The mission of the Center for Teaching Excellence is to promote instructional innovation and teaching excellence by working directly with instructors. We partner with faculty, staff, and students in support of improving teaching and learning within a world-class research context, while advancing the mission of Catholic University.


Welcome to our new

Instructional Designer!



Diego Boada, Ph.D.

Dr. Diego A. Boada is an educator, researcher, and instructional designer from Colombia with over 15 years of experience. Diego has designed online learning experiences for more than a dozen universities and organizations in Colombia, the US, and the UK. Diego started his career as an English teacher to speakers of other languages. As a Fulbright scholar, Diego earned his M.Ed. and Ph.D. in Learning, Design, and Technology at the University of Georgia (UGA). He also holds an Executive MBA from Quantic School of Business and Technology. In 2019, Diego completed a postdoctoral fellowship in pedagogy for culturally and linguistically diverse students at UGA's Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education. Before joining the Center for Teaching Excellence, Diego worked for various EdTech startup companies and consulted for the Inter-American Development Bank. 


Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellowship Program

The Center for Teaching Excellence Fellowship for full time faculty involves a commitment to work on a project for one semester in collaboration with the CTE team. Projects are related to teaching and/or learning and based on the fellow's teaching and research interests.

Learn more about the program

Fall 2023 Application now open

Upcoming CTE Events

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Spring 2023 Book Group:  Small Teaching

 McMahon 308
Image of a clock  2pm; February 7th, and February 21st
Icon in the shape of an audience Open to all instructors!

How can you increase the effectiveness of your teaching immediately and powerfully without time-intensive efforts? With Small Teaching: Everyday Lesson from the Science of Learning, by James M. Lang (2nd ed., 2021, Jossey-Bass), readers will learn about low-lift yet high-impact, evidence-based changes that we can make in our courses to improve our students’ learning. Book group participants will be encouraged to try some of these practices, share their experiences, and reflect on each other’s accounts. We will meet three times every other week on Tuesdays during the first half of the semester. Participants who commit to attending at least two out of the three sessions will receive a copy of the book. Click to register!

Engaging Students Using Universal Design for Learning (UDL)

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Image of a clock 12:30pm; Tuesday, February 21st
Icon in the shape of an audience Open to all instructors!

Interested in digging more deeply into creating a course that is fully accessible to all students? This first in a series of three workshops centered on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) will give participants an opportunity to better familiarize themselves with the principle of engagement through discussing potential applications in their courses with peers, and then workshopping an upcoming class with engagement in mind. All participants will be asked to watch a short video reviewing the concepts of UDL before attending. Click to register!

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