Skip To Main Content

Faculty Center and eLearning

Programs and Events

Spring Teaching Academy for Professors: Led by Ruth Ahn, Yam Lee, Amy Gimino, & Jennifer Mahlke

The Teaching Academy is a research-based faculty learning community. If you are passionate about student learning and would like to discover and create effective ways to engage your students, this is for you! Past participants have experienced increased student exam scores and improved student ratings as a result of the Teaching Academy. They also found a community of people who shared their enthusiasm. The Teaching Academy is win-win-win: Win for improved teaching and course evaluations, win for enhanced student success, and win for faculty satisfaction!

ALL faculty, lecturers and tenure-line, are eligible. The Spring TAP (S-TAP) will begin with a 4-day Winter Institute from January 7-10, 2019, and Fellows will meet 6 times during the Spring Semester (see the attached CFP). The application deadline is September 21, 2018.

Please contact Dr. Ruth Ahn at to e-mail the application or for any questions.

Internal Grants Brown Bags

Chantal Stieber (Chemistry & Biochemistry) and Eleonora Rossi (Psychology) discuss the many grant opportunities that are internal to Cal Poly Pomona and the CSU. Internal grants are a great way to get started in projects that will lead to larger, external grants.

No need to register; just come over. Bring your lunch.

Wall of COOL Call for Applications

Call for Self-Nominations for the 2019 Wall of COOL: Nominate your course for the 2019 Wall of COOL award! This competitive award from eLearning recognizes excellent courses that effectively use technology to enhance student learning and success. Courses of any format – online, hybrid, or technology-enhanced face-to-face – are eligible. Any faculty member or faculty team is eligible. See our Call for Nominations for more details and the form. Nominations are due Sept 28, 2018.

Wall of COOL Speaker Series: Featuring Kristen Schiele

Join 2018 Wall of COOL awardee, and Assistant Professor of Marketing, Dr. Kristen Schiele as she presents "Learn by Design: Using the Design Thinking Process to Improve Critical Thinking Skills."

Blackboard Mastery Seminar

The Blackboard Mastery Seminar is a 2-day intensive to help you go from novice to expert Bb user. This highly interactive, hands-on workshop will significantly increase your efficiency and effectiveness in using Blackboard. You will be able to:

  1. Define the core functions and usage of a Learning Management System
  2. Identify Cal Poly Pomona¹s support and procedures for Blackboard
  3. Navigate the Blackboard environment
  4. Present course materials in an easy-to-navigate structure
  5. Determine the best-suited Blackboard tools to overcome common learning challenges
  6. Integrate online activities effectively, meeting pedagogical goals
  7. Incorporate assessment tools to monitor student participation and progress

Note - Please bring your lunch! Snacks & drinks will be available.


Especially for lecturers! Ruth Ahn (Faculty Center, Education), Yam Lee (Chemical & Materials Engineering), and Jennifer Mahlke (Communication), with help from Bonnie Thorne (CFA Lecturer Rep, Psychology) are teaming up for a monthly series on topics in teaching and career management.

It’s held via Zoom videoconference so you can participate from anywhere. Registration for each session is limited to 15 people (first come first serve) so we can have a good conversation. If you can’t attend in real time, no worries; we’ll create a recording for later.

Wednesday Sept. 26, 12:00 – 1:15
Promoting Active Participation and Assesment in Class

Thursday Oct. 25, 12:00 – 1:15
Part I: The CFA Success Kit for Lecturers

Thursday Nov. 29, 12:00 – 1:15
The Transparent Syllabus

"Saddle Up for Semesters" Conversion Camp: Holiday Special

If you couldn’t attend a semester conversion camp last year, and you feel like you got stampeded by Fall semester, set yourself up better for Spring with our Holiday Special Semester Conversion Camp.

This 2-day guided agenda program offers short presentations about best practices plus plenty of time to work on your courses. Limited to 20 participants; please ensure that you can stay the whole day each day. Open to all faculty (however, please don’t register if you participated in a previous Semester Conversion Camp). We hope to be able to offer a $100 stipend for each day.

Faculty Center Flagship Workshop: Online Teaching at Its Best!

We're thrilled to bring Dr. Linda Nilson, emerita Clemson University, back to Cal Poly Pomona! Linda first visited in 2013. She's the prolific and practical author of some of our favorite books and articles about teaching, including Creating Self-Regulated Learners (2013), Teaching at Its Best, now in its 4th edition (2016), and Creating Engaging Discussions (2018) (plus, oh, about 5 more!). Linda's work is based in her rigorous examinations of the research literature. Most recently, her book Online Teaching at Its Best (2018) seemed like a perfect fit. You’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn just how much about online teaching is relevant to great face to face teaching, and vice versa.

Linda's delightfully engaging and active workshop will help you to:

  • Distinguish myth from reality about differences between face-to-face and online courses
  • Design a tightly aligned course for any environment
  • Organize online course materials to help students find them easily
  • Apply cognitive science to online materials
  • Enhance student motivation in in online and hybrid environments
  • Create a sense of community and interactivity in online environments

As a special bonus, we’ll also have the winners of the 2019 Wall of COOL awards give brief presentations about their inspiring ideas!

Faculty Day: Save the date!

Faculty Day is our traditional celebration of Cal Poly Pomona faculty, an event for pure enjoyment. All faculty - full-time, part-time, retired, new, and all in between - are cordially invited to enjoy lunch, music provided by Cal Poly Pomona students, gifts and goodies, and time with colleagues. Stay tuned for location info closer to the time and put the date on your calendar now.

eLearning Engaging the Digital Student Institute (EDSI) 2019: Save the dates!

The Summer Institute supports you in designing high quality hybrid or online courses and in using various technologies to increase engagement and learning in face-to-face classes. Any faculty member, full- or part-time, is welcome, with a limit of 40 total participants. Stipends will be available based on applications to the Institute. Stay tuned for the Call for Applications later this year, and pencil in the week right now!