The Center for Teaching Excellence occasionally awards grants to faculty. These include funding for specific projects and technology loan programs. Click here for more information about these grants.
Do you want to improve your vocal delivery skills in order to be a more dynamic and effective instructor in the classroom? Teaching, like all public speaking, is a performance which demands vocal stamina, breath control and proper placement of the voice. During Spring 2012, the Center for Teaching Excellence is offering a free vocal delivery course for full-time teaching faculty. Participants will learn how to integrate vocal variables such as pitch, volume, rate and tonality, resulting in the ability to make more dynamic presentations. The course will include group sessions, voice and speech exercises, classroom observation and one-on-one coaching. Class size is limited. The course schedule, course application forms and additional information are available online. Click here for more information.
Do you want to improve your American accent? Accent reduction can help you communicate better with your students, both in and out of the classroom. During Spring 2012, the Center for Teaching Excellence is offering a free professional accent reduction course for full-time teaching faculty. Participants will receive professional, individualized training in an interactive environment designed to improve English pronunciation. The course will begin with a pronunciation diagnostic, followed by instruction and practice. Topics covered will include intonation units, prominence, phrasing, sentence rhythm, word rhythm issues, linking, and problematic aspects of individual sounds (consonants and vowels). Class size is limited. The course schedule, course application forms and additional information are available online. Click here for more information.
A Community of Practice (CoP) is a group of faculty members who have a common interest or challenge and who collaborate over an extended period to share ideas, find solutions, and build innovations. Click here for more information.
The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program helps better prepare graduate students and post-docs for all aspects of their faculty careers including teaching, research, and service. It provides participants with an in-depth look at successful faculty careers and gives them an opportunity to reflect on their own pursuits in this context. Click here for more information.
The CTE supports fellowship opportunities for graduate students in science, engineering, computing and mathematics to work in partnership with middle school science teachers during the school year. Fellows improve their teaching skills, teachers gain content knowledge, and middle school students receive enriched learning experiences. Click here for more information.