Center for Faculty Excellence


The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) holds events, throughout the year, that are intended to provide our teaching community with opportunities for learning and improving teaching skills, networking, sharing ideas, and viewing demonstrations of some of the new, emerging pedagogical techniques and technologies that we are exploring.


Workshop Listing

Women Faculty and Staff Rendezvous - reimagined

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The Wright State University Women’s Center and Center for Faculty Excellence are thrilled to announce the return of the Women Faculty & Staff Rendezvous.  This Rendezvous originated in the early 1990s to provide women faculty the opportunity to connect and provide advice for obtaining tenure. The reimagined initiative is designed to foster a sense of community, facilitate networking, and address the unique needs of women and gender-expansive faculty and staff as we as a community and as a nation face sociopolitical, economic, and public health-related turbulence.

Please join us for our next Rendezvous: October 5th from 9am-11am at the Rey Rey Café in Rike Hall.  You are welcome to stop by for any or all of the two hours. You can RSVP here by October 2. We encourage you to forward this invitation to anyone employed at WSU (this list only goes to faculty) who might be interested in this event.


Teaching for Student Success Symposium

The Center for Faculty Excellence hosted a Teaching for Student Success Symposium on the afternoon of Thursday, August 24.  The on-campus event provided information, motivation, and new ways to think about teaching your students as you prepare for a new semester. 

  • 11:30–11:55 a.m., Registration/Pick up Box Lunch

  • 11:55 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Welcome, Provost Amy Thompson

  • 12:15–12:50 p.m., Keynote, Dr. Tia Brown McNair

  • “Becoming a Student Ready College:  Shifting Mindsets and Challenging Norms”  Dr. Tia Brown McNair, is the Vice President in the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Student Success and Executive Director for the Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation (TRHT) Campus Centers at the American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) in Washington, DC.  She oversees both funded projects and AAC&U’s continuing programs on equity, inclusive excellence, high-impact practices, and student success.  McNair directs AAC&U’s Summer Institutes on High-Impact Practices and Student Success, and TRHT Campus Centers and serves as the project director for several AAC&U initiatives, including the development of a TRHT-focused campus climate toolkit.  She is the lead author of From Equity Talk to Equity Walk: Expanding Practitioner Knowledge for Racial Justice in Higher Education (January 2020) and Becoming a Student-Ready College: A New Culture of Leadership for Student Success (July 2016 and August 2022 Second edition).

  • 1:10 p.m., Grounding Techniques, Jill Minor, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Human Services

  • 1:35-2:20 p.m., Breakout Session 1

  • 2:35-3:20 p.m., Breakout Session 2

  • 3:35-4:20 p.m., Breakout Session 3

  • 4:30-5:30 Continue the conversation: El Rancho Grande 

Session 1 Workshops – 1:35 pm to 2:20 pm

Becoming a Student Ready Educator – Continuing the Conversation—Tia Brown McNair

What are promising strategies for designing and leading student success efforts that are guided by the question “What does it mean to be a student-ready college?” How can educators ensure that all students, especially traditionally underserved students, are fully prepared for life, work, and community engagement? What changes need to be made in an institution's policies, practices, partnerships, and culture to make excellence inclusive for students? In this session, participants will identify key steps for examining and for establishing equity goals to promote student engagement and success, to improve student learning across the curriculum and co-curriculum, to enhance professional development, and to strengthen partnerships.

Collegiate Educators in the Trauma-Informed Classroom:  Best Practices—Stephen Wadsack and Casey Morris

Teaching at any level is inherently relationship-based, and we live in an age where our students report feeling more disconnected than ever. While most faculty are not trained mental health professionals, we do hold a shared responsibility to help facilitate an environment that is conducive for student learning and development. This workshop seeks to introduce participants to foundational concepts of Trauma-Informed Care, and how they can be easily implemented into the classroom at the collegiate level. Proposed best practices will focus on creating felt safety in the classroom that allows for students to engage in new experiences, build new belief systems, and effectively learn. Participants will be guided through an activity that focuses on creating an implementation plan of Trauma-Informed Care practices within their classroom.

Designing Quality Classes—Sheri Stover and Sarah McGinley

Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-directed, faculty-managed, and faculty-driven quality review process. Quality Matters has developed research-based standards to help guide instructors and course developers in designing high-quality online and blended courses. The QM Standards can also be used to help improve the design of face-to-face classes. The session will include activities that allow participants to review several Quality Matters standards and decide how these standards can be applied to face-to-face, online, or blended-learning environments. The session will also review how participants can complete the Quality Matters APPQMR (7th edition) workshop and how to participate in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Learning Communities to document course redesign results for research publication.


Session 2 Workshops – 2:35 pm to 3:20 pm

Beyond Thank You – Tips for Teaching Veteran and Military Connected Students—Seth Gordon

Student veterans and military-connected students, specifically those still in uniform, can bring considerable experience and expertise to the classroom. This session will briefly explore some suggested do's and don'ts of teaching student veterans. In addition, a small panel of student veterans and military-connected students will be available to answer questions regarding how best to craft courses that are sensitive to their identities and challenges.

Allyship into Action:  LGBTQA Inclusion in the Classroom—Emily Yantis-Houser

Are you an Ally? Do you know what it takes to be an Ally? Do you know how to apply your Allyship to different communities?  The Allyship in Action Professional Development Program (formerly Safe Space Ally Development Training) dares to transform the campus environment for LGBTQA+ students, staff, and faculty by focusing on social justice allyship and active bystander intervention skills. You learn how to provide a network of support for the emotional, psychological, social, and physical well-being of our LGBTQA+ community.

Using Curricular Analytics to Quantify Curricula to Maximize Student Progress and Completion—Rob Cowles and Tim Littell

Curricular Analytics (CA) is an open-source tool developed to visualize and analyze curricula and degree plans and their impact on student progress. At Wright State, the goal is to use CA to identify areas to improve the university’s degree plans. Damour Systems and the University of Arizona developed CA.  In this hands-on workshop, we will introduce CA, providing participants with the background necessary to conduct meaningful curricular analysis. Metrics associated with these comparisons will be described and demonstrated using previous Wright State participant data and case studies, and the relationships of these metrics to curricular quality and student success will be discussed while facilitating participant engagement.  After participating in this workshop, participants should be able to: - Use Curricular Analytics open-resource tools that have been provided; - Understand various metrics related to the complexity of curricula and degree plans; - Understand how to incorporate curricular analytics into curriculum design/redesign efforts. The workshop will be interactive, with prepared example curricula and degree plans that participants can use to upload into CA, allowing them to get a feel and sense of the open-source tool. The session will include case studies and group discussion regarding application to curriculum/degree design/redesign.


Session 3 Workshops – 3:35 pm to 4:20 pm

High Impact Practices—Bruce Mackh

Incorporating High-Impact Practices scaled to individual courses offers proven strategies to improve student retention and enhance achievement of course learning outcomes by building interpersonal connections and increasing student engagement in the learning process.

How Can I Help?  Recognize, Reach Out, Refer & Recharge—Kevin Lorson

The session creates an awareness of how educators can recognize the signs a student needs support; create positive learning environments and build supportive relationships with students to reach out; execute the school’s referral process; and recharge using self-care strategies. The workshop activities will include scenarios, a role play, and recharge planning activity for attendees to consider how they can help a student who needs assistance.

Usability – Taking Accessible to the NEXT LEVEL—Jerry Hensley

This workshop is an introduction the concepts of usability and universal design.  Participants will engage in an activity to assist them in understanding the benefits of universal design and how it enables accessibility.  A brief synopsis of the history of accessibility and universal design will lead into an explanation of how these concepts are put to use and the emerging best practices being implemented to elevate existing systems to be more universal and more equitable to all who encounter them.  Participants will be able to articulate the principal drivers for implementing universal design.  They will also be able to identify and critically evaluate elements within a particular electronic information resource that might be presenting accessibility or usability challenges.  Participants will have the awareness necessary to forecast some barriers that might be created in certain circumstances and the effort that could potentially be needed to overcome them.



Recorded Workshops and Presentations


We also collaborate with different groups and departments, across campus, to develop events that are specifically tailored to your needs. If you would like to request such an event, contact CFE at