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Higher Education Certificate Workshop

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Open to MSU International Visiting Scholars, Postdocs, and Ph.D. Students!

About the Workshop

Annual Teaching & Learning in Higher Education Certificate Workshop

Led by distinguished faculty and administrators from Michigan State University, this annual workshop series hosted by the Visiting International Professional Program is designed to allow you to develop your own teaching practice and enhance your knowledge and skills in navigating higher education successfully. You can attend the entire series or choose to join individual workshops. Stay tuned for information about the next workshop series, and read about the previous workshop by downloading the 2023 Workshop Flyer (PDF).


Participants can earn a certificate for completing a minimum number of sessions (to be announced.)


For more information, contact Dr. Xiaoqing Chen at chenxia6(at)

Workshop Session Topics

Workshop Session Topics

Read about some of the topics covered during past workshop series below. Note that workshop topics are subject to change as needed to remain relevant to higher education scholars. A new schedule and topics will be announced prior to each workshop. Participants can attend the entire series, or choose to register for individual workshop sessions.

Overview of Higher Education in the U.S. Part 1

This workshop surveys the higher education system in the United States of America. The history, philosophy and new challenges faced by the higher education system in the U.S. will be discussed. Main topics include the attributes of U.S. higher education, categorization of institutions, organizational structures, and finance.

Overview of Higher Education in the U.S. Part 2

This workshop continues the survey of the higher education system in the United States, including the topics of higher education quality control, accreditation system, and the tenure system.

Curriculum Design

This workshop will examine how to align goals and teaching methods with student assessments. It will cover trends, key concepts, and guiding principles of curriculum design, and will highlight student portfolios and poster sessions.

Interactive Learning

This workshop will focus on current research and best practices in active and interactive learning strategies. It will address effective teacher behaviors, principles for innovative teaching, and Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) that support learning.

Documenting and Evaluating Teaching

This workshop will focus on productive practices in peer review of teaching as well as documenting and evaluating teaching. It will explore teaching portfolios, course portfolios, reflective statements on teaching, review of course materials, and peer classroom observation.

Digital Technology in Higher Education

This workshop covers the history of postsecondary distance learning and online education in the U.S. as well as today’s debates about technology and higher education in the U.S.

Effective Approaches to Student Mentoring

This workshop will examine models, policies, and practices in the design of faculty mentoring programs for students, especially graduate students. It will address the qualities of effective programs and showcase techniques and tools to support both mentors and mentees.

Leadership in Higher Education

This workshop will begin with the three pillars of American higher education: tenure and performance evaluation, academic freedom, and shared governance. It will then focus on leadership in higher education, including leadership definitions, competencies, and challenges; a framework for motivating and engaging faculty in change efforts; and orientations to change.

Professional Meeting and Panel Discussion with MSU Leaders

This session will give participants the opportunity to meet and learn from professionals at MSU who are leaders in the Higher Education field.

Participant Reflections and Feedback

Participants will have an opportunity to present their takeaways, action plans and provide feedback on the series.

Distinguished Instructors

Distinguished Instructors



Dr. Rabindra Ratan

Associate Professor and AT&T Scholar in the Department of Media & Information, Director of Social and Psychological Approaches to Research on Technology-Interaction Effects (SPARTIE) Lab




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Dr. Roger Baldwin

Erickson Distinguished Chair Emeritus, Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University





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Dr. Jun Fu

Data Analyst, Neighborhood Student Success Center, the Data Operations and Analytics Team of the Office of Undergraduate Education, and the Department of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging of the Division of Student Life & Engagement






Dr. Steven Weiland

Professor in the Department of Educational Administration at Michigan State University


Registration & Payment

VIPP Participants: Free

Non-VIPP Participants: Cost to be determined for next workshop. Pay online here.

When you fill out the registration form you will be able to select which session(s) you wish to attend.

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