Programs & Events

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 strategies to improve student learning. View our Academic Year 19/20 Offerings (PDF/163KB).

Welcome Back to the New Academic Year!

The Peter J. Guerin, O.S.B. Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) invites all full-time and part-time faculty members to participate in our programs for the academic year 2019 - 2020. For more announcements and news, follow us and visit our website. Watch for emails with the new offerings as they become available.

Faculty Writing Community

Seeking to keep your summer writing project on track? Facing a looming writing deadline this fall? Research finds that the most prolific academic writers commit themselves to short, regular, morning writing sessions. Consistency and accountability in a supportive environment also help form productive writing habits. In our effort to support faculty research and writing, the CTE welcomes faculty writers each Monday for an hour (or less/more) anytime between 8-10 a.m. Kick start your week with your own writing, in silence and solidarity with your colleagues. Coffee, tea and light snacks are available!

Write First Mondays!  

Every Monday, August 26 - April 27, 8 - 10 a.m., Center for Teaching Excellence, Joseph Hall 101.

May 2020 Summer Writing Challenge Week

To be determined.


Campus Speaker Series

Lecture/workshop to be held Friday, October 4 from 2:45 - 5:00 p.m. in the Roger and Francine Jean Student Center Complex Auditorium.  Light refreshments will be served.

Mary-Ann Winkelmes, PhD, Executive Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Brandeis University will present research and practical strategies based on the Transparent Framework. The TILT Higher Ed project, a project for educational development and research, helps faculty to implement a transparent teaching framework that promotes college students’ success. 

Dr. Winkelmes is the founder and director of the Transparency in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education Project, which promotes direct conversation between teachers and students about methods of teaching and learning and helps faculty to share data on students’ learning across institutions and countries. Her work has been recognized nationally by the Chronicle of Higher Education and by the Robert J. Menges Award for Outstanding Research in Educational Development. The impact of her work has been the focus of publications in the National Teaching and Learning Forum, Project Information Literacy, Higher Education Advocate and the AAC&U’s Liberal Education and Peer Review as well as the 2019 book Transparent Design in Higher Education Teaching and Leadership.

The Unwritten Rules of College:

Creating Transparent Assignments that Increase Students’ Success Equitably

A 2016 Association of American Colleges & Universities publication identifies transparent assignment design as a replicable teaching intervention that significantly enhances students' learning and persistence, with greater gains for historically underserved students [Winkelmes et al, Peer Review, Spring 2016]. Transparent teaching/learning practices make learning processes explicit while offering opportunities to foster students' metacognition, confidence, and their sense of belonging in college via faculty/student discussion about the relevant knowledge, skills to be practiced, required tasks, expected criteria and examples before students begin working. We’ll review the findings as well as educational research behind the concept of transparent teaching/learning in this session. Then we’ll apply that research to the design of class activities and assignments. Participants will leave with a draft assignment or activity for one of their courses, and a concise set of strategies for designing transparent assignments that promote students’ learning equitably. Dr. Winkelmes invites you to respond to a 2-question online survey before September 30, 2019.

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Dr. Winkelmes’ lecture will be followed by a book signing.  Copies of her book Transparent Design in Higher Education and Leadership will be available for purchase.


Center for Teaching Excellence Fall Events

Roundtable Discussions

From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces

Brown bag lunch and informal discussion. Wednesday September 18 at 12:30 p.m. and Monday, November 11 at 12:30 p.m., both in the Center for Teaching Excellence, Joseph Hall, Room 101

Based on the book chapter Arao, B., & Clemens, K. (2013). From safe spaces to brave spaces: A new way to frame dialogue around diversity and social justice. In L.M. Landrem (Ed.), The art of effective facilitation: Reflections from social justice educators (pp. 135-150). Sterling, Virginia: Styles Publishing LLC. Arao & Clemens (2013)

Ever wished you had some strategies for facilitating conversation in the classroom when the topic may not feel “safe” to you or your students? This paper Arao & Clemens (2013) provides food for thought about alternate ways to frame discussions. Come having read the article (or not!) and discuss these ideas informally with your peers. Come to one or both of the sessions as you are able. 

Supporting Students with Mental Health Issues: Establishing Relationships, Providing Privacy and Maintaining Boundaries

Wednesday, October 2 at 12:30 p.m. in the Roger and Francine Jean Student Center Complex Event Space (bring a brown bag lunch).  

Maura Marshall, Director of College Health Services, will present helpful information on how faculty can best provide support to students with mental health issues.

New Faculty Orientation Series

These sessions will be held in the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), Joseph Hall, Room 101

Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch. 

Midterms, Deficiencies, and Pre-Registration, Oh my!

September 25th, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Join Director of Academic Advising Dean Anne Harrington for an overview of the Saint Anselm College curriculum and information about advising students. 

Finals, Exams, and Preparing for next semester!

This Event has been canceled.

November 20th, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Join Associate Dean Christine Gustafson for an informal session to support your end-of-semester efforts and questions, and to help you prepare for what’s coming in the spring semester.

Summer Research & Teaching Support Opportunities

February 12th, 12:30-1:30 p.m. Join Associate Dean Christine Gustafson and the CTE to discuss summer faculty research and teaching opportunities. Learn about upcoming deadlines and ways to engage in professional development.

May 2020 TBD Summer Teaching Institute and Summer Faculty Learning Community
  • Faculty Mentoring

    Faculty Mentoring

    The CTE currently provides three kinds of faculty mentoring. First, in concert with the Dean's Office, the CTE offers a series of discussions and workshops for faculty of Saint Anselm College. Second, 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. Third, faculty can request to visit another faculty member's classroom to observe a specific pedagogical skill.

    Faculty Classroom Visit

    The Center for Teaching Excellence regularly receives requests from faculty members interested in visiting another faculty member's classroom to see examples of how to handle particular classroom issues.

    In order to facilitate cross-classroom exchanges among faculty, the Center provides a list of faculty members (PDF/14.5KB) willing to open their classroom to another faculty member by appointment and after discussion.

    No special talent in any area is implied by being on this list, other than a willingness to share teaching experience.

    Any faculty interested in setting up a visit should make direct contact with a person on the list, discuss your particular need, and see if there is an appropriate course, date and time for a visit. Faculty pairs can decide whether the visit will be simply a one-time observation, or will include a post-observation discussion and exchange of ideas.

    New Faculty Orientation
    The CTE helps to organize new faculty orientation series throughout the fall semester, and provides new faculty with additional teaching resources.

    New Faculty Mentoring
    This program pairs each new tenure-track or longer-term faculty member with one tenured faculty member from outside his or her department. The two are encouraged to meet at least once a month to discuss all aspects of being a faculty member at Saint Anselm College. Topics of discussion might include relocation issues, teaching strategies, campus culture, and the mission of the college. The resource person functions within a "community of support" which includes the Dean of the College, the new faculty member's department chair, and his or her departmental colleagues. If you are a tenured faculty member at Saint Anselm College and would like to participate in the program, please contact us at CTE@anselm.edu.

  • Faculty Writing Support

    Faculty Writing Community

    Seeking to keep your summer writing project on track? Facing a looming writing deadline this fall? Research finds that the most prolific academic writers commit themselves to short, regular, morning writing sessions. Consistency and accountability in a supportive environment also help form productive writing habits. In our effort to support faculty research and writing, the CTE welcomes faculty writers each Monday for an hour (or less/more) anytime between 8-10 a.m. Kick start your week with your own writing, in silence and solidarity with your colleagues. Coffee, tea and light snacks are available!

    Write First Mondays! 

    Every Monday, August 26th-April 27th, 8-10 a.m., Center for Teaching Excellence, Joseph Hall 101

    May 2020 TBD Summer Writing Challenge Week

  • Other Programs of Interest

    Courageous Community Conversations

    Beginning in 2018, a partnership between Saint Anselm College, the Goffstown Public Library, the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire and the Granite State Organizing Project was begun, with the goal of encouraging and facilitating conversations about race and other difference.  Events continue in the community and welcome participation from the campus community. Details are available here.

    R.E.A.C.T.  A discussion on mental health awareness

    Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 6 p.m. in Perini Hall.   Hosted by SAC,  Dartmouth Hitchcock Senior Director, External Affairs, and former N.H. Supreme Court Justice John Broderick will lead the discussion about signs of emotional suffering,  with the goal of changing the conversation about mental health and reducing stigma.   For more information, contact Karen Borgstrom.