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:

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. SGID feedback lets you know your students’ perceptions of your course while time remains to make changes or correct misconceptions.

Goals of SGID

  • To further student learning
  • To assure anonymous, confidential, timely exchange between teachers & students on their mutual perceptions of courses-in-progress
  • To support teaching as a communicative art

Who sponsors SGIDs?

  • The Office of the Provost sponsors workshops on conducting the SGID and assists in scheduling.
  • SGID feedback is strictly confidential and is seen only by the SGID consultant and the individual who makes the request. SGID feedback cannot be used in tenure and promotion reviews.
  • SGID consultants & recipients can identify themselves as participants in the process to document commitment to teaching. But, SGID content remains confidential.

How does the SGID process work?

  • Our policy is to schedule one SGID per faculty member (per semester). Please select the one course where SGID feedback would be most useful to you.
  • Consultants take a maximum of 40-50 minutes of class time. With the instructor absent, students work in small groups to identify course features that facilitate or impede learning and discuss possible changes.
  • The consultant and the whole class then generate a list of descriptive features and recommendations. Together they determine the degree of consensus on each issue.
  • The SGID consultant conveys the content of the discussion to the course instructor.

Current faculty SGID consultants:

  • Agnes Choi, Religion
  • Teresa Ciabattari, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Programs
  • Jan Lewis, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Programs
  • Tyler Travillian, Languages & Literatures and Interdisciplinary Programs
  • Bridget Yaden, Languages & Literatures

Interested in serving as a SGID faculty consultant? Please contact the Office of the Provost (

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 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.