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Center for Teaching: Past Professional Development

CFT Book Discussion - April 17, 2018

The next book discussion will be  4/17 @ 1:45 pm in North 301. A light meal will be served.  The discussion on Fluent in 3 Months will be facilitated by Lauren O'Leary and Kaitlyn Kos (this is the correction).  Several faculty/staff have been reading this book, but I encourage you to attend even if you have not read the book- this reading was recommended by a student and has cross-discipline application.  If you would like to read the book, there is a copy in the library in the CFT section.

CFT Event - April 3 at 1:45pm

 Dr. Benavides de Perez - Tuesday April 3, 1:45-3pm Room N301.  Please RSVP by Friday March 30.

Dr. Benavides de Perez will lead a discussion and workshop activities on “Creating Curriculum and Training Teachers K-University in Peace Building.” Attendees: Faculty, Staff and Community Educators 

This event Sponsored by the Gateway Center for Teaching, coffee and dessert will be served.

Amada Benivdes de Perez

Director of the Fundacion Escuelas de Paz, Bogota, Colombia (2006). Established peace education curriculum across the country required by recent Colombian law. A former member of the United Nations Working Group on the use of mercenaries as mean of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of people to self-determination Officer in the High Commission on Human Rights, Geneva Member of Advisory Board Global Campaign on Peace Education, The Hague Appeal for Peace. Member Advisory Board Global Coordination Committee Community Based Institutes on Peace Education.

CFT Workshop - March 27 at 1:45pm

Please join us for a workshop facilitated by Kellie Byrd-Danso and, Leigh Roberts on 

Infusing Career Competencies in Curriculum.  This will be held on March 27, 2018 @ 1:45 pm in North 301.  Refreshments will be served.

CFT Book Discussion Feb. 27, 2018

The next on campus CFT event is a discussion of the book The Slow Professor.  If you would still like to read the book, there is a copy in the library in the CFT section. I would also encourage you to join the discussion even if you have not read the book (or have not finished it).  We will meet in North 301 on  February 27, @ 1:45 pm. A light meal will be served.


If there is one sector of society that should be cultivating deep thought in itself and others, it is academia. Yet the corporatization of the contemporary university has sped up the clock, demanding increased speed and efficiency from faculty regardless of the consequences for education and scholarship.

In The Slow Professor, Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber discuss how adopting the principles of the Slow movement in academic life can counter this erosion of humanistic education. Focusing on the individual faculty member and his or her own professional practice, Berg and Seeber present both an analysis of the culture of speed in the academy and ways of alleviating stress while improving teaching, research, and collegiality. The Slow Professor will be a must-read for anyone in academia concerned about the frantic pace of contemporary university life.

CFT Workshop Feb. 20, 2018

Please join us for the next on campus CFT workshop and discussion on February 20, North 301 @ 1:45-3:00 PM.

Creating Course Materials to Meet the Spirit and Requirements of ADA (with Ron Chomicz, Samantha Kusiak, and Lynn Roller)

There are more than 2,000 elementary, secondary and post-secondary schools facing federal disability investigations, according to the Department of Education. The accessibility of GCC’s online and on-ground classrooms is paramount in keeping us within federal accessibility requirements.  Join us for a hands on, preliminary discussion of how to keep your class ADA compliant.

Snacks and beverages will be served.

Pathways Faculty Showcase - Feb 22, 2019


What: Center for Teaching - Pathways to Teaching Success Workshop: February Faculty Showcase

When: Friday, February 22nd, 10 AM - 2 PM (coffee and lunch included)

Where: Middlesex Community College 


How:  Register at and use your college email.

Who: All members of the Community College System, including faculty, staff, and administrators.  

Special Call:  Are you currently involved with or building a service learning project/course/program?  We are looking for individuals or groups to do short (15 min) presentations at our showcase in February. Please email Tara Jo Holmberg ( if you are interested in sharing your work!


This final workshop for the year in the Pathways to Teaching Success series will feature short highlights of projects from a wide array of disciplines currently underway, or in the works, across the CT Community College System. In addition, a short workshop will be held on next steps regarding community engagement within and between campuses. This spring showcase is ideal for those already practicing community engagement, as well as those who are interested in what is possible in the classroom. Administrators are also welcome to this showcase. 


The three-part Pathways workshop series, Service Learning & Civic Engagement at Community Colleges, is focused on teaching strategies and innovative learning opportunities within service learning and community engagement, specifically within community colleges. The workshops are explicitly didactic in nature: that is, workshops teach participants specific concepts and techniques, and focus on practical implementation in the college classroom


The Connecticut Center for Teaching: Pathways to Teaching Success workshop series has been co-sponsored for the 2018-2019 by the Center for Teaching and Campus Compact for Southern New England . The first two workshops, held this past fall, highlighted practical tools, resources, and strategies to effectively engage with community through formal education.  

This workshop is free to those currently teaching in the Connecticut Community College System with a MyCommnet email address.

Barnes Seminar on Teaching

Imagine this:  You've just enjoyed some stimulating discussions about teaching and learning, are excited about all the great new ideas you have, and now you're enjoying a hike through the hills overlooking the lake.   

You're looking forward to another great meal and more conversation with friends you've made from around our community college system (and more than a little fun) before you go back to your private room and relax for the night.   Best of all, this whole experience has cost you absolutely nothing.  

This could be you if you are selected to attend The Barnes Seminar on Teaching, May 21st – 23rd, 2018.    Applications must be returned to me by March 2nd  (form is attached).

As those who have attended in the past will (readily) tell you, Barnes is a terrific experience where participants are the experts, and you have a chance to connect with faculty from around the system in a relaxed, positive, and focused atmosphere, spending two and a half days in a beautiful setting, completely free of charge.  As the coordinator of Barnes puts it, "There will not be outside experts, lectures, critiques, or complaining about politics or the administration.”  There will be lots of time for reflection and discussion, plenty of fun, and time to reconnect with why you decided to go into our profession.

If you’re interested, but have questions—let me know.  If you want to talk to participants from past years, let me know that too.  Just don’t forget to send me the completed application!

Workshop on Open Educational Resources (OERs)

Free the Textbook!

A Showcase of Open Educational Resources (OERs) in Action

Friday, February 9th, 10 – 2 P.M.
Middlesex Community College, Middletown, CT

Showcase Presenters:

  • April Dolata - English & Humanities, NWCC
  • Bev King - Distance Learning Director, NWCC
  • Christine Witkoski, Environmental and Earth Science, MXCC
  • Robert Wykoff, English, HCC
  • Tara Jo Holmberg, Biology and Environmental Science, NWCC
  • Jay Whitaker, English, NWCC

To Register…

By Friday, Feb. 2, please complete the online registration form here:

Center for Teaching OER Showcase Workshop

Event Timing: Friday, Feb. 9 from 10 - 2 PM Event Address: Middlesex Community College, Middletown, CT

You will receive a confirmation and more details about the event during the second week in February.

This workshop is part of the statewide Center for Teaching's Pathways:  The Road to Teaching Success workshop series


Spirit of Teaching Retreat - September 2018, 2018


Parker Palmer emphasizes that “good teaching cannot be reduced to technique; good teaching comes from the identity and integrity of the teacher.” This year’s Spirit of Teaching will allow us to reflect on the role of integrity within our personal lives as well as in our classrooms and colleges.   What qualities do we associate with integrity?  How does our teaching reflect our integrity?  Is it possible to help students develop their own integrity?  What is the relationship between personal integrity and institutional integrity? 

Space is limited. 

Applications will be accepted until September 21.

Getting Strted with OERs - October 30, 2018

Kevin Corcoran, Executive Director of Digital Learning for CSCU, will present an overview of Open Educational Resources as well as highlight efforts underway within the CSCU system to support OER adoption.

Humanities faculty member Alice Emery will explain the process and reasoning behind the creation of her OER textbook Convivencia. She will
also show the print and web version of her textbook, as well as some other useful online resources including MIT’s OpenCourseware.

S209, 1:45 pm

State CFT Pathways - November 30, 2018

How Can SL and CE be Incorporated in Varied Disciplines? (location TBD)

Committee Meeting - December 4, 2018

Committee Meeting- North 302, 1:45 pm

Schwab Institute for Academic Leadership - Mar. 29, 2019

Schwab Institute

Schwab Institute for Academic Leadership
(Sponsored by Center for Teaching)

Emotional Intelligence For Leaders
Friday, April 6, 2018
8:30 AM-2:00 PM
Marquee (lower level of CCC)
960 Main St. Hartford

Breakfast & Buffet Lunch

Keynote: Dr. Joseph Carmen Director of Leadership Development Quinnipiac Corporate Training

Dr. Carmen has close to three decades worth of practical, real world leadership experience. He is
passionate about making people and organizations better by turning leadership theory into
immediately applicable action.

Get the tools you need to develop your emotional intelligence!

Opening Remarks: President Ojakian

Chair: Nancy P LaGuardia

RSVP required by



Big Read

Gateway Community College is participating in the Big Read!  The book is Citizen: An American Lyric by Claudia Rankine.  Mary Ellen Cody, Clara Ogbaa , Anne Williams and Barbara Segaloff (Gateway Foundation) are leading the charge.
Please join us on Feb 6 @ 1:45 pm in North 301 to hear more about this exciting project and how to incorporate Citizen across teaching disciplines.
Discussion to include:
·         Using audio, digital and hard copies of Citizen. 
·         E-resources and hard copies available at New Haven Public Library and in surrounding towns.
·         Hard copies and audio at Gateway Library
·         Review events, programs and course curriculum happening at Gateway.  
 Refreshments will be served!
Please let me know if you will be attending by  Feb 2 so I may pass on the food count.
Thanks and I hope to see you there.

Promotion and Tenure Workshop - October 28, 2018

A Promotion and Tenure workshop will be held Oct 2 @ 1:45 pm in North 301.  Faculty and Staff who have applied for promotion and tenure in the past will be present to provide tips and answer questions.  Please RSVP to Eileen Russo,, if you plan on attending.

Introduction to Course Assessment - October 23, 2018

Room S209, 1:45 pm ( Dan Sullivan) We will discuss topics such as the difference between evaluation and assessment, learning outcomes, choosing artifacts and matching them to outcomes, process of assessment and an introduction to the assessment program Watermark Aqua.

State CFT Pathways - October 26, 2018

Center for Teaching Pathways: The Road to Teaching Success:

Service Learning and Civic Engagement Across Disciplines

S10/26/18: 10 AM – 2 PM

Tunxis Community College

October’s Pathways Session Topics:

·        What Does Service Learning (SL) and Civic Engagement (CE) Look Like in Higher Education?

·        How Can SL and CE be Incorporated in Varied Disciplines?

·        Workshop: Developing/Modifying SL and CE for Your Classroom


Center for Teaching Pathways: The Road to Teaching Success program is a program free and open to all faculty and staff in the Connecticut Community College system but is especially directed to faculty within their first three years of full-time employment.

For the 2018-2019 academic year, the Center for Teaching is partnering with the Southern New England Campus Compact.  Faculty and staff outside of the community college system are welcome to attend the workshops for a small administrative fee.

The focus is on teaching strategies and innovative learning opportunities.  It is explicitly didactic in nature: that is, workshops teach participants specific concepts and techniques, and focus on practical implementation in the college classroom.

Pathways offers two workshops in the fall and one in the spring. Faculty are free to attend all or any of the workshops. Each workshop is also part of the whole; those who attend all of the workshops will have a unique experience each time. 

Coffee and lunch are provided.


Register with your college email here:

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