Lunch & Learn Events


The CTE presents a series of Lunch & Learn events throughout the year.  This is a format of instructional development facilitated by faculty and staff for faculty. These events will all be hosted in the Presidential Dining Room, and attendees will be provided lunch in the Christian Cafeteria. Access to the Presidential Dining Room is found through the side entry under the black awning at the southwest corner of Christian Cafeteria.

Lunch & Learn Schedule: Tues/Thur lunches begin at 12:15 and end around 1:20. Mon/Wed/Fri lunches begin at 12:00 and end around 12:50. You are welcomed to come early or stay late if needed.

Building Student-Instructor Rapport

Join CTE and Dr. Bill Lammers from the Department of Psychology and Counseling to start your academic year off right. Bill will briefly summarize some of the research he and others have done to demonstrate the importance of student-instructor rapport. Then prepare to engage in an interactive exercise/discussion to learn about ways to facilitate and strengthen rapport.

Date: Thursday, September 7th at 12:15 p.m.
Instructional Theme: Pedagogy, Diversity
: Bill Lammers
Presentation Resource: Ways to Increase Rapport

Self-Care Strategies for Faculty and Students

With the pressures of college and reports of racial, gendered, and disability violence within and beyond the classroom, we need critical discussions of mental health and self-care in higher education. Practicing self-care means consciously taking time to nourish your mind, body, and spirit. This session presents an overview of self-care and how it can be incorporated into the classroom, and we will reflect on and brainstorm restorative practices. Participants will receive a self-care workbook.

Date: Monday, September 18th at 12:00 p.m.
Instructional Theme: Wellness, Diversity, Pedagogy
Facilitator: Allison Hitt

More Effectively Teaching Diverse Students with CARE: Commitment, Attention, Reflection, and Empathy

John Maxwell once stated, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Invest one hour over lunch in exploring the notions of care theory and the caring teacher. Also, hear what CARE (commitment, attention, reflection, and empathy) looks and feels like from the perspective of a diverse group of students.

Date: Tuesday, September 26th at 12:15 p.m.
Instructional Theme: Pedagogy, Diversity
Facilitator: Angela Webster
Presentation Resource: Teaching Diverse Students with Care

Words Matter: Gender-Neutral and Gender-Inclusive Language to Prevent Bias

As we communicate with various populations, we must remember to use inclusive language that establishes feelings of being safe, welcomed, and wanted.  Sometimes, we accidentally use language that marginalizes individuals without even realizing our words based on conventions, regionalisms, or colloquial expressions can be exclusionary. In this CTE session, Dr. Taine Duncan will facilitate a conversation on ways to become more gender-inclusive in our speaking and writing.  Discussing everything from the difference between “gender-neutral” and “gender-inclusive,” to talking about the ever-changing academic acceptance of a singular “they,” to catching ourselves when using exclusive terms like “you guys,” Dr. Duncan will offer ideas to promote gender-aware inclusive speech.

Date: Wednesday, October 11th at 12:00pm
Instructional Theme: Diversity
Facilitator: Taine Duncan
Presentation Resource: Words Matter

Service-Learning Speed Date: Community Partner, Student, and Faculty Perspectives

Join service-learning faculty, students, and community partners for a “speed date” style event exploring the benefits and possibilities of service-learning. Previous events bringing nonprofit leaders interested in partnering on service-learning projects to campus have been well received by both faculty and the nonprofit community alike as a chance to gain new perspectives and enhance relationships. Learn about local nonprofits and their missions, discuss partnership pet peeves and best practices, and leave with a new (community partner) relationship.

Date: Tuesday, October 17th at 12:15pm
Instructional Theme: Pedagogy, Campus & Community
Facilitators: Lorrie George-Paschal and Lesley Graybeal

The Value of Open Educational Resources

Date: Friday, November 3rd at 12:00 p.m.
Instructional Theme: Pedagogy, Online Teaching, Campus & Community
Facilitator: Vicki Parish

Wish you could ensure every student in your class had access to the textbook and course materials from the first day of class? Maybe you dream of being Dr. Superhero and saving your students a Benjamin ($100 bill) or two?! Open Educational Resources (OER for short) may help you do both! Join Vicki Parish, CTE Instructional Designer, and Julie Lang, Penn State OER Coordinator, to learn about the value of OER, how to find relevant OER in your field and evaluate it for your specific class(es). Save the date to save the day!

Navigating Students’ Mental Health Issues

Entering the world of college involves changes and challenges. Stress is a normal part of life, but all of us can become overwhelmed at times, or find that we are struggling to succeed in and outside of the classroom due to emotional and personal issues. The focus of this panel presentation is on the most common mental health issues seen among college students and effective ways to address them. Faculty from the Department of Psychology & Counseling and staff from the Counseling Center will share their perspectives and practices.

Date: Tuesday, November 14th at 12:15 p.m.
Instructional Theme: Wellness, Diversity
Facilitators: Susan Sobel, Art Gillaspy, Shannon Riedmueller

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