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Summer Teaching Institute for Student Success Dashboard & Equity 

Leader: Dr. Rebeca Perren, Associate Professor of Marketing, College of Business Administration 

Summer 2023 Overview 

  • Monday – Thursday, July 10-13
  • 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM (Each Day) at the Faculty Center Conference room (KEL 2413)
  • $600 in stipend for each participating faculty 
  • Open to faculty of all ranks and colleges 


This Summer Teaching Institute aims to empower faculty to take a data-driven approach to refine instructional practices, support student learning, and advance equitable outcomes. Using the data provided by the student success and equity dashboards, faculty can enhance their teaching, prepare files for promotion and tenure, and engage in unit-level discussions to collectively identify areas of improvement and develop targeted strategies. Ultimately, this collaborative effort can lead to a more inclusive and equitable learning environment that supports the success of all students. 

Faculty can learn more about the dashboards at this link:  

Through a combination of hands-on activities, literature review, brainstorm sessions, and group discussions, participants of this four-day Summer Teaching Institute will focus on:   

  • Developing proficiency in using the student success and equity dashboards provided by the Chancellor's Office to analyze current trends in student demographics and academic outcomes at the course, program, and institutional levels. 
  • Reflecting on course results and/or academic units to identify areas for improvement and develop strategies for refining instructional practices that promote equitable outcomes for all students. 
  • Collaborating with colleagues to explore potential interventions that support student learning outcomes and develop best practices for promoting success across various metrics, such as retention and graduation rates. 
  • Applying a data-driven approach to course design that promotes student success and advances equity in the learning environment. 
  • Utilizing data from student success and equity dashboards to support their files for promotion and tenure, including incorporating evidence-based practices and demonstrating the impact of their teaching on student learning outcomes. 

Who should apply? Faculty of all ranks from all colleges, who have continuing tenure/tenure track appointments and/or been offered work in fall 2023, are welcome to apply

How will faculty be selected? 

Faculty will be selected based on their interest in participating and willingness to engage with data for student success and achieve equity goals. Priority given for faculty teaching classes that are identified for Equity Priority #5 work at CSUSM. 

What is the commitment?  

  • Participants should plan to attend the entire institute each day from 9:30 AM to 2:30 PM from July 10-13th at the Faculty Center, 2413 Kellogg 
  • Participants should plan to spend an additional 1.5 - 2 hours each day doing readings in preparation for the next day’s discussions and activities.   
  • Participants should attend a follow-up meeting during the fall 2023 semester to discuss the implementation of interventions identified from the summer institute.   

The Faculty Center will provide lunch for attendees each day of the institute. 

What is the compensation?  

Faculty who complete the Summer Teaching Institute will be awarded $600. Participants can select to take their payment either as a stipend or as professional development funds. Due to recent policy changes, in some cases, participants will receive the compensation as professional development funds transferred to their department 

If you have any questions, please email: Rebeca Perren at 

Applications are due by June 1, 2023 

Notifications of selection: first week of June 

Beyond Course Evaluations: Useful Student Feedback & Meaningful Learning Dialogues

Leader: Dr. Ruoxi Li, Interim Assoc Director for Teaching & Learning

Summer 2023 Overview 

  • Tuesday – Friday, June 20th – 23rd  
  • 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM (Each Day) at the Faculty Center Conference room (KEL 2413)

Effectively soliciting and incorporating student feedback is essential for college instructors to continuously improve their teaching practices. Student feedback provides valuable insights into student learning and helps instructors create a more effective learning environment. By demonstrating a commitment to understand the students’ experiences and address their concerns, instructors also foster an environment of mutual respect and open communication. However, conventional end-of-semester course evaluations are generally insufficient as a means of obtaining effective student feedback.  

Through a combination of hands-on activities, literature review, brainstorm sessions, and group discussions, participants of this four-day Summer Teaching Institute will focus on:  

  • Understanding the students’ perspectives in providing learning feedbacks  
  • Examining the higher education literature on effective student feedback, with the emphasis on interactive teaching and learning dialogues 
  • Creating teaching and learning dialogues to benefit both the instructors and the students 
  • Utilizing instructor-designed curricular materials that center student feedback and voice as part of faculty WPAF narrative and supporting documents 

Summer Writing Institute 

Leader: Dr. Martha Stoddard Holmes (LTWR)

Summer 2023 Overview:

June 26-29, 9:30 AM-2:30 PM KEL 2413 (In-Person Institute)

  • 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM (Each Day) at the Faculty Center Conference room (KEL 2413)

Do you have a book chapter, article, written portion of a research project, or other writing task you want and need to move forward this summer? This 4-day intensive combines coaching, support, and collegiality to help you achieve measurable progress on a specific writing project. It may also help you jumpstart sustainable daily writing practices associated with generating more writing, publishing more writing, and (most important!) feeling better about writing. You’ll also have the opportunity to discover colleagues’ work and complementary interests.

Topics and Daily Practices will include:

  • Bringing Focus and Ease to a Writing Session: Intention-Setting plus Play
  • Inviting in both sides of the Brain
  • Mindful Focus and Relaxation to Support Writing
  • Timed Writing: Windsprints, Trail-Running, and Strolling
  • Writing and Not Writing: Being Curious about Barriers, Resistance, and Procrastination
  • Sharing Work: Giving, Receiving, and Using Feedback
  • Calendaring, Planning, and Working with Time
  • Caring for the Writer’s Hands/Neck/Eyes
  • What Counts as Writing? Writing-Adjacent and Writing-Supportive Activities

Each participant will have the opportunity to share a draft in advance for focused feedback from the group and written feedback from the facilitator.

Service Learning Faculty Institute

Summer 2023 Institute Overview

  • Monday - Thursday, June 12th - 15th 
  • 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM (Each Day) at the Faculty Center, 2400 Kellogg 

Service Learning is a high-impact teaching practice that incorporates community work into the curriculum, giving students transformative, real-world learning experiences that enhance their academic learning while providing a tangible benefit to the community.

Through a combination of presentations and hand-on activities, our 4-day Faculty Institute will lead you step-by-step through the process of adding Service Learning into an upcoming class. You need not have an idea on what service you intend to add. We will help you brainstorm ideas and introduce you to our database of Community Partners seeking students. We will invite speakers, including community partners, to discuss best practices and tips for success.

The Service Learning Summer Teaching Institute will focus on both the pedagogy and the practice of service learning and on reflection. This includes:

  • Creating learning objectives that link service to course outcomes
  • Identifying Community Partners that fit the needs of your course and engage students
  • Designing reflection activities tied with the learning objectives and the service
  • Examining rubrics to assess student learning