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.


Teaching as Research

To learn more about this program, click here.


FLC Applications

Applications for "Nonviolent Communication: Practice and Pedagogy" are now being accepted.  Click here for a description and application.


Faculty In Residence Staff Sessions

For more information and to register, click here.


Faculty In Residence Faculty Observations

This program is designed to encourage critical reflection on classroom teaching while supporting the intellectual community of the entire university. For more information and to register for an observation session, 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 Suggested Syllabus Components and Language, with suggested language to describe inclusive teaching, university policies and student support services.