Center for Teaching Excellence

CTE provides services to individuals and small groups who want to reflect on and improve their teaching. Follow these links to learn more about what we can do for you.


Professors lecturingTeaching Observations: 

Curious how you can become a better teacher? CTE’s Teaching and Classroom Observation Program provides confidential assistance to full-time faculty members wishing to evaluate and improve their classroom teaching. The review will include a pre-class meeting, observation, and post-class feedback, emphasizing areas of concern to the observed faculty member. CTE instructional designers will come and observe two classes in course. They will then discuss your observations and ways to adapt teaching styles and strategies for your own courses.


Two professors talkingConsultations: 

Want a personalized consultation on a teaching issue? CTE can help you with various aspects of your teaching. Faculty members may request individual or small-group consultations for assistance with things like course design, developing syllabi, generating creative assignments, revising learning objectives, understanding student evaluations, classroom teaching skills, developing rubrics, and more.




Professor being interviewed with cameraOnline Learning:

Interested in online learning and instruction? The CTE has a new video production studio. Additionally, due to the significant differences between online and face-to-face instruction, SMU's Center for Teaching Excellence has developed an Online Teaching Faculty Training course to prepare instructors to teach in hybrid or fully online formats. In this course, faculty experience being online students while the facilitator models research-based best practices for online instruction. This training, in addition to assisting faculty in preparing to teach hybrid and online courses, also enables faculty to accommodate for class interruptions and assists in improving face-to-face instruction with web-assisted elements.


SMU faculty with presidentAdditional Services:

Our additional services include:

A Faculty Learning Community (FLC) is a peer-led group of faculty members (6-12) who engage in an active, collaborative, year–long program, structured to provide encouragement, support, and reflection.

Support for department chairs- web resources, CTE services, and SMU policies and procedures.

Technology services- CTE provides personalized and expert services to our faculty in support of academic research and instructional technology use, innovation, and experimentation at SMU.