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The Fr. Peter J. Guerin, O.S.B. Center for Teaching Excellence provides all faculty with the opportunity to strengthen and diversify their teaching skills and engage in interdisciplinary conversations and mentoring.

The center was founded in 2009 with a grant from the Davis Educational Foundation. It originated from the college's 2007 academic plan, "Aspirations in the Liberal Arts,' which stressed enriching the environment for teaching and learning.

Faculty will find the center in room 101 in Joseph Hall. Currently its physical location is primarily used for teaching-related meetings and workshops. Faculty and staff are welcome to contact the director at about reserving the room.

The center's plans and activities include:

  •  facilitating faculty access to and awareness of research that affects teaching and learning.
  • encouraging interdisciplinary conversations about teaching
  • supporting faculty learning communities, including book discussion groups, reflective practice and classroom observation teams.
  • organizing workshops on topics of faculty interest; topics might include:
    • Adolescent/Adult Development: What is going on in the 18 year old brain and how might that affect our teaching?
    • Grading: What the grade means and how to do it more efficiently/effectively
    • Student Motivation: Techniques for Engaged student learning
    • Syllabus Design: Connecting teaching and assessment
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