spring showcase 2021

Faculty Spring Showcase 2021

Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times

After more than a year of working under pandemic conditions we hope to foster a time of celebration, appreciation, and collective reflection. Let’s acknowledge the struggles, celebrate the wins, and think about where we go from here.

Live Events: Registration

Kitchen Table Conversations are candid and informal chats hosted by the Director for Inclusive Teaching during the Spring Showcase 2021, about the struggles and the wins of teaching during an unprecedented time in higher education. Join us as we humanize every aspect of our pedagogy, laugh, cry, cringe and honor our individual and collective prowess in the face of the unknown. By pulling the curtain and revealing what’s behind some of the most transformative courses on campus, we invite you to join us in considering the past year’s events and how they will define the future of teaching and learning at DU.  

Podcasts of the Kitchen Table Talks are linked below.

Kitchen Table Talks Cover Photo

Martin Katz

Sturm College of Law
Episode 1

Dr. Deb Ortega

Graduate School of Social Work
Episode 3

Motherscholar Dr. Laura Sponsler

Morgridge College of Education
Episode 5

Dr. Timothy Sweeny

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Episode 2

Motherscholar Dr. Miriam Valdovinos

Graduate School of Social Work
Episode 4

Motherscholar Dr. Erin K. Willer

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Episode 6

The Teaching Slam was hosted as a virtual event to recognize and celebrate the innovative approaches faculty have made to their teaching practices. During this session, we heard from faculty across disciplines who have been identified for their efforts in teaching during this global pandemic.  The event was facilitated by the OTL and included the pre-recorded videos below from each recognized faculty member.

Lorena Gaibor

Graduate School of Social Work

Dr. Michele Tyson

Morgridge College of Education

Dr. Jonathan Leathwood

Lamont School of Music

Dr. Alison Krogel

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Dr. Polina Dimova

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

The Canvas Course Tours was hosted as a virtual event that recognized and shared innovative Canvas courses! During this session, we heard from faculty across disciplines who have used Canvas in interesting and creative ways.  The event was facilitated by the DU Office of Teaching and Learning and included pre-recorded videos from each recognized faculty member which are linked below. Following the faculty presentations, participants had the opportunity to ask questions in a facilitated Q&A.

Dr. Brette Garner

Morgridge College of Education

Dr. Sabine Lang

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Dr. Clayton Kuklick

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

David Thomson, J.D.

Sturm College of Law

Over this past year, teaching courses in a ‘hybrid-flexible” format (in which students can choose between online and face-to-face modes of participation) presented us a with a whole new host of opportunities and challenges … and we are still learning! Please join us for this panel discussion in which faculty members who taught hyflex courses this past year will reflect together on their successes, challenges, and lessons learned from teaching in this format. Panelists include:

  • Keith Gehring, Teaching Associate Professor, Joseph Korbel School of International Studies
  • Rachel Horenstein, Teaching Assistant Professor, Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Lisa Martinez, Professor, College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Cheri Young, Associate Professor, Knoebel School of Hospitality Management, Daniels College of Business

    A Zoom link will be sent to registered participants on the day of the event. We look forward to seeing you there!

 04-May-2021 | 1:30 PM-2:30 PM
https://otl-events.du.edu/public/registration/4712

Teaching Awards

Our faculty members do amazing things!  The Office of Teaching and Learning sought faculty nominations from students for “Extraordinary Teaching in Extraordinary Times” teaching awards.   This award reflects the passion and expertise they bring to their fields and the excellence that distinguishes the University of Denver experience!

Dr. Christine Vega

Dr. Christine Vega

IRISE Post-Doctoral Fellow

Dr. Kenneth Leung

Dr. Kenneth Leung

Reiman School of Finance

GISELLA BASSANI

Gisella Bassani

Department of Business Information and Analytics

Dr. Brette Garner

Dr. Brette Garner

Department of Teaching and Learning Sciences

Dr. Michele Tyson

Department of Higher Education

Andrew Michael Mrkvicka

Andrew Michael Mrkvicka

Graduate School of Social Work

Michele D. Smith, Ed.D Candidate

Michele D. Smith, Ed.D. Candidate

Graduate School of Social Work

In acknowledgement of cultivating a positive and supportive environment in the Practicum Seminar.

Tonya Dalhaus

Tonya Dalhaus

University College

In acknowledgement of building a class community and deeply engaging with  students.

Dr. Apryl Alexander

Dr. Apryl Alexander

Graduate School of Professional Psychology

In acknowledgement of student engagement and allowing students the time and space to process current events.

Dr. Doris Candelarie

Dr. Doris Candelarie

Morgridge College of Education

In acknowledgement of the ability to give critical, insightful, and honest feedback in an encouraging way.  Also in acknowledgement of receiving feedback from student evaluations and acting upon that feedback. Lastly, transformative leadership that encourages students to battle injustice and oppression.

Dr. Elizabeth Anderson

Dr. Elizabeth Anderson

Research Methods and Statistics

In acknowledgement of your flexibility and accommodations in Correlation & Regression.

Dr. Kellie Keeling

Dr. Kellie Keeling

Department of Business Information and Analytics

In acknowledgement of organizational skills, Canvas courses, and going above and beyond to make sure that online courses are accessible and interesting in INFO 3200, INFO 3440, as well as INFO 3500.

Faculty Features

Despite the challenges created by moving all classes online, University of Denver faculty are finding creative ways to teach and connect with students during this unprecedented time –  finding interesting ways to deliver their course content in the new online format.  Faculty features highlight these innovative teaching methods and ideas.

Dr. Aimee Reichmann-Decker

Teaching Professor, Psychology
Link to Feature

Dr. Barbekka Hurtt

Teaching Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
Link to Feature

Dr. Bonnie Clark

Professor, Anthropology
Link to Feature

Dr. HG Parsa

Professor, Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management & Barron Hilton Chair in Lodging
Link to Feature

Dr. Jennifer Hellier

Teaching Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
Link to Feature

Dr. Kathleen Guerra

Teaching Assistant Professor, Spanish Language, Literacy, & Cultural Studies
Link to Feature

Dr. Keith Gehring

Associate Teaching Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Link to Feature

Dr. Lilian L. Chimuma

Visiting Teaching Assistant Professor, Josef Korbel School of International Studies
Link to Feature

Oriol Casañas

Adjunct Faculty, First Year Languages Program
Link to Feature

Podcasts: The Assessment Salon

The Assessment Salon podcast is your place for all things assessment with the Office of Teaching and Learning at the University of Denver! While assessment may feel like one more thing to do, especially during the pandemic, here we highlight tips from fellow faculty about how to fold assessment into your teaching practices.

“The Choreography of Assessment” with Dr. Christina H. Paguyo and Amelia Gentile-Mathew

Episode 1

“Are the Systems We Built Working?” with Dr. Mark W. Pleiss

Episode 2

“Holistic Assessment through Portfolios” with Dr. Laura Sponsler

Episode 3

"Students' Funds of Knowledge" with Dra. Christine Vega

Episode 4

“Reshaping Undergraduate Curriculum - JEDI + Ethics + Belonging” with Dr. Chris GauthierDickey and Dr. Scott Leutenegger

Episode 5

“Harnessing Empathy to Assess Student Learning” with Dr. Brian Gearity

Episode 6

OTL Faculty Podcast

The OTL Podcast is here to keep you in the loop about teaching at the University of Denver! Tune-in to one of our many engaging series guided by our mission to improve learning across the university, as we foster innovation and strengthen practices in teaching, course design, and curriculum development at DU.

Creating Community and Connection in an Online Course

We know creating a sense of community and connection are important when it comes to student learning and engagement, yet it can be challenging to do this when we are physically distant from one another. In this podcast, Virginia Pitts, Director of University Teaching, chats with Dr. Laura Sponsler, Clinical Assistant Professor at DU’s Morgridge College of Education, along with Brianah Carter and Greg Mahan (both students of Laura’s who are pursuing their masters in higher education) as we talk about how Dr. Sponsler and her students worked together to create a web of connections between students, faculty and content in her courses this past fall.