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Join the Academic Commons’ SoTL hybrid community for feedback and support in your research

Join our Scholarship for Teaching & Learning (SoTL) hybrid community for shared support as you develop a research project. This community is open to anyone at Jefferson interested in teaching and learning – including faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students. To sign up, email Elif Gokbel, Instructional Design Specialist.

We’ll meet three times (January, March, and May) on Thursdays from 1-2 pm. You’ll learn the essential steps of SoTL research and share progress as you give and get feedback from others. By the end of the sessions, you will have created a comprehensive SoTL research study outline and gained resources and research support. You’ll learn the essential steps of SoTL research and develop a comprehensive SoTL research study online.

We will utilize the book Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: A Guide to the Process and How to Develop a Project from Start to Finish, written by Cathy Bishop-Clark and Beth Dietz-Uhler, as our guiding resource. We’ll provide participants with a copy of the book, but please sign up now to secure your copy.  

Email Elif Gokbel, Instructional Design Specialist, if you want to join this community.

Meeting Dates: Thursday, January 18, 2024, Thursday, March 14, and Thursday, May 9 (1-2pm).

Visit the Academic Commons website for more resources on SoTL, including self-paced modules, toolkits, and more.

Year in Review: Academic Commons Annual Report (2022 – 2023)

The Academic Commons team was BUSY in the the 2022 – 2023 academic year! Check out our annual report to learn about what new programs and initiatives we took on in the last year. You can explore the website link or download our Annual Report PDF to find out who we are, what we do, and see examples of how we can help you achieve your teaching & learning, research, and communication goals.

Highlights of our year include:

  • new student programming at the Gutman Library on the East Falls campus
  • the launch of the Center City Archives & Special Collections (now called the Siegman Archives) expansion project in the Scott Library
  • more open access publishing opportunities, saving Jefferson authors and the university money
  • a new website to showcase the work of our AV, graphics, photography, and video production teams

Check out our Annual Report and explore our website to learn more about how we can help you.

LGBTQ+ Community & Allies: Share Your Story

Are you a patient, caregiver, clinician, administrator, employee, teacher or student in the Jefferson community or Jefferson neighborhoods who identifies with the LGBTQ+ community or its allies? We invite you to submit stories, poems, or essays for consideration. Everyone has a unique voice, and we want to hear from as many of you as possible. The deadline for submission is December 31, 2023. Cash prizes will be awarded!

All submissions to the Yeo Writing Prize also will be considered for publication in the next issue of Evanescent: A Journal of Literary Medicine.

See this flyer for details, and please share with others. Submit your story today!

Let’s Talk AI: Join our AI Basics virtual series

We invite you to attend our virtual AI Basics series occurring every other month from September through May. Register for the next session now.

These sessions will address the most common themes from ongoing conversations, with an emphasis on AI as it relates to teaching and learning, recognizing that different programs have different needs. We would love your thoughts and input at any of the sessions you are able to attend. 

The next session is scheduled for Tuesday, January 30 from 10 – 11 am. All sessions will be facilitated on Zoom. Please view our flyer for more information about session topics and dates

Click a title to register for an AI Basics Session:
AI Basics: Embracing AI (Tues. 1/30)
AI Basics: AI as Support (Wed. 3/27)
AI Basics: Reflections & Lessons Learned (Th. 5/16)

25 New eBooks this September: Color Theory, Reframing Assessment with Regards to Student Equity, Real Estate Development, and Ethics in AI

Check out our 25 additions to our eBook collection this September. Topics range from hemp sustainability to emergency nursing and internet security. Explore the list of new eBooks below or browse the complete collection at Center City/Scott Library, Horsham/Dixon Library, or East Falls/Gutman Library.

Afterlives of Data: Life and Debt Under Capitalist Surveillance

The Architecture of Social Reform: Housing, Tradition, and German Modernism

Color Theory: A Critical Introduction

Community Real Estate Development: A History and How-To for Practitioners, Academics, and Students

Construction Superintendents: Essential Skills for the Next Generation  

Convergence: Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing: Social, Economic, and Policy Impacts

Corporate Explorer: How Corporations Can Beat Startups at the Innovation Game

Design in Modern Life

Emergency Nurse Practitioner Core Curriculum

Ethical Machines: Your Concise Guide to Totally Unbiased, Transparent, and Respectful AI

Financing our Anthropocene: How Wall Street, Main Street and Central Banks Can Manage, Fund and Hedge our Global Commons

Handbook of Nonwovens

Hemp and Sustainability

Managing the Complexities of Real Estate Development

My Robot Gets Me: How Social Design Can Make New Products More Human

Other People’s English: Code-Meshing, Code-Switching, and African American Literacy

The Place of Glass in Building

Product Design and the Role of Representation: Foundations for Design Thinking in Practice

Reframing Assessment to Center Equity: Theories, Models, and Practices

Seeing Color in Classical Art: Theory, Practice, and Reception from Antiquity to the Present

Sustainable Approaches in Textiles and Fashion: Consumerism, Global Textiles and Supply Chain

Textiles of Medieval Iberia: Cloth and Clothing in a Multi-Cultural Context

The Unhackable Internet: How Rebuilding Cyberspace Can Create Real Security and Prevent Financial Collapse

Urban Regeneration and Real Estate Development: Turning Real Estate Assets into Engines for Sustainable Socio-Economic Progress

Visual Research: An Introduction to Research Methods in Graphic Design

Research as Art Competition Now Open

Jefferson’s Research as Art Competition celebrates all Jefferson faculty, students, and staff who have an eye for the beauty in their research or scholarship. Submit your images through Friday, October 6, for a chance to win a $250 gift card in each of two categories, and have your work featured in Jefferson research publications and online.

Categories include a) cellular and molecular, or life under the microscope and b) conceptual – renderings of research observations, experiences and concepts in various media.

Entries must be submitted via this form.

Sign up for fall workshops: Topics will cover AI tools, DEI dilemmas, Canvas quick sessions, and more

New (academic) year, new us! Over at the Academic Commons, we’ve got a new website AND a new workshop calendar. Explore our new website (learn about new site features) and check out the workshop calendar.

Viewing the Workshop Calendar

View the workshop calendar in a card view (default), monthly view, or weekly view. Choose your preferred view from options in the upper right-hand corner.

Default card view, viewing options in right-hand corner

Browsing Events

Search for a specific event by title or filter workshops by category (topic), audience, or campus location.

Filters and search are found on the left-hand side of the calendar

Fall 2023 Workshops

New Topics:
We’re excited about new sessions on navigating diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) dilemmas, improving student research assignments, and exploring AI tools for the classroom and scholarship.

Register for Canvas Lightning Sessions, 15-30-minute online workshops focused on a tool or feature within Canvas, and Canvas Clinics, informal drop-ins where you can ask instructional designers questions or get assistance with your Canvas courses.

If you’re looking for “me time” to focus on your scholarly writing, join the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication for First Fridays Writing Retreats. We’ll meet (virtually) on the first Friday of the month from October to December, where you’ll get quiet time to research literature, write, and get answers to your questions from our editors and librarians.

Check out the workshop calendar and register for events today!

Meet the New Academic Commons Website: Register for fall workshops, schedule a consultation with our team, complete self-paced programs, and more 

We’ve got a new look! Explore (and bookmark) the new Academic Commons website at  

The new design makes it easier to find what you need, whether learning about our services and helpful resources, registering for workshops, or completing self-paced learning in your own time.  

What’s New 

Workshop Calendar: Browse, filter, and register for workshops on instructional design and educational technologies, research tools, professional communications, and more. Sign up for our fall 2023 workshops today! 

 Consultation Form: Fill out the consultation form for help with instructional design and educational technologies or professional writing, publishing, and communication. 

Self-Paced Programs: Explore our growing library of self-paced learning modules on information literacy, universal design for learning, effective group assignments, and more.  

Our Services: Connect with our teams for help with audio-visual classroom support, website and database development, and more. View samples of our photography, videography, and graphic design projects to see how we can help you! 

Thomas Jefferson University Libraries: Quickly access the Jefferson Libraries websites by clicking the Thomas Jefferson University Libraries link in the upper-right corner, found throughout our website.

We hope our website helps you learn more about who we are, what we do, and how we can support you. Check it out now:    

Evanescent asks the question: where is our empathy?

Check out the latest issue of Evanescent!

Cover art for Evanescent (vol 4)

Evanescent: A Journal of Literary Medicine is the journal of the Eakins Writers’ Workshop, which also sponsors the Drs. Theresa and Charles Yeo Writing Prize. The Eakins Writers’ Workshop is supported by the Jefferson Center for Injury Research and Prevention and includes members of the Office for Professional Writing, Publishing, and Communication.

Volume four of Evanescent asked the question: where is our empathy? The Jefferson community responded with brave, honest, and heartbreaking personal stories. We in healthcare bear witness to nearly every emotion of the human experience. 

Evanescent seeks to chronicle, communicate, and celebrate this richness of experience. Submissions are welcomed from all members of the Jefferson community. For inquiries regarding submissions, please email

Special content includes:

· Select essays from the 2022 Theresa and Charles Yeo Prize, focused on gun violence

· Artwork from the Souls Shot Project, which pairs local artists with loved ones who have lost family to gun violence

Explore the latest issue of Evanescent now.

Register Now: The Qualitative Institute (Oct 5-7)

Join experts from Thomas Jefferson University, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University, and Vanderbilt University for The Qualitative Institute, October 5-7, 2023, in Jefferson Alumni Hall. Attendees will learn new skills and expand on prior strengths in qualitative and mixed methods research. 


The Qualitative Institute (TQI) is a comprehensive educational program hosted by Thomas Jefferson University with speakers from Jefferson, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Vanderbilt University.


  • Philosophical Foundations of Qualitative Inquiry
  • Conventional & Alternative Data Collection Approaches
  • Ethnography & Observation
  • Visual Methods & Arts Informed Research
  • Developing Interview & Focus Group Guides
  • Social Media: A Data Gold Mine
  • Community Engaged & Participatory Research
  • Concept Mapping
  • Mixed Methods Research
  • Research Dissemination
  • Interview Skills Workshop
  • Focus Group Skills Workshop
  • Coding & Analysis Skills Workshop Who should attend:
  • Healthcare, public health, education, & social work researchers
  • Students & trainees
  • Members of community, non-profit, & government organizations

Learn more about The Qualitative Institute and register for the conference on their website. Email with any questions.

Sponsored by: Thomas Jefferson University’s College of Population Health and Asano-Gonnella Center for Research in Medical Education and Health Care.

Register Now: LabArchives Education Bootcamp & Summer Skills (June 26-June 28)

Join LabArchives, Jefferson’s electronic research notebook, throughout the week of June 26 for sessions tailored to help you prepare to use LabArchives in your Fall courses.

The fall semester is nearly upon us, and LabArchives is here to help you begin to plan fall courses. LabArchives online tools make it easy to build, organize, and manage your course whether you’re teaching in-person, online, or a combination of the two. Whether you’ve been using LabArchives for years or are just getting started, the Education Boot Camp is a great place to begin planning your next course.

During these special training sessions, you’ll learn everything you need to know to prepare for Fall semester. Attend the sessions to learn how the LabArchives Education Edition can help you and your peers to easily manage student lab work and course content.

June 26: Setting up your Course Notebook for Student Success
Learn how to build the instructor course notebook. Whether you have your course materials ready or you are using the repository of 500+ prebuilt OER labs & eBooks, this session is for you. Learn how to convert existing course materials to an interactive LabArchives notebook and set up templates for easy course management.

Register Here (June 26, 10am)

June 27: Grading and Feedback: Improving student outcomes with real time collaboration
Learn the ins and outs of grading student work and measuring success throughout the semester. The session will cover qualitative and quantitative methods for providing feedback for students in your course. The session will also cover ways to manage semester long projects and techniques to help identify students at risk.

Register Here (June 27, 2pm)

June 28: Leverage LabArchives ELN in your Lab Courses
This session will cover your needs to use LabArchives ELN as a digital lab notebook. Learn how to integrate your STEM material into LabArchives for introductory and/or upper-level courses, organize and create templates, manage your course, and facilitate grading.

Register Here (June 28, 12pm)

Tip: Want to get started early? These sessions are hosted all year long at the link below!

Register Here (bi-monthly on Wednesdays, 1pm)

10 Self-Paced Programs for Educators to Explore Right Now

This summer, expand your teaching and learning skills with the Academic Commons’ self-paced learning modules. Topics include information literacy, universal design for learning/accessibility tools, the scholarship of teaching & learning, and more.

Browse the modules below and click on a program title to begin. Sessions will track your progress, allowing you to complete a program at your own pace in multiple sittings.

And stay tuned for our live workshop schedule for Late Summer/Early Fall 2023, which we’ll share later this summer.

Information Literacy (resources from Jefferson Libraries)

Learn to incorporate databases and point-of-care tools into your clinical and teaching practices.

Learning Design

  • Science of Learning
    Learn about how “brain-based learning” came to be, what happens in the brain when we learn, and what practices you can implement to facilitate learning.

Learner Engagement

Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL)

Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

Documenting Jefferson’s 199th Commencement: Academic Commons’ Photography Team Takes Over 10,000 Photos

If a large-scale Jefferson event occurs, there’s a good chance the Academic Commons’ Photography team is there, snapping away to capture moments and milestones. Our photographers document countless Jefferson events and projects – and one very special moment the team recently photographed was Jefferson’s 199th Commencement Ceremonies.

Photographers Britney Lillya Calhoun, Ellen Miller, and Karen Kirchhoff created over 10,000 images of the 199th Commencement events this year! Check out some of the captured moments below:

In addition to commencement, the Photography team has been busy all year photographing events like the Philadelphia Speaker Series with Bill Nye, Match Day on the Center City campus, Class Toasts on the East Falls campus, and faculty retirement celebrations. Check out their Year in Photos web page to browse some of their work from the past year.  

If you have an upcoming event or project or need personal photos for a headshot or passport, hire our team! To get started, contact us at or call (215) 503-7841. Our photography studio is located at 1020 Locust Street, Alumni Hall, Room 523.

Honoring Juneteenth: Library Resources to Learn About & Remember Juneteenth

As we gear up to celebrate Juneteenth (on June 19), Jefferson Libraries is proud to share resources to help you learn about the holiday’s history.

Lisette Martinez, Executive Vice President & Chief DEI Officer, explained the origins of Juneteenth:

Juneteenth is an annual commemoration of the end of slavery in the United States after the Civil War. It has been celebrated by African Americans since the late 1800s. On June 19, 1865, about two months after the Confederate general Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, VA, Gordon Granger, a Union general, arrived in Galveston, Texas, to inform enslaved African Americans of their freedom and that the Civil War had ended. General Granger’s announcement put into effect the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued by President Abraham Lincoln nearly two and a half years earlier, on January 1, 1863. The holiday is also called “Juneteenth Independence Day,” “Freedom Day” or “Emancipation Day.”

Dive into these resources from Jefferson Libraries to learn more about the history of Juneteenth and how you can honor it. And check out the Jefferson Libraries Guides on Anti-Racism and Diversity & Inclusion for more library resources.

Black. Queer. Southern. Women.: An Oral History

The Black West: A Documentary and Pictorial History of the African American Role in the Westward Expansion of the United States

Black Women in Texas History

Defining Moments African American Commemoration & Political Culture in the South, 1863-1913

Emancipation Betrayed: The Hidden History of Black Organizing and White Violence in Florida from Reconstruction to the Bloody Election Of 1920

General Gordon Granger: The Savior of Chickamauga and the Man Behind ‘Juneteenth’

The History of Black Studies

Juneteenth: The Story Behind the Celebration by Edward T. Cotham

Untangling a Red, White, and Black Heritage: A Personal History of the Allotment Era

Print Books (1st floor Scott Library)

Black People Breathe: A Mindfulness Guide to Racial Healing

Do Better: Spiritual Activism for Fighting and Healing from White Supremacy

Four Hundred Souls: A Community History of African America, 1619- 2019

On Juneteenth

South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation

Register for Jefferson’s First Annual Research Compliance Symposium: Tuesday, May 16

This event is mandatory for Jefferson faculty and staff conducting federally sponsored research.

This educational day for the research community will explore Jefferson’s Research Security Program. Speakers (include keynote speaker Dr. Michael Lauer of the National Institutes of Health) will cover research integrity, foreign influence, and cybersecurity, and how these elements impact research security.

Research Compliance Symposium
Tuesday, May 16, 8am – 3pm
Connelly Auditorium, Hamilton Building

Registration is required. Register via Qualtrics or using the QR code in this event flyer. View the flyer for more details on the Research Compliance Symposium.

This event is organized by the Office of Research Conduct & Compliance. Questions? Contact Alisha Clark.