Instructional Workshops & Events

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

Cultivating Pedagogical Strategies to Support LGBTQ Students

Wednesday October 4, 2017 12:00-2:00PM in the Regency Room (AUC)

For more information, contact Jenny James (English) at

Brave Dialogue in Academia: Managing Risky Justice Conversations

Led by Anna Czarnik-Neimeyer

Saturday October 7, 2017 10am – 1pm (includes lunch), University House

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Brave + Radical: justice recipes for honest dialogue on power structures & racism

Led by Anna Czarnik-Neimeyer

Saturday October 7, 2017 2-4pm, Chris Knutsen Hall East (AUC)

No RSVP required

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.

Supporting Transitions through Reflection and Writing: J-term Experiences

October 27, 3-5 pm, Morken 103

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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:

  • Brenda Llewellyn Ihssen, Religion and IHON
  • Justin Lytle, Chemistry
  • Amanda Sweger, Theatre & Dance
  • Bridget Yaden, Hispanic Studies

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 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.

For consultations, professional development opportunities, or support contact:
Dana Shreaves
(253) 535-7572
Mortvedt Library 329

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