TLC Bi-Weekly Newsletter for Wednesday September 25, 2019

Good morning, K-State!


Here is an update about what is going on in the Teaching & Learning Center (TLC):

TLC Professional Development Series Is Going Strong!

We have offered four events to date, and over 200 people have attended the events in person! We will continue to offer events throughout the academic year that delve into many domains of teaching and learning. These events will provide valuable experiences for those who attend in person; Zoom participation also is available by request, and the events will be cataloged on a Canvas page for those who cannot attend in person or by Zoom in real time.

You will have the opportunity to earn a TLC Professional Development Certificate or be selected as a TLC Fellow as a result of your participation in this series.

Past TLC Professional Development Events Available on our Canvas Page

Please email us ( if you would like an invitation to our TLC Professional Development Series Canvas Page. This will provide access to the videos of our professional development events, information about our Professional Development Series, and provide a forum for discussing topics related to teaching and learning.

Peer Review of Teaching Is Accepting Applications

The Objective of the Peer Review of Teaching Program is to help faculty members develop and document their teaching. PRTP is designed to support faculty in the development of a community of scholars who write about the intellectual work involved in their teaching and who share that writing with interested colleagues. Download the PRTP 2019-2020 Brochure to learn more!

How to Apply

Given the limited resources of the Peer Review of Teaching Program, participation is limited to twelve faculty fellows a year, chosen from those who apply by the October 15, 2019 deadline.

To apply, download and complete the application form.

Applicants apply individually. Priority for fellowships is given to applicants who have not previously participated in the Peer Review of Teaching Program.

Application Deadline: October 15, 2019

Send completed application form to:

Jennifer Anthony

Peer Review of Teaching Program

TLC Canvas Discussion of the Week

Our discussion question of the week is in two parts:

What is one area in teaching and learning (broadly defined) in which you would like to be mentored?

What is one area in teaching and learning (broadly defined) in which you would be able and willing to mentor others?

Let us know if you have other questions you would like us to post.

TLC Highlighted Teacher

In each newsletter we will feature a K-Stater who is doing something special related to teaching and learning. This time, our TLC Highlighted Teacher is Kevin Wanklyn.

My name is Kevin Wanklyn and I am a Teaching Associate Professor in the Alan Levin Department of Mechanical and Nuclear Engineering. I also serve as the Undergraduate Program Director for the department as well as both an academic and creative inquiry team advisor. I earned all my degrees from K-State, so I feel a strong connection to the students in my classes. I strive each day to create an academic experience that is challenging yet fair, rigorous yet fun, and professional yet personal. In my view, that is the K-State Way.

Click here to view Dr. Wanklyn video where he talks about his teaching strategy at K-State


Call for TLC Twitter Teachers of September

Each month we will collect nominations for TLC Twitter Teachers of the Month. If you would like us to recognize someone for their contributions to teaching and learning at K-State this month, you can nominate them. Please (Click HERE to nominate for TLC Twitter Teachers of the Month).

We look forward to continuing this exciting year! #IteachatkState


Brian Niehoff
Director, Teaching & Learning Center

Don Saucier
Associate Director, Teaching & Learning Center

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Upcoming Events Hosted by the TLC:

  • Professional Development Series
  • "The K-State Family: How We Follow Through on the Promise of Support" (Andy Thompson; Promotional video coming soon!)
    • Kansas State University is known as a “family” to all who attend, visit, or interact with a K-Stater. Come join Andy Thompson (Office of Student Life; Assistant Dean, Assistant Director) and find out how the Office of Student Life supports our “family” through the ups and downs of the university experience.
    • Wednesday, October 2nd from 11:00am-12:00pm in room 4061 within the College of Business Administration
    • Click HERE to Register for Andy's Talk

  • Professional Development Series
  • "How to Teach Multidisciplinary Content Through Historical Narratives" (Justin Kastner; Promotional video coming soon!)
    • Educational thought leaders have long exhorted university instructors to teach multi- and inter-disciplinary content. What are some valid approaches to this honorable yet daunting enterprise? One involves the use of stories. Eschewing pedagogical methods that merely present multi-faceted concepts and principles, this seminar encourages the use of narratives (real-life ones drawn from history) to (a) heighten intellectual curiosity amongst learners, (b) efficiently integrate the concepts-to-be-learnt, and (c) deliver on memorable lectures. Come join Dr. Justin Kastner (Associate Professor, Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology) as he presents on specific, illustrative approaches used in the teaching of DMP 816 Trade and Agricultural Health and DMP 888 Globalization, Cooperation, and the Food Trade (courses typically involving veterinary, public health, and food-system students).
    • Thursday, October 10th from 3:00-4:00pm in room 4061 within the College of Business Administration
    • Click HERE to Register for Justin's Talk

  • Professional Development Series
  • " Engaging Students with Experiential Teaching Tools for the Humanities " (Heather McCrea; Promotional video coming soon!)
    • Please join us as Dr. Heather McCrea (Associate Professor, History) demonstrates a few ways to integrate humanities-based simulations (games) into the undergraduate classroom. We will discuss methods to help students develop historical characters and how to place those actors within a pivotal moment and reenact scenarios including trials and Congressional debates to deepen their understanding of the past and its ramifications on the present.
    • Wednesday, October 16th from 12:00-1:00pm in room 4061 within the College of Business Administration
    • Click HERE to Register for Heather's Talk

Other Upcoming Events Related to Teaching and Learning:

Upcoming Award Deadlines:

  • Nominations for TLC Twitter Teachers of the Month for September are due by 11:59PM on September 30th!