Talk about Teaching Fall 2021 Series

Talk about Teaching Presentations Fall 2021 Series

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Date: Thursday, September 30, 2021 

Time: 12:40pm – 2:00pm 

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Educating Students for a Sustainable Future: Frameworks and Tools for Integrating Sustainability into Any Course Curriculum

How do we effectively educate a generation of changemakers, young people who are both educated about global sustainability challenges, and who also have the capabilities, courage and confidence to contribute to meaningful solutions. Gen Z, our current generation of students, are acutely aware of the significant intersecting crises facing our world, including the climate crisis. The Covid-19 crisis has also made even more transparent the fundamental inequalities among our fellow human beings, particularly the stark reality that the most marginalized people in our society are disproportionately vulnerable, and these inequalities will only be exacerbated in the coming years as the climate crisis deepens. Luckily, studies of Gen Z show that this is a generation of students interested in engaging and they see themselves as leaders who will help address the world’s biggest environmental and social challenges. Not surprisingly students are looking for an education that aligns with their goals and interests.

This workshop will highlight several different frameworks and tools for incorporating sustainability into course curriculum, including the Sustainability Education Goals framework developed at UNH and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This session will highlight resources and support available to you as UNH faculty from the UNH Sustainability Institute team. This workshop will also serve as the 1st session for a recently developed year-long Faculty Learning Community on Teaching Sustainability for anyone interested in continuing.

Faculty Learning Community: 

This workshop will also serve as the 1stsession for the CEITL launch of an academic-year-long Faculty Learning Community on Teaching Sustainability.


Dr. Fiona Wilson, Director, UNH Sustainability Institute, Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer, University of New Hampshire, Affiliate Faculty, Paul College of Business & Economics

Dr. Cameron Wake, Josephine A. Lamprey Professor of Climate & Sustainability at the UNH Sustainability Institute, Research Professor at the Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, and the Dept. of Earth Sciences at the University of New Hampshire

Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2021 

Time: 12:40pm – 2:00pm 

The Multilingual Student Writer in Your Classroom

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A discussion for UNH Faculty and Staff to gain insight into the experiences of domestic and international multilingual writers on campus. The presenters will share the following: 

  • description of the pathways multilingual students take to UNH
  • strategies, methods, and tools for providing feedback and assessing multilingual student writing
  • information about resources for multilingual students
  • opportunities for audience participation and reflection

All UNH community members interested in discussing student writing experiences are welcome.


Denise Desrosiers, Former Senior Lecturer in the UNH ESL Institute

Alicia Clark-Barnes, Associate Director of University Writing Programs

Date: Tuesday, October 12, 2021 

Time: 12:40pm – 2:00pm 

Engaging Students with Media

This session will equip faculty to fully understand the process of planning, creating and delivering media. We’ll discuss using media to deliver content to students, or as an assignment for students to create their own media and how each impacts retention and deeper understanding of the content. Finally we will discuss the supports in place for faculty planning media creation or assigning media assignments. Participants will be given opportunities to interact and brainstorm ideas for how they might start using media in their courses, or evolve existing media practices.


Mike McIntire, Learning Architect, CEITL, Manager, Parker Media Lab

Date: Wednesday, October 20, 2021 

Time: 12:40pm – 2:00pm 

Supporting Students with Mental Health Concerns: Practical Strategies for More Inclusive Classrooms 

It is estimated that as many as 25% of college students suffer from mental health concerns. This means that as a faculty member you have likely had a range of students with mental health conditions in your classes. Given the prevalence of mental health conditions within higher education, it is therefore important to think beyond addressing these needs through accommodations alone. It is critical that faculty proactively incorporate practices that foster student well-being in their instructional efforts.

Within this presentation, we will review practical strategies that you can use to create classrooms that are inclusive for students with mental health conditions and supportive of their well-being. We will look at some high impact practices and strategies you can build into your classroom to, ultimately, benefit all learners.


Elisa Bolton, Ph.D., Director of Psychological and Counseling Services (PACS)

Scott Lapinski, Ph.D., M.Ed. Director of Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2021 

Time: 12:40pm – 2:00pm 

Promoting Active Learning: Strategies to Engage Our Students with Effective Class Lectures and Group Discussions

It is important that we, as educators, strive to create an engaging educational environment for our students. Even large class sections, or courses that are heavily lecture-based, can benefit from instruction that promotes active learning. 

How can we promote active learning in the college classroom? How can we keep our students engaged in the learning process? 

In this session, we will reflect on techniques that promote active learning, guided by strategies outlined in ACUE’s (The Association of College and University Educators) Course on Effective Teaching Practices for UNH. Such strategies emphasize the need for effective lectures and interactive group discussions. We will discuss methods for implementing such techniques in our courses, as well as how to evaluate and assess which strategies are best suited for our individual classroom environments


Islam Karkour, Lecturer of Arabic, 2021-2022 CEITL Faculty Fellow

Date: Thursday, November 4, 2021 

Time: 12:40pm – 2:00pm 

Appreciation vs. Assimilation: Honoring Diversity in the Classroom

This session will engage participants in ways to honor diversity in their classrooms. Topics include code switching, cultural biases, multi modalities for grading, neurodiversity, classroom accommodations, tools for effective learning across difference, and other similarly related topics.  

Learning Outcome: The objective of this session is to reflect on and increase awareness on some the various aspects of fostering an inclusive multi-identity learning environment.


Nadine Petty, Ph.D., Associate Vice President of Community Equity and Diversity and Chief Diversity Officer  

Allyson Ryder, MPPM, Assistant Director of Community Equity and Diversity, Coordinator of Social Justice Education Programs, and Adjunct Faculty, Granite State College

Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2021 

Time: 12:40pm – 2:00pm 

Concept Map Activities for Your Course: Why, When, and How to Use Them to Meet Your Learning Goals

Concept maps activities can be used by individuals or groups of students for a wide variety of course content. Your learning goals for concept map activities dictate how you use them in your course. We will discuss different ways to use concept map activities, software options, and how to instruct students to build concept maps.


Lauren Kordonowy, Science of Learning Project Coordinator, CEITL