Teaching Circles


Teaching Circles


What is a Teaching Circle?

At UCCS, Teaching Circles are groups of 4-8 faculty members who meet at least two times during the semester to discuss readings and activities related to their teaching.

Would you like to join a Teaching Circle?

  • A copy of the book is provided.
  • Mark your calendar and be available for sessions.
  • Prepare for meetings by reading the chapters selected by the Team Lead.
  • During each meeting, the Teaching Circles will discuss the readings and share strategies and activities to integrate into courses.
  • You can choose to join us in the Faculty Resource Center’s Web Conference Room, Columbine Hall 203B or attend virtually through a Zoom meeting link.

What is the Spring 2022 Schedule?


High Impact Educational Practices in Teaching

Wednesdays, March 30, April 6, and April 13

Interested in exploring how to implement a High Impact Educational Practice into your teaching? This Teaching Circle will examine courses using the High Impact Educational Practices on campus. Take it to the next level and implement one of the ideas into a course you teach. This Teaching Circle includes a deeper dive into the following practices:

Session 1: High Impact Educational Practices in Teaching and Writing-Intensive Courses

Wednesday, March 30, 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

Kacey Ross, Director of Writing Across the Curriculum and Assistant Director of First-Year Rhetoric & Writing

This session will provide an overview of the high impact educational practices in teaching and offer high impact educational practices in teaching writing-intensive courses.

Recording | PowerPoint

Session 2: Collaborative Assignments and Projects

Wednesday, April 6, 12:15 pm – 1:30 pm

Phillip Haisley, Senior Instructor and Director, Writing Portfolio Assessment and Tracy Gonzalez-Padron, Director, Daniels Fund Ethics Initiative Collegiate Program at UCCS and Professor, Marketing & International Business

This session will focus on high impact teaching strategies for implementing collaborative assignments and projects in different courses.

Recording | PowerPoint

Session 3: First-Year Experiences

Wednesday, April 13, 12:15 – 1:30 PM

Sarah Long, Assistant Director, Gateway Program Seminar and Ellen Burkart, Director, First Year Experience and Parent & Family Programs

This session will focus on high impact teaching strategies for teaching first-year students.


Last updated April 7, 2022
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