Teaching Academy

Invited Guest Speakers


Visiting Regional Teaching Academy Fellow: Dr. Erica Suchman


February 18-19, 2019
suchman-ericasuchman2Dr. Erica Suchman received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from the University of California, Irvine and is currently a Professor and Associate Department Head for Undergraduate Education in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology, at Colorado State University (CSU). She researches the effectiveness of active learning strategies in large lecture courses, and she has most recently developed an innovative course introducing freshmen to authentic research experiences. She served as Chair of the Committee on Technology Enhanced Education and Editor-in-Chief of the ASM’s peer reviewed education resource, MicrobeLibrary, for 9 years, was a member of the International Education committee and was a member of the Education Board of ASM. In 2014, she was honored with the prestigious Carski Foundation Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award. She also received Best Teacher Award at CSU and was named as a CSU Distinguished Teaching Scholar; this prestigious distinction is a lifetime appointment held by only 12 faculty members at a time. She also serves as the CSU Master Teacher Initiative Coordinator for the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Schedule of Events:

    Monday (Feb 18th):
    9:00 am - 12:00 pm - Workshop: Making Teaching Matter: Creating persuasive and evidence-based documents that support - Co-presenter Dr. Phil Mixter

    This workshop is part of the Academic Outreach and Innovation Spring Teaching Forum, (requires separate registration)

      Description: Many WSU faculty are deeply engaged in teaching, advising/mentoring, and educational leadership. Yet we struggle with how to showcase those activities and demonstrate outcomes when it comes time to prepare promotion packets—and most departments do a poor job of review.

      Come hear about work of a consortium from five universities to develop an evidence-based model. You will leave this workshop with a better understanding of the dilemmas, a templated framework you can adapt for your own packet or department, and the first pages of a personal portfolio. RSVP

    Location: Spark 212



Tuesday (Feb 19th):

    9:10 am- Seminar: Creating Effective Exams

      Description: Participants will become familiar with common pitfalls in exam question writing, and be given suggestions for how to improve their exams. RSVP

      Location: Bustad 145

    12:10 am- Seminar: Writing Learning Outcomes

      Description: Participants will be introduced to the difference between learning objectives and learning outcomes as well as work on creating their own learning outcomes to be used in their courses. RSVP

      Location: ABDF 1002

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