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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.

Upcoming Featured Events 

Student Response Systems: Nearpod and Poll Everywhere
Wednesday, October 11 (12 - 1 pm)
Thursday, October 26 (2:30 - 3:30 pm)
Harold Clark Simmons Hall, Room 207
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Student response systems provide faculty with a quick and easy way to assess student content knowledge. In this session, we will showcase 2 different student response systems currently available to faculty at SMU: NearPod and PollEverywhere.

Re-Design a Spring Course
Wednesday, November 8 (12 - 1 pm)
Thursday, November 30 (2:30 - 3:30 pm)
Harold Clark Simmons Hall, Room 207
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Ready to get a jumpstart on the spring semester? In this session, begin work on your spring classes by reviewing your syllabi, your use of Canvas, and everything else you need to do to get your spring class in great shape.

Information Session: Online Teaching Faculty Training
Tuesday, November 14 (12-1 pm)
Harold Clark Simmons Hall, Room 207
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In this session, faculty will learn more about the Online Teaching Faculty Training Course, which is designed to train faculty on how to teach online and showcases tools currently available to SMU faculty.


The CTE is available to assist you with your face-to-face and online course design needs. Additionally, we can assist you with consultations about technology implementation (for student engagement and subject matter showcase), assessment strategies, and research-based strategies to improve learning. 

Schedule your course design consultation now or contact CTE's Instructional Designers - Addy Tolliver, Ed.D.or Doug Wilson, Ph.D. for more information.   

2017 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Award Winners 

Since 2001, The Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award annually recognizes SMU faculty members for their notable commitment to and achievements in fostering student learning. This year's winners are Professors Keith Robinson, Stephen Sekula, Kumar Venkataraman and Kathleen Wellman. The winners receive $10,000 and are appointed to a two-year term in the SMU Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Learn more.