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Professional Development Week (PDW)

Fall 2023 Professional Development Week

 August 14-18, 2023

What is Professional Development Week?


Professional Development Week (PDW) is the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning's  (CETL) pre-semester conference. Faculty, instructors, and staff are invited to join us to learn more about our campus community and attend sessions on effective teaching in higher education


  • Higher education focused sessions relevant to our campus community
  • High quality speakers on meaningful topics
  • Flexible one-week conference with class-building breaks
  • Opportunity to learn about campus programs and departments
  • Excellent networking opportunities

CETL uses Sched for the PDW schedule, session sign-ups, Zoom attendance, check-ins, and workshop materials. Need help getting your account set up? Sched has several guides with step-by-step instructions to get you started. 

The Sched contains a password that can be found in your e-mail. Simply search for "CETL" then our PDW e-mail. Cannot find that e-mail? Reach out to us! We're happy to help!

We are excited to see everyone at the Fall 2023 PDW! This PDW is about celebrating our joy for teaching, love of the classroom, and a great space to seek out new ideas to try.

When: August 14-18, 2023

Where: Centennial Campus

Learn More: CETL SharePoint Site

Centennial Campus
Dr. Gina Garcia the 2023 Fall PDW Keynote Speaker

Keynote Presentation and Workshop:

The CETL team is honored and proud to welcome the leading scholar in Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) Dr. Gina Ann Garcia for the Fall 2023 PDW keynote and workshop. 

Keynote: Becoming Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Dr. Garcia draws from her book Becoming Hispanic Serving Institutions: Opportunities for Colleges and Universities, to describe the different “types” of HSIs: Latinx-enrolling, Latinx-enhancing, Latinx-producing, and Latinx-serving. She will provide evidence of how HSIs fit within these types based on empirical data collected with three HSIs in Chicago. Dr. Garcia will challenge us to think about how becoming an HSI is an individual process for Pikes Peak.

Workshop: Developing Social Justice Curriculum in Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Dr. Garcia will provide an overview of HSIs and discuss the importance of becoming “Latinx-enhancing,” offering suggestions for how to center Latinxs and other minoritized students in the curriculum and classroom. She will also provide a definition of social justice in the curriculum, stressing the need for faculty across the institution, from STEM to humanities and professional schools, to think about equity and justice outcomes. This training is hands-on, allowing faculty to evaluate their syllabi and reflect on their own pedagogical practices.

Professional Development Week

Fall 2023 PDW

CETL begins preparing for the next PDW each March and October. As you travel to conferences, attend webinars, and work with colleagues, great teaching ideas come up!

PDW workshops are centered around pedagogy and andragogy, or teaching and adult learning. The goal is to provide you with practical, hands-on teaching strategies, techniques, research, and ideas you can implement in your own classroom. 

If you've got a great idea, please put in a workshop proposal! Complete the PDW Workshop Proposal form below to submit your idea. A CETL team member will reach out to you to discuss the workshop structure and/or help you develop the workshop. 

PDW is not the only time CETL offers professional development training. If you have an idea that works well at another point during the semester, please send an e-mail to cetl@pikespeak.edu 

Learn more about PDW on the CETL Sharepoint Site

Spring 2023 PDW

With three days of programming and two flexible days to work on classes, meet with departments and deans, and prepare for the semester, professional development week (PDW) was a meaningful time to attend professional development workshops. 

The theme for this semester's PDW was "This is the Way: Growing, Applying, and Empowering our Teaching." As we continue to strengthen our skills in the classroom while preparing for the future of higher education, CETL will offer professional development opportunities throughout the semester. 

Learn more about upcoming professional development opportunities by checking your inbox for CETL e-mails or signing up for the CETL SharePoint below. 

To the right is the overall attendance and workshop participation data from spring. CETL's goals are to continue to work with faculty, instructors, deans, and leadership to provide meaningful and helpful professional development programming. 

PDW Workshop Recordings

CETL records as many professional development sessions as possible. We know that you have a busy schedule and want professional development to be available on your time. To access recordings from past workshops, sign-up for the CETL SharePoint by using the button below. 

Professional Development Units

PDW pedagogy- and andragogy-focused workshops qualify for professional development units in the Promoting Advancement and Growth for Educators (PAGE) program. If you're not signed up for the PAGE program, learn more on the PAGE website or contact cetl@pikespeak.edu
Professional Development Week Data from Spring 2023