Sometimes we don’t know our own strength. But once we do, it makes us even stronger – and empowers everyone around us, too. That’s why the College of Charleston Office for the Academic Experience is offering faculty and staff the opportunity to attend its third annual Strengths Institute, Aug. 3–5, 2021. Applications close May 21, 2021.

This free, fun and interactive workshop is limited to 24 people and will be offered in a hybrid format with portions being held in person on campus and portions being held virtually.

Based on Gallup’s CliftonStrengths Assessment and talent themes, the Strengths Institute gives faculty and staff a foundation to explore, engage, understand and apply their individual strengths. Participants will come away with an appreciation for all 34 talent themes and will identify practical ways to implement their strengths in instruction and develop skills to enhance interactions with students and colleagues.

“The Strengths Institute was a great opportunity to reflect on my teaching, learn new things and engage with faculty and staff outside of my regular responsibilities. It allowed me to consider the various ways my students approach their work and their learning and modify my teaching to better match the strengths and talents my students bring to our classroom,” says Associate Professor of Communication Beth Goodier. “What has been most rewarding is seeing the students respond to these additions and really engage the material associated with Gallup Strengths. I have been able to incorporate it into conversations about leadership, communication, interpersonal relationship, teamwork and professional development. Helping students to understand how to work to their strengths and develop their talents has been a game changer in my senior capstone class. I am so glad I made the time to attend!”

This sentiment is echoed by many of the Strengths Institute graduates.

“The institute in summer 2020 – a time marked by adjectives we’re all tired of hearing (unprecedented, challenging, uncertain, etc.) – was by far one of my favorite experiences I have had at the College,” says Claire Long, program coordinator/director of experiential learning for the Arts Management Program. “I so appreciated the opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from across campus while learning more about strengths as a tool to help in my work with students and to help me understand myself better.”

The hours of the 2021 Strengths Institute are 9 a.m.–4 p.m. on August 3 and 4, and 9 a.m.–12 p.m. on August 5. To learn about requirements and to apply, please review and complete this online application form. Applications close May 21, 2021. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by June 4, 2021.

For more information, including recommendations from previous graduates of the institute, visit the Strengths Institute website. Email with any questions.