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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.


Spring 2021

January 2021

1/22            Diversity Summit 2021: Pathways to Equity

Breakout Session 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.
Teaching for Inclusion Workshop Series Overview
An introduction to the concepts behind teaching for inclusion, the connections to the strategic plan, and the potential for change.
Hosted by JuWan Robinson, Josh Eyler, Robert Cummings

Please register here


1/28            An Asset-minded Overview of Student Diversity at UM

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
An open session for faculty identifying and discussing the differences amongst our study populations and how we appreciate those experiences within the classrooms.
Hosted by Katie Busby, JuWan Robinson, EJ Edney

Please register here


1/29            Elevating the Value of Inclusive Teaching (For Department Chairs and Directors)

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
You are invited to attend the Department Chair and Director Professional Development Workshop on Friday, January 29, 2021, from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. via Zoom. Mr. JuWan Robinson, Project Manager, Diversity and Community Engagement; Dr. Bob Cummings, Executive Director of Academic Innovation; and Dr. Josh Eyler, Director of Faculty Development, will present Inclusive Teaching.
Hosted by JuWan Robinson, Josh Eyler, Robert Cummings

Please register here by noon, Thursday, January 28. Registrants will receive Zoom details prior to the workshop.


February 2021

2/10            Implicit Bias in the Classroom

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Open session for faculty discussing the impact of implicit bias on all aspects of the classroom and its impact on student learning.

Please register here


March 2021

3/9            Stereotype Threats and Impacts on Teaching

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Open session for faculty discussing the perceived social and psychological barriers students may experience in the classroom and strategies to mitigate the impact of these on learning.

Please register here


April 2021

4/6            Access and Universal Design

Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Open session for faculty discussing the social and structural aspects of the classroom environment that they can consider in order to ensure full participation is available to every student.

Please register here


Fall 2020

September 2020

9/16            Zoom Workshop with Josh Eyler 

Topic:  The Call is Coming from Inside the House: How Grades Can Undermine Learning and Jeopardize our Students’ Wellbeing

Time:  11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m | Location: Zoom (link will be sent to those who RSVP)

Please register here

Session Recording Available

October 2020

10/6            Zoom Workshop with Sarah Rose Cavanagh

Topic:  Energizing and Motivating Students to Learn in Uncertain and Challenging Times

Time:  11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m | Location: Zoom (link will be sent to those who RSVP)

Please register here

Session Recording Available

Workshop Resources


10/30          Zoom Workshop with Dr. Kevin Gannon

Topic:  Creating Communities of Hope

Time:  11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m | Location: Zoom (link will be sent to those who RSVP)

Please register here

Session Recording Available


The University of Mississippi’s 2nd Annual Faculty Approaches to Critical Thinking (FACT) Institute
August 12th and 13th 2020 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 second 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 $4000 for individuals (more for departmental teams) to redesign a lower-division course or courses they will be teaching in Spring 2021. 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 both sessions of the FACT Institute in order to be eligible for this opportunity.

During the 2019-20 academic year, 23 colleagues from 9 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 FACT Institute here:


Wednesday, August 12th

11:00 Overview of the QEP (Josh)

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

11:30 Amanda Baker (Iowa State University) and Kari Taylor (Springfield College), keynote address on “productive discomfort” and the development of critical thinking skills

12:45 Assessing Critical Thinking in Our Courses

1:30 Wrap-up

Thursday, August 13th

11:00 Panel of Previous FACT Grant Awardees with Q&A

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

12:45 Brainstorming Session for Proposal Development

1:30 Wrap-up

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

Session Recording Available for FACT Institute Day 1

Session Recording Available for FACT Institute Day 2


August 2020

8/7              Zoom Workshop with Josh Eyler and Colleagues

Topic:  Teaching Strategies for the New Face-to-Face Environment: How to Help Students Learn in a Socially-Distanced Classroom

Time:  10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m | Location: Zoom (link will be sent to those who RSVP)

Session Recording Available

July 2020

7/27            Zoom Workshop with Mays Imad

Topic:  Trauma-informed Pedagogy

Time: 12.00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Location: Zoom (link will be sent to those who RSVP)

Slide Show Available

Session Recording Available

May 2020

5/18           Applying Lessons Learned from the Last Few Months to Remote Teaching in the Future

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Keep Teaching are pleased to present a workshop to foster reflection and guidance for faculty teaching this upcoming summer semester and beyond based on lessons learned during Spring 2020 semester. This will be an active workshop with several hands-on activities.

Session Recording available


5/20           Learning from Faculty/Student Surveys of Spring 2020: Insights for Remote and Online Teaching

What lessons have we learned in spring 2020 which will help us going forward? CETL and IREP will review the results of surveys completed by faculty and students to help determine insights for remote and online teaching in summer semester and beyond.


5/22            Panel Discussion on Lessons Learned from Spring 2020

In spring 2020, in a scenario which would have been unthinkable only weeks before, University of Mississippi faculty responded quickly to the COVID-19 pandemic and moved their instruction to a remote format. As spring semester concludes and we begin to head toward a summer semester of remote teaching, faculty are beginning to take stock of their circumstances. Panelists include Nancy Maria Balach (Music), Gabriel Alexander Garrido (Modern Languages), Mervin Matthew (Psychology), Andrew Pfrenger (English).