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.
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 2022 - 2023.
Write First Mondays! Every Monday, Sept. 12 -Dec. 12, 8-10:00am, Joseph Hall Center for Teaching Excellence
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 morning for an hour (or less /more) anytime between 8:00-10:00. Kick start your week with your own writing, in silence and solidarity with your colleagues. Coffee, tea, and snacks available!
The Meaning of “Understanding” in Mathematics and Physics: Cognitive and Motivational Aspects
Tuesday, September 20, 2022, 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Goulet Science Center, Perini Family Lecture Hall
Join the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Physics Department in hosting distinguished professor Gerald A. Goldin of the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University. Professor Goldin will propose and lead a discussion on what it means to “really understand” a concept in mathematics or in physics. What kind of understanding should we consider to have fulfilled our objectives as teachers or as learners? How can the process of learning mathematics and physics fulfill fundamental psychological needs? What does this mean for the teaching of these subjects? Pizza and Soda will be provided.
Providing Feedback to Students
September 28, 4:00 pm, Joseph Hall 001
The College Writing Program is partnering with the Center for Teaching Excellence to host this workshop on providing feedback to students on writing. The workshop will address topics including a) Providing feedback vs. Correcting error b) Different types of commenting and feedback—in print and with online tools c) Strategies for providing efficient and effective feedback d) Handouts and resources on providing feedback. Refreshments will be provided.
Information Session & Discussion: The Teaching Portfolio.
Monday, October 3, 2:30-3:45pm, Jean Center Event Space
The 2021-2022 Senate has instituted new requirements for all candidates for tenure and promotion (to associate and full professor). The bylaws of the Rank and Tenure committee now call for the dossier to include a teaching portfolio.* The new bylaws will take effect next fall 2023. The Center for Teaching Excellence is hosting an informational session and discussion about these new bylaws with Senate President, Dr. Sean Parr, and Chair of the Handbook Committee, Dr. Tauna Sisco. Refreshments will be served
Fall Workshop: When Students Disclose.
Friday, October 21, 1:00pm, Joseph Hall CTE
Would you know about what to do if a student disclosed about sexual assault, dating violence or stalking? In a clear, concise, and informative manner, Nicole Kipphut, OVW Director at the Harbor, and Sarah Maynard, PhD of the Sociology and Social Work Department will address faculty members' reporting responsibilities and offer practical ideas and suggestions for how to be trauma-informed in your interaction with student survivors and in the classroom.
Conversations in Pedagogy: Fostering Student Research.
Monday, November 14, 3:45-5:15pm, NHIOP West Wing
The CTE invites faculty to join in a panel presentation and discussion about student research at Saint Anselm College. Topics will include the state of student research at Saint Anselm and ideas for promoting independent student research projects. Representatives from student research initiatives on campus will be on the panel to answer your logistical questions about guiding students in this high impact practice.
New Faculty Orientation Series at the Center for Teaching Excellence, Joseph Hall
One month in – What’s next?
September 28, 12:30-1:30 pm, 101 Joseph Hall
A casual session to discuss questions that have arisen in the first few weeks of the semester. We’ll also talk about faculty responsibilities, including mid-semester deficiencies and preregistration advising.
Advising Students: Where to Get Answers
October 12, 12:30-1:30 pm, Joseph Hall 110
Join us, for an overview of the Saint Anselm College curriculum and information about advising students.
Whew! It’s Almost Over…
November 30, 10:00-11:30am, Joseph Hall 101
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.
~ Dianna & Gilberto, Co-Directors of the Center for Teaching Excellence
New Faculty Mentoring
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.
Continuing 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.
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!
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.