Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL)


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

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

Keynote speakers are 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. They have been invited because so much compelling research is being conducted that gets to the heart of how students learn best and stay in school. Both speakers will share proven approaches to increasing student engagement and rates of persistence. We look forward to a practical, hands-on symposium.

The Institute for Teaching and Learning is proud to support this annual event. Faculty from across the CSU system engage with nationally-recognized leaders in higher education and share innovative practices with one another. This year faculty from 18 of the 23 campuses submitted proposals.

Join faculty and staff from across the CSU to explore ways to foster grit, the non-cognitive ability to focus on a goal with passion and persistence.

For more information about the conference and to register, visit

The Faculty Center at Cal Poly Pomona invites CSU faculty to two special events this spring. There is no charge for either event:

Friday Feb. 27, 9 am - 12 pm: "Overcoming Distraction, Disengagement, and Apathy in the Classroom" by Todd Zakrajsek

What's the opposite of the downers in this title? Attention, engagement, and excitement! This year's special guest workshop promises to be "all that," as Dr. Todd Zakrajsek of the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill shares practical but research-based wisdom on making the classroom a place where both we and our students can thrive. Todd is the co-author of "Learner-Centered Teaching," "The New Science of Learning," and "Teaching for Learning." He is a consultant for IDEA Education and is the organizer of the Lilly West Conference on Evidence-Based Teaching and Learning. Please register early for this opportunity!

To register, visit

Friday April 3, 9 am - 2 pm: "PolyTeach: Technology & the Innovative University," featuring Lynda Weinman of

The fourth annual "PolyTeach" event at Cal Poly Pomona showcases the fabulous ways that Cal Poly Pomona faculty and students use technology for learning. This year, we are thrilled to present Lynda Weinman as our keynote speaker! Lynda is the co-founder and executive chair of, one of the most successful companies in online education today. Through a comprehensive library of instructional videos taught by industry experts, teaches technology, design, and business skills to millions of people -- including faculty, staff, and students at Cal Poly Pomona!

PolyTeach also includes faculty talks and the very popular "Technology Speed Dating" activity. See the PolyTeach website ( for basic date and location information; specific schedule and registration links coming soon!

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 23, 2015