This Week for Faculty: Welcome to the new semester!

by | Jan 16, 2024

At the Center for Teaching and Learning, we look forward to working with you this semester. We hope you will join us for our Spring 2024 offerings and connect with us during our office hours and our consultation services.

Read on to learn more about our drop-in support, conversational spaces for you to connect with colleagues around teaching, programming through the Dialogue Across Difference initiative, the 2024 Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium, and sessions to explore AI tools in teaching. 

Please reach out to us at with any questions about our offerings.

Get Help. Drop in to 212 Butler Library!

Need help getting your CourseWorks site organized? Interested in using other digital tools in your classes? 

The CTL is here to support you. Drop by Butler room 212, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, for the month of January 2024 for in-person consultations with a CTL Learning Designer.

Ease into the new semester

As we go into a new semester, the CTL invites you to join colleagues to discuss the ways we support our students and ourselves throughout the semester. This informal space is for you to share your thoughts, experiences, and find community with peers. 

Easing into a New Semester for Teaching: A Conversational Space for Faculty
January 18, 12:00-1:00pm, online – Register
January 24, 3:00-4:00pm, 212 Butler – Register
January 30, 11:00am-12:00pm, 212 Butler – Register

Related on-demand resource.

Dialogue Across Difference (DXD)

The Dialogue Across Difference (DxD) initiative is designed to foster a community of learners among students, faculty, and staff and to engage with diverse perspectives and navigate challenging conversations with a shared commitment to mutual understanding and respect.

Join the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and the CTL for the following workshops:

Having Difficult Conversations 
Friday, January 26, 2024, 12:30-2:00pm | 203 Butler Library – Register

Dr. Beth Fisher-Yoshida, program director of the Negotiation and Conflict Resolution program in the School of Professional Studies, will lead a faculty workshop where faculty will gain tools to negotiate conflict, especially in times of crisis, and navigate campus climate dynamics.


Employing Empathetic Objectivity in the Classroom
Thursday, February 22, 2024, 12:30-2:00pm | 203 Butler Library – Register

Professors Ari Goldman and Gregory Khalil, who co-teach a course on religion in Israel/Palestine at the Graduate School of Journalism, will share how they (sometimes) successfully navigate differences in and out of the classroom.

Learn more about the Dialogue Across Difference (DxD) initiative and upcoming events on the Office of the Provost website.

Celebrate Teaching and Learning

The Office of the Provost and the Center for Teaching and Learning invite the Columbia community to celebrate 10 years of teaching innovation by faculty who are transforming their courses and pedagogies through the Office of the Provost’s Teaching and Learning Grants.

Join us for online panels on February 1 and February 7, and an in-person panel and reception on February 13 in Low Library, featuring Columbia faculty.

Explore AI Tools

Teaching Lab for AI Tools: Designing Effective Prompts
February 20, 10:00-11:00am, online – Register

Teaching Lab for AI Tools: Community Building
February 27, 3:00-4:00pm, online – Register

Request a Learning Community to Go on Teaching and Learning in the Age of AI 
Department chairs and program directors can request the CTL facilitate a conversation either in-person or via Zoom; we are happy to join existing meetings or groups. Contact the CTL at

Related on-demand resources available on the Teaching and Learning in the Age of AI: Considerations, Resources, and Opportunities page.