The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) facilitates the sharing of teaching ideas, innovations, strategies, and resources among Occidental faculty in order to enhance student learning.
Through a variety of programs the CTE promotes pedagogical enrichments and innovations.
The CTE has three major goals:
1) to increase student learning through improvements in teaching quality;
2) to build and enrich community among Occidental faculty; and
3) to orient first-year faculty to campus and to develop their skills as teachers.
The activities of the CTE, as well as the Linda and Tod White Teaching Prize, are supported by a very generous endowed gift from Linda White and Oxy trustee and alum Tod White.
Occidental Faculty can consult the CTE Moodle site for a number of pedagogical resources (Oxy ID necessary): https://moodle.oxy.edu/course/view.php?id=9480Here’s what faculty have to say about CTE programs:
“As a young faculty member, it is important for my development to see what my colleagues are doing, especially across the disciplines. I learned so much sitting in on my colleagues’ classes and then discussing our respective pedagogies and how we approach our profession in our Teaching Roundtable meetings.”
“I have already begun to incorporate techniques used by my colleagues in my courses!”
“I’ve learned how to be a better classroom teacher, but also so much about the informal aspects of teaching—from advising students (introducing them to curricular, research, internship, and fellowship opportunities), balancing teaching and research, and navigating the tenure process.”
“The First-year Faculty Learning Community was a crucial part of my first year at Oxy! It was a great way to become familiar with Oxy culture and to get to know my faculty colleagues. After only one year, I truly feel a part of the Oxy community.”
“This group was very helpful, both for concrete suggestions and for moral support.”
“It was so nice to devise new teaching techniques, to implement them in a course I was currently teaching, and to reflect immediately with colleagues on my successes and failures.”
“It is so nice to be able to hold conversations with other faculty engaged with the same teaching questions and to have significant time (several meetings over the course of the semester) to do so at more than a cursory level.”
“Every time I participate in a CTE program, I end up changing some part of my teaching practice. The CTE is an invaluable resource for Oxy faculty.”
- CTE Director: Kristi Upson-Saia, Assoc. Prof. of Religious Studies
- Office: Fowler 402
- Phone: (323) 259-2855
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org