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College of Engineering and Applied Science

Teaching Resource Seminar Series


The purpose of the College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) Teaching Resource Seminar Series is to provide an informal gathering of those interested in sharing best practices to improve teaching throughout the College.


The College of Engineering and Applied Science provides a New Faculty Orientation (NFO) seminar for new tenure track and academic professional faculty members.  Although, the seminar is taught by a group of seasoned, highly dedicated classroom instructors; there is only enough time to cover the bare essentials of Bloom’s Taxonomy, learning theories and basic classroom mechanics such as constructing a syllabus.

The Ellbogen Center for Teaching and Learning (ECTL) provides an excellent slate of seminars on advanced teaching concepts; however, these seminars have not been well attended by our College  instructors.

The CEAS Teaching Resource Seminar Series has been formed as part of the College’s mentoring program to provide a regular, informal forum to share best practices in teaching.  The goal of the seminar series is to improve teaching throughout the College.  Participation in the seminar series is completely voluntary.  Seminars will be taught by volunteer fellow instructors from within the College.


The seminar will meet twice per month for 60-90 minute interactive sessions.  Participants will help determine seminar topics.  Potential topics include:

  • Characteristics of outstanding teachers,  being helpful and approachable (Colberg)
  • Constructing course and lesson objectives – Bloom’s Taxonomy (Barrett)
  • Learning theories – Myers Briggs (Edgar)
  • Learning theories – Felder and Silverman (Denzer)
  • Preparation for the first day of classes (Hamann, Wright)
  • The mechanics of delivering a good lecture (Bagley)
  • Assessment – students, you, your course; Developing a Thick Skin (Colberg)
  • Mentoring (Colberg)
  • Finding balance – teaching, research, service (Colberg)
  • Teaching effectively to a big section course
  • Teaching effectively to a very small section course
  • How to manage difficult students
  • Class discussions and interactions in content rich engineering courses, active learning, group learning
  • The Clicker Equipped Classroom (panel: Dolan, Colberg, Jim Myers)
  • The Cell Phone Equipped Classroom
  • Academic Dishonesty (Barrett)
  • Assisted, Skeletal Notes
  • Graduate versus Undergraduate Teaching
  • ABET Accreditation – where do you fit (Barrett)
  • Teaching to the Generation
  • Student Perspective (panel of students share their point of view)


Initially, some of the early seminars will be taught by Patricia Colberg and Steve Barrett.  However, we highly encourage participation by other interested instructors.


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