Center for Faculty Excellence

Center for Faculty Excellence Workshops

 Most of our workshops take place from 11:30am to 12:30pm at Rhodes Tower, Room 401, unless a different room or time has been announced. Keep this page bookmarked, as more workshops will be posted here soon.

Click here for more information on our Book Discussions, Gateway Courses Program and Teaching Open Houses.

Fall 2019 Workshops

Fall 2019 workshops will begin in early September 2019. Please check back for more information soon! If you are interested in presenting a free workshop for faculty, please email

To review workshops offered in the 2018-19 academic year, click here for our workshop log.

Gateway Courses Program - Spring 2019

Applying Psychological Science to Teaching and Learning to Improve Student Success 

Applications are now closed for Spring 2019. Accepted applicants will be notified on January 22nd. 

Faculty who teach gateway courses, defined as those 100 and 200 level courses that have more than 100 students enrolling over a calendar year, are invited to apply to participate in a faculty learning community that will examine how to apply current psychological science to their teaching to improve student success in their courses. Below is a list of topics and dates. All sessions will be 90 minutes and begin at 2:00pm.

Session 1: 1/28/19 - Cognitive psychology of teaching and learning: an overview

Session 2: 2/11/19 - Application and examples from the content areas

Session 3: 3/04/19 - Small teaching: predicting, growing

Session 4: 4/01/19 - Fostering metacognitive strategies to improve study skills: making exams worth more than the grade

Session 5: 4/29/19 - Wrap up and planning to share our findings

*Note: If your course does not meet the definition of a gateway course, but you have evidence to suggest that it is an impediment to retention or graduation in your program, you may still apply. Please provide an explanation of this in your rationale for applying.


Sip & Share Open Houses 

Join the Center for Faculty Excellence for afternoon tea and conversation. Each open house will center on a different topic in teaching & learning. Topic summaries will be provided; you do not need to listen to the podcast in order to attend.

Details of the meetings

Time: Select Tuesdays, 2:00-3:00pm

Location: BH 212

Session schedule:

January 22 - "Connecting with Students Inside & Outside the Classroom"

February 28 - "Research on Engaging Learners" 

March 26 - "Inquiry-based Learning"

April 16 - "Interactivity and Inclusivity Can Help Close the Achievement Gap"