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.

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Be a Quick Starter:
Lessons on Teaching Effectiveness, Research Productivity, and Meeting Campus Expectations

Tuesday, September 30, 2014
3:30 – 4:50

354 Maguire Building

Improve the quality of your teaching, increase research productivity, and maximize your time. Learn more and register.

Presenter: Michael Harris
CTE Director & Associate Professor of Higher Education

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

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.  

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.