CETL Faculty Grant Applications for 2016/2017

Do you have an innovative idea that supports student success?

Need instructional materials to “make success happen” in your classroom or lab?

Would you like to travel and share your professional development experiences with your students and peers?

Consider applying for a CETL grant!

The CETL grant applications will conclude at 11 p.m. on Monday, September 19, 2016. The review process will begin shortly after the application period concludes, and winners will be announced on October 14.

Please visit CETL Grants to apply, review past winners, and download the rubric associated with deciding grant recipients. For questions that you may have, feel free to contact us at cetl@spcollege.edu

Fall 2016 CETL Adjunct Learning Event

On Saturday, August 6, 2016 from 8:00am until 12:15pm CETL is hosting an adjunct learning event to support your preparation for our fall 2016 semester. This event will be held on the Clearwater Campus and in the ES building with our opening session in ES 104.

We are providing sessions on course readiness, sharing best practices for student learning, as well as offering helpful tips on how to be a successful adjunct at SPC. Please review the 2016 CETL Adjunct Learning Event Agenda PDF for more details.

If you are interested in attending, please register via the following link:


We only have 100 seats available so please make sure to register as soon as possible.

New for this year, there is an optional afternoon “Technology Boot Camp” hosted by the SPC technology support team from 1-3pm. Participants will focus on Basic computer skills and Office 365 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneDrive). More information for the afternoon boot camp will follow in a separate email along with registration instructions.

If you have questions or need any additional information please contact CETL at 727-791-2750.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in August!


CETL Grant Applications for 2016 – 2017 are now open!

Do you have an innovative idea that supports student success?

Need instructional materials to “make success happen” in your classroom or lab?

Would you like to travel and share your professional development experiences with your students and peers?

The CETL grant applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are now open, and will conclude at 11pm on Monday, September 19th, 2016. The review process will begin shortly after the application period concludes and winners will be announced on October 14th.
CETL sponsors three categories of grants:

  • Mini Grant (up to $500 per award)
  • Instructional Materials Grant (up to $750 per award)
  • Travel Grant (up to $1,500 per award)

Hurry up and apply before the deadline. Please visit cetl.spcollege.edu/grants to apply, review past winners, and download the rubric associated with deciding grant recipients.

ACRL Report Shows Compelling Evidence of Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success


A new report issued by ACRL, “Documented Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success: Building Evidence with Team-Based Assessment in Action Campus Projects,” shows compelling evidence for library contributions to student learning and success. The report focuses on dozens of projects conducted as part of the program Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success (AiA) by teams that participated in the second year of the program, from April 2014 to June 2015. Synthesizing more than 60 individual project reports (fully searchable online) and using past findings from projects completed during the first year of the AiA program as context, the report identifies strong evidence of the positive contributions of academic libraries to student learning and success in four key areas:

  1. Students benefit from library instruction in their initial coursework. Information literacy initiatives for freshmen and new students underscore that students receiving this instruction perform better in their courses than students who do not.
  2. Library use increases student success. Students who use the library in some way (e.g., circulation, library instruction session attendance, online databases access, study room use, interlibrary loan) achieve higher levels of academic success (e.g., GPA, course grades, retention) than students who did not use the library.
  3. Collaborative academic programs and services involving the library enhance student learning. Academic library partnerships with other campus units, such as the writing center, academic enrichment, and speech lab, yield positive benefits for students (e.g., higher grades, academic confidence, and retention).
  4. Information literacy instruction strengthens general education outcomes. Libraries improve their institution’s general education outcomes and demonstrate that information literacy contributes to inquiry-based and problem-solving learning, including critical thinking, ethical reasoning, global understanding, and civic engagement.

The three-year AiA program is helping over 200 post-secondary institutions of all types create partnerships at their institution to promote library leadership and engagement in campus-wide assessment. Each participating institution establishes a team with a lead librarian and at least two colleagues from other campus units. Team members frequently include teaching faculty and administrators from such departments as the assessment office, institutional research, the writing center, academic technology, and student affairs. Over a 14-month period, the librarians lead their campus teams in the development and implementation of a project that aims to contribute to assessment activities at their institution.

“The findings about library impact in each of the four areas described above are particularly strong because they consistently point to the library as a positive influencing factor on students’ academic success,” said  Karen Brown, who prepared the report and is a professor at Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science. “This holds true across different types of institutional settings and with variation in how each particular program or service is designed.”

In addition, there is building evidence of positive library impact in five areas, although they have not been studied as extensively or findings may not be as consistently strong:

  • Student retention improves with library instructional services.
  • Library research consultation services boost student learning.
  • Library instruction adds value to a student’s long-term academic experience.
  • The library promotes academic rapport and student engagement.
  • Use of library space relates positively to student learning and success.

In addition to findings about library impact, participant reflections reveal that a collaborative team-based approach on campus is an essential element of conducting an assessment project and planning for subsequent action. Kara Malenfant, contributor to the report and a senior staff member at ACRL, noted, “The benefits of having diverse team members working together are clear. They achieve common understanding about definitions and attributes of academic success, produce meaningful measures of student learning, align collaborative assessment activities with institutional priorities, create a unified campus message about student learning and success, and focus on transformative and sustainable change.”

Read more in the full report “Documented Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success: Building Evidence with Team-Based Assessment in Action Campus Projects.” The executive summary is available as a separate document, formatted to share broadly with campus stakeholders.

Join a free ACRL Presents live webcast to hear more from the report authors on Monday, May 9, from 1:00 — 2:00 p.m. Central time (11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Pacific | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Eastern.  Convert additional time zones online.) Submit your free registration online by Friday May 6, 2016. Login details will be sent via email the afternoon of May 6. The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing more than 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the Web at acrl.org, Facebook at facebook.com/ala.acrl and Twitter at @ala_acrl.

New CETL Board Members Announced

The CETL Board of Directors met on April 22nd to select 4 faculty members to fill open board seats for the 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 academic terms. The following faculty members were appointed:

David Fitzgerald (Communications, DT)
Jennifer Haber (Communications, TS)
Christopher Martinez (Adjunct Faculty, Humanities, TS)
Christian Moriarty (Ethics, SPG)

The following faculty members were previously selected in early spring to replace open seats at the end of fall 2015:

Basil Moutsatsos (Humanities, CL)
Dorothy Nulty (College of Nursing, HEC)

This was a very difficult decision for the CETL Board when reviewing all the amazing faculty that applied to serve. CETL received 34 applications for the one open seat reserved for adjunct faculty and 23 applications for the three open full-time faculty seats. As a way to incorporate this valuable support moving forward, CETL has established the CETL Adjunct Advisor Board and the CETL College Wide Advisory Board. Faculty not selected to serve on the CETL Board of Directors have been invited to be serve as part of these advisory boards. Both boards will meet at least twice a semester in fall and spring each academic year to provide faculty feedback on a variety of CETL resources and functions.

A special thank you goes to all the SPC faculty that applied. CETL looks forward to working with the new members as part of the new advisory boards. Congratulations!

The CETL Team

2016 CETL Distinguished Faculty Awards survey

The 2016 CETL Distinguished Faculty Awards survey is now open and accepting nominations.

This is a wonderful opportunity to nominate a deserving colleague to be recognized for their contributions. Any college employee can nominate a full-time faculty member for this honor.

The CETL Distinguished Faculty Award is an annual award that is presented to full-time faculty for excellence in one or all of the following areas:

• Enthusiasm for SPC’s mission, culture, and values
• Innovative and effective use of student success strategies
• Demonstration of best practices in student engagement

To nominate, please complete the 2016 CETL Distinguished Faculty Award Nomination survey prior to 5pm on Monday, May 9th.

The 15/16 CETL Board of Directors will present Five (5) awards this year with each awardee receiving $1,500 towards their faculty professional development.

Awardees will be notified on Friday, May 13th and formally recognized as part of our annual Fall Faculty event on August 11, 2016.

Once again, this is a wonderful opportunity to nominate a deserving full-time faculty member.

Thank you for your consideration.

The CETL Team.

SPC 2nd Annual International Symposium


The Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning and the Center for International Programs will be presenting the SPC 2nd Annual International Symposium on Thursday, June 2nd from 12pm to 4pm at the Clearwater campus, room ES 104.

The event will be a great opportunity to learn about new International Program initiatives including the following:

  • Faculty involved in Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) with institutions abroad
  • The new Global Citizen Pathway (GCP) program for students
  • International engagement activities with SPC faculty and staff!

There will also be time for your input and ideas on how to move the internationalization efforts forward!

Don’t miss this great opportunity. Space is limited and lunch will be provided, so save a spot early by completing the registration survey.

If you have any questions, please contact Ramona Kirsch at (727) 341-4732.