The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) plans a variety of events and programs to help faculty strengthen and diversify their teaching skills, to engage in interdisciplinary conversations, and to use assessment strateties to improve student learning. View our Fall 2016 programs.
The CTE currently provides two kinds of faculty mentoring. In concert with the Dean's Office, the CTE offers a series of discussions and workshops for orienting new faculty to the Saint Anselm Campus. The CTE also sponsors a New Faculty Mentoring Program, in which new tenure-track and three-year faculty members are paired with tenured colleagues as resource people.
Faculty Learning Communities
During the summer, the CTE facilitates small groups of faculty colleagues to work toward developing new course materials and teaching strategies. For recent summer themes, see the Faculty Learning Communities page.
Conversations on Pedagogy
The CTE invites faculty across disciplines to participate in informal conversations on pressing issues in today's college classroom. Recent topics have included teaching evaluations, the value of traditional lecture format, and fostering student research. Join us for coffee, and collegial conversation in a relaxed setting!
Each semester, the CTE organizes Rountable Discussions led by faculty colleagues and Academic Administrators about teaching and working with students at Saint Anselm College. Recent topics have included teaching as an embedded faculty member in the new Learning and Living Community dorm; developing honors courses; and team-teaching.
The CTE offers regular workshops each semester. The workshops involve sharing experiences, techniques, and tips across disciplinary fields and years of service or exploring a common issue with a campus or outside expert on pedagogy. Previous topics have included using concept maps; integrating oral presentations into courses; understanding the brains of millennial students; a conversation with campus coaches about motivating students; and a review of CLA results; teaching of critical thinking; and the art of teaching seminar classes. For more information on upcoming workshops see the Workshops page.
Faculty Writing Support
In our effort to support faculty research and writing, the CTE welcomes faculty writers each Monday morning for an hour between 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. for Write First Mondays. Supportive accountability sessions like these can help busy faculty members to carve out precious time for writing during the week. Kick start your week with your own writing, in silence and solidarity with your colleagues. Coffee and tea available!
Occasionally, the CTE sponsors faculty reading groups on a variety of teaching-related topics. See Reading Groups page for information about recent reading groups.