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.


Persistence Project

Join the Persistence Project to help us learn how evidence-based pedagogical practices can affect student retention and belonging. By signing on to the Persistence Project, faculty will commit to integrating four specific activities into one of their spring 2023 classes. 

Learn more about the Persistence Project


Teaching Mentoring Pairs

Sign up for Teaching Mentoring Pairs to engage in mutual mentoring with a faculty colleague from another department. Read more and access the application  


Teaching as Research Mini-Grant

The Teaching as Research program supports Xavier faculty who wish to undertake SoTL research to study the effectiveness of pedagogical approaches in their courses. Application deadline is November 28.

Read more and apply


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

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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.