Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Elliott Hall, Room 200A
275 Varner Drive
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4485
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(248) 370-2751

Faculty Resources

CETL creates and organizes resources faculty need to develop their learning environments, including teaching and learning conference support, grants related to teaching development, guides to teaching strategies and frameworks, a library of books and articles, and OU handbooks and documents. For faculty development opportunities online, see our Virtual Faculty Development.

Resource Highlight: Learning to Learn Handbook

Even with many years of schooling, many of us haven't learned the best ways learn new material. This handbook provides faculty and students research-based yet simple strategies for getting the most out of class sessions and study hours, from reading and note-taking strategies to pacing class activities. Includes ideas presented by OU professor Barbara Oakley's MOOC on the topic and Stephen Carroll's work on meta-learning.

Great Lakes Regional Student Success Conference
Detroit, MI  |  March 20-21, 2019
Keynotes: George Kuh, Jose Antonio Bowen, Robbie Melton. OU hosts this annual regional conference and offers discounted registration for OU staff and faculty. Learn more about the Student Success Conference.

Lilly Conference in Traverse City
Traverse City, MI  |  October 2019
Every year, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning provides a limited number of travel grants for faculty to attend the Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning, located in downtown Traverse City, MI. Learn more about the Lilly Conference and CETL Travel Grants.

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 Teaching Issues Writing Consortium (2013-2017), CETL, Oakland University’s Instructional Fairs (2013, 2015, 2017), and OU faculty submissions.


CETL Excellence in Teaching and Learning Grant
Focus on Student Success and Inclusive Practices
Due February 25. View full Call for Teaching Grant Proposals

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 CETL Teaching Grant Resources for grant details, cover letter for individuals and cover letter for teams, teaching grant evaluation rubric, and list of past teaching grant recipients. Those who have received CETL Teaching Grant less than five years ago, OUWB faculty, and graduate students are not eligible.

Travel Grant: The Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning

October 18-20, 2018
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. Learn more about the Lilly Conference.

Every year, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning provides a limited number stipends for faculty to attend the Lilly Conference on Teaching and Learning. Priority is given to faculty who give presentations and are first-time attendees , then to grant applications in the order they were submitted. Travel Grant applications were due June 11, 2018. All OU faculty can receive 10% off registration with the code 2018_OUcosponsor.


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 Senate Committee on Teaching and Learning 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.
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 CETL's library collection
SoTL Library Journals
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Journals can be accessed through Kresge Library. Keenesaw State University offers a Teaching Journals Directory.

Handbooks &
Additional Docs

Faculty Handbook

2018-2019 edition now available. This Google Doc version allows for instant updates with a download option. 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.

Creating an Effective Syllabus

Consult OU's Syllabus Resources, which includes a syllabus template, university policies, and other helpful information for creating syllabi for OU courses.

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. Topics relate to syllabus, tenure, teaching evaluation, behavior issues and Universal Design for Learning, among others. See full Quick Notes list.

Resources by Topic

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

Learning How to Learn

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

Other Resources