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Please head to the Events page for the full schedule

  • DEC 2
    Including Service/Justice in Your Course Zoom  Time: 1:00 PM
    Presented by Emmjolee Mendoza Waters M.S.W. (Campus Ministry) and Harrison Hanvey (Campus Ministry)



The Open Education Network conducted a workshop on Open Education: Access, Affordability and Academic Success for 70 participants from the WRLC (Washington Research Library Consortium) universities on October 1, 2020. Designed as a train-the-trainer program, the attendees included librarians, instructional designers, campus academic leaders and other advocates for open textbook adoption and open educational resources (OER).

WRLC’s Textbook Affordability Working Group is planning two virtual WRLC Open Textbook Workshops on Wednesday, December 2 from 12:30 - 1:30 PM and Thursday, December 10 from 1:00 - 2:00 PM that will be open to faculty and other instructors at the WRLC partner universities who are interested in learning about and considering using OER. The WRLC has agreed to fund $200 stipends for each instructor that writes a review of an open textbook included in the Open Textbook Library. Get in touch with Lea Wade (wadel@cua.edu),  your representative on the Textbook Affordability Working Group,  if you would like to attend one of the workshops, have any questions,  or want additional information to share with colleagues..

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.