and Get Real Work Done. The presentation will cover the science behind email anxiety, strategies for managing email anxiety, and the presenter’s experiences in implementing and tweaking those strategies in her role as a higher education professional and instructor. Participants will leave the session with an email routine tailored to their work environment, organization strategies to clear out a cluttered inbox, and a clear understanding of prioritizing when to read and answer emails. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/93950612733

  24. Oct
    19
    Tue

    How Can OIA Help to Internationalize Your Professional Career? – (October 19, 2021 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 50

    Join the Office of International Affairs for a face-to-face informational workshop. Presentations will highlight resources for:

    • Curricular and co-curricular internationalization
    • International research and development
    • Global collaboration and partnerships
    Presenters: Dr. Sukant Misra, Vice Provost for International Affairs, Dr. Paul Pare, Director of Center for Global Communication, Mrs. Reagan Ribordy, Director of International Programs, and Ms. Whitney Longnecker, Director of Study Abroad

  25. Oct
    21
    Thu

    Ending the Cycle of Email Anxiety: Strategies for Making Sense of Your Inbox and Staying Productive – (October 21, 2021 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    What if someone told you that you only needed to check your email three times a day? If that sounds impossible, this session is for you. While a powerful communication tool, email can also be source of anxiety, stress, and distraction. The presenter will share her perspectives about ending the stressful cycle of email informed by Jocelyn K. Glei’s (2016) book, Unsubscribe: How to Kill Email Anxiety, Avoid Distractions, and Get Real Work Done. The presentation will cover the science behind email anxiety, strategies for managing email anxiety, and the presenter’s experiences in implementing and tweaking those strategies in her role as a higher education professional and instructor. Participants will leave the session with an email routine tailored to their work environment, organization strategies to clear out a cluttered inbox, and a clear understanding of prioritizing when to read and answer emails. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/95912166978

  26. Oct
    26
    Tue

    Teaching Controversial Subjects: How to Manage Hot Moments in the Classroom – (October 26, 2021 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 35

    This session will consider how to prepare for controversial class discussions while addressing topics in intentional, strategic, and critical ways. Sometimes controversial topics and discussions can feel like they are getting away from us or seem to be going in different directions than we anticipated or planned. In this workshop, we will give clear steps to identify, address, and move through controversial topics in a productive way that focuses on developing critical thinking skills while centering your learning objectives. Instead of ignoring or avoiding complex and dynamic topics, these strategies will help you to create supportive, engaging, and transformative learning environments.

  27. Oct
    27
    Wed

    What can I expect during my first years as a new faculty member? A Panel Discussion – (October 27, 2021 03:00 PM – 04:00 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 35

  28. Nov
    3
    Wed

    Understanding Assumptions: The Effect of Bias on The Classroom – (November 3, 2021 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 35

    In this introductory workshop, you will begin to gain an awareness and understanding of how our assumptions, bias, and stereotypes form and function in the classroom, and what effects bias can have on students’ learning. We will consider the implications of bias on student learning in the classroom and their experiences at Texas Tech University. Most importantly, we will discuss specific strategies for the classroom that can help to mitigate the effects of implicit bias on students’ learning.

  29. Nov
    15
    Mon

    Responding to Microaggressions in the Classroom – (November 15, 2021 01:00 PM – 02:30 PM)

    Location:
    TLPDC Room 153
    2802 18th Street
    Lubbock, TX 79409

    Room: TLPDC 153

    Available Seats: 35

    “Microaggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color.” (D.W. Sue et al., American Psychologist, 2007, p. 271) In this workshop, we will explore the concept and the common occurrence of microaggressions and discuss the effects on students and the classroom climate. Participants will have an opportunity to consider and practice a communication framework as one strategy to respond to microaggressions in the classroom. Our goal is to leave this session better prepared to respond to these situations and increase the likelihood of maintaining a supportive classroom climate for all students.

  30. Nov
    29
    Mon

    What do I use in Raiderlink and Faculty Dashboard, especially when it’s time to submit grades or I have questions about FERPA? – (November 29, 2021 01:00 PM – 02:00 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    Provided remotely, this hands-on training will allow us to navigate thru Raiderlink, your Faculty Dashboard (including grading) and an opportunity to ask detailed questions about FEPRA.   Need assistance submitting your grades, locating your class roster, info about your students or why FERPA is pertinent to your course, please join this training. Presented by Kristi Fonzeca-Williams, M.Ed. from the Office of the Registrar. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/97911346892

  31. Feb
    3
    Thu

    Teaching Academy Information Session: How to optimize your application for membership in the Texas Tech Teaching Academy – (February 3, 2022 02:00 PM – 03:00 PM)

    Location:
    Virtual Session

    Room:

    Available Seats: 300

    History has shown that the process of applying for membership into the Teaching Academy can be a bit overwhelming. Besides meeting the necessary deadlines, there are different ways of assessing outstanding teaching; obviously student and peer evaluations are important, but so are academic contributions to education and novel approaches in the classroom. This 45-50 minute presentation will inform you as to what ways you can enhance your chances for membership by generating the strongest application possible. It will also emphasize providing your nominator and referee your completed application in a timely manner so that their letters can best reflect your strengths. Join Zoom Meeting: https://zoom.us/j/97792997431

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