The Center for Active Engagement & Scholarship partners with faculty, various departments, and organizations on faculty development initiatives throughout the academic year. Please review this page for both past and upcoming events!

  • 10/21/2020 - ILEA Virtual Fall Summit


    ILEA is excited to be hosting their first virtual 2020 ILEA Virtual Fall Summit! The summit will take place October 21-23, 2020. Though they will miss the excitement and energy of seeing you arrive in person, they hope you will find their virtual event inspiring, informative and engaging.

    They have designed their sessions around their summit theme, Engaging Faculty Champions in Campus Equity Work, providing you an experience to have dialogue with experts and colleagues about the critical role faculty play in helping to create inclusive organizational structures inside and outside the classroom that provide greater opportunities for students to succeed.

    Here are some sessions you might like:
    • Keynote: Session: Saying Equity Will Not Beget Racial Equity
    • Breakout Session: A Conversation on Higher Education Equity with State Legislators
    • Breakout Session: How to Achieve More Equitable Student Outcomes (and Ensure College Survival) Post-COVID
    • Breakout Session: Diversifying Approaches for Equity and Inclusion
    • Breakout Session: Faculty Hiring through an Equity Lens
    • Breakout Session: Presidential Reflections
    • Breakout Session: The Syllabus As an Instrument for Racial Equity

    Here are instructions for registering for the Summit:
    • Go to the Whova Event App to register and for event details if you currently have the app installed. (Code: 2020vsummit)
    • Visit the Event Website
    • New to Whova? Download the Whova App to get started

    ILEA looks forward to having you attend this amazing event. Please pass this information to faculty colleagues that might be interested. There will be a prize for the ILEA partner that has the most faculty attend the summit.

  • 10/9/2020 - South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (SMHEC) Annual Conference


    This year’s SMHEC conference, Collaborating for Student Success Through Integrated Learning Solutions, will focus on diversity and inclusion through unique partnerships, specifically public-private, community organizations, high school curriculum alignment, SI Tutors, Learning Communities, Service Learning and Co-curricular opportunities. We have a few GSU faculty members presenting this year!

    For more information regarding the Collaborate For Student Success virtual conference, please view the Faculty Development Conference page. To register for this event, please register here.

  • 8/18/2020 - Governors State University Virtual Fall Institute


    As is our tradition, the Fall Faculty Institute took place as planned with one change: it was a virtual event. The Faculty Development Committee of the Faculty Senate collaborated with the Provost’s Office in developing the agenda. Recordings of each agenda item are below for your review in case you were unable to attend.

    Introduction and Welcome
    Dr. Elizabeth Cada ( - Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Dr. Cheryl Green ( - President
    The Illinois Equity in Attainment (ILEA) Initiative - Using Student Voices to Shape Equity Practices
    Dr. Amy Vujaklija ( - Assistant Professor Middle and Secondary English Education, College of Education
    Dr. Matthew Cooney ( - Assistant Professor, Higher Education and Educational Leadership, College of Education
    Drs. Vujaklija and Cooney will address 1) an overview of educational equity, 2) the ILEA core beliefs, 3) student voices in equity, 4) implications for practice, and 5) future involvement opportunities.

    View the Student Voices to Shape Equity Practices Recording
    Student Affairs – Partners in Student Success
    Mr. Corey Williams ( – Associate Vice-President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students
    During this session new staff will be introduced, updates on activities and events shared, and overall operations under COVID19 conditions will be highlighted.

    View the Partners In Student Success Recording
    Information Technology Services (ITS)
    Mr. Chuck Pustz ( – Assistant Vice-President for ITS and Chief Information Officer (CIO)
    ITS will provide an update on newly developed resources to support instruction.

    View the Information Technology Services (ITS) Recording
    Panel and Open Forum: Teaching under COVID19 Conditions
    Dr. Novia Pagone ( - Assistant Professor, Division of Arts and Letters, College of Arts and Sciences -
    Mr. Joshua Sopiarz ( – Associate Professor, Librarian, University Library
    Ms. Nikki LaGrone ( – Senior Instructional Designer, Center for Active Engagement and Scholarship (CAES)
    Mr. Scott Thesen ( – Instructional Designer, CAES
    Panelist will share the activities they have led to address challenges to teaching and engaging learners remotely. After panelist presentations the session will become an open forum for all participants.

    View the Teaching under COVID19 Conditions Open Panel Recording
  • 7/13/2020 - Connected Faculty Summit


    While we continue the dialogue of preparing for the Fall semester, we wanted to mention a FREE virtual conference that was sponsored by Arizona State University. View the on demand resources universities have come across for effective ways on engaging students and blended learning.

    For more information regarding the Connected Faculty Summit, hosted by Arizona State Univeristy, please view the The Remote Summit website.