Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
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Faculty Resources

View a large calendar of nationwide teaching and Learning conferences here.
Lilly Conference in Traverse City
Traverse City, MI  |  October 19-21, 2017 
Every year, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning provides 20 stipends for faculty to attend the Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning. The next conference takes place October 19-21, 2017 in downtown Traverse City, MI. Priority is given to faculty who give presentations and are first-time attendees, then to grant applications in the order they were submitted. Conference proposals were due June 5, 2017, and the call for travel grant applications were due June 12. All OU faculty can receive 10% off registration with the code cosponsor16.  Learn more about the conference.


e-Cornucopia: Teaching with Technology Conference
Oakland University in Rochester, MI  |  June 23, 2017
Oakland University's e-Learning and Instructional Support organizes this conference each year and invites faculty and staff to attend sessions on teaching with technology and to participate in hands-on tech learning experiences.

 View the conference website.

Teaching Tips
About CETL's Weekly Teaching Tips Series

In workshops, conferences, and teaching and learning faculty development, we often take away a small teaching tip that helps us better facilitate group work, engage more students in discussions, and motivate students to be prepared for class. We would like to offer that “Aha!” moment more often with our Weekly Teaching Tips.

Every week we will send out a new teaching tip in a brief infographic you can read and implement that same week. From there you can access this page, which will offer the full content of each teaching tip.

Teaching Tips come from the 2013-2014 Teaching Issues Writing Consortium, Oakland University’s Instructional Fairs (2013, 2015), and OU faculty submissions.

Sign up for Weekly Teaching Tips.

Download the Teaching Tips Collections   Save the collections or print them off to keep them handy: 2016-2017 collection and 2013-2015 collection.

Call for Teaching Tips Proposals for Book CETL is organizing a Teaching Tips book for publication, and we would like the book to feature teaching strategies from Oakland University faculty. Only the text for this strategy is needed (300-600 words), which normally includes a brief description and purpose, step-by-step directions, outcomes, and references (see teaching tips below as a guide). Submit a teaching tip.




CETL Excellence in Teaching and Learning Grant
Focus on Student Success and the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).
Proposals were Sunday, March 26. Notifications will be sent in mid April.

This grant funds the development, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based teaching practices that will improve teaching and student learning. The funding supports the faculty’s time to research, develop and assess their project that goes above and beyond the expected course preparation time. Full-time faculty, and part-time faculty who have taught at least 24 credits at OU may apply. Teams of two may apply with a strong rationale (e.g. team-teaching). View the full grant details, cover letter form for individuals and teams, and full evaluation rubricThose who have received CETL Teaching Grant less than three years ago, OUWB faculty, and graduate students are not eligible. View a list of past recipients.


Educational Development Grant (from Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning)
On the Behalf of the Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning
Awards $100-$750 to part- and full-time faculty, for use of resources to enhance their teaching and learning (not a stipend). Proposals accepted and rewarded Fall 2015-Winter 2016 on a rolling basis until funding has run out. See their website for more information.

Quality Online Teaching Certification Course (from e-Learning and Instructional Support)
All part- and full-time faculty who are scheduled to teach online courses are invited to participate in a four-week online course to help develop best practices in online teaching. Faculty who complete the course receive a $1,000 stipend. To apply for the course, complete the Moodle training and sign up for a cohort here. Cohorts run four times a year in Fall, Winter, and Summer.


Travel Grant: The Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning
This is an outstanding conference on teaching and learning in higher education. Many of the presentations actively demonstrate new or different teaching techniques. It is located in the historic downtown Park Place Hotel, which is within walking distance to shops and the Bay. Full information on the conference is at:

Every year, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning provides 20 stipends for faculty to attend the Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning. The next conference takes place October 19-21, 2017 in downtown Traverse City, MI. Priority is given to faculty who give presentations and are first-time attendees , then to grant applications in the order they were submitted. This year, conference proposals were due June 5, 2017, and the call for travel grant applications were due June 12. Next year (Spring 2018) we will announce the conference's call for proposals and the new travel grant application. All OU faculty can receive 10% off registration with the code cosponsor16.

Learn more about the conference.

High Impact Practices Teaching Grant

Research indicates that certain “high impact educational practices” when integrated into the teaching and learning environment can significantly impact student engagement, learning, and retention.  The office of the Senior Associate Provost is pleased to announce grants that will allow faculty to integrate high impact activities into their undergraduate courses.  High impact practices include:  student/faculty research, learning communities, service learning, study abroad (short or long-term), internships, and senior culminating experiences.

These practices involve several key elements such as common readings, group projects, high performance expectations, investment of student effort over an extended period of time, interactions with students and faculty on substantive matters, experiences with diversity, constructive feedback, structured opportunities to reflect and integrate learning, real-world applications, and public demonstrations of competence.

Proposals must include the use of high impact practice(s) and detail how the HIPs will be implemented and evaluated.

Grants will be determined based on levels of involvement:

  • Grants up to $3,000 will be available to individual faculty; $5000 for a collaboration between two or more faculty
  • Grants up to $7,500 will be available to departments that want to redesign all sections of a course or courses

Awards are designed to provide faculty with the resources to implement high impact practices into the section(s) of courses they are teaching or to allow a department the opportunity to redesign entire courses.  Proposals for new courses or significant course redesign should be based on high impact practices that involve new and innovative ways of engaging students.  It is expected that the project will be developed, implemented, and assessed within the next calendar year.  During this period, applicants may not be working on any other funded project similar to the proposed project (though e-LIS, CETL, or department). 

Funds are to enhance existing courses or develop new courses that engage students and should not be used to  advantage individual faculty or students (e.g., study abroad scholarships.)  Faculty may use funds for development compensation(not release time) and/or for items such as student labor directly related to development, curricular materials, etc.  The purchase of related equipment should be for resources needed to carry out the development or implementation of new practices in the course(s).  Student wages are not intended as compensation for instruction.  If you have questions regarding whether to include a particular expenditure please contact us to discuss it. 
*   From “Ensuring Quality & Taking High-Impact Practices to Scale” by George Kuh and Ken O’Donnell


Tenure-track, tenured faculty, and full-time teaching instructors (i.e., special instructors, full-time adjunct and visiting professors) or department chairs/program directors may apply for the grant.  Part-time faculty may serve as collaborators on a grant.  Each application must be supported (signature on cover sheet) by the applicant’s chair/program director.  Two or more faculty working collaboratively may submit a proposal for a single grant.

Project Requirements

  1. Proposal as outlined

-        Cover page with signature of chair/director

-        Proposal 3-5 pages

  1. Proposal Due Date is January 15, 2014
  2. Redesign planning and development – Spring and Summer 2014
  3. Course implementation – Fall 2014 or Winter 2015
  4. Final report – submitted within one semester of course implementation


-        Summary of project

-        Examples of High Impact Practices used

-        Results of course assessment

-        Analysis and discussion of assessment

-        Follow-up

  1. Dissemination of Results – you will be expected to present the results at the next possible OU Retention Conference and are encouraged to also present or publish elsewhere.

Project Proposal:

Proposal should be 3-5 pages, double-spaced.

  1. Description of the need for the design or redesign. 
  2. Description of the project – How does the introduction of high impact practices address the need in item 1?  In what way does the new design differ from existing practice.
  3. High Impact Practices – Explain how HIPs will be integrated into the course. 
  4. Impact on learning – Describe how you expect this project to improve student engagement and student success. 
  5. Assessment – include a proposed assessment plan.  Multiple methods of assessment are encouraged.
  6. Timeline – Include the proposed timeline for the project from preparation and planning to final report.  Please include the percentage of the faculty participants’ time that will be devoted to the project.

Application Procedures:

The applicant must sign the proposal cover sheet and give relevant contact information, obtain signatures of the department chair/director.  The proposal should be submitted electronically to  Applicant name(s) should not appear on any page of the proposal other than the cover sheet.


Completed applications are due by 5:00 on January 15, 2014

Selection Process:

(20 points)  Problem/need statement – Degree to which the redesign and development address a
                     significant learning issue and likelihood of success

(30 points)  Use of high impact practices – Degree to which practices are innovative and pedagogically
                      sound; degree to which high impact practices are integrated into the course/section

(20 points)  Potential impact – Potential for enhancing student engagement, meeting learning outcomes,
                     and leading to student success

(15 points)  Assessment  – Appropriateness of planned assessment processes

(15 points)  Time commitment – Clear evidence that significant effort will be devoted to planning the
                     course redesign, implementing the course, and assessing the outcome of the redesign on
                     student learning + Detailed Budget of how funds will be spent

Student Retention Grant

The Oakland University Retention committee invites proposals from students, faculty, and staff for projects during the 2013-2015 school years. We are especially interested in funding proposals that engage students and promote success and retention. See also the conference on retention that Oakland University is hosting in February 2013.

Deadline for proposal:

  • March 15, 2013
  • December 1, 2013

Type of projects available for funding:

  • Direct Impact: up to $1,000 for a single event or action aimed at increasing retention
  • Development: up to $5,000 for developing an on-going retention strategy
  • Demonstration: up to $10,000 for execution of an innovative approach

Please include the following in your proposal:

  • Name of project
  • Name and contact information for project leader
  • List of collaborating students, faculty, and staff
  • Type of project and amount requested
  • Project description and timeline
  • Project budget
  • Retention impact evaluation plan
  • Target student population and number of student involved
  • Plan for sustainability

Guidelines for Submission:

  • Please submit a completed copy of the proposal to Scott Crabill, Interim Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
  • Proposals are reviewed by the Oakland University Retention Committee
  • Upon project completion an impact report must be submitted to the retention committee

Illustrative examples of funded projects:

CETL Teaching and Learning Library (Print)
Come visit our CETL Library. You can use the materials here or check them out. We have an extensive collection of books on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Our library is always growing. If you have a title that you would like us to order, please let us know.
Click here to view the most current bibliography of books and articles
Michigan State University offers an impressive online library of extensive teaching and learning resources for general teaching practice and teaching in the disciplines. Its searchable interface also allows faculty to quickly pinpoint what they might need. Click here to visit their website.
Teaching and Learning Resources: Learners and Learning, Curriculum/Instructional Design, Teaching with Technology, Teaching Methods, Multiculturalism/Diversity/Inclusive Classroom, Assessment, Classroom Management/Academic Integrity, Documenting and Evaluating Teaching, Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
We thank MSU's Faculty & Organizational Development Office for sharing this resource.

SoTL Library Journals
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Journals can be accessed through Kresge Library:

Handbooks &
Additional Docs

Faculty Handbook
The guide for all of the basics of the Oakland University campus, from faculty and student resources and SAIL tutorials to the tenure process and emergency protocols. For new and veteran faculty, it is the one-stop place for all information. Download it here.

University Guides

CETL Quick Notes
Quick Notes are your brief visual guide to best practices, university processes, and other good-to-know aspects of helping students succeed.
Faculty SuccessStudent SuccessUniversity Success
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) For more notes on UDL teaching strategies, visit Student Feedback (ESF) Surveys

Teaching with Technology

Tenure and Career Planning
For more information regarding tenure and faculty rights in general, visit Oakland University's Chapter of the AAUP page.

The Tenure Process at OU
Setting Mid-Career Goals

The Science of Learning

Supporting Students with Special Needs
For more resources, visit the Office of Disability Support Services.

Other Resources