CETaL hosts the annual Fall Instructor Retreat, a free half-day event designed to jumpstart the school year by offering stimulating professional development and networking for ALL instructors (full-time faculty, part-time faculty, and graduate student instructors) on important topics in teaching and learning. Materials from recent retreats are posted on the CETaL website. The next retreat will be held 11:30 AM-4:00 PM on Thursday, August 20, 2015 (Lunch will be served). Register today by clicking on the image below!












  • Parallel Workshop #1:  Mentoring Students: Strategies for Success

         Dr. Maggie Werner-Washburne, University of New Mexico

 In a world filled with media distractions, how do we help students understand the beauty of our disciplines? How do we help students discover what they love and commit to their path? The approach I have used with my 500 mentees not only helps students understand that their education and future is in their hands, but also gives them tools for success. Let's launch an ongoing discussion on developing approaches to mentoring UTEP students.


  • Parallel Workshop #2: Should You “Flip” Your Class? 

         Steve T. Varela, The University of Texas at El Paso

"Flipped instruction" moves online certain aspects of face-to-face teaching. At its best, this time-shifting tool supports flexible communication and differentiated instruction, and frees up in-person time for collaboration and more creative, higher-order thinking activities.  At its worst, faculty might simply post videos of full-length lectures and then spend their in-class time reprising them.  This interactive session lets you experience (as a student would) a “flipped lesson” (a week before the Retreat, we’ll email registrants the pre-lesson assignment), debrief the lesson and discuss technological/pedagogical best practices, and then pose questions to a panel of faculty across colleges who have done this at UTEP. The panel discussion will be facilitated by CETaL Director Dr. Larry Lesser and features these panelists:  Meredith Abarca (UTEP, English), Claudia Garcia (UTEP, Entering Student Program), Rick Langford (UTEP, Geology), Kien Lim (UTEP, Mathematical Sciences), Debbie Luna (EPCC, Business Management / Accounting), Laura Rodriguez (UTEP, Nursing), and Steve Varela (UTEP, AT).


 Presenter Biographies



Maggie Werner-Washburne is a Regents Professor of Biology at the University of New Mexico, the Director of UNM's Initiative for Maximizing Student Development, and past president of SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Latinos and Native Americans in the Sciences). This workshop targets part/full-time faculty and graduate student instructors of all disciplines and is supported by the BUILDing SCHOLARS grant and CETaL.





 Steve Varela is an Associate Director/Faculty with Academic Technologies, where he specializes in curriculum and instructional course design and development for fully online, blended, and tech-enhanced courses. He is a former CETaL Fellow and winner of a UT Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.