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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.

Dr. Kathleen Yancey returns to campus on March 3rd to continue our conversation on deepening student learning in our General Education program.

All PLU staff and faculty are invited to join faculty from the Mellon-funded Gender, Sexuality, and Race Studies Seminar for happy hour on February 22 at 4:30 pm in the dining room of the University House.

At this session we will provide updates and hear feedback on our vision for transforming the Women’s and Gender Studies (WMGS) program into one that integrates the study of gender, sexuality, and race; explore potential collaborations between WMGS, Latino Studies, and Native American and Indigenous Studies, and the creation of a concentration in Critical Race Studies; gathering your ideas about how this new program can support your teaching and your home departments; share upcoming funding opportunities for course development and revision; enjoy food,drink, and engaging conversation with colleagues across campus.

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:

  • Sara Finley, Psychology
  • Karen McConnell, Kinesiology
  • Agnes Choi, Religion
  • Bridget Yaden, Hispanic Studies
  • Anna Leon Guerrero, Sociology
  • Teresa Ciabattari, Sociology
  • Tyler Travillian, Classics
  • Jan Lewis, Provost Office/Education

Fall reviews: October 1 – November 1

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 PLU Undergraduate Research Symposium showcases research and creative projects from PLU students.