Boise State Center for Teaching & Learning

Boise State Center for Teaching & Learning


Join us in welcoming Dan Sanford who will be joining the Boise State Center for Teaching & Learning (CTL) as its new director starting in late July.

Sanford has a doctorate in cognitive linguistics from the University of New Mexico. His work in the CTL at Boise State University will be built upon a broad foundation of working with faculty and other campus stakeholders to support student academic success.

Sanford spent ten years at the University of New Mexico in various capacities in the Center for Academic Program Support, including as its director.

Most recently, Sanford has been the director of [email protected] and the Academic Resource Commons at Bates College. In this role, he worked with faculty to support effective teaching and assessment across disciplines and to focus on learning outcomes at the course and curricular level.

Sanford played a key role in supporting the college’s transition to COVID teaching while maintaining an engaged, active, collaborative, and equitable approach to learning. He is excited to return to the environment of a large public university and to lead the Center for Teaching and Learning into the future. Sanford will also serve as an associated faculty member and teach in the undergraduate program in linguistics.

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Congratulations to Shari Ellertson, director of Institutional Research, and Teresa Focarile, interim administrative director for the Boise State Center for Teaching & Learning. They presented at the 2020 Assessment Institute hosted by Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). This year’s conference was held virtually, with more than 10,000 attendees from all 50 states and more than 40 countries. Martha Plascencia, management assistant in Institutional Research, moderated the session.

In their session, “Strengthening Program Assessment and Faculty Development through Faculty Review Teams,” Focarile and Ellertson shared details about the peer review process employed for Boise State University’s Program Assessment Reports (PARs).

Since the implementation of the PAR process in 2016-17, 65 faculty and staff representing every academic college have served as peer reviewers and over one-fourth of them have served in multiple years. The peer review process is intended to provide helpful feedback to programs that submitted PARs while fostering transparency, modeling collaboration, building community, and expanding faculty development.

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Tasha Souza, associate director for inclusive excellence for the Boise State Center for Teaching & Learning, was interviewed by Steve Freedland from the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) for their Teaching Social Justice podcast series. The episode was on microaggressions in the classroom and teaching social justice more broadly. SALT is a community of progressive law teachers working for justice, diversity and academic excellence. Listen at

Additionally, Souza presented an online workshop for faculty from Westfield State University (WSU) in Massachusetts. The workshop was entitled “Inclusive Courses at WSU: Creating an Environment that Values and Supports All Learners.”

Finally, Souza also presented to approximately 250 participants at the Blue Sky Institute Diversity and Inclusion Summit on the topic of “Microaggressions in the Workplace: What are They and What Can I do About Them.”

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Our friends at the Boise State Center for Teaching & Learning shared this blog post highlighting lessons learned and strategies undertaken by one of their faculty colleagues during Spring, 2020.
As they note, “These strategies are applicable to most disciplines and may be helpful for faculty preparing to teach remotely, going forward.”
Max Davis Johnson, Boise State University associate vice president and chief information officer, and Daniel Gold, director of IT programs, presented “Disruption to Transformation: Boise State’s Story of Perseverance During COVID-19” on May 26. The webinar was part of the HR Water Cooler series hosted by Oracle.

Davis-Johnson discussed the technology adjustments Boise State made to transition from in-person to virtual in a very short time, including quickly expanding the university’s infrastructure capacity to move fully online. He also talked about making the same available in-person technologies accessible in the virtual space. Part of Boise State’s success was being able to communicate all the changes being made in a coordinated and clear manner with the assistance of campus partners such as the Boise State Center for Teaching & Learning and Division of Extended Studies.

Gold shared tips and techniques for keeping the university’s enterprise HCM Cloud implementation on-schedule while shifting from on-premise to remote implementation.

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Congratulations to Susan Shadle, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and executive director of the Boise State Center for Teaching & Learning, on being named vice provost for undergraduate studies, effective July 1, 2020.

She will succeed Andrew Finstuen, who has served in an interim capacity since 2016 while also holding the position of dean of the Honors College.

Shadle earned her doctorate in inorganic chemistry at Stanford University and held a two-year postdoctoral research fellow position at Johns Hopkins University prior to joining Boise State University in 1996. She was appointed the inaugural director of the Center for Teaching and Learning in 2006, named Carnegie Idaho Professor of the Year in 2015 and recognized as a Boise State Distinguished Professor in 2017, among numerous other honors and awards.

Learn more about Susan at

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The Boise State Center for Teaching & Learning sponsors workshops and other events to provide the Boise State University community with opportunities to reinforce best-practices in teaching, learn from colleagues, and reflect upon the choices we make as teachers.

Find online workshops and webinars (new and archived) offered at

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Congratulations to Susan Shadle, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and executive director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, recently named vice provost for undergraduate studies, effective July 1, 2020.

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Hi! I really need some help! I am currently taking a Marketing Research Course. If you are a Current Boise State Student could take 5 minutes out of your day to complete a survey, I would be really grateful. Please share this with other Boise State students. Thank you so much!
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Congratulations to the 5 nominees from #BoiseState for Idaho Business Review's Women of the Year 2017!

Janet Callahan, chair, professor, Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering

Vanessa Crossgrove Fry, assistant director, Idaho Policy Institute; assistant research professor, Boise State School of Public Service; doctoral candidate, Public Policy and Administration

Ann O. Hubbert, director, professor, Boise State University School of Nursing, Boise State University Health Services

Susan Shadle, director, Boise State Center for Teaching & Learning

Caile Spear, health education specialist, professor, Department of Community and Environmental Health

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The Center for Teaching and Learning supports, promotes, and enhances teaching effectiveness and facilitates student engagement by providing consultation, resources, and programs.

The Center for Teaching and Learning is the nucleus of a university culture that values teaching and learning. The center is a resource for all instructors who care about the learning environment they create for students. It fosters dialogue, scholarship, innovation, and excellence in learner-centered teaching.

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Kudos to Mike Stefancic (from the CTL's Service-Learning team) who played a huge role in facilitating this service-learning project and in supporting the stellar faculty member, Mari Rice.

At the campus’s Arbor Day Celebration on April 29, 2022, from 2 to 4 p.m. the campus planted three new trees provided by the City of Boise to celebrate the university’s designation. This designation is in recognition of work completed by Lecturer Mari Rice and 30 students in her 300-level Environmental Studies course during the Fall 2021 semester. The project was a collaborative effort between the students, Campus Landscape Services, the Service- Learning office, Campus Sustainability, and the Idaho Department of Lands who trained the class and gave them access to the tree inventory software.

With this support, Rice and the students surveyed and documented every tree on campus, developed a Tree Management plan, and published a comprehensive online story map of Boise State’s current trees. Read more about it on the Boise State website.

Reminder to Register for TVAC 05/10/2022

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Reminder to Register for TVAC Celebrate the scholarship and innovative teaching practices of adjunct faculty by registering for the 2022 Treasure Valley Adjunct Conference (TVAC), a collaboration between Boise State University and the College of Western Idaho. In an effort to make the conference as accessible as possible for all...


Do you want to continually develop your knowledge of what kinds of teaching practices best support student learning, as well as interact and share ideas with colleagues? Consider completing the CTL Ten for Teaching certificate. Dr. Julie Mercado and Dr. Nirmala Kandadai, both Assistant Professors, recently completed this program.


Sign up to be an Interdisciplinary Mentor!
Each fall, the CTL welcomes new faculty to campus. As they arrive, they have the option to sign up for the Interdisciplinary Mentoring Program, which pairs each new faculty member with a faculty mentor in another college. If you are interested in participating, read more here.


Have you ever thought about the messages you’re sending with the policies articulated in your syllabus? Do your attendance and late work policies, among others, communicate your trust in and respect for your students as human beings? To learn more about how your syllabus can actively communicate a supportive partnership between yourself and your students, read this article:


The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is looking for two Educational Development Specialists to join our team of staff and faculty associates dedicated to supporting impactful student learning at Boise State University. This is a busy and fun job in a professional setting that is at the forefront of Boise State’s efforts to be an equitable and inclusive institution. The people in these positions will have lots of opportunities to interact with educators and staff across campus while developing professional skills. Colleagues with experience / knowledge in the areas of Outreach and Communication, Classroom Assessment, High-Impact Practices and / or STEM teaching will complement and help to expand our Center’s current educator support programs. We encourage applications from candidates with a wide range of life and professional experiences in higher education who will contribute to the diversity of our Center and Institution. To learn more and apply please visit the Boise State Human Resources listing for these jobs.


Boise State's Service-Learning (SL) program was highlighted in two ways in the recent Boise City Boise Parks and Recreation annual report. The report noted that "Boise State’s Service Learning (SL) program connects classroom learning with hands-on community engagement. For over ten years, this program provides valuable volunteer opportunities and internships which directly help our after-school programs."

In addition, Sasha Wang, a close colleague of the SL team and long-time scholar of SL pedagogy, was recognized for supporting Boise youth STEM programs through her SL class (as part of a $2 million NSF grant)


In August, the Center for Teaching & Learning will offer a series of workshops oriented towards helping instructors to prepare for the fall semester. Look for opportunities August 15 to 19 to consider the design of your courses & assignments, get feedback on your course planning, think about ways your courses can be enriched with best practices, and compare notes with your fellow instructors. Please watch for specific times and topics to be announced over the summer. We hope to see you!

Wrapping Up the Spring Semester 04/29/2022

Wrapping Up the Spring Semester

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Wrapping Up the Spring Semester Hello! Well, here we are - the last week of classes for the spring semester! I hope finals week goes smoothly for you and your students. While the semester is almost over, this last newsletter of the academic year highlights ways that you can stay connected with the community of teachers at Boise S...


Join us on Friday, April 29th from 2-4PM for an afternoon of tree planting and a campus trash pick-up to celebrate Arbor Day 2022 with Campus Sustainability, the City of Boise, and other campus organizations! Lead Arborist at the City of Boise, Mike Andrews will be providing three trees for the Boise State Community to plant!


Service-Learning experiences can enhance student learning while also enhancing the lives of folks in our community. Check out the impact of one Boise State social work student who had the opportunity to share a moment with a senior as part of his SOCWORK 201 service-learning experience. Thanks to the Boise Senior Center for highlighting this interaction in their Senior Center newsletter.

"Service-learning can be a transformative method of teaching, learning, and community engagement." Learn how at


Interested in involving your students in Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) projects? Want to know how SoTL can benefit your students? Need support on how to start a SoTL project? Read about a CTL workshop facilitated by Dr. Michal Temkin Martinez (Linguistics) and Dr. Krishna Pakala (Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering), where faculty explored different levels of engaging with students through SoTL projects. Tap here to read more!


Are you tired of negotiating with students over how many points they earned on an assignment? Do you wish you could focus more on providing meaningful feedback about student learning than on assigning grades? If so, an alternative grading framework may be just what you need. Click the link to read more!


The teaching of writing, as well as using writing as a tool learning, is an essential part of both undergraduate and graduate education.

Often, however, the way that we assign writing is more grounded in the models that we were exposed to in our own educational experiences than in course outcomes.

In this workshop, we'll discuss approaches to designing writing assignments that center student learning, and that are responsive to the goals of the course. Register here!


Mary Oliver writes, “What is it that you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”This workshop will take people through a series of guided meditations and poetic prompts to help participants find clarity and balance. Participants will leave with strategies to live a more joyful life. Click here to register!


Join us to learn strategies to better support first generation college students.This workshop will offer a greater sense of understanding of first generation college students' (FGS) experiences, needs and challenges, both before and during the pandemic.

This workshop will be conducted asynchronously and is designed for participants to work on specific tasks throughout the session. Register here!

This workshop counts towards the BUILD Certificate


Thank you for your ongoing support of Service-Learning at Boise State! Save the date and join us for the Spring Service-Learning Exhibition!

Wednesday, April 27th 2022 4:00-6:00pm Hatch Ballroom - Student Union Building

Please come join us to celebrate Boise State students, their learning, and their community impact, as well as dedicated instructors who use service-learning as a high impact practice.

Please invite others to come to the Service-Learning Exhibition and view the community impact of our students and faculty.

Come and celebrate with us!


Want to hear practical tips on how to engage students in research projects, along with different campus resources that support student research? Join us to explore how different levels of engagement with Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) can enhance their students' success. Click here to register!





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The Center for Teaching and Learning is located on the Boise State University Campus at the Interactive Learning Center in room 315 (ILC 315).

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