10 09, 2014

Avoiding the Sophomore Slump

Students taking advantage of the study area of the Jack R. Hunt LibraryAs this recent article notes, students in the “murky middle” with GPAs between 2.0 and 3.0 “make up nearly half of total dropouts,” and they aren’t necessarily dropping out in the first year.  “Small academic improvements correlate with greatly heightened chances of graduation. …Just a small nudge – one-on-one tutoring, time management counseling – could keep a student on track to graduate.” Here are some more resources on helping students overcome the “sophomore slump”:


28 08, 2014

First Year Friday – September 19th

New faculty in COASDuring this brown bag lunch, first year faculty will have opportunity to interact with “yearlings”, junior faculty who’ve been here a year or more, and some seasoned veterans.  It will be an opportunity to ask questions about issues you’re encountering. CTLE will provide lunch for this first meeting, so please RSVP and indicate any dietary restrictions.   We will meet in the CTLE Faculty Resource Center on Friday, September 19th, from 11:45am to 12:45pm.

28 08, 2014

This Month in STEM Education: Advising Students

Donna Ferrell advising a studentEach month CTLE will also facilitate a discussion on STEM education topics (science, technology, engineering, math).  In our first September meeting on Tuesday, September 16th, Donna Ferrell, advisor for the college of engineering, and other faculty will share their experiences and tips for advising and mentoring students for success in STEM courses and majors. All faculty are welcome. Register for this event, which will meet in the Lehman Engineering Building in conference room 134 (next to the elevator), from 11:15am to 12:30pm. Refreshments will be provided. […]

28 08, 2014

This Month in Tech: Twitter & Social Media

Dr. Jay GokhaleEach month CTLE will host a session on integrating various technologies in the classroom to enhance student learning and engagement.  This month, Jay Gokhale and other faculty will share their experiences using Twitter, Facebook, and other social media tools to enhance communication and student engagement in the classroom.  Register for this event, which will occur on Tuesday, September 23rd at the CTLE Faculty Resource Center.

CTLE is also sharing resources and images on Twitter, FacebookGoogle+, and Instagram, too. […]

28 08, 2014

September Focus: Student-Faculty Contact

Faculty-Student Interaction

Good rapport between students and faculty can have a profound impact on student motivation, performance, persistence, and satisfaction.  Watch this short video of students describing how important faculty-student interactions are to them.  Positive interaction also has benefits for faculty, as Jennifer Hinebaugh and CTLE Associate Director Kim Chambers describe on our website.  Take this self-assessment to evaluate your own interactions with students.

You can learn more about Student-Faculty Contact and how to implement it by participating in these CTLE events in September:


28 08, 2014

CTLE Ice Cream Social on September 3rd

IceCreamIt’s been a busy couple of weeks, and you deserve a break.  What better than an ice cream social?

You’re cordially invited to stop by the CTLE Faculty Resource Center on Wednesday, September 3, between 3:30 and 5:00 to say hello and enjoy some ice cream (RSVP if you like).  We’d like to hear about your plans for the year and how we might help you achieve them. […]

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