All Center for Excellence in Teaching and Assessment events are open and free to UMaine faculty members, instructors, staff, and graduate students interested in teaching. We also welcome colleagues from the University of Maine System when they are in the area if space is available. Most of our programs involve pre-registration, so we can better anticipate the need for materials and amenities.
Our events are supported by the Adelaide C. and Alan L. Bird Fund for Instructional and Faculty Development
To register for an event:
Please call (207) 581-3472 or e-mail CETA@umit.maine.edu
- Check our New Faculty Events page for a listing of events that are designed specifically for new faculty
- Please visit the GTA Events page for information on events specifically designed for Graduate Students & Teaching Assistants
- The Center will often Co-Sponsor Events with other departments on campus, or help advertise events in which we have contributed.
Faculty are invited to participate in the ABCDE Faculty Survey on pedagogy and distance delivery for adult learner populations.
Thank you for sharing your insights and suggestions.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Memorial Union, Bangor Room
(Register by March 18)
In the Reauthorization of Higher Education Act, President Obama specifically mentions Universal Design as an approach of choice for Higher Education.
- What is Universal Design?
- What is its relationship to the Americans with Disabilities Act?
- How is Universal Design applied in considering space, curriculum, and distance education?
The panelists are specialists in the application of the principles of Universal Design. An overview of Universal Design will be given, followed by three interconnected presentations, with time for comment and discussion. We hope you will join us.
Kristina Passman, Associate Professor of Classical Languagesand Literature
Bonita Grindle, Associate Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity
Justin Hafford, Assistant Director for Distance Education, DLL
Friday, March 29, 2013
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Memorial Union, Bangor Room
(Register by March 26)
How can faculty bring their field-research experiences “home” to their classroom teaching in creative and effective ways?
How can they impart the excitement, challenges, and rewards of fieldwork (conducted worldwide) to students who may never have traveled very far from home?
A distinguished group of faculty will address these questions by sharing their ideas, insights, and strategies with an audience of other faculty, graduate students, and staff members.
Please join us for what promises to be a lively and wide-ranging discussion. We hope to see you there.
Emmanuel Boss, Professor, School of Marine Sciences
Stephen Hornsby, Professor, Geography and Canadian Studies
Melissa Landon Maynard, Assistant Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Dan Sandweiss, Associate Provost and Dean for Graduate Education
Jasmine Saros, Associate Professor, School of Biology and Ecology
Monday, April 8, 2013
2:30 – 4:00 p.m.
Memorial Union, Bangor Room
(Register by April 4)
The Veteran Education and Transition Services (VETS) Office of the Division of Student Affairs is proud to provide this chance for faculty and staff to learn more about student veterans on our campus.
A panel of student veterans will relate successes and challenges from their UMaine experiences and participate in a Q&A session with audience members.
This is a wonderful opportunity to become better acquainted with the students themselves and with the various resources available to them (and to you) at UMaine and throughout the region.
For further information, please contact Kristen Womack or Barbara Smith on First Class. Thank you.
We hope you will join us for this discussion.
Jessica Smart – Social Work and the U.S. Coast Guard
Kelly Souder – Social Work (MSW) and the U.S. Navy
Christopher Phinney – Horticulture and the Marine Corps
Samuel Martin – Social Work and the Marine Corps
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Arthur St. John Hill Auditorium, Barrows Hall
(Register by April 8)
Writing is central to every academic endeavor; it is also one of the most socially and cognitively complex activities in which humans routinely engage. Faculty can feel tempted to reduce that complexity to surface features; often they are also tempted to give up entirely on the hope that students will ever be able to write successfully in their discipline.
But neither response can usefully guide faculty as they help students use writing as means to intellectual growth in their chosen field. The Council of Writing Program Administrators’ Outcomes Statement for First-Year Composition provides some help: detailed descriptions of what can be hoped for at the end of a first year of work in writing, linked to specific suggestions for how all faculty can build on those outcomes to introduce students to the more specialized writing in their majors.
Since the Outcomes Statement informs our FYC curriculum at UMaine, we will use it to frame a conversation with faculty across the disciplines, starting with a description of our assessment of students’ work at the end of ENG 101. With that context, we will facilitate a discussion about how they might build on the work that students begin in ENG 101 as those students proceed to their Writing Intensive courses and to the work required for their Capstones.
Patricia Burnes, Associate Professor of English and Director of College Composition
Dylan Dryer, Assistant Professor of English, Composition Studies
May 13-17, 2013
At a time of significant change in higher education throughout the world, it is imperative that UMaine continues to take a leadership role in demonstrating the value of scholarly excellence in our state. To that end, this innovative weeklong program aims to reinvigorate faculty and staff understanding of humanities-based research and resources on campus, support cross-unit presentations and community-building experiences, and strengthen awareness of humanities expertise on our campus.
How will the seminar be organized?
The seminar will meet on campus Monday through Thursday, May 13-16, from approximately 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The schedule will be shaped by the participants’ accepted proposals, but beyond the standard format of three-person panel presentations (in the Hill Auditorium of Barrows Hall), we anticipate making two local trips: one to Indian Island, the other to the UMaine Museum of Art in Bangor. Lunch will be provided on all seminar days. In addition to academic presentations and the public collaboration implied by the field trips, our local events will open with a professionally-led team-building exercise and close with a canoe trip on the Penobscot River designed for all ability levels. The seminar will conclude with a day-trip on Friday, May 17 to Augusta to participate in a statewide “Humanities Summit” with professionals from other campuses, cultural organizations, and state agencies.
Who can participate?
While only UMaine faculty and staff are eligible for seminar stipends, all scholarly programs will be open to the entire campus community and the public at large. The goal of the seminar is to be as inclusive as possible. We define the humanities in the broadest possible manner, and we seek presentations on any humanities-related subject that is central to your work as faculty and/or staff.
Our ability to strengthen UMaine’s humanities research, teaching, self-understanding, and community engagement depends upon reaching the fullest possible range of participants in this seminar. To this end, the application process is simple and we hope to offer stipends to as many applicants as possible. Proposals that situate the humanities as a scholarly endeavor with serious interdisciplinary commitments, that demonstrate a broad conceptualization of the humanities, and that address issues of general public concern are especially welcome.
How do I apply to present and receive a stipend?
To present at the seminar, submit a 2-page CV and a 500-word abstract that explains your project and how you plan to communicate it in a short Presentation (ca. 20 min.). We especially encourage multi-unit panel proposals, which should also include a 250-word explanation of the integrating theme of the panel.
Proposals should be submitted by FirstClass email to
Justin Wolff (Director of the University of Maine Humanities Initiative)
no later than Tuesday, January 22.
Our goal is to award as many stipends as possible ($500-$1,000 per proposal, as funds permit); individuals receiving stipends are expected to attend all seminar events. For more information about the application process, visit the Faculty Development Program link at the UMHI website (umaine.edu/umhi/).
Please contact Liam Riordan (History Department) on FirstClass with any questions or suggestions.
Co-sponsored by The University of Maine Humanities Initiative and The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Assessment