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.


Call For FLC  Membership Applications

We are currently accepting applications to participate in an FLC entitled "Addressing Racism in Educational and Pedagogical Practices," to begin January 2021. Applications will be accepted through December 2.

Read more about this FLC and apply


Call for Applications: CTE Faculty Director

The CTE is seeking applications for a Faculty Director with a flexible start date. The application deadline is Monday, February 8, 2021. Read the job description and instructions for application. 


Share Your Teaching Bright Spots

As we begin the semester with multiple course formats, including hybrid, fully remote, and online, we would like to highlight your positive moments and successful 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


Hybrid and Remote Teaching Resources

The CTE, together with Instructional Design & Technology and Digital Media Services, are continuing to develop resources to support faculty for remote and hybrid teaching in response to COVID-19. 

Fall 2020 Preparation for Remote Teaching  This self-paced course provides guidance on using the Canvas course templates and best practices in remote and online instruction (you must be signed into Canvas to access it). If you are not enrolled in this course, contact idt@xavier.edu.

Canvas Instructor Training  This self-paced course trains instructors in the functions of Canvas; find more details and register at the link.

Instructional Continuity website  This site includes strategies and information to support remote teaching, including an archive of webinars and resources offered in the spring and summer of 2020. 

Need Assistance?

If you need additional support using Canvas more effectively, engaging remote participants in hybrid courses, or using the Zoom kit classroom technology, you can request our help


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