Center for Teaching Excellence

Throughout the year, CTE offers a series of timely programs open to the entire SMU teaching community.  Topics range from the theoretical to the practical, from time-tested to ripped from the headlines.  The programs are presented by recognized experts from within the SMU faculty, and are designed to foster discussion about teaching and learning issues.  


January 16, 2020 | 9am-1pm
Harold Simmons Hall 101

The Provost Office and the Center for Teaching Excellence in partnership with the Department of Teaching and Learning are excited to announce the Spring Teaching Symposium.

We invite SMU faculty, graduate students, and adjuncts to join us to learn about the fundamentals of teaching. The sessions will share key practices, research-based solutions, and tips for improving student learning. Breakout sessions will focus on three strands:

  • Effective teaching practices
  • Serving diverse students
  • Instructional technology

Lunch will be provided. Special Post-Lunch Session for New Faculty (less than 3 years at SMU) will be held from 1pm-1:45pm.



First Thursday of Every Month, 8:30-10 am
Back Corner in the Starbucks at Fondren Library

Fall 2019 Schedule:

  • September 5th
  • October 3rd 
  • November 7th

Join us on the first Thursday of the month in the Starbucks at Fondren Library for free coffee and a time to connect with other faculty members to discuss teaching. This is a chance for you to share your stories, meet with other faculty, and visit with Instructional Designers Addy and Doug. We’re here to answer any questions you may have and think through ways to further enhance your teaching. (No RSVP needed).


September 24 | 12:30-1:30pm
Caruth Hall - Palmer Center, Room 406

In this event, you will discover insights into Student Life from a panel of Faculty-in-Residence (FiR) from their perspective of living and serving in one of the eleven Residential Commons at SMU. The panel will highlight valuable observations of campus life on the Hilltop that will assist you in improving your work as a faculty member.

Additionally, the panel will discuss the implications that their FiR role have had on their research, teaching, and service. Following the panel, there will be a short presentation about the FiR application and how you can become a Faculty-in-Residence.

Lunch will be provided. 

September 7 | 9am - 3pm
Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall, Room 138

Over the past few years, SMU has added a number of intensive class formats to our schedule for students. From Intersessions, Study Abroad, and Taos to weekend classes, we no longer always teach in a typical academic semester.

To support faculty teaching or planning to teach in one of these intensive formats, CTE has created a workshop to assist faculty in designing these classes. In this hands-on workshop, faculty will be able to design their course as well as a class session to take advantage of the intensive format while minimizing the disadvantages.

By the end of the workshop, you will walk away with:

  • Concrete plan for your course
  • Strategies for engaging students and improving learning
  • Completed plan for a day of class and an easy to follow approach for finishing planning your course

Lunch will be provided. 

September 10 | 12:30-1:30pm
Harold Clark Simmons Hall, Room 107

The Center for Teaching Excellence, along with the Office of Engaged Learning is excited to bring you a mentoring students panel. The panel offers an opportunity for faculty to:

  • Learn about the A2O platform that can facilitate student and faculty mentoring at SMU
  • Hear from experienced SMU faculty mentors about their mentoring experiences
  • Hear from students about their experiences
  • Have their questions about mentoring answered

Space is limited. Lunch will be provided.


For a list of past programs and workshops,

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