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2018 Institute on Project-Based Learning – Application Deadline February 13, 2018

Institute on Project-Based Learning

June 20–23, 2018
Worcester, Massachusetts

Applications due by February 13, 2018

In partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U), WPI will host and run its fourth annual Institute on Project-Based Learning—a 2.5-day intensive program where teams from colleges and universities will gain knowledge about project-based learning and make tangible progress to integrate those learnings into their own curricula:

  • Interactive workshops
  • Single, dedicated coach for each team
  • Consultations with Institute faculty
  • Collaborative teamwork
  • Curricular development tailored to the goals of participating institutions

Where: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA
When: June 20–23, 2018
Application Deadline: February 13, 2018


Impact of the Institute:

“The Institute on Project-Based Learning was highly productive and generated good discussion and ideas for our college. I developed a specific, concrete plan for two of my own courses.”—Ryan Keen, Middlesex Community College

Hear from past participants on the impact of the Institute in advancing project-based learning initiatives on their campuses.

Learn more and apply

Certificate in Course Design for Essential Learning, Registration Open!

Certificate in Course
Design for Essential Learning

A credential for faculty who teach General Education courses

January 9-12, 2018
Stetson University
Deland, FL
Logistics | Registration

The Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence at Stetson University is thrilled to announce a new Course Design Institute and Certification Program. If you are devoted to developing students into liberally educated, global citizens who can think creatively and critically about complex issues through General Education courses, please consider attending this dynamic 4-day certification institute. Included in the registration fee ($900), is an optional credential for teaching General Education courses (see below).

Faculty and instructional staff that teach interdisciplinary courses, General Education and/or first-year seminars may be particularly interested in obtaining this qualification.

This program provides a credential that can be used as documentation of excellence in course design. Faculty and instructional staff that teach interdisciplinary courses, general education and/or first-year seminars may be particularly interested in obtaining this qualification.

This certificate initiates with a 4-day face-to-face course design institute at Stetson University in Deland, Florida. Here faculty will have the time, resources, and intensive support to build courses anchored in research that:

  • are intentionally designed around a dilemma, issue, or question.
  • focus on general learning outcomes.
  • incorporate high-impact practices.
  • are inclusive of all students.
  • assess student learning authentically and transparently.

Dates & Location

The institute will take place from January 9 through 12, 2018, at Stetson University. Stetson University’s DeLand campus is located approximately half-way between Daytona Beach and Orlando, just off of I-4 in the Sunshine State of Florida. [MAP]

Registration Rates

Registration is now open. The early-bird rate ($900) expires on December 1st, 2017 . Registration fee includes breakfast and lunch each day, an opening reception, and all institute materials. The institute is limited to 40 people, so register early!

Optional Post-Institute Credential in Teaching General Education Courses

During the year following the institute, participants interested in obtaining a teaching credential will be divided into small interdisciplinary learning communities. Participants will develop a portfolio that demonstrates evidence of student learning to earn a credential in teaching General Education courses. The facilitators will be available to provide support, feedback, structure, and virtual meetings as well as a carefully curated bibliography of resources.


  • Julia Metzker, Executive Director for the Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence at Stetson University
  • Cynthia Alby, Professor of Teacher Education at Georgia College and Lead Instructor for Georgia’s Governor’s Teaching Fellows program
  • Caralyn Zehnder, Lecturer in Biology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and founding member of ICb-G, the Innovative Course-building Group
  • Alicia Slater, Chair and Professor of Biology and University Director of Curriculum and Assessment at Stetson University

Travel & Logistics

Click here for information for planning your trip to sunny DeLand, FL!

Project-based Learning Workshop, April 7-8

Innovative Approaches to
Tackling Complex Challenges

a two-day project-based learning workshop
April 7-8 on the Stetson University Campus
in DeLand, FL

Register now at eventbrite.com.

The Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence is thrilled to host a two-day project-based learning workshop delivered by Dr. Rick Vaz and colleagues from the Center for Project-Based Learning at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Widely recognized as a high-impact educational practice, project-based learning (PBL) is increasingly being used to enhance student learning and skill development.  Participants will explore ways to use PBL engage students with real-world, complex challenges.

Call for applications will be posted shortly.  Registration is $275/person or $1,000/team (4 or more) – includes breakfast, lunch and workshop materials.

Register now at eventbrite.com.

vaz-photoDr. Richard F. Vaz serves as the inaugural Director of WPI’s Center for Project-Based Learning, which provides support to colleges and universities looking to implement or enhance project-based learning. In his prior role as dean of interdisciplinary and global studies he had oversight of WPI’s interdisciplinary degree requirement, the Interactive Qualifying Project.

Dr. Vaz received his BS, MS, and PhD in electrical engineering from WPI, and has been a member of the WPI Electrical and Computer Engineering faculty since 1984.  He has also held systems and design engineering positions with Raytheon, GenRad, and the MITRE Corporation.

RECAP: Stetson Intergroup Dialogue Institute, Aug 26-28

In response to a recent call, 21 Stetson faculty and staff from diverse areas of campus spent three days in an Intergroup Dialogue Institute.  The facilitators, Dierdre Johnston and Lorna Hernandez-Jarvis, pioneered the Intergroup Dialogue program at Hope College through which numerous faculty and staff have been trained to facilitate dialogues around issues of diversity and inclusion. Intergroup dialogue is distinct from debate and discussion in that the goal of dialogue is understanding not necessarily agreement.  A successful dialogue requires significant trust among participants and engages active listening skills.

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Over the course of three days, participants were guided through five stages of intergroup dialogue:

  1. Understanding Dialogue and Developing Conversation
  2. Developing Communication Skills
  3. Exploring Identity and Relationships
  4. Embracing Conflict
  5. Building Alliances and Making Commitments

we penned some dreams

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we evaluated where our community stands …

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we made some plans …

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and we created a story by reflecting on our history, identity and culture …

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[NOTE:  The presentation files will be added to this post as soon as they are available.]

Resources for continued Learning

  • Adams, M., & Bell, L. A. (Eds.). (2016). Teaching for diversity and social justice. Routledge.
  • Stone, D., Patton, B., & Heen, S. (2010). Difficult conversations: How to discuss what matters most. Penguin.
  • The National Intergroup Dialogue Institute at the University of Michigan
  • Nagda, B. A., Gurin, P., Sorensen, N., & Zúñiga, X. (2009). Evaluating intergroup dialogue: Engaging diversity for personal and social responsibility. Diversity & Democracy, 12(1), 4-6.
  • Dear Colleague Letter, published on December 31, 2015 by the Education Secretary and Deputy Secretary, outlines the Federal Government’s position on learning environments in which students are free from discrimination and harassment based on their race, religion, or national origin.
  • Nagda, B. A., & Maxwell, K. E. (2011). Deepening the layers of understanding and connection: A critical-dialogic approach to facilitating intergroup dialogues. Facilitating intergroup dialogues: Bridging differences, catalyzing change, 1-22.
  • Wijeyesinghe, C. L., Griffin, P., & Love, B. (1997). Racism curriculum design.Teaching for diversity and social justice, 82-109.
  • The Feelings Wheel developed by Dr. Gloria Wilcox
  • Johnston, D. D., Stinski, M., & Meyers, D. (1993). Development of an alexithymia instrument to measure the diminished communication of affect. Communication Research Reports, 10(2), 149-160.
  • The Critical Mind is A Questioning Mind Learning How to Ask Powerful, Probing Questions – The Critical Thinking Community
  • Huang-Nissen, S. (1999). Dialogue groups: A practical guide to facilitate diversity conversation. Medicine Bear Publishing.
  • Linehan, M. M. (2014). DBT® skills training manual. Guilford Publications.
  • Intent versus Impact: Two Kenyon Students Offered An Incredibly Sincere And Thoughtful Apology After Accusations Of Racial Insensitivity
Funding and support

This institute was generously supported by the following  groups:

  • Campus Life and Student Success (specifically the Center for of Community Engagement,  Cross Cultural Center, and Housing and Residential Life)
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Brown Center for Faculty Innovation and Excellence
  • Office of Human Resources
  • University Honors Program
  • Faculty Senate, via a gift from Patrick Coggins
  • University Curriculum and Assessment Office
  • Department of Accounting
  • Department of Religious Studies
  • Department of Sociology and Anthropology
  • Department of Counselor Education
  • Department of World Languages and Cultures
  • Gender Studies Program


Intergroup Dialogue Institute

Do you struggle to talk with students or co-workers about issues such as #BlackLivesMatter and the Orlando shootings?  Are you interested in leading dialogues around race/ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic class and/or sexual identity but don’t know where to start?

August 26-28, Stetson University is hosting its first, three-day Intergroup Dialogue Institute. Consultants Dr. Deirdre Johnston and Dr. Lorna Jarvis Hernandez from Hope College will train faculty and staff to engage “difficult dialogues” around issues of difference. Participants will learn to engage dialogues and lead difficult discussions in the classroom and the workplace. They will be able to demonstrate greater intergroup understanding and become more effective collaborators.

For more information, contact Kimberly Flint-Hamilton, Elisabeth Poeter, or Savannah-Jane Griffin. Up to 24 can be accommodated – RSVP by Monday, Aug. 22.