The Center for Teaching creates and promotes professional development opportunities for Tunxis faculty, administrators and staff who teach. We sponsor everything from informal discussions to intensive training.

Our priorities are set by and for faculty, so let us know if there’s an issue or opportunity we might highlight.


Tuesday, January 21 New Adjunct Faculty Orientation Library Conference Room Colleen Richard And Company
Wednesday, January 29, 2:20 – 3:20 “Closure and CATS” “Cookies and Conversation”
Room: 7-222
Colleen Richard & Marguerite Yawin
Thursday, February 13, 9:00 – 3:00 For the Love of Learning Adjunct Office CFT Committee
Wednesday, February 19, 10:00 – 11:15 Stories & Strategies of Successful Students Student Panel
Founders Hall
Michelle Saindon
Friday, February 28 Inclusive Teaching Pathways to Teaching Statewide CFT
Wednesday, March 4, 2:20 – 3:20 “Setting up a Positive & Productive Classroom Culture” “Cookies & Conversation”
Room: 7-206
CFT Committee
Friday, March 6 Spirit of Teaching: Passion Holy Family Retreat Center
West Hartford, CT
Statewide CFT
TBD International Lunch Adjunct Office

CFT Committee &

Kirk Peters

Friday, March 27 Schwab Leadership Institute Capitol Community College Statewide CFT
Friday, March 31 Topic TBD Online Instructors Group
Room: 6-174
Hendree Milward
April TBD Accessibility and ADA Professional Day CFT Committee
Wednesday, April 22, 2:20 – 3:20 “Vulnerability” “Ted Talk and Tea”
Room: 7-222
Hendree Milward
Wednesday, May 6, 9:00 – 3:00 Goodies for Grading Adjunct Office CFT Committee
May 18 – 20 Barnes Seminar Ivoryton, CT Statewide CFT
Friday, June 5 Schwab Leadership Academy TBD Statewide CFT


Tuesday, October 15, 3:00 – 4:00 Let’s Make a Movie Online Instructors Group
Room: 6-174
Hendree Milward
Tuesday, October 29, 3:00 – 4:30 Promotion Presentation Room: 7-206 Carianne Garside
Thursday, October 31, 9:00 – 3:00

Chocolate Day

(Prizes for the best costumes!)

Adjunct Office CFT Committee
Monday, November 4, 2:30 – 3:30 Quit Slacking & Start Acting: Putting the Assignment Back in Assessment Repeat Presentation
Room: 7-222
Jen Wittke
Monday, November 18 “The Science of Gratitude” “TED Talk and Tea”
Room: 7-206
Colleen Richard & Carianne Garside
Friday, November 22 Inclusive Teaching Pathways to Teaching Statewide CFT
Thursday, December 5, 9:00 – 3:00 pm Goodies for Grading Adjunct Office CFT Committee

Stories and Strategies of Succsessful Students


iTeach Essentials

Online teaching is not about knowing which buttons to push in Blackboard. Although technical proficiency supports online teaching, the ability to communicate effectively online, facilitate community and interaction, design effective online assignments, learning objectives, and course structure are paramount to the success of online learning. Topics in this course include both pedagogical as well as technical best practices of online teaching and classroom management.

For information and additional details, visit the website at: http://www.ct.edu/iteach To find out what it is like to take the iTeach program, please talk to Susan Gentry at sgentry@tunxis.edu 860.773.1651

Pathways Workshops
The state Center For Teaching generally offers 4 workshops in the months of October, November, February and April . If you are interested in registering for one or all of the sessions, please follow the directions at the bottom of the announcement. The Pathways Workshops are well presented and typically provide valuable information and opportunities to talk with colleagues about teaching. The workshops last a half day and are open to all Tunxis faculty including adjuncts and administrators who have instructionally related responsibilities. You just need to register! If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Richard at crichard@tunxis.edu or 860.773.1637.

Barnes Seminar
A free 3-day intensive workshop in a beautiful natural setting typically in May. This event is open to adjuncts, full-time faculty, and administrators who are engaged in some form of teaching. Applications due in February, with participants announced April. Details to be announced. For more information, contact Colleen Richard at crichard@tunxis.edu

Instructional Skills Workshop
Highly interactive 3-day workshop, in which each participant makes three 10 minute presentations. These are the basis for discussions about effective pedagogy. Experienced or brand new faculty can benefit greatly from these sessions. It is an opportunity to experiment with new approaches to instruction. Contact Susan Gentry sgentry@txcc.commnet.edu, Debbie Bradford DBradford@txcc.commnet.edu or Sue Lounsbury SLounsbury@txcc.commnet.edu

Spirit of Teaching
A day-long workshop for mid-career faculty who will appreciate a discussion that reminds them why they went into teaching and helps them express their enthusiasm for what they do. Offered in September. Contact Colleen Richard crichard@tunxis.edu

Instructional Skills Workshop
Promo for Instructional Skills Workshop developed by Dr. Colleen Richard and Adrianne Kelly, to give prospective participants an enthusiastic orientation to the workshop.

Past Presentations
March 10, 2016 2:30 – 4:30 Open Educational Resources: Faculty Showcase
An introduction to Open Educational Resources and how they are being used at Tunxis Community College, sponsored by the Tunxis Center for Teaching and the Tunxis ‘Going Open’ committee.

Kevin Corcoran, Executive Director of the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC), will provide the initial overview, followed by a faculty showcase where Tunxis faculty will share how they use open educational resources in their courses.

February 18, 2016 Helping Us Help Others – College Mental Health
A REPRESENTATIVE FROM THE NATIONAL ALLIANCE ON MENTAL ILLNESS- CT. A collaborative effort brought to you by Center for Teaching, Student Accessibility Services, Academic Advising & NAMI Connecticut

Online Resources

Strategies for advisors.

  • Nudge Nation: A New Way to Prod Students Into and Through College
    The article describes a few ways technology is being used to ramp up scale, outreach and focus while decreasing the cost of efforts to boost retention and student performance. Reinforces the notion that text messages and—yes!—phone calls can really make a difference.

Assessment tips and issues shared by Tunxis colleagues.

Discipline Specific
Teaching tips and resources recommended for specific disciplines.

Instructional Strategy
Strategies flagged by fellow Tunxis teachers.

Instructional Theory
General theories and principles of education.

Teaching With Technology
Helpful background and news about teaching with technology.

Publications, Blogs and Websites from Tunxis Teachers
Personal and institutional information and opinion.

Roundup of helpful articles related to our student population.

Teaching With Technology
Helpful background and news about teaching with technology.

Role Ambiguity in Online Courses: An Analysis of Student and Instructor Expectations

Recommended by Terry Cassidy and Hendree Milward, who says: “The article puts a theoretical framework around a problem that we encounter in all our classes, but most acutely in our online classes. The problem being that students are unsure what is expected from them. One of the things I like best about the article is that it helped me step out of my instructor role and see an online class a little more from a student’s perspective. “

TED Talks
Favorites of Tunxis instructors.

Free Educational Material OER

Tunxis Online > Distance Learning > Blackboard Links

A webpage is usually the first best place to look for information and answers. Here are a few Tunxis go-to places you should have on hand.

2014 Tunxis Technology Conference

"Old School" vs. DIGITAL... Nothing But Choices!

View conference presentations.

Click on Old School” vs. DIGITAL… Nothing But Choices!

Or find it in the menu below the Tech for Teachers tab.

Digital Content

Online, on demand, 24/7 access to

  • 150,000 digital books
  • thousands of journals
  • major national and regional newspapers
  • music and video for instructional use
  • citation help
  • library guides customized for your class

from Tunxis Library.

For more information, help selecting content from the library or web, getting links to share and embed, contact:

Rachel Hyland

or main reference desk 860-773-1556.

Who Does What

Adrianne Dunham
Interim Director of Library and Educational Instructional Technology. Blackboard training and troubleshooting.  Oversight of Library and Instructional Technology services.

Tunxis Help Desk
Troubleshoot WiFi, classroom technology (computers, keyboards, mice, projection equipment…), internet access, security issues, Office 365 authentication for students, password reset for faculty with ID, SANS Securing the Human.

ConnSCU Support
Statewide support center for myCommnet and Blackboard. Submit ticket to document and report problems. Help with log in, browser check, downloads etc.

Colleen Richard

Colleen Richard
Teaching and Learning Consultant

 Debbie Bradford Debbie Bradford

  Sam Kapros

 Susan Gentry Susan Gentry

  Christina Gotowka

Image preview Adrianne Dunham

 Hendree Milward Hendree Milward

Jacqueline Decker

 Susan Lounsbury Susan Lounsbury

 Michelle Saindon Michelle Saindon

 Nicholas Stugard Nick Stugard

Amanda Burkhart

 Carianne Garside Carianne Garside

Marguerite Yawin Marguerite Yawin

Tatiana Machado Tatiana Machado



Online Resources