Upcoming Events

Throughout the school year, CARPE organizes workshops and events on a variety of timely and relevant teaching topics and issues for faculty and staff. 


An Invitation to Join a Faculty-Staff Learning Community:

Exploring Anti-Racist Initiatives in Higher Education

All faculty and staff are invited to participate in this year-long initiative. Our goal? To support ongoing campus-wide anti-racist initiatives at Washington and Lee by researching and creating a comprehensive and accessible data-base that looks at the best anti-racist practices at all levels and in all facets of higher education.

Working in cohorts, we will seek out resources that address essential anti-racist practices in curricula, course design, pedagogy, academic culture, social culture, institutional culture, individual mindset and positionality, technology, and any other topic that participants bring to the table. What are the best practices? Where are the innovations that raise the conversation to the next level? How do we make change sustainable and impactful? How do we curate these resources and make them accessible to all members of our community? How do we engage each other in powerful, positive conversations? What are the next steps, and the steps after that, and after that?

Participation will involve initial Learning Community-wide meetings, occasional cohort coordination, and on-going, at-your-own-pace, individual initiative. Faculty and staff from across campus, regardless of area of specialization, are encouraged to give this essential and rewarding opportunity serious consideration.

Interested? Please contact Paul Hanstedt at phanstedt@wlu.edu by no later than 2 November.

This learning community is co-sponsored by CARPE, the Office of Inclusion and Engagement, Africana Studies, and Academic Technologies.

Pedagogy and (perhaps you have) Pizza

Student Voices: Finding the Bright Spots

Wednesday, November 4 2020, 12:30 PM

The idea for this session is very simple. Several students will talk about approaches to virtual/blended instruction that have been working for them. This is an opportunity to take our thinking beyond the stress and pressure of the summer and get a clear sense of how our efforts are landing: in the chaos of this crazy fall, what’s actually working?

Winter Academy

Registration open on Monday, October 26th at go.wlu.edu/winteracademy.

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Tuesday, Nov 17, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Small Contemplative Teaching for Focus, De-Stressing, and Building Community

We’re teaching college in some of the most demanding conditions most of us have ever seen. How can we reclaim scattered attention, or help ourselves and our students manage our stress, or nurture classroom relationships when there’s no classroom? This workshop offers an introduction to the field of contemplative pedagogy, an approach that combines contemplative and mindful practices with academic inquiry across all fields that offers ways to turn our problems into occasions for new possibilities. In the spirit of James Lang’s and Flower Darby’s Small Teaching books, this workshop will focus on simple, easily incorporated practices that you can start using right away, whether in chemistry or creative writing.

Presenter: Dr. Chris Phillips is Professor of English at Lafayette College, where he specializes in early American literature, book history, and spiritual writing. He is the author of The Hymnal: A Reading History (Johns Hopkins, 2018) and the editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Literature of the American Renaissance (Cambridge, 2018). 

Tuesday, Nov 17, 2:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Imagining CBL Possibilities for Your Class

Want to try community-based learning (CBL) in your classes but don’t know how to begin? Join CARPE and CBL’s staff as they lead you through brainstorming exercises to imagine ways to enrich your course with CBL opportunities. Participants will leave this workshop with an overview of the basic elements of this pedagogy and knowledge of community partners, types of collaboration, resources for course development, and project examples. Meet faculty like you who are interested in exploring CBL and are interested and willing to think through a variety of options.

Co-Sponsored by Community Based Learning and the Harte Center for Teaching and Learning.

Wednesday, Nov 18, 2:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Anti-Racist Pedagogy

More info coming!

Dr. Chanelle Wilson is an Assistant Professor of Education and Director of Africana Studies, at Bryn Mawr College. With over ten years of experience, and a lifelong commitment to revolutionizing education for justice, Dr. Wilson supports self-introspection for outer transformation and guides with the steady underlying premise of love, joy, and hope.

This event is co-sponsored by Academic Technologies, Africana Studies, CARPE, and the Office of Inclusion and Engagement.

Thursday, Nov 19, 2:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Ungrading in a Pandemic … and the Rest of the Time, Too

In this workshop we discuss some of the research on motivation and learning and the reasons many educators have moved to ungrading—the WHY. Then we move to talk about the practical dimensions of moving toward ungrading, whether completely or partially—the HOW. Participants will workshop some revisions of their own assignments and course structures.

Susan D Blum is a professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame, currently fixated on education and pedagogical praxis. She is the author of “I Love Learning; I Hate School”: An Anthropology of College (Cornell, 2016) and the editor of the forthcoming volume Ungrading: Why Rating Students Undermines Learning (and What to Do Instead) (West Virginia University Press, 2002).


Pedagogy, Books, & Java (PB&J) Book Club

Get a FREE copy of Derek Bruff's

With the multitude of educational technology options available, it’s not easy to decide which to use and when.

Derek Bruff, Director of the Vanderbilt University Center for Teaching, argues that it should be our teaching and learning goals that drive our choice of technology, NOT the other way around. In “Intentional Tech”, Bruff provides 7 research-based principles for matching technology to pedagogy and expands on each principle by providing examples of implementation from real faculty.

We’ll meet via Zoom 3 times: Thursday, Jan 21; Tuesday, Feb 16; and Thursday, Mar 11 at 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM EST. In order to best facilitate a lively discussion, we are capping enrollment to 20.

Sign up at go.wlu.edu/intentionaltech and contact Helen MacDermott at hmacdermott@wlu.edu for a copy of the book.

Did You Know?

CARPE can also design tailored workshops for departments on a variety of topics, including (but not limited to): 

  • course design
  • classroom dynamics
  • diversity in the classroom
  • assessing student learning
  • grading
  • documentation of teaching effectiveness

In addition to workshops, CARPE is happy to offer consultations with departments or other administrative units, as well as  individual consultations with instructors, based on video recordings of instructors or observations of instructors in the classroom.

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