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.


Minds that Matter

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NEW Winter 2020 Faculty Professional Development Series that focuses on teaching strategies for mental health and learning issues in the classroom.

College campuses across the United States are grappling with rising numbers of students who experience a range of mental health challenges and learning differences.

Faculty using traditional teaching methods may inadvertently structure courses that add difficulty for these students.  The Minds That Matter faculty development sessions will facilitate deeper understanding regarding the nature of these issues, alongside teaching strategies and course design based in the universal design for learning (UDL).  Panel presenters are campus experts including faculty, clinicians, staff, and students.

Register for Minds that Matter Today!

Panel members will share:

  • Description of the mental health issue
  • Examples of how the issue manifests in the classroom
  • Recommended UDL teaching strategies
  • GVSU student(s) presentation of classroom experiences
  • Review of Campus Resources
  • Questions and discussion

PARTICIPANTS CAN CHOOSE TO ATTEND THE SESSION IN-PERSON OR ONLINE.

Register using our online Minds That Matter Registration Form and indicate whether you'll be attending in-person or online.  Only those who register will receive the link to the LIVE STREAM of the program. Attend right from the comfort of your home or office!

Attend all sessions that interest you.

Register for Minds that Matter Today!

Session Topics & Dates

DEPRESSION
January 29, 2020
12pm–1pm
JHZ 3068 (Zumberge Hall in Allendale)

ANXIETY
February 19, 2020
12pm–1pm
JHZ 3068 (Zumberge Hall in Allendale)

ATTENTION DEFICIT DISORDER & LEARNING DISABILITIES
March 18, 2020
11am–12pm
DEV room TBD (DeVos Center on Pew GR Campus)

AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
April 1, 2020
12pm–1pm
JHZ 3068 (Zumberge Hall in Allendale)


Winter 2020 Faculty Learning Communities now OPEN!

Hear what your fellow faculty members have to say about the FLC experience!

Download the transcript.

Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) bring faculty together to explore a topic of mutual interest and apply the knowledge gained through this 1-2 semester-long collaborative dialogue.

We are looking for faculty to lead and participate in FLCs in the Winter 2020 semester. What are YOU interested in? What are YOU passionate about?  Propose an FLC topic via our Online Letter of Intent form.  Visit our Current Faculty Learning Communities webpage to see what sorts of things faculty are exploring together this semester--you may be inspired.

Not up to leading an FLC this coming semester?  Consider joining one instead!  Check out the list below of Faculty Learning Communities that are slated to begin in Winter 2020 an are accepting members now.  Click on any of the titles to learn more about that topic and group.


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Winter 2020 Faculty Learning Communities are OPEN! Visit gvsu.edu/ftlc/flcs for a complete listing. Some topics include Statistical Thinking, Controversial Issues in the Classroom, & Reach/Teach Gen Z. Learn something new with colleagues this semester! Enroll today!
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NEW SERIES ALERT! Each month, our NEW Minds That Matter series will explore a different mental health challenge/learning difference impacting our student's learning. Attend in-seat or online. First session (Depression) is on Jan. 29. Register at gvsu.edu/ftlc/upcominge…
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Planning on traveling to teaching related conference between April 1-June 30, 2020? We can help defray the costs! The application for our Faculty Conference Travel Grant opens TODAY at 8am and closes on Jan. 18 at 8am. Get those applications in today at gvsu.edu/ftlc/travel
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