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  About the CTE

Mission of VCU’s
Center for Teaching Excellence


Since its inception in the Fall of 2000, the Center for Teaching Excellence at VCU continues to promote, enhance, and assess teaching effectiveness and student learning through faculty development.

The CTE endeavors to realize this mission through the following:

  • Promote a community of teacher-scholars where the theory and practice of teaching and learning are valued and, shared and sustained
  • Promote collegiality through mentoring and sharing expertise among the faculty that spans all of the University’s Schools and Colleges
  • Support a university climate conducive to open, regular, and collegial discussion about teaching and learning
  • To provide leadership in the discussion of what it means to work, teach, and learn in a learning-centered institution, with attention to the varied perspectives of Administration, Faculty and Students
  • To provide leadership in the discussion, development, and implementation of teaching and learning in an online environment with attention to the varied perspectives of Administration, Faculty and Students
  • Provide resources and consultation that fosters the professional growth of faculty as teachers (particularly in ways that impact student learning)
  • Encourage strategies that engage students in active learning such as collaborative activities, group and cooperative learning, undergraduate research, and problem-based instruction
  • Provide both support and guidance for instructors and academic units to develop, implement, and assess instructional approaches, methods, and delivery
  • Foster innovation and creativity in higher education
  • Promote teaching as an important function of a public metropolitan research university
  • Promote the appropriate integration of instructional technology into the classroom to support effective teaching and enhance student learning
  • Encourage faculty, staff, and teaching assistants to participate in conversations about teaching, learning, and professional development within departments, disciplines, and professional conferences

CTE Annual Reports

CTE Newsletter

VCU Teaching is the new online newsletter from the Center for Teaching Excellence. VCU Teaching features articles from our own faculty; conversations on current issues; CTE Workshops past and present, news, events, and more.

Current Newsletter (Spring 2012)




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Last modified: October 3, 2013
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