Center for Teaching Excellence

SMU’s Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) is an ongoing catalyst for the growth of a university culture that values, supports, and rewards effective student-centered teaching.

2014 Teaching Effectiveness Symposium

Teaching that Shapes World Changers


Thursday, August 21, 2014
Hughes-Trigg lower level
8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Experience SMU’s tradition in kicking off the new academic year. The TES offers both returning colleagues and new faculty a worthwhile forum celebrating good teaching, sharing ways to improve it, and greeting colleagues from other disciplines.  It’s also an important part of the New Faculty Orientation program. Join your new colleagues in this celebration of teaching. This year’s symposium combines inspiration and teaching tools you can use in the classroom and beyond. Learn more and register now 

2014 Teaching Assistant Seminar

Friday, August 22, 2014
McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall 306
12:45 p.m. sign in

The Annual TA Seminar addresses common issues and campus-wide concerns. It complements departmental training, and is required for all graduate TAs who have not yet attended the seminar. Learn more and register.

Congratulations to the 2014 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professors

Jaime Clark-Soles, Perkins School of Theology
Michael Lattman, Dedman College
Miguel Quinones, Cox School of Business
Paige Ware, Simmons School of Education

Learn more about this prestigious award.  

Join a Faculty Learning Community to Learn, Share and Grow Professionally

 CTE’s Faculty Learning Communities provide the structure and support for small groups within the SMU teaching community to spend a year working together in an active, collaborative, program, structured to provide encouragement, support, and reflection on a topic about which you share a mutual passion.Each FLC participant will receive a $500 stipend to be used toward professional development costs related to participation in the community. Learn more.

2014-15 Topics

  • Teaching and Learning in Graduate Seminars
  • Innovative Assessment Techniques
  • Higher Education in America: From National Policy to the Individual Classroom

What's New

3 Minutes

Three Minute Teaching Tips

We at CTE know that faculty members lead very busy lives. Here's a way to get some great new ideas for teaching that fit easily into your routine: short podcasts highlighting useful strategies. Check out these quick tips from excellent teachers, moderated by CTE's Barbara Morganfield.


Teaching Resources

It's a good time to think about ways to enhance our teaching. CTE's web-based Teaching Resources are right at your fingertips. Try Course Design, Teaching with Technology, or Lecture Classes -- or find some ideas for group assignments. You never know what you will find.