The Center for Teaching Excellence aims to support Xavier faculty in creating rich, collaborative learning environments that challenge our students intellectually, morally, and spiritually. The Center will promote effective teaching that is reflective, engaging, creative, and informed by both pedagogical and disciplinary knowledge.

Elizabeth Wardle, Ph.D

Keynote Address:

  • January 30, 2017, 3:00-4:00pm

  • Conaton Board Room


  • January 30, 2017 10:00-11:30 am


For more information and to register for the workshop, click here.

Terrell Strayhorn, Ph.D.

Real Talk About Race and Racism in College

Keynote address:

  • February 6th, 2017 3:00-4:15 p.m.

  • Conaton Board Room


  • February 7th, 2017 10:00-11:15 am.

  • CLC 308


For more information and to register for the workshop, click here.

New Book Discussion Groups

The CTE announces three new book discussion groups forming soon.  For more information, click here.

CTE Teaching Observations

CTE faculty colleagues are available to observe your class and to provide you with feedback from an outside perspective on the aspects of your teaching that interest you most. You will gain objective data regarding your classroom teaching behaviors as well as the observable behaviors of your students. Faculty can request observations of teaching to gain feedback on various aspects of teaching in order to gauge effectiveness in the classroom.  Click here to request an observation.

Syllabus Design

There is no standard syllabus format for every course at Xavier. Check with your department to see if there are departmental or college requirements for your syllabi. 

The Center for Teaching Excellence offers this Syllabus Template, with suggested language to describe University policies and student support services. Note that instructions are provided in red on the template and should be replaced with the suggested language or your own phrasing.