Skip to Content

Center for Teaching Excellence

  • New Faculty Orientation

Events Calendar

*Special Notice*

In order for attendees to personally track their current registrations and attendance at CTE workshops and events, CTE requires that registrants create an account in our registration system and login to register.  If you have an existing training account with the Division of Human Resources, Office of Organizational and Professional Development, you do not need to create an account. You can login using your HR training username and password. By logging in to register for CTE events, your complete record for both CTE and HR trainings will be available in a single location with a single account and login. 

View and print CTE training record.

Click on the "+" sign next to each event to see description.

You can choose to use the Calendar View of CTE events if you prefer.

July 2022


A teaching philosophy statement provides a concise description of an instructor’s teaching approach, methods, and experience. Colleges and universities request a teaching philosophy statement from applicants for faculty positions, and some higher education institutions require one as part of the tenure and promotion consideration process.


What is your teaching philosophy? What should you write or include? What if you have limited teaching experience? This workshop will help you articulate your teaching philosophy in a concise, effective essay. We will discuss the statement’s purpose, different aspects of your teaching experiences that can be included, and best practices and strategies for composing the statement. This is a working webinar, requiring that you do some reflective writing in advance of the workshop, so that the workshop can include individual writing, group discussion, and feedback. Participants will leave with an outline of their statement, written components, and guidance to continue crafting it. Register

The Diversity Statement

Faculty job postings regularly request a diversity statement,  in addition to teaching and research statements. These written essays from job applicants help faculty search committees identify candidates who have the skills, experience, and/or willingness to engage in activities that enhance campus diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts.

How do you approach writing a diversity statement?  What should it say? What can be included - research, teaching, and service experiences and activities, or values, views, and future goals? What are search committees looking for, and what if you haven’t experienced any issues personally? This workshop will help guide you in exploring your personal experiences and help you determine what to emphasize and include in your statement.  You will learn what aspects of faculty life and academia contribute to an institution’s DEI mission, and how best to illustrate your personal commitment to such DEI goals using the various facets of your own experiences.  This is a working webinar, requiring that you do some reflective writing in advance of the workshop, so that the workshop can include individual writing, group discussion, and feedback. Participants will leave with an outline of their statement and guidance to continue crafting it. 

You DO have a story to tell.  Learn how to write a Diversity Statement that stands out!   Register

August 2022

New UofSC adjunct faculty are invited to participate in a virtual 90 minute orientation session sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of On Your Time Initiatives. The session will provide information helpful to any adjunct faculty member.
Adjunct Orientation Schedule

5:30-5:35 Welcome
Nate Carnes
Interim Director, Center for Teaching Excellence

5:35 6:10 Overview of Blackboard
Casey Carroll
Instructional Designer, Center for Teaching Excellence

6:10-6:40 Overview of Pedagogy and CTE Resources
Nate Carnes
Interim Director, Center for Teaching Excellence

6:40-6:50 Practical Tips
Marcia Cook Purday
Instructor, School of Journalism and Mass Communications

6:50-7:00 General Questions and Answers
Nate Carnes and Center for Teaching Excellence Staff


The Office of the Provost sponsors New Faculty Orientation (NFO) to help all new faculty make a smooth, enjoyable transition to the University. This welcome and orientation session is for all new full-time faculty: tenure-track, research, clinical, instructors and lecturers who have been hired since August 15, 2021, including those hired for Spring, Summer and Fall 2022 terms.  Register

Blackboard’s new Ultra Course View is a simpler and more modern course experience for instructors and students. In this webinar, participants will learn how to create content, access course tools, facilitate student discussions, grade assignments, and more!  Register

Blackboard’s inline grading feature, Blackboard Annotate, makes grading easy. Learn how to provide meaningful feedback to your students through comments, virtual stamps, edit marks, and more.  Register

Panopto is an all-in-one video management platform built into Blackboard. In this session, attendees will learn how to create and manage video learning content in Panopto that can be easily integrated into Blackboard courses.  Register

Have you ever thought about making your course materials more inclusive in Blackboard? Dip your toe in the water of Universal Design for Learning by learning about student accommodations, including exceptions for test and assignment submissions, and discover the alternative formats automatically available to your students through Blackboard Ally. A few simple changes could make a huge difference in your students’ level of engagement and success in your course.  Register

Learn how to create assignments and tests in your Blackboard Ultra course, including a sneak peek at a new, streamlined grading process. Bring your questions and be prepared to play in your Ultra sandbox!  Register

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.