PFF Program Description Spring 2014


All workshops, talks, events, and consultations are free of charge to CGU students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

To participate in PFF and begin an exciting learning journey, please register with PFF so we can enrol you into our Canvas platform. This will give you access to our workshop resources, as well as enable you to log responses to workshop topics so that you can use your responses to develop your teaching portfolio. The Canvas platform also enables you to track your progress through the workshops, join in online forums, ask questions, and receive feedback. 

Click HERE to register and to receive an invitation to the PFF Canvas site

To maximize your access to opportunities, PFF works in partnership with the other departments of the Student Success Center, the Office of Information Technology (OIT), Honnold-Mudd Library, as well as faculty from across CGU and the Claremont Colleges. We offer a mix of open workshops, weekend intensives, individual and small group clinics, as well as in-person, Skype, and on-line feedback on teaching documents.

This page presents the following information. Click on each topic area to read about it:

Program Description
  1. Teaching and Learning (TLD) Course, Open Workshops, and Weekend Intensives
  2. Technology Integration Workshops
  3. Faculty Culture Workshops and Talks
  4. Teaching Clinics
  5. Online Consultations

Teaching and Learning Design (TLD)

The TLD professional development course and workshops focus on all aspects of teaching and learning from understanding the changing contexts of higher education to learning theories, and strategies to engage students and help them succeed.

The TLD requirements for earning a PFF Professional Development Certificate are:

  • FOUR mandatory pedagogy workshops: Student Learning Outcomes; Feedback, Assessments & Rubrics; Syllabus Design; and Teaching Philosphy Statement
  • SIX elective pedagogy workshops from the other topics offered in the program

For a list of topics, please visit the PFF Workshop Schedule Page.

There are two ways you can attend TLD workshops.
Thursdays 12:00 - 2:30 PM
Fridays 4:00 - 6:30 PM

Saturdays 9:00 AM - 1:30 PM
There is a 30 minute break. Refreshments served during the break

We advise you to try and attend workshops in as regular a manner as possible so that you optimize your learning. However, we also recognize the challenges of graduate student life and offer you the flexibility of taking the workshops as your schedule allows. You can mix and match weekday and Saturday workshop   opportunities to create the most effective pathway to complete your 10 required workshops for the Certificate. You are also very welcome to repeat workshops as you need to review and refresh your skills, knowledge, and to keep building capacity as an educator.

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Technology Integration Workshops

Computer and internet-based technology are essential tools for your scholarship and teaching. Given the rapid and constant innovations in these tools, it is important for us to learn to understand foundational principles of information literacy and pedagogy. As scholars and educators we need to constantly develop awareness of and competence in using a range of information technology tools for gathering, organizing, creating, and sharing knowledge. These range from basic word processing and presentation software, to computer and internet-based applications such as Google Drive, Evernote, Dropbox, Citation Management applications, blogs and wikis, and learning management systems.

You can attend workshops offered through the PFF program and the Digital Learning Lab (a collaboration between PFF and the Office of Information Technology).

You can also attend selected workshops offered by the Honnold-Mudd Library.

Please see the PFF Schedule for details. 

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Career Development Workshops and Talks

These workshops are offered in collaboration with the Office of Career Management, the CGU Advancement Office, the Honnold-Mudd Library, as well as with individual faculty from the CGU, the Claremont Colleges, and beyond. We also encourage alumni to share their experiences as faculty with their junior colleagues. Topics include Academic Job Talks, Grant Writing, Publication and Conferences, Issues and Opportunities with Open Access Scholarship, Understanding the Tenure Track Process, Adjunct Teaching, Faculty Mentoring, Faculty Service, and Balancing Teaching and Research

Please see the PFF Schedule for details.

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Teaching Clinics

Teaching Clinics offer students a peer-based process of developing and presenting teaching activities in their subject area. You can develop and test activities and lesson plans for classes they are currently teaching, or in anticipation of teaching. You can also use the peer-review process to develop syllabi, assessment methods and rubbrics, student learning outcomes, and teaching philosophy statements.

Each Teaching Clinic comprises a maximum of 6 students.

Teaching Clinic meetings may be formalized to meet at pre-determined days and times through the semester, or be established ad-hoc as needed by a group.

To create a Teaching Clinic or join an existing one, please contact Dr. Shamini Dias at

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In-Person and On-Line Consultations

As you work on developing teaching documents such as syllabi, student learning outcomes, assessment rubrics, lesson plans, and teaching philosophy statements for your portfolio, you can make appointments with the PFF Director to get feedback.

Appointments can be in-person at the PFF Office, or through Skype.

Each appointment lasts 50 minutes.

After initial discussion, you may also submit your teaching documents for online review by attaching it to an email to Please specify your concerns in order to receive the most focused feedback.

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