New Faculty Programs

The Center for Teaching Excellence places a particular emphasis on supporting faculty in their first years at Boston College. In addition to hosting programs created specifically for new faculty, the CTE welcomes new instructors in all of its faculty-specific and campus-wide programs.

Accommodation Requests & Covid Precautions

The Center for Teaching Excellence is committed to providing equal access to its events and programs. Individuals with disabilities who anticipate needing accommodations or who have questions about physical access may contact centerforteaching@bc.eduAs part of this commitment, the CTE encourages masking at our events and strives to include remote or hybrid options for participation when possible. 

New Faculty Orientation

In partnership with the Provost’s Office, the CTE hosts an afternoon of teaching-focused conversations as part of New Faculty Orientation each August. All new full-time faculty are welcome to attend. 

Past Events

New Faculty Seminars

The New Faculty Seminars on Teaching are gatherings where faculty in their early years at BC can discuss the fundamentals of teaching with colleagues. We gather for lunch and informal conversation at noon, then begin the hour-long seminar at 12:30.  Sessions typically include 10-15 minutes of CTE staff sharing research and strategies relevant to the topic at hand, followed by opportunities to exchange thoughts with colleagues and develop ideas for your own teaching. Topics are chosen based on the input of that year’s new faculty.

For our two fall sessions, we’ll gather for lunch and informal conversation at noon, then begin the hour-long seminar at 12:30. Feel free to come just for lunch, just for the seminar or both, as your schedule permits. These sessions are hybrid; please indicate when you register if you would like to participate in person or on Zoom.

Fall 2022

Active Learning: Strength in Structure

Tuesday, October 11, lunch 12:00-12:30; seminar 12:30 - 1:30

“Active learning” is regarded in many teaching cultures as an essential practice, but it is also the broadest of concepts. This session considers ways to operationalize it in a variety of settings, identifying what we want students to gain and developing activities that will encourage their success. In particular, we’ll explore how a clear structure making visible the purpose and expectations of activities, can be vital to student success. Join us to review concepts and strategies from educational research, and share ideas with colleagues about what works well and works-in-progress.  

Register for Active Learning: Strength in Structure

Transparent Assignment Design

Thursday, November 10, lunch 12:00-12:30; seminar 12:30 - 1:30

Assignments serve as the building blocks of our courses. Ranging from low-stakes activities completed during class to complex semester-long projects, assignments provide students opportunities to practice what they’re learning at the same time they give instructors a window into students’ understanding. We’ll discuss strategies for designing more impactful assignments and communicating them effectively to students. You’ll have a chance to workshop an assignment of your own and share ideas for more creative assignment approaches with colleagues.

Register for Transparent Assignment Design

Past Conversations