Welcome to the Center for Academic Excellence

The Center for Academic Excellence is the university's lead teaching and learning resource for faculty and staff.  The CAE is dedicated to growing excellence in teaching and learning and supporting faculty and student success. Our office provides workshops, courses, and resources covering a variety of pedagogical and technological topics in addition to faculty career support. The CAE Spring 2021 Schedule at a Glance contains an overview of all of our faculty development offerings and resources for the spring semester.

The Center for Academic Excellence, along with the Inclusive Excellence Team, stands in support of those denouncing the racist policies and practices that have led to systemic injustice and significant racial inequities for generations in our country. With the understanding that teaching cannot be excellent if it is not inclusive, we are committed to programming that examines bias, racism, and privilege in our educational community; seeks to understand the identities and lived experiences of our students and faculty; and promotes inclusive teaching practices for the betterment of all students and for a more just world. 

Online & Hybrid Teaching Support

Online & Hybrid Teaching Support

View our support pages with guides and resources for Online Teaching and Hybrid Teaching , technology basics that will help you Keep Teaching, and considerations and resources for Inclusive Online Teaching. CAE is also offering a series of online workshops to help you get started.

Teaching, Learning, & Student Success

Teaching, Learning, & Student Success

Learn more about how we support excellence in teaching and learning in a variety of delivery options through course design, learning communities, and teaching squares. Use our teaching guides on Course Organization, Assessment of Student Learning, and Student Engagement to help plan your course.

Learning Technologies

Learning Technologies

Discover how we lead the campus in providing professional development for faculty and staff to increase the integration of learning technologies for teaching, like AsULearn, video conferencing, and web conferencing, as well as online course development.

Inclusive Excellence

Inclusive Excellence

Find out more about our professional development that cultivates equity, inclusion, and diversity in the classroom and campus community, including best practices, sample syllabi statements and events that support inclusive practices.

Career Support

Career Support

Explore our programming and support for new faculty, non-tenure track faculty, mid-career faculty, and senior faculty. We support scholarship and research through a wide array professional development workshops and events. 

Leadership Development

Leadership Development

See how we facilitate the planning of professional development that strengthens academic leadership across campus, aids in identifying and developing emerging leaders, and promotes leadership succession planning.

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Upcoming Events

Jan 28

Book Club- The Spark of Learning: Energizing the College Classroom with the Science of Emotion

Thursday, January 28, 2021 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
Online in Zoom

This spring book club will focus on discussing the application of evidence-based practices related to the role of emotion in learning to engagement, motivation, and retention. Book club members will be given a copy of the book. This workshop will also occur from 2:00-3:00 on the following days: Thursday, February 18th & Thursday, March 11th. Registration Link
Teaching, Learning, & Student Success, Learning Technologies: Technology Enhanced Learning, Workshops
Jan 29

Effective Online Group Work

Friday, January 29, 2021 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Online in Zoom

This session will offer an opportunity for instructors to discuss how they have used group work across course modalities and the challenges and benefits they have experienced in incorporating cooperative learning groups. Key considerations when developing both successful teams and effective projects/assignments will be shared.  Registration Link
Learning Technologies: Instruction, Teaching, Learning, & Student Success, Learning Technologies, Workshops
Feb 3

Spring Virtual Book Club

Wednesday, February 3, 2021 - 9:00am to 10:00am

This Spring 2021 Virtual Book Club will read and discuss, 99 Tips for Creating Simple and Sustainable Educational Videos: A Guide for Online Teachers and Flipped Classes by Karen Costa. Learn and discuss how you might use the tools you already have to create instructor-generated videos for your online classes that may boost course engagement levels. Book club members will be given a copy of the book. Register
Teaching, Learning, & Student Success, Learning Technologies, Workshops