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Programs & Events

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RTP and Sabbatical Series

Faculty Affairs and the CFA present a series of Q&A-style workshops on the RTP and sabbatical process.  All workshops are held in the Faculty Center, Bldg 1-228.

  • Tuesday Sept. 27, 12:00 -- 2:00 pm:  Department chairs and DRTPC chairs
  • Wednesday Sept. 28, 2:00 -- 4:00 pm:  Department chairs and DRTPC chairs
  • Thursday Sept. 29, 12:00 -- 2:00 pm:  RTP Q&A for faculty
  • Thursday Sept. 29, 2:00 -- 4:00:  Professional leave (sabbatical) Q&A

No need to register; please come on over.  Note that the sessions might not last the entire 2 hours so please come on the early side.


Internal Grant Opportunities at Cal Poly Pomona

Tuesday October 4, 12:00 -- 1:00 pm  OR Wednesday October 5, 12:00 -- 1:00 pm

Faculty Center, Bldg 1-228

New faculty members Chantal Steiber and Eleonora Rossi discuss how to apply for Cal Poly Pomona grants such as the Research, Scholarship, & Creative Activities (RSCA) program and the Faculty Center mini-grant program.  Please register!

Register for Tuesday Oct. 4

Register for Wednesday Oct. 5

The Accessible Syllabus

Tuesday October 11, 12:00 -- 1:00 pm  OR Wednesday November 16, 12:00 -- 1:00 pm

Faculty Center, Bldg 1-228

Bo Choi (eLearning), Cathy Schmitt Whitaker (Accessible Technology), Jimmie Flanagin (DRC), and Joanne Van boxtel (Education) hold a hands-on session about creating documents that are accessible to students with disabilities, using the course syllabus as a model document.  Please register!

Register for Tuesday Oct. 11

Register for Wednesday Nov. 16

Classroom Digital Student Projects: A How-To Guide When You Have No Time and No Budget!

Wednesday October 12, 1:00 -- 1:50 p.m.

College of Letters, Arts, & Social Sciences, Bldg 5-255

In the first of our Wall of COOL speaker series, Eileen Wallis (History) talks about her “Wall of COOL” award-winning digital history project.

Register for Wednesday Oct. 12

Five (Practically) Foolproof Ways to Help Your Students Succeed

Tuesday October 25, 12:00 -- 1:30 pm  OR Wednesday October 26, 12:00 -- 1:30 pm

Faculty Center, Bldg 1-228

Students who know what to do, when, and how, and who have good company along the way, can learn deeply. This session, which includes some working time, presents five “big ideas” (all with a strong research basis) that overcome overwhelm and confusion. The ideas are: Organization, Transparency, Metacognitive Activities, Encouraging a Growth Mindset, and Classroom Learning Communities. Presented by Victoria Bhavsar.  Please register!

Register for Tuesday Oct. 25

Register for Wednesday Oct. 26

Reach Beyond: Engaging Students through Volunteering, Service-Learning and Academic Internships

Thursday October 20, 12:00 -- 1:00 pm

Faculty Center, Bldg 1-228

The Center for Community Engagement ( presents the first in a series of workshops about service learning.  Please register!

Register for Thursday Oct. 20

Reach Beyond the Campus: What Faculty Need to Know About Academic Internships

Wednesday November 9, 12:00 -- 1:00 pm

Faculty Center, Bldg 1-228

The Center for Community Engagement ( presents the second in a series of workshops about service learning.  Please register!

Register for Wednesday November 9

Strategies for Engaging Students in Large Classes

Tuesday November 15, 12:00 -- 12:50 pm

Faculty Center, Bldg 1-228

Featuring Dr. Alison Baski, the new Dean of the College of Science!  At her previous university, Virginia Commonwealth, Dr. Baski taught large introductory Physics courses using all the tricks of the large-class trade. Get to know Dr. Baski and swap ideas about teaching challenging courses.

Register for Tuesday November 15

Blackboard Mastery Seminar

Monday & Tuesday December 12-13, 9:00 -- 4:00

Faculty Center, Bldg 1-228

Eric Davis and Pauline Muljana of eLearning present a hands-on, in-depth workshop that explores the more sophisticated functions of Blackboard.  Make your teaching life easier by investing some time in learning what this powerful tool can do for you.  LIMITED to 12 participants!

Register for Blackboard Mastery Seminar

Winter Highlight: Save the Date

Teaching What You Don't Know

Friday February 17, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location tbd

Presented by Dr. Therese Huston, Seattle University, Author of Teaching What You Don’t Know and How Women Decide: What’s True, What’s Not, and What Strategies Spark the Best Choices.

This is the Faculty Center’s “flagship” workshop of the year.  Most professors are asked to teach material that’s not directly in our area of greatest expertise – we all teach what we don’t know (yet)! As we prepare for semester conversion, many of our classes will have revised, rearranged, and new course content.  This lively, interactive workshop will provide practical strategies for navigating these changes. 

Spring Highlight: Save the Date

PolyTeach 2017

Friday April 28, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., plus stand-alone afternoon workshops until 3 pm

Ursa Major, BSC

This is the sixth annual PolyTeach event! PolyTeach is a campus conference which highlights the creative ways in which Cal Poly Pomona faculty use technology to enhance teaching and learning, and provides an opportunity for a campus conversation about the future of technology on campus.  PolyTeach 2017 will feature the 2017 Wall of COOL awardees (the call for self-nominations will come out in late September!) and an array of faculty technology-and-learning work supported by various grant programs.  Afternoon workshops will be hands-on, practical offerings to help you adopt some of the best technologies.

Although the day runs from 9:00 -- 1:00, please feel free to come and go to various parts of the program as you need to!  A complete agenda will be available later in the Fall quarter.  For questions, please email

See previous PolyTeach programs at