SUNY Excels Project Faculty Meeting

Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Center for Tomorrow, North Campus

Join us as faculty from the four SUNY university centers (Albany, Binghamton, Stony Brook and Buffalo) who teach first- and second-year introductory courses in mathematics, biology, chemistry and physics share course learning outcomes, placement/diagnostic and summative assessments, and digital teaching and learning resources (e.g., Aleks).

Lunch will be provided.

For planning purposes, please RSVP to Anne Showers (

Advising Today's Graduate Student: Solutions You Can Immediately Use

Registration for this workshop is closed.

Date and time: Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017 • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location: Center for Tomorrow, North Campus

This workshop will provide faculty and postdoctoral scholars with an increased awareness of individual and group perspectives, experiences, and identities; and of structural and systemic causes that contribute to equity issues for underrepresented groups. Through the use of evidence-based peer to peer strategies, participants will learn how to advance an inclusive culture in their graduate program and department, and build stronger communities and teams.

Breakfast begins at 8:30 a.m..

This workshop is part of the collaborative research grant project AGEP Transformation Alliance: CIRTL AGEP – Improved Academic Climate for STEM Dissertators and Postdocs to Increase Interest in Faculty Careers. Participating Institutions include: Iowa State University (lead), Boston University, University of Maryland – College Park, Michigan State University, Cornell University, Northwestern University, University at Buffalo, Howard University, University of Georgia, University of Texas at Arlington. Funded by the NSF's Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP).

New offices for CEI

Over the past few months, our center has been busy moving to more convenient locations on both campuses that will make it easier to access our services.

Our new North Campus offices are located in 5 Norton Hall. Our South Campus staff is now based on the second floor of Diefendorf Hall.

Assessment 5.0: Continuous Improvement

Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 • Student Union, North Campus, University at Buffalo

Assessment 5.0: Continuous Improvement is designed to help faculty, staff and administrators develop assessment strategies, and our theme for 2017 emphasizes creating coherent learning outcomes at various levels and using assessment for continuous improvement.

Using Assessment Results to Propel Continuous Improvement in Student Success: Meeting the Expectations of the New MSCHE Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation
Ellie Fogarty, vice president, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Afternoon Session
Aligning Learning Goals Across Campus: Understanding Your Role and Responsibility for Defining and Measuring Learning Outcomes
Ellie Fogarty, vice president, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

This event is sponsored by the Office of Academic Planning and the Office of the Vice President for Student Life.

Awards announced for 2017 SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants (IITG)

ITG is a competitive grants program open to SUNY faculty and support staff across all disciplines. IITG encourages the development of innovations that meet the Power of SUNY's transformative vision. Grant recipients openly share project outcomes in the SUNY Learning Commons, enabling SUNY colleagues to replicate and build upon an innovation.

This year, UB faculty and staff are Principal Investigators on five of the 27 projects awarded funding:

  • iSucceed: The First Year College Experience
    PI: James Jenson, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
  • Minecraft MOOC for Educators (MIME)
    PI: Allyson Kaczmarek
  • Enhanced Interprofessional Experiential Learning
    PI: Patricia Ohtake, Department of Rehabilitation Science
  • Keeping Pace with Web-based Technology: A MOOC for Lifelong Learning in a Digital Age
    PI: Robin Sullivan, Center for Educational Innovation
  • Postsecondary Information Literacy Readiness Assessment using ILAAP
    PI: Cynthia Tysick, University Libraries

> Learn more about the 2017 IITG recipients

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CEI Staff Update

Our center has a new online instructional designer and a new assessment and evaluation specialist.

Anne Reed joins CEI as our new online instructional designer. Prior to this position, she served as lead instructional designer in UB's Graduate School of Education. Anne is also an adjunct instructor in the department of Learning and Instruction, a PhD student in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, and has extensive experience in online teaching, online course development and MOOC production.

Please contact Anne ( if you need one-on-one instructional design assistance or if you are interested in faculty development training related to online learning for your program or department.

Chris Rates, previously a psychometrics postdoctoral associate at our center, has been named CEI's new assessment and evaluation specialist. Chris earned his PhD in Science Education from the University of Virginia, led UB's validation study of the Student Evaluation of Teaching, and has a background in assessment, science education and mixed methods research.

Chris ( is available to assist with the assessment of student learning and program evaluation, including instrument design, data collection and analysis, and report writing, as well as the design and implementation of methods to evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs, projects and initiatives.

New Publication: The College Teaching Assistant Handbook

The College Teaching Assistant Handbook, edited by Carol Van Zile-Tamsen (UB Curriculum) and Cathleen Morreale (Center for Educational Innovation), is the perfect introductory volume for new graduate teaching assistants.

This handbook provides practical strategies for all aspects of teaching in higher education, from course design and delivery to delivering a course designed by someone else. Topics include grading and assessment; active learning strategies; teaching large lectures, lab sections and recitations; balancing teaching obligations with personal schoolwork; and preparing to enter academia as a teaching faculty member. Nearly all chapters include additional resources that are available in the TA Teaching Toolbox, an online resource that accompanies this book.

Prepublication orders receive a 20 percent discount, and bulk discounts are also available. To order the handbook, email Tricia Worthington ( at Nova Sciences Publishers with Special20 in the subject line of the email.

Video: Teaching UB Seminars

Teaching UB Seminars provides information to help faculty prepare to teach UB Seminar courses this fall.

Video presentations include: review of the basic goals and learning outcomes of UB Seminars, including some suggestions on how to handle academic success learning outcomes; using ePortfolios in UB Seminars; and the demographics and interests of our incoming freshmen class. In addition, Andrew Stott, vice provost and dean of undergraduate education, shares some personal experiences teaching a pilot version of a UB Seminar.