Center for Teaching Excellence

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.


Spring DEI Speaker

Each spring, the CTE invites a speaker to present on a topic related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in teaching and pedagogy. 

Alyssa Hadley Dunn will be the CTE's spring 2022 DEI speaker. On Feb. 28 and Mar. 1, Dr. Dunn will offer a keynote and follow-up workshop on the topic of "days after pedagogy," exploring how instructors can respond in the classroom on days following major events, traumas, or tragedies in ways that center equity and justice. 

Read more about these events and register for the workshop


Call for Applications: Faculty Associate

The CTE is seeking applications for Faculty Associates for the 2022-2023 academic year to support CTE programming and faculty development activities. Deadline: February 7 at 11:59 pm. 

Read position description, qualifications, and application instructions


Junior Faculty Series

The CTE will offer a series of three workshops to support early career faculty. These workshops are designed for all junior faculty, both tenure-track and teaching professor, though some topics may be appropriate for other faculty as well. 

Find dates and workshop descriptions


Digital Learning Day & Call for Submissions

This year's Digital Learning Day, on Tuesday, February 22, will focus on what we have learned from teaching during the pandemic. Activities will include a faculty showcase, lunch discussion on the future of teaching and learning, and the Digital Learning Day competition. 

Read more about Digital Learning Day

Faculty Showcase: Call for Submissions

We are looking for submissions from faculty who would like to take part in the Digital Learning Day Showcase. The showcase is an opportunity for faculty to share techniques, activities, or assessments they have developed that leverage technology to enhance student learning. Strategies that address issues of equity and access are particularly welcome. Deadline: February 14

Submit your session idea


Share Your Teaching Bright Spots

To encourage faculty to reflect on their work and share and learn from the experience, diversity, and expertise of their colleagues, we would like to highlight your positive teaching moments and successful classroom strategies, particularly those that others might adapt in their own teaching practices.

Submit your bright spot or nominate a colleague to share theirs

Browse Teaching Bright Spots


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.

For language to describe inclusive teaching, university policies, and student support services, review the CTE's suggested syllabus components.