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Center for Teaching Excellence

  • CTE Infographic 2019-2020


The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) provides support for faculty professional development, pedagogical consultations, instructional design support, and graduate teaching assistant professional development.  

Whatever the teaching needs or interests—whether delivery is traditional, online, or blended methods—CTE has resources to help make teaching more effective and enjoyable while keeping faculty life in balance. CTE serves all who teach at USC-Columbia, Palmetto College campuses and USC School of Medicine (Columbia and Greenville)—including established faculty, new faculty, adjunct faculty, graduate teaching assistants and instructional staff.

Goals for AY2021-2022

  • Create a new balance between in-person and virtual delivery of CTE's programs and services
  • Continue to provide the full range of workshops and programming to strengthen the culture of pedagogy at the University of South Carolina
  • Continue with an emphasis on using lessons and techniques learned during the pandemic to expand and improve distributed learning offerings at USC
  • Continue to explore opportunities to expand services that will better prepare graduate students to teach
  • Visit each Palmetto College campus twice an academic year to provide DL support and guidance.
  • Identify ways to make better use of electronic resources to provide swifter and more efficient communication with CTE's constituencies

Accomplishments During AY 2019-2020 and 2020-2021

  • Faculty Professional Development Pedagogy Initiatives
    • 252 workshops/seminars/training sessions
    • 1,796 faculty consultations by the ID team
    • 95 faculty and graduate assistants receiving grants coordinated through CTE
    • Cosponsored and hosted a national conference on the use of virtual reality and related technologies in teaching.
    • Implemented first Adjunct Orientations
    • Offered 9 Certificates of Completion adding  Integrative and Experiential Learning, Entering Mentoring, Volunteer Leadership,  Mental Health and Well-being Competency for Faculty, Online International Programming, and Carolina Online Learning and Teaching.
  • DL Instructional Design
    • 526 face-to-face, online, and blended courses developed with substantial assistance from the ID Team
    • 23 courses received DLQR
    • Offered short courses, including Getting Started Teaching Online, Teaching Online for Graduate Students, Technology for Online Teaching and Learning, and a new offering, Carolina Online Teaching and Learning (COLT)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistants
    • 42 workshops led by GTA Training Program Manager
    • 368 grad students enrolled in GRAD 701
    • 468 grad students trained through New TA Orientations
    • 70 grad students completed the Preparing Future Faculty program
    • Funded 8 Graduate Teaching Assistant Resource Development grants
    • “Writing Your Teaching Philosophy” workshop series enrolled 63 graduate students

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