The Center is surrounded by many components and will continue to grow with request and needs of our faculty and professional staff. A brief description of each component is given below:
Faculty Development/Sabbatical Leave Program:The faculty development/sabbatical leave program designed to provide full or partial salary support, and to the extent possible ,support for travel and materials to faculty who will go on leave to pursue a project that will substantially raise the level of quality in their department, school,or college as well as the University.
Advisory Council: Members of the council are recommended by each College and the Library and serve as advisors to the CTE staff.
Reading Circle: Books related to the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning are selected and provided to those individuals that are willing to participate and exchange their interpretations of the readings. Participants that receive the books agree to select one chapter and lead the discussion on that chapter.
Experts in Residence: As funds allow, the Center supports faculty travel. In return the faculty member must return and disseminate the information during a presentation to other faculty.
Instructional Technology Support: The staff in the Center offers technology training and support for faculty. Portable technical equipment (computers/ LCD projectors) is available to assist faculty in classrooms that otherwise do not have technology. Technology is also available for faculty traveling to conferences to make presentations.
Workshops/Webinars: 1 – 3 hour Workshops and Webinars are scheduled on a regular basis. These workshops/ webinars focus on “Best Practices” in an effort to keep faculty abreast of latest trends in education. Examples of workshops are: Flipping Classrooms, Rubric Design, Plagiarism, Assessment, Managing Large Classrooms, Teaching Styles, Syllabus preparation, Tenure and Promotion and Writing for Publication.
Institutes: Several multiple day institutes are held each year. Currently, a Grant Writing Institute and Curriculum Design Institute are scheduled. Others will be scheduled as requests are made.
Instructional Support: The Center has equipment available for faculty use to assist classroom preparation such as copying, par score, scantron, posters, video copies, report binding, microphones, calculators, and clickers to name a few.
Institutional Memberships: The Center secures memberships to the HBCU Faculty Development Network, Texas Faculty Development Network, Professional and Organizational Development (POD), and The Teaching Professor.
Other: Wednesday morning “Coffee, Donuts and Teaching Tips.” Monthly Calendar of Events are posted on Campus Announcements.
Location: The Center for Teaching Excellence is located in 202 W. Delco Building. The staff may be reached at CTE@pvamu.edu or 936.261.3640.
Support: The Center for Teaching Excellence reports to Academic Affairs. Currently additional support for Workshops and Institutes are provided by Title III.