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.



Syllabus Makeover Working Lunch Session

Are you using the same syllabus from previous iterations of a course you have taught many times? Are you teaching a new course next fall? Are you interested in getting a head-start on course updates?

Now is a great time to dust off a syllabus and bring it in to the syllabus makeover session! During a working lunch, we will examine research based approaches to syllabus design and content, including student learning outcomes, learner-centered design principles, suggested language and alternative formats. Join Diane and Renea and interdisciplinary faculty peers for this hands-on session to support your teaching.

Tuesday, May 9 12:00-1:30 CLC 308            RSVP



Faculty Learning Community Application

After an open call for proposals, the CTE Faculty Advisory board has selected two FLC's for 2017-2018.  The FLC  “Doing Digital at XU” will begin in August, 2017 and will be facilitated by Lisa Ottum, Alison Morgan and Anne Davies.

This FLC seeks to examine digital scholarship, digital pedagogy, and digital culture from a mission-based perspective. For more information and to apply, click here.

The other FLC, "Nonviolent Communication:Practice and Pedagogy" will start in January 2018 and will be facilitated by Renea Frey.  Member applications will be available in the fall semester.


 COIL Faculty Fellows 2017-2018

Call for Applicants

As part of Xavier’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, the Center for International Education and the Center for Teaching Excellence invite
faculty members interested in teaching a Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) course during the Spring 2018 semester to submit an application to participate in the COIL Faculty Fellows Program.  For more information and to apply, click here.

Due date for receipt of application: May 8, 2017


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.