Spring 2022 Teaching Squares

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The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) invites participation in the Spring 2022 Teaching Squares program.  

A teaching square is a group of four (sometimes five) faculty, usually from across disciplines, that meet regularly throughout a semester to support one another and celebrate best practices for teaching and learning (Haave, 2014).  At SF State, we opened up the format for the teaching squares such that faculty can self-organize into their groups, and the sizes can exceed the typical four-person group.  Alternatively, faculty can also register to be grouped by CEETL into a cross-disciplinary square of four to five people.

Teaching Square groups can: 

  • Collaborate in a reciprocal self and peer course observation with your peers and colleagues, using this example tool
  • Engage in conversations within your square, share and try new teaching strategies, reflect on your course(s), and celebrate successes. 
  • Offer ongoing support to members of the teaching squares as we continue our way through a year full of transition. 

When is the program offered, and how can I register?

  • Stipends available upon completion: 
    • Faculty Stipend: $500 (pre-tax)
    • GTA Stipend: $220 (pre-tax) 
  • Estimated Time Commitment: 10 hours 
  • Registration Deadline: February 22, 2022
  • Completion Deadline: April 8, 2022
  • Course Requirements: Engage in the course for the required time commitment; complete only the required assignments; fill out the Stipend Application. There is no need to engage and complete all course materials. Only engage in the course material most interesting to you, as well as the few required assignments! 

**Please Note: You only need to complete one Teaching Square, which is applicable to both QLT/TTTT certificates. If you register for a Spring 2022 Teaching Square, that is also applicable to both certificates. Fill out the Certificate Application by 2/22/2022 to demonstrate Spring 2022 Teaching Square enrollment. 

Faculty may register for up to two Teaching Squares groups per semester.

Register for S2022 Teaching Squares

Self-organized Teaching Squares

Self-organized squares are welcome to start meeting as early as they like, and we will be in touch with information and updates as updates are available.   

  • Self-organized groups can start whenever your group is ready.

  • Registration deadline has been extended to February 22, 2022.  (1 submitter per group).

CEETL-organized Teaching Squares

Register for a CEETL-organized Teaching Square and you will receive an email with the details of your teaching square groups on February 1, 2022. 

  • Register by January 27, 2022.  

  • CEETL-organized Teaching Squares Start on February 1, 2022.

Learn more and register for additional QLT or TTTT Certificate courses

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What is the Online Teaching Lab?

The Online Teaching Lab (OTL) is a fully asynchronous, completely self-paced online course about online teaching. Our community norms emphasize curiosity, kindness and compassion with oneself and with each other as we navigate together this unusual time in history.

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What is JEDI PIE?

The JEDI PIE Institute builds a community of JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) protagonists through twenty-five hours of practice of developing anti-racist pedagogy and dismantling white supremacy in online teaching

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What is the Teaching New and Returning Students Course?

Promote inclusion, belonging, persistence and academic success for all of our new and newly returning students! The Teaching New & Newly Returning Students (TNRS) course offers resources, teaching strategies and collegial discussions to support the persistence and academic success of all students. The course is fully online, self-paced and asynchronous. 

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What is Teaching Through Transitions?

Leverage your asynchronous course backbone to create flexible, manageable and disruption-proof courses in any learning mode. The Teaching Through Transitions course offers resources, activities and discussions to help faculty prepare teaching mindsets for a transitional year. The course is fully online, self-paced and asynchronous.


  • All stipends for CEETL course completions by eligible participants are processed through payroll and are subject to tax, so the final amount and timing for stipend payments may vary according to individual tax rates and employment status with the university. To monitor incoming payments, we recommend you turn on your bank notifications to get alerts on your accounts. All members of the SF State teaching community are welcome to engage in and complete CEETL faculty development courses for a certificate, but due to CSU policy the following appointments will not be eligible to receive a stipend: MPPs, Staff, FERP faculty, and individuals not actively employed at SF State.

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