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.
Preparing for Spring 2021?
The Center for Teaching Excellence is offering serveral different support options to guide you in your preparation for the Spring 2021 semester. Please click below for more information about each option. CTE also has an ever-growing library of resource available on our website.
- Video Guide for Spring '21
- Course Design Retreat: Prepare for Spring '21 (January 11-15)
- Q and A sessions
- In-Classroom Technology Practice (January)
You can also see all the details on our Prepare for Spring '21 webpage. Click here to learn more
Center for Teaching Excellence Faculty Fellowship Program Applications Due
Applications for Spring 2021 are due January 15, 2021.
Learn more about the program or read about previous Fellows below!
Zoom Cloud Storage will be Deleted
"As we move to the beginning of the spring 2021 semester, the University is quickly approaching our storage limit with Zoom. Therefore, in order to accommodate the upcoming semester's courses, lectures, and events, we will need to remove all Zoom Cloud recordings made prior to January 1, 2021, with deletion currently scheduled for Friday, January 15, 2021.
Before this deletion occurs, and if you want to save your recordings from the past year, I encourage you to download your Zoom Cloud recordings and archive them to your Cardinal Google Drive. Directions for this downloading and storage process can be found at the following Technology Services website.
In the future, the deletion of all Zoom Cloud recordings will take place one week after final grades are due for a given semester, so please plan accordingly moving forward."
-Excerpt from Assistant Provost David Long on Jan 7, 2021
Fall 2020 Resources
- See the Events page for information on live training sessions hosted by the Center for Teaching Excellence. Videos of the training sessions can be found on the Virtual Presentations page.
- One page Guides for Instruction are now available on the Resources page
- Blackboard provides user guides and tutorial videos
- Zoom offers daily webinars
- Classroom Technology Training Video
Instructional Continuity Planning
- The Center for Teaching Excellence and the office of Instructional Services have developed a website for instructional technology support: http://
- Videos of CTE presentations will be posted to the Resources for Instructional Continuity section of this website.
- The Instructional Continuity Team and the Provost Office have developed a FAQ webpage for the Academic Area regarding the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 virus. This list will be updated as the situation develops. The FAQ can be located at https://provost.catholic.
- Plans are underway for supporting summer and fall instruction - check our Events page for upcoming additions!
In Other News
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)
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.