Masks are required as the campus is at red status.

Lunch & Learn Events

CETAL presents a series of Lunch & Learn events throughout the year. All Lunch & Learn events will be held in the Presidential Dining Room of Christian Cafeteria. Lunch is provided, but in-person participation numbers will be limited to enable social distancing. The option to participate via Zoom is also available for all lunch programs. Lunch & Lunch schedule: Tuesday/Thursday lunches begin at 12:15 and end around 1:20. Monday/Wednesday/Friday lunches begin at 12:00 and end around 12:55. You are welcomed to come early or stay late if needed.

More descriptions coming soon!

Supporting Each Other and Our Students in the Next Normal: A Faculty Roundtable 

Date: Monday, September 13
Time: 12-1 p.m.
Facilitator: Amy Hawkins

Our first lunch program is devoted to providing faculty a space in which to share challenges, pinpoint opportunities, and brainstorm ways to support each other and our students related to teaching and learning. Join us for an open discussion of how we can care for ourselves and others in this academic year. Register online!


Fulfilling Your Legacy as an Educator with ALL of Your Students

Date: Tuesday, September 21
Time: 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Angela Webster

Although the term “legacy” calls to mind the afterlife, we can reframe the word to generate momentum in our life as educators. This session sets aside time for you to craft your living legacy based on your values and your unique knowledge, gifts, and abilities. Join us as we ignite excitement around the design of your positive imprint on UCA, in ways that are meaningful to you. Register online!


Lived Experiences Panel: LGBTQ+ Student Populations

Date: Thursday, October 7
Time: 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Taine Duncan

As our UCA community grows with intentional inclusivity of various populations, we must remember our LGBTQ+ student population deserves to feel safe, welcomed, and wanted. In this session, Dr. Taine Duncan will facilitate a conversation with student panelists on their experiences at UCA, and on their ideas for ways to become more gender-inclusive and LGBTQ+ friendly. Discussing everything from experiences of exclusion, to the communities of belonging they’ve created, to ways in which you can demonstrate your allyship in and out of the classroom, this is a panel you will not want to miss! Register online!


Expanding Your Toolkit for Interactive Online Instruction

Date: Wednesday, October 27
Time: 12-1 p.m.
Facilitator: Danielle Barron, Zach Smith

Contrary to many student (and faculty) expectations, teaching online does not mean abandoning the interaction that made your in-person classes great.  In this session, faculty members Danielle Barron and Zach Smith survey a variety of strategies for increasing interaction, building community, and fostering student engagement in synchronous and asynchronous online learning spaces. From coordinating Zoom breakout rooms with shared Google Docs and Jam-Boards to fostering active participation with recorded lectures via Annoto and FlipGrid, this session offers a diverse toolkit of programs and strategies designed to serve a variety of classroom needs and learning goals. As online teaching inevitably becomes a larger part of everyone’s pedagogical work, this interactive session gives participants a chance to brainstorm how online learning tools serve their course, whether they teach predominantly online or in person. Register online!


Using Reflection Strategies to Foster Inclusive Learning

Date: Thursday, November 4
Time: 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Lesley Graybeal

In the century since educator John Dewey pioneered reflection as the hallmark of experiential learning, educators have developed a variety of strategies for helping students connect experiences in and out of the classroom with theoretical and conceptual understanding within a discipline. While many service-learning and experiential learning practitioners use journaling or essays to capture student reflections, written reflection is just one of many options for students to use to think critically about their experiences; furthermore, reflection assignments that are not intentionally structured can merely provide space for students to reproduce their preexisting notions or assumptions. This interactive workshop will allow participants to practice using a variety of reflection tools and strategies, explore how to craft reflections for inclusive and just learning environments, and consider strategies for using reflections as authentic and meaningful assessments of student learning. Register online!


Think Again: Helping Students Think Critically and Respect Expertise

Date: Tuesday, November 16
Time: 12:15-1:30 p.m.
Facilitator: Doug Corbitt, Leah Horton

In an era with increasing societal fragmentation and a proliferation of misinformation, with much of it intentionally and maliciously spread via social media, it has never been more important to equip students with the ability to consider the credibility of their sources of information and to discern sources of genuine and substantive expertise. Join your colleagues to learn ways to more fully prepare students to think more critically about who is – and isn’t – an expert in areas that affect us and our world. Register online!