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Seminar Series

The Empowering Teaching Excellence Seminar Series features speakers selected from USU's faculty and occasional visiting guest speakers. Topics pertain to various aspects of effective teaching and primarily focus on practical application, learned through experience, by seasoned teachers.

Upcoming Seminars

View ETE Archives

Several past Empowering events have been recorded and are available for viewing. After viewing a past event, instructors can submit a reflection of takeaways, and earn an ETE10 Engage level badge for that event.

ETE Archives

Propose a Seminar

If you're interested in presenting on a topic in the ETE Seminar Series, you can now propose a session. We are accepting proposals for a limited time for seminars to be held in upcoming Fall and Spring semesters. Please access the survey to propose an ETE Seminar by clicking the button below.

Propose Seminar Now

Learning Circles

Learning Circles are small learning communities of faculty that meet on a regular basis during a single semester. Each community reads a particular book or set of articles on learning and teaching and engages in discussion at each of their sessions. Learning Circles are open to all faculty, adjuncts and graduate instructors. All participants can earn an ETE10 Engage badge at the end of the semester.

Potential topics for Learning Circles include:
     -Foundations of College Teaching
     -Evidence-Based Teaching
     -Digital-Age Teaching
     -Inclusive Teaching
     -10 Active Lecturing Strategies in 10 minutes or less
     -Active Learning Strategies

     -Blended Course Strategies

To propose a new Learning Circle topic, or to create a department specific Learning Circle please contact Travis Thurston at or 435-797-4950.

View current Learning Circle offerings


This video shares faculty insight into participating in a learning circle, and the outcomes these faculty had as a result of their participation. Session presented at the 2019 ETE Conference.