The mission of the Center for Teaching Excellence is to support the intellectual growth of instructors and students at The Catholic University of America. Our goal is to partner with the campus community to foster a dynamic teaching, learning, advising, and mentoring experience within a world-class research context.

Last Day Oct 31 Spring Survey

Please complete this brief survey which will help us plan our programming and services for the spring semester.

This survey is anonymous, and can be completed by all full and part time faculty members, adjuncts, graduate teaching assistants, and teaching fellows. 

We look forward to hearing from you!  The survey will be open through October 31st.


Thursdays & Fridays

Connect & Collaborate

Instructional Support Meet-ups

Thursdays at 3:00 PM
Fridays at 11:00 AM 
Hosted by Aránzazu Ascunce, Ph.D. (CTE); Marissa Stewart, Ph.D. (CTE); Hannah Jardine, Ph.D. (CTE); Christiane Gannon, Ph.D. (CTE), Amelia Vacante, M.S. (CTE)

An informal space to discuss new instructional strategies with other Catholic University instructors, share solutions to teaching challenges and build fellowship with the support of Instructional Coaches and each other.


Heading reads: Fall 2020 Events Schedule in white letters on a red background

Please head to the Events page for the full schedule

  • Nov 12
    Evaluating Essays and Term Papers Zoom  Time: 1:00PM Presented by Kevin Rulo, Ph.D. (English); Christiane Gannon, Ph.D. (CTE);
    Dr. Rulo, Director of the Writing Center, presents tips on how to effectively and efficiently grade your students’ papers.

  • NOV 16
    Student Engagement and Project-Based Learning Zoom  Time: 2:00 PM Presented by Aránzazu Ascunce, Ph.D. (CTE) and Christiane Gannon Ph.D. (CTE)

    How can you better engage your students online? In this workshop, we will present project-based learning (PBL) as one of the effective ways to energize your classroom. PBL involves students in developing skills that will help them design and solve hands-on solutions to a problem. It allows students to learn how course content can be applied beyond the classroom. Real life teaching scenarios will be presented, and using a create-your-own-adventure approach, you will be able to practice using PBL to find solutions to your teaching challenges.


Fall 2020 Resources

Instructional Continuity Planning

In Other News


Teaching Awards

Congratulations to this year's recipients of the Part-time Faculty Teaching Awards! A ceremony was held on March 5th where President Garvey and Provost Dominguez honored the following faculty members for their outstanding teaching and mentoring:

      • Fr. Frank Donio, S.A.C. (School of Theology and Religious Studies)
      • Daniel Zachem, Esq. (Columbus School of Law)
      • Dr. Shawqi Talia (Department of Semitic an Egyptian Languages and Literatures, School of Arts and Sciences)
Dialogue Circles

Our new program Cardinal Rules of Engagement launched in February.  Just as the mission of The Catholic University of America is to “…advance the dialogue between faith and reason…”, at the provost’s initiative, the Catholic University dialogue circle program (Cardinal Rules of Engagement) was established by the Center for Teaching Excellence to advance the dialogue between university community members. Although full agreement may not always be present, a shared understanding of the university’s needs, diversity, challenges, strengths, and unique assets is important for building a resilient and thriving community of educators and learners. This better equips us to serve our students, the university, the Church, and the community.

The goal of the program is for faculty and staff at the university to reflect on our views and beliefs, and on how those inform and impact our interactions with each other and our students. Facilitators will focus on helping participants articulate these interests and concerns in a respectful and productive manner. While it is possible that various difficult topics will come up in the circles, the purpose of the circles is not to instruct on these topics but to assist participants in communicating with each other.