What We Do

Southern Methodist University’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. CTE's mission supports the pursuit of academic innovation by providing research-based instructional design services, supporting a campus culture of teaching excellence, and empowering faculty to transform their pedagogical practices.


Introducing the CTE Passport

The CTE Passport is an initiative designed to encourage current and incoming faculty to connect to the SMU community by attending a variety of events (academic, networking, and cultural) as well as to acknowledge/recognize these efforts by displaying them in a digital passport.



Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Award Winners

2022 award winners are Professors Dale Carpenter, Virginia Dupuy, Herve Tchumkam, and Sandra Duhe. The winners receive $10,000 and are appointed to a two-year term in the SMU Academy of Distinguished Teachers.



CTE 2020 Report is Available!

The CTE is pleased to share our 2020 Annual Report with the SMU community.


Pedagogical Partner Up Grant Projects

We recognized that faculty have poured a great deal of time, energy, and creativity into your teaching the Fall 2020 semester. As a response to faculty feedback, we were excited to announce a call for applications for Partner-Up Grants of $2,000 for full-time faculty to participate in faculty-led learning pods focused on priority areas that emerged as topics from the faculty surveys. Each pod served as a nexus for faculty to enhance their own pedagogical knowledge while sharing with colleagues and their work is showcased in the CTE website.



Meet CTE's Senior Instructional Designer

Dr. Adeline "Addy" Tolliver assists faculty in course development, deployment, and evaluation. She assists faculty with integration of technology and various pedagogical practices to effectively showcase content and promote student engagement in face-to-face and online courses. Consultation sessions can last up to 50 minutes and can happen in small groups or one-on-one, virtually.


Remote Teaching Support

Tools and things to consider when you have to move your class online quickly.


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