News and Announcements

Five Penn State faculty to be featured on ‘The Academic Minute’

Five Penn State faculty will be featured in a week’s worth of episodes of “The Academic Minute,” presenting on teaching and learning techniques.

“The Academic Minute” is a 2 1/2-minute module released every Monday-Friday featuring guest faculty from universities across the U.S. The week of April 12 will feature Penn State educators Bill Goffe, Justine Lindeman, Katherine McLean, Daniel J. Mallinson and Jeffrey Stone. It is available in written and audio form, read by each guest presenter.

"Almost three years ago, we created a new position at the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence to support faculty who are interested in doing research on their teaching practice," said Laura Cruz, associate research professor with the Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence. "As listeners will hear in 'The Academic Minute,' that position has served as a catalyst for rigorous, interesting and innovative research on the learning that takes place in our classrooms at Penn State."

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Job Opening: Graduate Assistant for Web and Social Media Content

The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence (SITE) seeks a graduate assistant with entry-level web development experience to enhance the usability of our website and curate its content, and to increase our social media presence beginning Fall 2021. Assuming successful performance of duties, the assistantship will continue in Spring 2022.

Applicants should submit their materials using the Penn State Careers system/ Workday. The job ad can be located by pasting (REQ_0000012393) into the search bar of the Career Opportunities page on the system.

  • Responsibilities: Collaborate with project leader and systems administrator to update and enhance usability and accessibility of our website and increase our social media presence. Most work will happen within our content management system and social media accounts.
  • Required Qualifications: Status as a doctoral student who has completed all coursework and will have passed all aspects of the comprehensive exams before hire date; basic experience with HTML 5, CSS, and JavaScript, mobile and responsive web design, Kaltura, Microsoft Office, and Adobe Creative Suite and interest in developing more advanced skills; experience and knowledge of effective use of social media to reach our constituents; and strong organizational, problem-solving and time management skills.
  • Preferred Qualifications: Teaching experience in one or more course formats in any discipline; and experience working in a collaborative environment to think through processes and working methods.
  • To apply: Upload cover letter, curriculum vitae (or résumé), evidence of web and social media experience, contact information for 2 references familiar with your qualifications to fulfill the job requirements, and a completed Schreyer Institute Graduate Assistantship Conditions and Requirements Form at

Direct questions can be emailed to

Short Courses Offered in Summer 2021 at SITE

Registration is now open for a variety of online short courses, offered this Summer at Schreyer Institute

  • Take Action for Student Learning (TASL)
    • Is there a place in your course you dread teaching because your students always struggle? This four-week, online course provides an opportunity for faculty from all disciplines to apply the Decoding the Disciplines framework to engage, motivate, and foster deep learning in their students.
    • Visit TASL page for more information.
  • Course Design Academy (CDA)
    • Do you have a new course to design? Looking to redesign a course you’ve been teaching for a while? Perhaps reconsidering your course design as you move to a new delivery format (e.g., hybrid or online)? Across the month of June, CDA participants will (re)design their courses with the support of their own personal design coach and peers from across the Penn State community.
    • Visit CDA page for more information.
  • Teaching and Learning Scholarship Academy: Grading Differently (TLSA)
    • Have you been re-thinking about how you do your grading? Have you ever wondered if there might be different ways to think about classroom grading? You are not alone. The 2021 Teaching and Learning Scholarship (TLS) Academy will focus on exploring alternatives to conventional grading practice, including specifications (“spec”) grading, contract grading, un-grading, and other variations.
    • Visit TLS Academy page for more information.

Writing about Teaching Virtual Writing Group(s): Summer groups now forming.

Are you interested in joining a virtual writing group this summer? These are (pretty informal) groups of scholars who meet periodically (e.g. every Friday in June, every other Thursday morning) to set aside dedicated writing time and hold each other accountable for moving forward with research projects related to teaching and learning. You can check out our current group (which meets every Friday from 1-3 until the semester is over) if you’d like to see what the experience is like.

Summer groups will be formed based on interest and availability. To participate, please fill out this quick survey.

If you have any questions, or would like to join the current virtual Writing about Teaching group, please contact either Adam Smith or Laura Cruz.