Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL)

Upcoming Events

19th Annual CSU Teaching and Learning Symposium
Promoting Student Success through Innovation, Creativity, Diversity, & Teamwork
San José State University, April 15-16, 2016

For nearly two decades, faculty, staff and students from throughout the California State University system have gathered each spring to share research findings, pedagogical innovations and best practices and to engage in collegial conversation about ways to "reach and teach" the students we serve. San José State University will host this year's conference.

Conference sessions include pre-conference workshops on April 15 and paper presentations, poster sessions, lightning talks, and a keynote address on April 16.

Submissions on any topic related to teaching and learning in higher education settings are invited. Proposals addressing one or more of the following topics are especially welcome:

  • Diversity
  • High-impact educational practices
  • Innovative collaborations
  • Resilience
  • Technology
  • CSU-supported curriculum development & redesign

Deadline for proposal submission: January 29, 2016

Additional information and the link for submitting proposals are available on the conference website:

Details about pre-conference workshops and the keynote session will be posted here as they become available.

Special Workshop with Stephen Brookfield: 
Getting Students to Participate in Class
Cal Poly Pomona, February 19, 2016

The Faculty Center at Cal Poly Pomona presents a special workshop in Winter 2016. Faculty from all 23 CSU campuses are welcome to attend.

Stephen Brookfield – Getting Students to Participate in Class
Friday February 19, 9:00 – 12:00, Ursa Minor, Bronco Student Center at Cal Poly Pomona
Dr. Stephen Brookfield holds the John Ireland Endowed Chair at the University of St. Thomas (Minnesota). He has written 17 books on adult learning and teaching, critical thinking, discussion methods, critical theory, and critical pedagogy, and has won multiple international awards.  On top of all that, Stephen is a wonderful presenter full of ideas delivered with humor and compassion. 

A note from Victoria Bhavsar:  Dr. Brookfield's books The Skillful Teacher and Becoming a Critically Reflective Teacher were among the first books I read when I began teaching as a PhD student in agricultural science.  These and his other works, notably the more recent Teaching for Critical Thinking, have greatly influenced my thinking about respect, valuing students, and recognizing our common humanity.  I’m not always able to “walk the walk” as well as I would like — but the path is there to follow.  

Register online.

Recent Events

The 18th Annual CSU Symposium on University Teaching was held March 13 & 14, 2015, at Cal State L.A.

The theme was GRIT: Exploring Perseverance, Mindset and Character in the Classroom.

Keynote speakers were Dr. Rachel Beattie, Director of Productive Persistence at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in Stanford, California, and Dr. Mary-Ann Winkelmes, Coordinator of Instructional Development and Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Both are engaged in compelling research that gets to the heart of how students learn best and stay in school. They shared proven approaches to increasing student engagement and rates of persistence at a practical, hands-on symposium.

The CSU Symposium on University Teaching is organized each year by the CSU Faculty Development Council with support from The Institute for Teaching and Learning. Each year the symposium enables faculty from across the CSU to engage with nationally-recognized leaders in higher education and share innovative practices with one another.

The 18th annual symposium at Cal State LA in 2015 was a resounding success. Faculty from 18 of the 23 campuses in the CSU submitted proposals, and a record 385 faculty and students from 21 of the 23 CSU campuses and 14 other California colleges and universities attended the two-day event.

Suggestions for other events or areas of faculty development that you believe ITL should consider supporting can be sent to the director.

Last Updated: February 08, 2016