Welcome to our April edition of “What’s happening at UCAT this month?” This post will highlight some upcoming events in April, announce our book giveaway, and detail some UCAT updates.


Upcoming Events: As your semester wraps up, we invite you to join us for one of the following sessions:

Please join us on April 9th from 2:00-3:00 PM for a Featured Teacher roundtable entitled From Distracted to Productive: Time Management Lessons for Students… and Us.

We will hold a STAR breakfast on April 18th from 9:00-10:30 AM in the Barbie Tootle Room of the Ohio Union. The topic is Teaching Statements, and we will provide breakfast and coffee for all participants to enjoy while we chat about teaching in a relaxed, supportive environment. To read more about our past STAR Breakfasts, please browse these takeaway posts from participants about Active Learning and Student Feedback.

Registration is now open for the annual Academy of Teaching Conference on Excellence in Teaching & Learning! This year’s conference will be held May 3 in the 4-H Center, and the theme is “Creating Inclusive Connections.” Please visit the conference website for more information and to register.

Finally, UCAT will hold three Course Design Institutes this summer. One of the institutes will run in Early May, another in Late May, and the last in June. Please apply if you are interested in working on course design over the break.

Please pre-register for any events you’d like to attend on our events page.


Book Giveaway: This month we will be giving away a copy of Therese Huston’s How Women Decide. Dr. Huston will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Conference on Excellence in Teaching & Learning!

Huston, Therese. (2016). How Women Decide. Boston, MA: Mariner Books.
We all face hard decisions every day and the choices we make, and how others perceive them, can be life-changing. There are countless books on how to make those tough calls, but How Women Decide is the first to examine a much-overlooked truth: men and women approach decisions differently, and often in surprising ways. Stress? It makes women more focused. Confidence? Caution can lead to stronger decisions. And despite popular misconceptions, women are just as decisive as men—though they may pay for it. Pulling from the latest science on decision-making, as well as lively stories of real women and their experiences, cognitive scientist Therese Huston teaches us how we can best shape our habits, perceptions, and strategies, not just to make the most of our own opportunities, but to reshape the culture and bring out the best decisions—regardless of who’s making them. –Amazon.com

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Also, please read our previous blog posts from book giveaways about teaching online, small teaching, teaching interculturally, and teaching what you don’t know.


Spotlight On Guest Blog Posts: Have you attended a UCAT event and tried out useful new classroom techniques? We would love to hear about your experiences! If you are interested in writing a guest blog post for UCAT about your a-ha moments in the classroom, please contact Kelly Jo Fulkerson Dikuua with a 2-3 sentence summary of the proposed topic for your post. Blog posts should be between 400-1000 words. All selected contributors will receive full credit for their work and it will be featured on our social media outlets. We look forward to hearing from you!   


All of us at UCAT wish you a smooth end of the semester and invite you to schedule a consultation with us over the summer as you plan for the Fall semester.

4 Responses to “Monthly Update Post: April”

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  2. JaNelle Ricks says:

    I am unable to enter the book giveaway. When I click “enter” I receive an error message that I do not have permission to access the page. Any thoughts on how to trouble shoot? thanks!

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