Below is the text-only version of the February 2020 Faculty Commons Newsletter.

When it comes to developing your courses and honing your teaching practices, timely advice is everything. That’s why we’re developing a series of pieces about specific strategies, tools and actions that will help you get and stay on track. Depending on the time of the semester, you’ll get tips about grading, feedback, documenting your teaching, or cataloging important reflections. This month, it’s all about starting off on the right foot.


Do now: 6 things to help you stay on track with your teaching this semester

Check out these 6 things to help you start your spring courses on the right foot. We’ve broken these down so you can read about what interests you most, but if you want it all at once we’ve got that too!

  1. Get your email under control (no, really!)
  2. Get your students to read the syllabus
  3. Hacks to memorize your students’ names
  4. Become a master of time management…for teaching
  5. Keep your course materials fresh, affordable, and accessible
  6. Have online students? Make sure they check out this orientation from PCS.




Teaching Research in Undergraduate Education

The TRUE Workshop series allows a cohort of instructors to consider connections between skills students need as academic and lifelong researchers. Over five sessions, TRUE cohort members will gain new techniques and classroom activities for teaching research.

Learn more and register.

Seth Trotter Special Collections Essay Contest

Have you used books, manuscripts, periodicals and other ephemera from Special Collections in your academic research? Have you had that research published by a peer-reviewed journal? If so, enter the 2020 Seth Trotter Special Collections Essay Contest for a chance to win up to $1,000!

Submit your application.

The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly: A conversation about using video resources for teaching

Do you teach with films or media clips? Do you have questions about selecting and ensuring that your students have access to these materials? Do you wonder why the Library doesn’t subscribe to Netflix, or how UD Capture and licensed media can coexist? You are not alone!

Learn more about this program.

Conference Pods! See the newest addition to Faculty Commons

Stop by 116 Pearson Hall to check out the new Q-Pods–silent multifunctional spaces design for up to for people and are ideal for small meetings, interviews or group tasks!

Discover the Q-Pods.

Call for SIT 2020 Session Proposals 

This year the Summer Institute on Teaching planning team is soliciting proposals for sessions at SIT 2020. Proposals are due on February 15, 2020.

Learn more and submit your proposal.



Upcoming Events


Roundtable: Testing Tools and Environments that Foster Integrity

Gore Hall 208 | 3:30 – 5:00 P.M.


Faculty Commons Book Club

Faculty Commons | 12:30 – 1:30 P.M.


Roundtable: Documenting Your Teaching for Promotion & Tenure

Gore Hall 208 | 3:30 – 5:00 P.M.


Save the Date!

Save the Date!

2020 Summer Institute on Teaching

June 3 & 4


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