College of Arts and Sciences

Faculty Development for Integrative Pedagogy and Assessment Practices


Assessment: To achieve the goal of building faculty capacity in core curriculum assessment Xavier’s faculty will participate in assessment training and will implement assessment strategies into their core curriculum classes that reflect the newly adopted faculty-approved core learning outcomes. 



Upcoming Events

Sep. 25, 2017 
(12:00pm-1:00pm) -
The Nuts and Bolts of Core Class Assessment
LOCATION: Library Resource Center, Mellon Seminar Room, 532B. RSVP to

This session offers an opportunity to discuss key considerations and possibilities for assessment as we design courses for our new core. Topics include: various possibilities for assessment; what type of information core curriculum instructors will provide; and thinking about assessing the core as a process that includes monitoring and intervention. Those who are new to assessment can become familiar with the process, while those who are more seasoned may begin sharing their input about assessing the new core.


Spring Saturday Workshop

April 8, 2017 10am - 4pm  Assessment and the Core Curriculum with Tanya Augsburg, Ph.D. Application due by March 31st. Application Form

About the Workshop: 

"Assessing Interdisciplinarity through Writing" addresses how to assess student’s integration skills.  This workshop focuses on creating writing assignments and rubrics that will enable instructors to evaluate students’ integration skills.  Some discussion will also be given to the use of student writing to assess learning outcomes at both the course and general program level.

About the Facilitator:

Tanya Augsburg, is a humanities-trained, interdisciplinary feminist performance scholar, critic, and curator who can be occasionally persuaded to perform. She teaches at San Francisco State University, where she is currently Associate Professor in the School of Humanities and Liberal Studies in the areas of the Creative Arts and Humanities. Dr. Augsburg is additionally Vice-President, Relations, of the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies (AIS). Dr. Augsburg is author of Becoming Interdisciplinary: An Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies, 3rd Ed. (Kendall/Hunt, 2016) and co-editor of The Politics of Interdisciplinary Studies (McFarland, 2009). Her survey book chapter on the interdisciplinary arts is published in The Oxford Handbook of Interdisciplinarity, 2nd Edition (2017). Other publications have appeared in TDR: The Drama Review; Text and Performance Quarterly; Issues in Interdisciplinary Studies; n.paradoxa: International Feminist Art Journal; World Futures; Colorado Critical Review; and Critical Matrix: The Princeton Journal of Women, Gender, and Culture. She was the co-Principal Investigator for an AAC&U grant awarded to San Francisco State University in 2008 to facilitate the development of the AAC&U VALUE Written Communication and Integrative Learning rubrics. Her most recent research examines interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary theory, pedagogy, arts, and assessment. Her current projects include completing a book-length manuscript on the interdisciplinary arts and a book-length manuscript on what she is calling feminist ars erotica. Her favorite pastime is helping students succeed.

Spring Lunch Workshop

March 15, 2017 12pm - 1pm, Assessment and the Core Curriculum with Keri Turner, Ph. D. Please RSVP by March 10 to

About the Workshop: 

About the Workshop: The Assessment and the Core Curriculum lunch workshop aims at helping faculty members gain a better understanding of core curriculum assessment and how assessment strategies can be developed and implemented to reflect newly adopted core learning outcomes. One of the primary challenges that exist in assessment of the core curriculum is increasing the meaningfulness of this evaluation process. By providing opportunities to faculty to discuss effective assessment tools, this workshop is focused on initiating sustainable institutional change. 

About the Facilitator:

Dr. Keri Turner, an associate professor at Nicholls State University, has 20+ years experience in K-12 and postsecondary education. Her primary areas of research interests are in writing to learn strategies, discourse analysis, and assessment. She served as Chair of the Freshman English Committee for seven years and as Director of LaSIP/LA GEAR UP funded professional development projects from 2003 to 1012. She was also Chair of the Critical Thinking and Writing Subcommittee for the QEP from 2005 to 2009 at Nicholls State University. She also served on the Faculty Senate from 2007 to 2013 and a member the General Education Assessment Committee from 2005 to 2010. In 2010, she became the Chair of the General Education Assessment Committee and began working with course-embedded assessments. She served as chair of the assessment committee for the most recent QEP. In 2015, Dr. Turner became Coordinator of the General Education Program at Nicholls State. She continues to work with faculty as Chair of the General Education Assessment Committee and as Coordinator of the General Education Program to plan, create, and review course-embedded assessments.