CTEI Calendar Migration

The CTEI calendar has moved to Office 365 along with the College’s email. To view the calendar you can accept the invitation that Jeff Morford sent on December 18. If you missed that invitation or deleted that invitation simply send an email to Jeff Morford or Pamela Stewart and we will give you access to the calendar.

Once you have added the calendar you can (and will) see all CTEI events. But, do not fear the clutter. Just clicking on the name of the calendar will hide its events. Then click on the name again whenever you want to check on what is upcoming.

Black Male Retention: Best Practices & Student Success Conference

The students in Henry Ford College’s Black Male and QUEENS Focus Group are organizing an academic conference on the HFC campus on Saturday, April 6. The title is Black Male Retention: Best Practices & Student Success Conference.

Dr. Kalvin DaRonne Harvell describes the conference as follows:

The purpose of the conference is to initiate a statewide conversation designed to address issues regarding the retention and success of Black Males, and identify best practices, challenges, and solutions. These solutions may be applicable to other student retention processes. Moreover, the symposium will be designed to establish clear academic and success pathways from high schools, to community colleges, to 4-year institutions, and beyond. High school counselors and teachers, college faculty members, admissions representatives, and administrators will be on site during the conference to provide opportunities to address concerns regarding financial aid, college readiness, college transfers, resume writing, and other issues involving academic success. Symposium sessions will be deliberate and designed with the intent to address the specific needs of students based on their academic goals; thus, there are pathways uniquely designed for individuals preparing for college and individuals who are currently enrolled in a college.

The  linked PDF gives a complete summary of the conference and its goals. It includes an invitation to attend and describes how to apply as a presenter. The deadline for proposals is December 31, 2018.

Please take advantage of this opportunity to attend a professional conference on our own campus.


Student Writing Support

As the semester silently slips into its final weeks, your students may be hard at work on an important final paper or other written project.  Consider reminding them of a valuable, FREE resource that may help them to successfully complete this assignment – The Writing Center, located on the first floor of the Eshelman Library (B-building).

Co-directors Mike Hill and Chelsea “Charlie” Lonsdale explain how the Writing Center works:

We are here to serve writers across campus at any stage of any writing project.  Writers can drop-in or make appointments (appointments are given priority) M – F and have a 30 minute session with a well-qualified and trained Respondent.  During these sessions, writers will discuss and receive feedback on their work so that they can better understand their purposes, audiences, and voices while writing.  Session are designed to be supportive, empowering, and discursive. We do not copy edit papers; instead we help writers develop strategies to meet their own goals in writing.

Encourage (but please do not compel) students to drop in or schedule an appointment by email: or text: 313.367.3250.  Students should include their name and desired date/time they’d like to come in.  They will receive a confirmation email or text to confirm the appointment.

Winter Brown Bag Sessions: We Share Everything!

The CTEI co-directors are planning CTEI sessions for the Winter. One session that went well in the fall was a session where participants shared their Moodle shells and which Moodle features they used. Almost everyone left with a new feature to try and some new ideas about how to adjust their course.

We plan to extend this idea of sharing- perhaps not as much as the Robert Munsch reference suggests- in the winter. Already we think it would be useful for teachers to meet and share their first day of class activities.

Is there something else you would like to see from your colleagues, or share with your colleagues? Let us know in the comments. These sessions will probably take place once a month with one session at 11 AM and another session later in the afternoon, or evening.

Faculty Sabbatical Report: Dr. Hashim Al-Tawil

Dr. Hashim Al-Tawil, art history professor at HFC, will share his experience on his sabbatical leave in 2018. The talk will cover the research, writing, and publishing of the textbook History of Arab Art. The presentation will be illustrated with visual power point display, copies of the book will be on display, and time for questions and answers will follow.

Classes are welcome.

Location: Rosenau Rooms in the Andrew A. Mazzara Administrative Services and Conference Center (L-Building)

Date and Time: Wednesday, November 14, 2018 from 12:10 – 1:00 pm.

More Information: Contact Hashim Al-Tawil

This event is sponsored by:

  • The Office of Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • The Center for Teaching Excellence and Innovation (CTEI)
  • The Arab Cultural Studies Program (ACSP)
  • The Council of World Cultures





Faculty Learning Communities

What is a Faculty Learning Community?
Over the next month, the CTEI would like to help establish Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs). FLCs are groups of instructors who meet to solve a problem or to improve a particular aspect of their teaching, such as  the flipped classroom, student belonging and engagement, or teaching with technology.

How are Faculty Learning Communities different from other committees?
Each group has the autonomy to direct its own work and the flexibility to set its own meeting schedule.  It is assumed that a group will meet 5 – 6 times over the course of a semester, to read, share, and support one another’s teaching. The group consists of teachers with a common interest, so it is supportive, empathetic, and non-threatening. FLC members may choose to have social activities in addition to traditional meetings.

What kind of commitment does a Faculty Learning Community require?
FLCs typically meet about once every two or three weeks for two hours. Since the community members depend on one another, members must commit to attending except in the cases of emergency. We all get behind in our grading or other work from time to time, but the FLC should be a priority. We hope that the FLC groups  will share what they learn in on campus sessions and perhaps with the broader professional community. Such sharing is at the discretion of group members.

How can I suggest an idea for a Faculty Learning Community?
You could email Pam (  or Jeff (  Or, click and complete this short form:

How can I join a Faculty Learning Community?
Please respond to the Google Form link (posted above) to share your topics of interest.  If enough people express interest in a topic, we will schedule a meeting and try to arrange for a common time for FLCs to begin meeting in the Winter.

Winter Planning

As we begin to plan for the winter calendar for CTEI we get session ideas, and scheduling ideas from our usage data, from our Advisory Board, and from you! Please take a minute and leave us a comment in which you tell us what you hope to learn about in CTEI sessions in the next semester, or year. Then, let us know which days and times are the best for you to attend a session.


4 R’s: Get Your HFC Questions Answered

At the CTEI we, of course, support the 3R’s reading, writing, and arithmetic. After all the current CTEI co-directors come from the communication and math departments. We also believe in a chance to help everyone learn more about the College. So we have 4 R’s. ‘Rite it, read it, reserve it, refer it.

We will ask each participant in this session to bring a question about HFC, or send a question about HFC in advance. Then we will see if other participants already have the answer.

“Where can I send a student who needs help with ______?”

“How do new policies about _______ get approved?”

“Where can I get lunch and get back in under an hour?”

If we cannot collectively answer the questions, we will try to get them to the right person.

Please join us on October 17 at 3 PM in the Michael Berry Auditorium. You can register and submit a question in advance at:

Bowen Handouts

Last Friday José Bowen led two engaging sessions- a keynote speech at UM-Dearborn and a workshop at Henry Ford College. Several people have asked whether we can get more copies of the hand outs or more information.

For more information the best place to go is to the website teaching naked. The Borrow and the Buzz tabs include information you may wish to read, watch, or share. Some of the other tabs promote Dr. Bowen’s business.

If you are after handouts, like those from our workshop, then follow this direct link to the handout page.

Are you already using some techniques, or tips from the sessions?  Let us know in the comments.

Hawk Strikes – We Need Your Help

On October 10 and October 11 from 11 AM until noon the CTEI will offer two fun, fast-paced sessions called Hawk Strikes. Hawk Strikes give areas a chance to show off new curriculum, or new pedagogy in their areas. And you only have to present for 5 minutes.

In fact we will insist you only present for 5 minutes. You may have up to 10 Power Point slides and each will advance automatically every 30 seconds. If you have been at similar events at professional conferences you probably know these are exciting and a great way to get an overview of happenings- in this case happenings on our own campus.

WE NEED YOUR HELP . . . Do you have something exciting going on in your classroom, or department? Can you recommend someone for us to contact about something exciting in their classroom, or department? Let us know by commenting, or by emailing- Jeff Morford or Pam Stewart.

Front image: CC2 license, Shanthanu Bardwaj