Resources, Support, and Inspiration

Bright Fires for Students, Staff, and Faculty

Please see below resources, supports, and inspirational work brought to you by the CTLM, as well as the amazing and inspiring faculty, students, and staff of Arcadia University. This includes our valued shared resources we may have mentioned during a training, workshop, Friday Forum, or content created for or by students, faculty, and staff that really captures the best of teaching, learning, and mentoring.

In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Arcadia University developed an All-Modes Ready plan to continue providing quality academic and social experiences for students. On Aug. 3, the University announced it was shifting to a fully online semester for Fall 2020.

Student-facing resources about learning

"Never in my nanoscopic twenty years of living did I expect a national lockdown that would vanish me and other students from their college campuses around the world. Never did I expect everyone to suddenly hunker down in a national emergency with toilet paper and to hear about stimulus checks but not receive one because I was a college student."

Where Does The College Student Fit Into This Global Pandemic?

At the Arcadia University Common Read event on Oct. 12, held virtually this year, first-year students and members of the campus community heard from Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be an Anti-Racist.

CTLM Student Fellows Moderate Common Read 2020 Discussion with Dr. Ibram Kendi

Friday Forums

Friday Forums provide a time and space to connect and talk about significant issues as we cope, personally and professionally, with this public health crisis. #ArcadiaStrong celebrates our perseverance and character in overcoming adversity.

June 19, 2020

Friday Forum Introducing the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring; CTLM first acknowledges the historical and current importance of Juneteenth, the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the U.S.

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Why Juneteenth Is Important for America


August 14, 2020

Proposed by Dr. Angela McNeil and Cristina Cintron-Marsh and hosted by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring (CTLM), Friday Forum All Modes: Summer Lessons Learned, Gateway to Success (Undergraduate Studies), Physician Assistants Program (Health Sciences) and Arcadia Community Learning Center (School of Ed, Reading Program) share what they learned from their summer All-Modes teaching experiences.

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October 23, 2020

Revising Mid-Sentence: Hosted by the Center for Teaching, Learning, & Mentoring, Friday Forum featuring faculty, staff, and students talking about how they've adapted in their teaching and learning strategies this semester. 

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Resources Provided During Friday Forums:

Campus Wide Teach-Ins

Living Our Values Experience (LOVE) Pilot Program

The LOVE Pilot Program has been designed by the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring (CTLM) to serve as a much-needed space for Arcadia students to evolve on issues of identity, racism, and systemic discrimination, and to examine their own role within society as change agents.

By engaging in this critical conversation, we live our values and culture as a community unafraid to look at racist ideas and practices, our role in them, and acquire tools for dismantling a system that is built on injustice. 

This program responds directly to the immediacy and urgency of the Black Lives Matter movement. It is also deeply aligned with President Nair’s call for an “open course” to address racial justice.

Please join the Living our Values Experience (LOVE) Pilot for a campus-wide Teach-ins: The teach-in format will bring together both LOVE program participants and First-Year Seminars and the wider Arcadia community to engage in focused learning about racial equity.

All teach-in webinars will run from 6:30-8 p.m. and will be recorded for later listening.

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Teach-In #1: An Arcadia Call to Action: How Can We Be Better Anti-Racists?


  • Dr. Doreen Loury, Director of Pan-African Studies and Assistant Professor of Sociology
  • Dr. Jessie Guinn, Assistant Dean of STEM, College of Global Studies
  • Dr. Jennifer Riggan, Professor of International Studies

Teach-In #1 Recording   Passcode: 1#bJce

Teach-In Jamboard

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Dr. Favian Guertin-Martin
Associate Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Director of the Criminal Justice Program

Dr. Lauren Reid
Assistant Professor, Graduate Program in Counseling

Dr. Prash Naidu
Assistant Professor, Historical and Political Studies

Teach In #2 Bias/Microaggressions/Racist Abuse: How Can We Do Better/Heal?

Campus speakers will be engaging with the community from both a personal and professional perspective on the dynamics of bias and microaggressions. Attendees can bring questions in order to think about how we can do better and how we can heal. This conversation builds on First-Year Speaker and author Dr. Ibram X. Kendi's visit to Arcadia on Oct. 12 and the first Teach-In on Oct. 22.

Teach In Recording 

Teach In Jamboard

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Teach In #3 "What more can we do? Facing Race and Racism on Campus" 

Speakers:  CTLM/Just Act Ensemble Student Fellows/Ensemble Members:  India Knight,  Caitlin Marcyan,  Amanda Sturman,  Bryanna Martinez-Jimenez;  CTLM Staff Fellow: May Their Aye

CTLM Partner: Foram Bhukhanwala, and Just Act’s Executive & Artistic Director and Adjunct Faculty Member, Lisa Jo Epstein

December 2, 2020 

Teach in Jamboard

Learn More about Just Act

LOVE Pilot Teach-In #3 Recording
Arcadia University Living Our Values Experience (LOVE) Pilot Program Act-Up

In our first Act-Up, a panel addressed the topic of Good Trouble. In this Act-Up more than 40 participants, nine affiliated courses and programs, and over a dozen faculty and staff members shared what stirring up some good trouble moving forward might look like.  Topics addressed will include Education, Sports, Health Equity, Criminal Justice, Art History, and Workplace Discrimination.

Here is what participants have said about their experience:

  • “…this program allowed me to hear many other points of view that I wouldn’t have heard somewhere else.”
  • “Prior to this program, I was relatively ignorant to so much about how the system works…the discussions we had were so eye-opening.”

Student Resources

The CTLM with collaboration with offices around campus has been working to develop a full set of student resources for online learning, including videos produced by and featuring Arcadia students. Many of these resources can be found on the Academic Services All-Modes Ready page.

Senior to Senior in Humanities
Senior to Senior in STEM
Advice for Making Connections at College
Tips for Staying Engaged and Motivated while Virtual

Faculty Resources

CTLM’s Equity and Engagement Framework for all Modes: 

1. Student Centered, 2. Accessible and Inclusive, 3. Fosters Real-World Connections

CTLM Online Equity & Inclusion Principles

  1. CREATE CLASSROOM CONNECTIONS AND COMMUNITY AS WE ENGAGE WITH NEW CONTENT.  These learning relationships are not fluff, extra, or less-valuable than the content itself.  The ways that we can help make learning meaningful this fall all come back to enhancing student-student, student-instructor and student-content relationships. (See below for a fantastic set of Arcadia-specific student-facing resources about learning—many created by students!)
  2. KNOW THAT THERE IS DIFFERENTIAL ACCESS TO TECHNOLOGY AND DIFFERING LIFE, LEARNING, AND EMOTIONAL NEEDS THAT MIGHT MAKE CAMERA USE UNTENABLE.  We encourage students to have cameras on—not because it is a rule that needs to be followed but because the kind of learning communities we want to create are ones  in which students and faculty know each other and seeing each other in real time can be a great tool for that possibility.  If students can’t have cameras on for any reason, encourage active participation in other ways—through the chat, through asynchronous discussion posts, etc.  
  3. ENSURE THAT STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT ABLE TO JOIN IN SYNCHRONOUS ACTIVITIES STILL HAVE A WAY TO PARTICIPATE AND ENGAGE FULLY IN THE COURSE.  Flexibility will need to be the name of the game. We and our students will face many technical and logistical challenges this semester including time zone differences, learning challenges unique to the online environment, etc.  We need to ensure that synchronous material is recorded and made available in ways that allow students to fully participate asynchronously.  In this way, we retain an all-modes philosophy in our courses. (See Hogan & Sathy’s [2020, April] article below from the Chronicle for more ideas about how to make online teaching more inclusive.)
  4. ACKNOWLEDGE OUR SHARED HUMAN EXPERIENCE IN THIS MOMENT AND THAT WE ALSO DO NOT ENTER THE SEMESTER WITH THE SAME SET OF EXPERIENCES OR ACCESS TO RESOURCES. As Davidson (2020, May) suggests in her blogpost listed below “The Single Most Essential Requirement in Designing a Fall Online course”: “Online learning this Fall will be wasted if we do not begin from the premise that our students are learning from a place of dislocation, anxiety, uncertainty, awareness of social injustice, anger and trauma. So are we.”  If we are feeling burned out and overwhelmed, our students and colleagues probably are too. How can we continue to care for ourselves and each other in the coming year? 
  5. DISTILL WHAT’S MOST IMPORTANT FOR OUR COURSES AND LET THE REST GO: LESS IS MORE—REALLY.  As Shannon Diallo (CTLM Fellow from the PA Program) says, “It’s not about what you WANT to teach. It’s about what we NEED to teach.” What are the most important things? What are our new online routines? There is too much to manage. And we will need to monitor “overload” with individual courses and for individual students. We may need to adjust workload midstream for ourselves and our students. 

More than Content + Tech Tools 

Part 1: Student-Centered Teaching           Part 2: Accessibility and Inclusion                    Part 3: Real World Connections

Many people first think of the content they want to teach and the technology they'll use to teach online.  In this participatory workshop session, we'll explore some other vital aspects of teaching and learning online, including 1) a practical framework for thinking about remote student-centered teaching, 2) ideas about how to build a community of inquiry and engagement in the online classroom, and 3) how to embrace our role as learners in this current context.  Bring your ideas, your fears, and your questions!

Student Centered Teaching Jamboard

Part 1: Student-Centered Teaching session

In this collaborative, interactive session, we will engage with the 3 core guidelines of Universal Design (multiple means of Engagement, multiple means of Representation,  & multiple means of Action & Expression) to brainstorm ways to enhance accessibility and inclusion for All Modes courses. Passcode for the Recording below is: 60W*Dl

For those interested in we used for the session a program called Perusall. Visit to set up an account and then join our "course" using this code: SKILTON-428AB.  Our course is called: "More than Content + Tech Tools: All Modes Accessibility & Inclusion." After you join the course is to go to the LIBRARY tab and 1) Check out the agenda, 2) Scan the resources for the session, and then 3) Utilize Perusall to watch the 8 min TEDx Video called "Advocating for Universal Design" (by Jennefer Rousseau)*.  

Part 2: Accessibility and Inclusion

In this interactive, collaborative session, join with the Office of Career Education, the Office of Social Impact and Innovation, and the Center for Teaching Learning & Mentoring to explore All Modes ways to connect courses to the real world and students’ lived experiences as they become career ready, citizenship ready and life ready at Arcadia. 

Start with why -- how great leaders inspire action

Real World Connections Jamboard 

Part 3: Real World Connections
What's Next for All Modes

What's Next for All Modes?: Celebrating Spring Successes & Planning for a More F2F Fall Session. Including "State of Simultaneous F2F/Remote Pedagogies: 4 Case Studies" "Louise Burns (TCGS London) "Chris Mullin (Media and Communications) "Richard Maguire (TCGS London) "Chris Cerski (Historical and Political Studies)

Demonstration of All Modes

Demonstration of Chris Cerski’s way of doing All Modes for the Math Department (Thanks, Ned Wolff!)

Redesigning Your Syllabus for Inclusive Excellence

Following a year of progression on its 41 Anti-Black Racism Initiatives (ABRI), which were implemented by President Ajay Nair and Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Jeff Rutenbeck in June 2020, Arcadia University faculty and staff have been examining curriculum, scholarship, and professional development in the lens of Anti-Black Racism Initiatives (ABRI) and Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) frameworks. 

August 2021: Re-designing your Syllabus for Inclusive Excellence 

Arcadia University's School of Education, the Provost's Office, and the Center for Teaching, Learning, and Mentoring (CTLM) were pleased to offer a four day Summer Institute on Zoom called "Re-designing Your Syllabus for Inclusive Excellence" lead by Dr. Graciela Slesaransky-Poe, Education Professor, and Dr. Ellen Skilton, Education Professor and CTLM Director. Full and part-time faculty and teaching staff were invited to join as a community of practice to explore ways to transform one of their courses for inclusive excellence.  Each participant was asked to bring the upcoming semester syllabus with them to the Institute, where they addressed all syllabus components and focused on four major themes: 1. Redesigning for Change-Toward a Learner-Learning Centered Syllabus, 2. Addressing Ableism: Universal Design Matters; 3. Addressing Cis-Hetero-Normativity; and 4. Addressing White Supremacy: Race Matters.  Participants had the opportunities to share ideas with each other and engage with up-to-date resources and identify possible changes. 

  • Day 1: Redesigning for Change-Toward a Learner-Learning Centered Syllabus

  • Day 2: Addressing Ableism: Universal Design Matters 

  • Day 3: Addressing CIS-Hetero-Normativity 

  • Day 4: Addressing White Supremacy: Race Matters

Some of the Summer Institute attendees meet regularly to continuing this work in an Inclusive Excellence Teaching Learning Circle. 

Redesigning for Change-Toward a Learner-Learning Centered Syllabus Part 1
Addressing Ableism: Universal Design Matters Part 2
Addressing CIS-Hetero-Normativity Part 3
Addressing White Supremacy: Race Matters Part 4

The Fires are Burning Bright.

The CTLM is tapping into our already existing robust and innovative faculty, staff and students. 

Below are just some of the amazing faculty leading the way: 

Policing and Democracy John Noakes, Ph.D

John Noakes will discuss the importance of why both an active and effective police force and active and effective oversight of the police are necessary for a liberal democracy to thrive..

Living life to its full extent takes guts. In this motivational talk, Dr. Doreen Loury, talks about the steps necessary to live your life with purpose, perseverance, integrity, and grit...

Positioning Yourself for Success The Honorable Christopher Cerski J.D.

The Honorable Christopher Cerski gives his recipe for making decisions which help you on a path to success, based on the lessons he has learnt throughout his career.

HBO's The Wire: A Roadmap to the Opportunity Gap Bruce Campbell Ph.D

So much do we look at communities and rate them on how much they are worth by monetary means.  HBO's The Wire shows us there are many different ways we should be looking at the worth of our communities.

Distant Dreams and Re-imagined Futures | Scott Rawlins

In this talk, Scott discusses the past's perceptions of the future and the importance of collaboration between the arts and sciences (as well as jetpacks)...

Abbey Ryan - the light / the shade (inspired by poet robert lax) -- a short film about Abbey Ryan's "the light / the shade" painting series, inspired by the poetry of Robert Lax.

The Courage to Not Be Discouraged | Dr. Jojo Lucena

Dr. Jojo Lucena talks about how it's not the end of the world if you don't know what you want to do in life. In fact, not knowing may actually help you figure it out.

Ellen Murphey developed the Arcadia Honors course, "Music, Art and Memory" in 2013 as a way for students to explore how our memories actually work -- as opposed to popular notions about it....

And some of our powerful student voices!

Students Teaching Students: the Power of Mentorship | Erika Raskay

Students Teaching Students: the Power of Mentorship" focuses on how student teaching and mentorships can help promote confidence and understanding in the academic realm….

The Empathy Behind Teaching | Megan DiCriscio

In this talk, Megan speaks on the importance of empathy, not only towards students, but also towards teachers. It’s all about the empathy behind teaching..

Why We Need to Look Back to Move Forward | Amanda Young

Amanda examines the relevance of the past in our present day lives, as well as the imperative nature of its presence in our approach of the future...

Living Your Double Life | Elizabeth Gillen

Elizabeth Gillen has been living a double life since she was 8 years old - ordinary student by day, singer by night. In this talk, she discusses the importance of practicing your passions and making the time to be happy….

Fear: Man's Best Fiend | Corrina Gonzales

Corrina Gonzales talks about the abnormalities and normalities of fear, and how instead of shying away from the biochemical and emotional response, we can learn from it….

Celebrate Your Ordinary Heroes | Olivia Lutz

In this talk, Olivia discusses why we should begin to see heroes as people who do ordinary things that have a profound effect on others..

Mistakes ARE Everything, But Don't Worry About It! | Jordan Seguin

In this talk, Jordan discusses how to model reactions to mistakes in ways that can improve the mental health of children. She suggests new ways to react to and accept all mistakes to better our own lives and the lives of those around us….

Stepping into Scientific Literacy in the Information Age | Rachel Keown

In this talk, Rachel discusses the importance of scientific literacy in the present day….

How to Schedule Stress Nicole Adler

In this talk Nicole Adler discusses how college taught her to schedule her stress and be present in the moment.

GALILEO-W Conference 2020 Student Panel Our Most Pressing Challenges

This panel has representatives from different degree programs from Arcadia University’s graduate programs, coming together to discuss what they see as the largest issue facing their profession in today's world today and what other groups they may need to work with for success to occur. Explore GALILEO-W Collaboration Among Changemakers

GALILEO-W Conference “Don't Stay in Your Lane: Meeting the Needs of Multilingual Learners Requires Collaboration.”

In this faculty/student breakout session, Ellen Skilton (faculty), Jennifer Gray, Francine Vollman, and Rachel Black (masters students in the School of Education) from the Teaching Multilingual/Multicultural Literacies class, share findings from semester-long teacher research projects working with English Language Learners. Explore GALILEO-W Collaboration Among Changemakers

GALILEO-W Conference Sam Krug - The Science of Leadership

After receiving a higher level degree, employers are expecting a baseline of expertise in a specific field, but they are also expecting intangible skills, such as conflict resolution, project management, and professionalism. Numerous studies have shown that there is a deficit in leadership and management expertise from individuals with higher level scientific education….

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