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Center for Teaching Excellence

23rd Annual Teaching Effectiveness Symposium

Friday, August 21, 2015
Hughes Trigg lower level
10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Agenda available Summer 2015. Please see below for the agenda from our 2014 event.



Sample Agenda


Registration & Continental Breakfast


Welcome & Opening Remarks 
Provost Paul Ludden

CTE & Coming Events
Michael Harris, Director, Center for Teaching Excellence


Plenary Session
Lee Alvoid, Education Policy and Leadership

The Students We Shape
Today’s college students grew up in a K-12 system dominated by reforms from No Child Left Behind, Common Core, Race to the Top, and numerous high stakes tests.  What is the state of these reforms and how does this impact the students who will be arriving in your classroom.  Lee Alvoid, chair of the Department of Education Policy and Leadership and a longtime educator in Carrollton-Farmers Branch I.S.D., will overview recent trends and lay out the implications of K-12 reforms for our students and classrooms.
see Lee Alvoid's PowerPoint Presentation

9:20 - 9:30


9:30 - 10:20

Breakout Session 1
see session options below


Resource Area - Learn about SMU services for you and your students. 

10:40 - 11:30 Breakout Session 2
see session options below
11:30 - 11:40 Break
11:40 - 12:30

Breakout Session 3
see session options below


Stephanie DuPaul, Associate Provost for Enrollment Management

Ready for the Challenge?
Do you know the academic profile of SMU’s students?  This information can prove valuable in planning class.  During our lunch session, Stephanie Dupaul, associate provost for enrollment management, will present data on SMU’s entering class and how this profile has changed in recent years.  Whether new to campus or a long time faculty member, this session will provide you with the most recent data on the academic profile and experiences of our students.

Registration is now closed. Walk-ins will be accommodated, space permitting.

Previous Presenters at the New Faculty Orientation

Patty Alvey – Office of Assessment and Accreditation

Ellen Richmond – University Advising Center

Alexa Taylor – Disability Accommodations and Success Strategies

Susan Kress – Engaged Learning 

Peter Moore and Vicki Hill – University Curriculum

Joanne Vogel – Student Life

Caring Community Connections

Other presentations

First Day of Class presentation

breakout sessions