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.


The CTE Faculty in Residence Program

Amy Whipple, Ph.D.

HIST 140  Britain: Sherlock to Britpop

For more information and to register please click here.


Teaching as Research Program

To support Xavier faculty studying the effectiveness of pedagogical approaches in their courses, the CTE is launching a pedagogical research program that includes a series of workshops during fall 2016 and mini-grants for spring 2017 for faculty to undertake and present a study that examines an aspect of their teaching. For more information and to apply for a mini-grant, click here.


Collaborative On-line International Learning (COIL) Faculty Fellows Program

As part of Xavier’s commitment to promote diversity and inclusion  the Center for International Education and the Center for Teaching Excellence invite faculty members interested in teaching a COIL course during the Spring 2017 semester to submit an application to participate in the COIL Faculty Fellows Program. For more information and to apply, 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.