The Robert and Mary Pew Faculty Teaching and Learning Center serves as a catalyst for promoting a culture of teaching excellence at Grand Valley State University.  Rooted in a liberal education tradition and informed by the scholarship of teaching and learning, we advocate innovative teaching and student-centered pedagogies.  We partner with faculty as they prepare students to contribute meaningfully to their professions and societies.

NEW Series: "Twenty Minutes to Better Teaching"

The Pew FTLC offers faculty 24-7 access to video-based professional development through our subscription to the 20-Minute Mentor Commons.  We invite you to a session (or two!) in our new series called "Twenty Minutes to Better Teaching."  For each of the topics (listed to the right), we will spend the first 20 minutes of the session watching the video and then engage in a 30-minute discussion.  Registrants will also be provided with a link to the video and supporting materials in advance of the session.

These sessions are offered at a time convenient for part-time faculty teaching evening classes, but all faculty are welcome to participate.  You can register in Sprout for only the topics of interest to you.  There is no requirement to attend all topics in the series.

To browse the digital library content of the 20-Minute Mentor Commons yourself, contact us at for an access code and instructions.

How can I help students become more effective learners?
Tuesday, October 9th—Pew Grand Rapids Campus
Wednesday, October 10th—Allendale Campus
Both sessions run from 4:30pm-5:20pm
Register in Sprout

How do I create engaging threaded discussion questions?
Tuesday, October 16th—Allendale Campus
Wednesday, October 17th—Pew Grand Rapids Campus
Both sessions run from 4:30pm-5:20pm
Register in Sprout

How do I include introverts in class discussion?
Tuesday, October 30th—Pew Grand Rapids Campus
Wednesday, October 31st—Allendale Campus
Both sessions run from 4:30pm-5:20pm
Register in Sprout

How should I respond to wrong (or not very good) answers?
Tuesday, November 27th—Allendale Campus
Wednesday, November 28th—Pew Grand Rapids Campus
Both sessions run from 4:30pm-5:20pm
Register in Sprout

Other Opportunities for Faculty Learning & Engagement

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Timely Reads

The syllabus as invitation, map, and guide: A Scholarly Teacher blog post that addresses the purpose and tone of the syllabus

Teaching as storytelling: A Teaching Professor blog post that highlights the role of storytelling in learning

Courses involve multiple stories: A course design framework and tutorial captured beautifully in an introductory video

What is the first day of class about? Find inspiration and ideas on our Teaching Resources page

Digital storytelling: scholarly and practical resources for incorporating digital storytelling into your courses

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Campus Rhythms

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Promoting a scholarly approach to teaching and learning, supporting reflection on professional practice, encouraging growth at all career stages, and rewarding innovation in teaching.

Page last modified October 19, 2018