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We have arranged our programming to address teaching and learning at UM and to support our UM community. 

Please click here to see faculty development events offered by Community Engagement.


Fall 2021

October 2021

10/21          John Warner, writer, editor, speaker, teacher, consultant, and author of the “Just   Visiting” blog at Inside Higher Ed.

Topic:  Sustainable, Resilient, Free: A Conversation with John Warner about the Future of Public Higher Ed.” Presented in partnership with the Transitioning to College Writing Symposium.

Time:  12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m | Location: Zoom (link will be sent to those who RSVP)

Please register here

10/21          Dr. Carl Wieman, Nobel Laureate, Professor of Physics and Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

Topic:  Taking a Scientific Approach to Teaching Science (and most other subjects)

Abstract:  Guided by experimental tests of theory and practice, science has advanced rapidly in the past 500 years. Guided primarily by tradition and dogma, science education meanwhile has remained largely medieval. Research on how people learn is now revealing much more effective ways to teach and evaluate learning than what is in use in the traditional science class. Students and instructors find such teaching more rewarding, and it also shows students how to learn most effectively. This research is setting the stage for a new approach to teaching and learning that can provide the relevant and effective education for all students that is needed for the 21st century. I will also cover more meaningful and effective ways to measure the quality of teaching. Although the focus of the talk is on undergraduate science and engineering teaching, where the data is the most compelling, the underlying principles come from studies of the general development of expertise and apply widely.

Time:  3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m | Location: Zoom (link will be sent to those who RSVP)

Please register here


The University of Mississippi’s 3rd Annual Faculty Approaches to Critical Thinking (FACT) Institute
August 11th via Zoom (link will be sent to those who RSVP)

The FACT Institute is an important part of the University of Mississippi’s ThinkForward Quality Enhancement Plan. This workshop is the third in an annual series of summer workshops dedicated to exploring the role of critical thinking in higher education, our university, and our classrooms. The FACT Institute plays a critical role in strengthening our approaches to teaching for critical thinking.

During the event opportunities for upcoming grants for enhancing critical thinking pedagogy will be introduced. In particular, attendees of the FACT Institute will be eligible to submit a proposal for a FACT grant, which provides $4,000 for individuals (more for departmental teams) to redesign a lower-division course or courses they will be teaching in Spring 2022. Redesigns should include, but are not limited to, course outcomes, assignments, and teaching methods, with an eye toward revising these elements to enhance critical thinking. Participants must attend the FACT Institute in order to be eligible for this opportunity.

During the 2020-21 academic year, 24 colleagues from 10 different departments across the university received FACT grants, either as individuals or part of departmental teams, to redesign courses to enhance critical thinking.

RSVP for the 2021 FACT Institute here:


10:00 Overview of the QEP

  • Elements of the Program, including Grant Programs
  • Assessment Components
  • Where We Are Now

10:30 Keynote Address by Dr. Sarah Birrell Ivory (faculty at the University of Edinburgh and author of Becoming a Critical Thinker)

11:45 Break

12:00 Panel of Previous QEP Grant Awardees with Q&A

1:30 Discussion of Grant Programs and Brainstorming Session for Proposal Development

2:15 Wrap-up

Please contact Josh Eyler at if you have any questions about the event.

Summer 2021

Invitation for 8-week inclusive teaching summer grant program

As part of the UM Pathways to Equity Plan, AIG, CETL, and the Inclusive Teaching Worksop Planning Committee are sponsoring an Inclusive Teaching Workshop for faculty on 12-13 May 2021. More details about the May workshop can be found below under the Spring 2021 heading.

Pathways to Equity defines inclusion as “actively and intentionally creating a welcoming campus where all individuals feel they have a supportive and affirming space to learn, grow and engage.” Teaching for inclusion, then, is about developing effective teaching practices where students see their classrooms as spaces where they are welcomed and supported in learning, growing, and engaging the community.

At the May Workshop, two faculty grant programs to support inclusive teaching will be introduced. One grant program will run during the academic year and one grant program will run during the summer months. We are proud to announce the details of the summer grant program now; more information on both grants will be available during the workshop.

What: A summer faculty grant program to develop inclusive teaching practices. CETL/AIG will pay each participant a pre-tax stipend of $2,000 for completing the program. We anticipate funding 12 grant applications.

Who is eligible: All who teach undergraduates at the University including graduate instructors and staff with teaching responsibilities. Applications from those teaching summer sections will be preferred, and we also invite those who are interested to also attend our May 12-13 workshop Inclusive Teaching Practices Workshop, but neither are required for participation. 

How: As a member of a virtual community of practice, hosted by external partner Lumen Learning, you’ll share ideas and feedback with peers as you learn to practice inclusive teaching strategies and reflect on their classroom applications. Through learning by doing and experience-sharing, you’ll develop your teaching capabilities with techniques that engage students and help them to feel seen, respected, and included as capable partners in the learning process. Expert community facilitators guide you to identify your strengths and discover additional areas for growth. Learn more about the program and register at Lumen Circles Fellowships.  

When: Two identical sessions will be offered, and applicants can choose from either: Session 1: June 2 to July 28 (eight weeks) or Session 2: June 23 to August 18 (eight weeks)

Questions? Please contact Patti O’Sullivan at

Spring 2021

In support of the Pathways to Equity strategic plan to develop better outcomes in diversity, equity, and inclusion, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning, the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement, and the Center for Inclusion and Cross-Cultural Engagement are pleased to host a series of Spring 2021 events to support inclusive teaching practices. These events will culminate in a May 2021 workshop with grant-funded work to support faculty work for enhancing inclusive teaching practices.

May 2021

Inclusive Teaching Practices Workshop
May 12th and 13th 2021 via Zoom (link will be sent to those who RSVP)

Teaching strategies that emphasize structured active learning can create more equitable classrooms and improve learning for all students. As an introduction to inclusive teaching techniques, Professors Kelly Hogan and Viji Sathy of the University of North Carolina will ask participants to reflect on inequities and diversity in their classrooms through interactive activities in this webinar. After providing a framework for inclusive design and their own research results, Hogan and Sathy will lead participants through active learning exercises and case studies that explore inclusive techniques. Drawing upon their own teaching experiences and educational research, they will model approaches online that can be readily implemented with any discipline or class size to help all students achieve their potential in both online and face to face formats.

Workshop Objectives:

    • Explain the inequities that arise in an unstructured learning environment.
    • Describe techniques that add structure and equity to a classroom.
    • Brainstorm ways to reduce the inequities in your own courses.

*For more information about the workshop and the presenters, visit the information page.

RSVP for this workshop here.