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Center for Teaching Excellence

New Faculty Teaching Excellence Program

A Year-Long Workshop Series on the Building Blocks of Good Teaching

Develop and Document Your Teaching Skills

The first years of university teaching provide both challenges and opportunities to develop and hone your skills as a teacher.  CTE's New Faculty Teaching Excellence Program (NFTE, pronounced "nifty") offers a series of workshops to support new teachers in designing, teaching, and assessing their courses.  Each workshop will impart information about a teaching topic and provide attendees an opportunity to make concrete use of the information in their own courses. 

The NFTE Community

For those full-time faculty members who choose to participate, CTE will offer a cohort-based community of practice for those within their first three years of teaching.  The NFTE Community is a small group of faculty members who engage in an active, collaborative, year–long program, structured to provide encouragement, effective feedback, support, and reflection. It is designed to create a safe environment in which new faculty members can investigate, question, explore, and apply new or different instructional strategies and provide support for improving instruction and student learning. For more information, contact CTE.

2015 - 2016 NFTE Workshops

Be a Quick Starter

This event has been postponed. Additional details coming soon.

Few of us learn in graduate school how to balance the competing demands of teaching, research, and campus citizenship. Robert Boice identified a group of quick starters that successfully balanced these expectations. Participants in this session will receive research-based tips for improving the quality of their teaching, increasing research productivity, and maximizing their time.

How Do I Motivate My Students?
November 4

One of the biggest challenges when teaching is learning how to motivate students. Motivated students are excited to learn and more readily engage with course content. This session will examine motivation and techniques to improve student motivation.


      NFTE Workshops During the 2014-2015 Year

      • How to be a Quick Starter
      • The Raw Materials of Excellent Teaching: Collecting Evidence, Getting Early Feedback
      • Techniques that Promote Active Learning
      • Save Time & Get Better Student Work:  Using Rubrics & Other Assessment Tools