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Instructional Workshops & Events

PLU supports diversity through a number of initiatives, including faculty workshops and events.

Department, Division and School Book Groups

The University Diversity Committee is committed to supporting faculty in understanding and implementing strategies that support our diverse student body.  In collaboration with the Office of the Provost, funds are available for faculty groups to engage in discussion around issues and strategies that frame inclusive teaching.

For more information, contact Shannon Seidel: seidelsb@plu.edu.

Workshops and events supported by PLU’s Mellon grant may be offered on occasion. These opportunities will be shared on this website as well as through the Provost Office Newsletter.

Information & Technology Services staff offers workshops and consultations throughout the year. Visit their site to see a current list of workshops, register for workshops, or schedule a consultation.

PLU supports new faculty through a fall orientation, cohort meetings, and ongoing development workshops. Visit the New Faculty website for dates, times, and events.

SGID (Small Group Instructional Dialogue) consultants consist of PLU faculty trained to guide students through a reflective process regarding their learning at mid-semester. Consultations and reports are confidential and completed at the request of individual faculty.

Current faculty SGID consultants:

  • Adam Arnold, Philosophy
  • Agnes Choi, Religion
  • Jan Lewis, Provost Office/Education
  • Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen, Religion
  • Justin Lytle, Chemistry
  • Patrick Moneyang, Languages and Literatures
  • Ksenija Simic-Muller, Mathematics
  • Tyler Travillian, Classics
  • Bridget Yaden, Hispanic Studies

Fall reviews: October 1 – November 2

Spring reviews: March 1 – April 1

PLUTO (PLU Teaching Online) is an initiative designed to build faculty capacity in effective online learning strategies for online, blended, and traditional courses. The PLUTO Institute, offered in July and January, provides intensive support for faculty designing new blended and online courses.  Visit the PLUTO website for information, resources, or to apply for an upcoming institute.

Development opportunities are scheduled throughout the year for faculty teaching in the First-Year Experience Program (FYEP). Email FYEP@plu.edu or visit their website to learn more.

Personalized support for teaching is available year-round through consultations with the university’s instructional designer. Faculty support is provided for a range of topics related to teaching, learning, and technology. Departments, schools, or divisions can also request workshops, resources, or instructional planning support.

The Dr. Rae Linda Brown Undergraduate Research Symposium showcases research and creative projects from PLU students.