CEAL on Air Podcasts Kick-Off for 2017-2018

Center for Engagement and Learning presents their first podcasts of the academic year- CEAL on Air – just in time for a state-wide week of recognition of adjunct and part-time faculty in higher education. A big thanks to Olga Webstad, Teresa Josten and Karen Danner for taking the time to be our guests on COA.

We are also trying out a hosting platform for our podcasts and will be linking to episodes hosted on Libsyn.com. Check out three recent interviews with Pierce College adjunct faculty – part of a series of interviews with our adjunct faculty that will be continuing through November 2017.

You can listen right from our Libsyn page by clicking on this link! 

or visit our CEAL Intranet page where you can also find archives of past COA vodcasts and podcasts. 

GAAD = Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 18, 2017

The idea of a Global Accessibility Awareness Day started with a single blog post written by a Los Angeles-based web developer, .

, an accessibility professional from Toronto discovered Joe’s blog post purely by accident.

After reading it, Jennison immediately contacted Joe and they joined forces, leveraging their extensive and respective networks to realize the event. For more of the backstory of this day, watch this interview of GAAD co-founder, Jennison Asuncion, by Dr. Jonathan Hassell.

Starting in 2015, rather than using a fixed date, GAAD is now celebrated on the third Thursday of May.

You can celebrate GAAD – Global Accessibility Awareness Day – today by attending the  IGNIS webinar, Tips for Making Online Learning Accessible,  that SBCTC is hosting  from 2pm -3:00pm Enjoy this webinar from the comfort of your work office or home office or view the recording next week. 

Other related events happening today –

The May 18th Global Accessibility Awareness Day – Olympia

The live event includes presentations by Mark Adreon from Department of Services for the Blind, Jess Thompson from the State Board for Community & Technical Colleges, Erin Lopez from Department of Enterprise Services and more.

More information is available at https://olygaad.wordpress.com/

Other events around the state and globally

UW https://www.washington.edu/accessibility/events/

UW Bothell has made GAAD a whole week http://depts.washington.edu/etuwb/ltblog/?p=5622

Seattle’s A11ySea  https://www.meetup.com/a11ysea/events/238601169/

And Participate Globally  http://globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org/participate.html


June 3 – Employee Learning & Development Day – Save the Date!

Word cloud containing values and actions related to cultural responsivenessGet out your calendar and save this date!

Employee Learning and Development Day at Pierce College is set for Saturday, June 3, 2017 with the theme “A Culturally Responsive Community of Learners.”

For Classified and Admin Exempt Employees:

All workshops and sessions take place at the Fort Steilacoom campus. A variety of learning and training opportunities are starting at 8:30 AM and ending at 4:00PM.

Coffee, tea and other refreshments are available all day – Lunch will be part of a working session and will be served from Noon to 1PM in the Student Activity Center -Performance Lounge, Cascade 421.

Download or view Saturday Learning and Development Day Agenda  – PDF format

For Adjunct Faculty :

You have the opportunity to participate in faculty professional development activities that will run from 8:30am – 1:00pm at the FS campus. 

From 8:30 – 10:30:  we will have an opportunity to learn how to use Tableau data and dig into questions about student learning. This will be a highly interactive session and is targeted for beginner and seasoned Tableau users.

10:45 – Noon: Choose from the many workshops being offered for exempt and classified employees. The theme for the workshops is “A Culturally Responsive Community of Learners”. See the link for the agenda above.

Noon – 1PM:  Join your faculty and employee colleagues for a working lunch in the Student Activity Center -Performance Lounge, Cascade 421

Adjunct faculty will receive a $100 stipend for your participation from 8:30-1:00. If you want to join in on the afternoon sessions, please do. However, those sessions will not be associated with a stipend.

Look for registration information coming to your Pierce College email.

See you there!


SBCTC Webinars, Courses and More!

The State Board of Community and Technical Colleges offers a variety of professional opportunities for faculty and staff across the state of Washington. Many of their events are virtual and can be viewed live or via recordings after the event. Below are a few of the upcoming offerings:

IGNIS Webinars –

Tips for Making Online Learning Opportunities Accessible to All Students
Thursday, May 18

Engaging Students Online with Web Conferencing
Thursday, May 25, 2017

Beyond Textbooks with OER
Thursday, June 8, 2017

For more information or a link to join the webinar, visit the ATL Blog – IGNIS 2017 page

Webinar Series on Accessibility for Faculty and Staff

CATO (the Committee for Accessible Technology Oversight) is proud to introduce the Spring Lunchtime Accessibility Webinar Series!  Follow the title links below to register for upcoming events. Webinars are hosted by Jess Thompson, Program Administrator at SBCTC

Principles of Accessible Design
Tuesday, April 25
Noon – 1pm
Link to Webinar Recording on YouTube

PPT Slide Deck for Download: Principles of Accessible Design

MS Word Accessibility
Wednesday, May 3
Noon – 1pm
Webinar Recording not available yet

Accessibility & 3rd Party Materials
Tuesday, May 16
Noon – 1pm

Web Accessibility: Tools and Tips for Testing
Wednesday, May 24
Noon – 1pm

Facilitated 4-Week Accessibility 101 Training

To learn more about this course visit this webpage on the SBCTC site:

Dates for upcoming sessions are not listed on the site yet, but you can save these dates below and be

    • July 10 – Aug 6 (registration will open late May)
    • Aug 7 – Sept 3 (registration will open late June)


Wondering What an UnConference Looks Like? Join Us March 31

Planning to attend the Adjunct Faculty In-service on March 31?

Get ready for a new learning experience in an unconventional workshop method. We’ll be creating our own agenda live, when the day begins, using the “unconference” method of professional learning and engagement.

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, an unconference is defined as:

A loosely structured conference emphasizing the informal exchange of information and ideas between participants, rather than following a conventionally structured program of events.

The unconference format can help do many things that a structured agenda may not handle so well:

  • Build community and relationships.
  • Helps solve problems.
  • Unleashes innovation and creativity.
  • Deepens learning and application of the new learning.
  • Provides highly interactive and relevant content.

Consider the following 4 Rules of UnConference, by Diane Gage Lofgren:

  • Rule one, whoever shows up are the right people.
  • Rule two, whatever happens is the only thing that could have.
  • Rule three, whenever it starts is the right time.
  • The fourth and final rule is, it’s over when it’s over.

The beautiful thing about these rules is they give participants the freedom needed to come up with creative and engaging ideas and solutions. At the end of the unconference we will convene once again as a large group and report out key takeaways from each breakout session, giving all participants the ability to learn, not only from the sessions attended but also from other sessions. All participants will walk away with new tools and ideas to take back and implement into their work immediately.

What do you have questions about, as it relates to your role as an adjunct faculty member? What great ideas do you want to share and expand on? What do you want to explore with your colleagues? Please send your session ideas to CEAL@pierce.ctc.edu   Bring your ideas for sessions on March 31. We’ll create the agenda that morning, based on what is important to you.

Need the full agenda for the day?


Breakfast is served in the Performance Lounge on the Fort Steilacoom campus. Welcome from Chancellor Michele Johnson and Greg Brazell, Director of Center for Engagement and Learning.


Unconference session breakouts and community learning.

10:30-10:40 Break


Guided Pathways: What are they and what is the vital role you play? How do they contribute to student learning and success? Join a discussion with three of our Vice-Presidents: Deb Gilchrist, Jo Ann Baria, and Matt Campbell.


Lunch will be “bring your own”. We will have a working lunch session about the new Adjunct Faculty leveling system in the new negotiated agreement where you can learn the how and why of it all. Join a discussion with PCFT Union representatives, and Vice Presidents Deb Gilchrist, Jo Ann Baria, and Matt Campbell.

CEAL Commons and Lab Closed Over Spring Break 2017

This is just a reminder that the CEAL Commons area and the LavaJava Lab at Fort Steilacoom is closed for use whenever the Library is closed for breaks and holidays.

Beginning March 24 through April 2, you’ll need to make an appointment if you would like get help from CEAL staff or use the technology in the CEAL commons or Lab. We will be back to regular library hours when the new quarter begins.

Please email Kyle Peirson or Renee Phoenix if you would like set up an appointment.

The Puyallup Lava Java area is open for use as long as the college campus is open. Over the Spring break, check with Campus Safety first before making a long trip to the Puyallup campus to make sure buildings are open.

ATL Conference 2017 in Spokane on May 3-5

Walking Together: Shared Pathways Towards Student and Faculty Learning

The Assessment, Teaching and Learning (ATL) conference brings educators together to broaden their understanding of teaching, relate effective practices, and exchange insights, methods and strategies to promote and support student learning.

2017 Pre-conference workshops, plenary sessions, and featured concurrent sessions will explore:

  • The fourth design principle of a guided pathways approach — ensuring student learning.
  • Faculty agency in designing, developing, and implementing a guided pathways approach.
  • Assessment of learning outcomes as equity and social justice work.

Date and Location

May 3 – 5, 2017
Spokane Convention Center
318 South Division Street, Spokane, WA 99201

Visit the SBCTC Assessment, Teaching and Learning website for more information about the conference, lodging and registration for this event. 

Save The Date: SBCTC to Offer 2-Day Fall Institute on Transparent Teaching

From Gate Keeper to Gateway

Revising Your Course to Create Equitable Learning Environments
September 6 and 7, 2017
South Seattle Georgetown


During this two day fall institute, you’ll work collaboratively with other faculty members to reflect on your stance as an educator, and to re-design the instructional materials of your course—namely the syllabus and two assignments— to ensure they are transparent to your students.  Research shows that low-stakes changes to the artifacts of your classroom can be high impact in terms of ensuring learning and increasing student success outcomes (such as completions).

  • Along the way, you will get hands-on experience with research-based  best practices that are demonstrably equity-producing
  • Reflect on your stance as an educator using the Diversity and Opportunity Gap Framework
  • Ensure your classroom artifacts are accessible using the principles of Universal Design for Learners (UDL)
  • Collaboratively revise two out-of-class assignments using the transparent assignment template with the help of a “disciplinary stranger”
  • Develop a plan to teach the two assignments using transparent methods


  • A large percentage of the students who enroll in our courses are impacted by opportunity gaps.
  • The term “opportunity gaps” refers to the consequences of both individual and institutional practices that result in students experiencing uneven and inequitable opportunities to learn. These opportunity gaps tend to fall along the lines of race and ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.
  • Opportunity gaps can be addressed through rigorous use of equity frameworks that help educators identify and critique common misconceptions, including the use of a “color blind” perspective, or adhering to the “myth of meritocracy” in thinking about student achievement.

 For Who:

To create a shared language around high-impact practices, as well as to help students avoid having to “re-invent the university” in every class, faculty are encouraged to attend in campus teams (disciplinary or interdisciplinary) of 3 to 5.


Individual participants– $150 each

Team– $125 each

How To Register:

Registration information will be available on the SBCTC website the last week of April.  Space is limited to 40, so register well before the deadline of May 1st, 2017.

Got Questions?

Contact Jennifer Whetham or Emily Lardner of the Washington Center for Improving Undergraduate Education

Winter Adjunct Faculty Day March 31 – Registration is Open!

Pierce College adjunct faculty are invited to attend the Winter Adjunct Faculty In-Service coming up this month!

Date: Friday, March 31

Time: 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM

Location: Fort Steilacoom campus / Performance Lounge

In-Service Format:

The majority of the day will be an “unconference” which means that there will be no predetermined agenda, but rather it will be created by YOU, the attendees, at the beginning of the day. More information about the “unconference” style of meeting will be provided as we get closer to the event.

In addition, there will be time set aside for a information session regarding the new adjunct leveling process  that is part of the new faculty contract. Pierce Vice-President and PCFT Union representation will be present to answer your questions.

Breakfast will be provided in the morning.  Please bring your own lunch and stay for a working lunch information session ending at 1:30PM. A $50 stipend is provided for faculty who attend and participate for the full day.

To Register for this event follow the link below:


Deadline to Register is Monday, March 27.

We look forward to seeing you there!  Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions!

Fabienne Josephat: COA Podcast 11-2-16

November 2, 2016 – Haitian author Fabienne Josephatfabienne_poster

Fabienne was a visiting author who presented and facilitated a writers workshop at Fort Steilacoom for students and faculty on Nov. 2, 2016. You can download the MP3 audio file below to listen to her interview with CEAL on Air.

Fabienne Josephat: COA Interview: Writing Fiction Through Time and Place

Fabienne Josaphat is the author of Dancing in the Barons Shadow, a debut novel recently mentioned in The Roots list of Books by Black Authors To Look Out For in 2016. Her essay, Summer is an Empty House, recently made the Notable Essays mentions in Best American Essays 2016.  Her fiction, non-fiction and poetry have been featured in The Masters Review, Grist Journal, Damselfly, Hinchas de Poesia, Off the Coast Journal and The Caribbean Writer, as well as in Eight Miami Poets, a Jai-Alai Books poetry anthology. She lives in Miami and also teaches at Florida International University.

CEAL Commons: Holidays, limited hours, and closures

Wooden holiday sign on antique plaster wallCEAL at Fort Steilacoom

The CEAL Commons and Lab located in the Fort Steilacoom library is required to follow library closure dates during holidays and breaks between quarters.

If the Fort Steilacoom Library is closed, we can meet with faculty or staff on a one-to-one basis by appointment only – we must let you in the front doors of the library first, to get to the CEAL Commons at the back of the Library.

Please plan your use of the Fort Steilacoom Lab or the Commons space accordingly during the following holiday limited hours and closures:

Limited hours:

  • Nov 11th 9am-3pm
  • Nov 28th 9am-3pm


  • Nov 23rd-27th (Thanksgiving)
  • Dec 15th -Jan 3rd (Winter holiday break)

CEAL at Puyallup

The CEAL area in Puyallup (A160) in the Admin Building – A160 – is not affected by library closures. However, if the college is closed or we are on break, you might not have access to the building or space due to IT updates to computers, or other maintenance to the space that might be scheduled between quarters.

Please check with Campus Security before coming to the Puyallup campus during holiday closures to be sure the CEAL/Lava Java area is open.

COA Fall 2016 Digest

October 28, 2016 – Assistant Art Professor Scott Aigner

Scott talks about his creative influences and why movies, nostalgia, fame, and celebrity show up regularly in his work

October 18, 2016 – Amber Baillon joins us to talk about Communities of Practice

Oct. 14, 2016 – Interview with Heather Frankland Associate Professor in Arts and Humanities.

Sept. 30, 2016 – Renee Phoenix and Kyle Peirson reveal the CEAL Fall Schedule, and some Canvas Tips