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Center for Teaching Excellence

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.


Individualized Support for Your Teaching

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CTE’s Peer Feedback Program provides confidential assistance to full-time faculty members wishing to evaluate and improve their classroom teaching. The review will include a pre-class meeting, observation, and post-class feedback, emphasizing areas of concern to the observed faculty member. The observer will NOT be a member of the same academic department as the requester.

If you prefer a personalized consultation on a more specific teaching issue, consider CTE’s Consulting Services. CTE's Program Specialist can help you with various aspects of your teaching. Full-time faculty members may request individual or small-group consultations for assistance with things like developing syllabi, generating creative assignments, revising learning objectives, and developing rubrics. Learn more

Fall Teaching Awards

CTE recognizes and rewards excellence in teaching at SMU with three awards during the fall semester. The President's Associates Outstanding Faculty Award goes to a tenured faculty member, while the Golden Mustang Award goes to junior, tenure-track faculty member. And this is the third year for the Provost's Teaching Recognition Award, which recognize outstanding contributions to teaching and learning by non-tenure track, full time faculty. 

Each award carries a $1,000 stipend. Learn more. 

Learn, Share and Grow Professionally in a Faculty Learning Community

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 receives a 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

It's time to formally recognize and reward excellence in teaching. Email a letter of recommendation for a deserving colleague to cte@smu.edu


Nominations for two longstanding awards are now open. The President's Associates Outstanding Faculty Award goes to a tenured faculty member, while the Golden Mustang Award goes to a junior, tenure-track faculty member.  Any full-time faculty member may nominate.

 

And this is the third year for the Provost's Teaching Recognition Awardwhich will recognize outstanding contributions to teaching and learning by non-tenure track, full time faculty. (Nominations will be accepted from the candidate’s supervisiång faculty only.)

 

Please take advantage of the opportunity to shine a light on excellent teaching at SMU—get that nomination in right away! Each award carries a $1,000 stipend.

It's time to formally recognize and reward excellence in teaching. Email a letter of recommendation for a deserving colleague to cte@smu.edu


Nominations for two longstanding awards are now open. The President's Associates Outstanding Faculty Award goes to a tenured faculty member, while the Golden Mustang Award goes to a junior, tenure-track faculty member.  Any full-time faculty member may nominate.

 

And this is the third year for the Provost's Teaching Recognition Awardwhich will recognize outstanding contributions to teaching and learning by non-tenure track, full time faculty. (Nominations will be accepted from the candidate’s supervisiång faculty only.)

 

Please take advantage of the opportunity to shine a light on excellent teaching at SMU—get that nomination in right away! Each award carries a $1,000 stipend.

It's time to formally recognize and reward excellence in teaching. Email a letter of recommendation for a deserving colleague to cte@smu.edu


Nominations for two longstanding awards are now open. The President's Associates Outstanding Faculty Award goes to a tenured faculty member, while the Golden Mustang Award goes to a junior, tenure-track faculty member.  Any full-time faculty member may nominate.

 

And this is the third year for the Provost's Teaching Recognition Awardwhich will recognize outstanding contributions to teaching and learning by non-tenure track, full time faculty. (Nominations will be accepted from the candidate’s supervisiång faculty only.)

 

Please take advantage of the opportunity to shine a light on excellent teaching at SMU—get that nomination in right away! Each award carries a $1,000 stipend.

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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.

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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.