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Faculty Teaching Retreat

Applications for the CTE's second Teaching Retreat, held June 3-7, 2019 at Ocean Edge Resort on Cape Cod, were closed and those accepted for the retreat were notified by the end of February 2019.

This retreat built on the successes of last year's inaugural event, providing time and support for faculty members to address student learning challenges in conversation with other instructors and in light of recent developments in learning science and pedagogical practice.

Retreatants included full-time faculty, either as individuals or in teams of up to three members. Each individual or team was asked to anchor their work either in the development of a new course or the revision of an existing course. Faculty teams might be instructors from a single department commissioned to re-think the department's core offering(s), or they might be faculty from different departments working together on an interdisciplinary course.

Benefits And Expectations

Accommodations and all meals are provided for participants at the retreat. Accepted applicants should expect to:

  • Converse with colleagues about teaching and learning;
  • Participate in sessions led by fellow faculty members and CTE staff; and
  • Work individually on their own class projects.

In addition, all attendees are responsible for reporting on their progress toward meeting a learning challenge after the retreat, including:

  • A one-page description of their progress during the week of the retreat, to be submitted at the end of the retreat;
  • A syllabus for the course (and, if a revised course, a description of revisions) to be submitted at the beginning of the semester in which the new or revised course is taught; and
  • A reflection on the success of the project, including discussion of relevant evidence, at the end of the semester in which the revised course is taught.

Evaluation Criteria

Applications are evaluated on several criteria:

  • Thoughtful articulation of learning challenge;
  • Feasibility of the project for a weeklong retreat;
  • Thematic fit with other applications;
  • Impact of the proposed project on department or program offerings; and
  • Available CTE resources to assist the instructor’s response to the learning challenge.


Funding for this retreat has been generously provided by the University Council on Teaching and Intersections.

Accommodation Requests

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