Center for Teaching and Learning

How the Commons works

In News on December 28, 2011 at 4:29 pm

This site celebrates and documents activities funded through Worcester State University’s Center for Teaching and Learning. In the 2011-2012 academic year, there are four new initiatives: Faculty Collaborative Teaching Grants (CTGs), Faculty/Librarian Learning Communities (FLCs), Microgrants for new faculty/librarian-driven initiatives that need small amounts of startup or seed money, and Undergraduate Research (UR) stipends for summer 2012. Click on any of these above to learn more or to apply for funding.

These initiatives are sponsored by three distinct funding streams: CTGs and FLCs from the Davis Grant for Integrative Learning, Microgrants from the Alden Endowment, and Undergraduate Research from the Strategic Planning Trust Fund through Academic Affairs.

This site will also highlight the January 2012 and May 2012 CTL Faculty Institutes. It’s our hope that the Commons will become a vibrant virtual public space for the WSU faculty community now and into the future.


Winter Institute: Enhancing Integrative Learning Jan 10-11

In Events on December 30, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Mark your calendars now for the CTL Faculty Winter Institute, Tues & Wed Jan 10-11, 2012!

Join your fellow faculty to learn about the University’s new faculty development and integrative learning initiatives and participate in 2 days of workshops, collegiality, learning, and professional development. Breakfast and lunch are provided both days. Please RSVP to Andrea Bilics by Jan 9th at cteachlearn (@)

Sessions will include a syllabus workshop on aligning your course with LASC, LEAP and program SLOs; exploring collaborative teaching possibilities; internationalizing your course; a panel on the Human Subjects Review Board; organizing a faculty learning community; and facilitating student learning through writing.

Download the full program (PDF)

Current Issues on Immigration: The Invisible Population

In Events on May 25, 2011 at 4:49 pm


The event took place on Sept 27, 2012 at 10:00 am in the WSU North/South Auditorium. Between 100-130 students, staff, faculty and administrators attended the panel presentation.  The panel was moderated by Professor Aldo Guevara and the panelists were Mr. Randy Feldman, Immigration Attorney, Professor Jose Mendoza, Philosophy Department, Instructor Saba Al Khadady, Computer Science, two exchange students from South Korea, Seojeong Kim and Yirang Shin. Mr. Feldman discussed the state of immigration law in the US and how the political and social climates influence immigration policies. Professor Mendoza provided  a philosophical perspective on immigration. Personal experiences were shared by Instructor Al Khadady on how she came to the United States as a refugee from Iraq. The students shared their experiences in this country.

The audience responded very positively/ enthusiastically to the panelists. The moderator skillfully facilitated a question-answer session. The panelists thanked the Center for Teaching and Learning for organizing the event.