Faculty Teaching Institute

Registration information for the CET Faculty Teaching Institute will be announced in the CET Newsletter.

The USC Center for Excellence in Teaching (CET) announces the Faculty Teaching Institute, a faculty development program open to all faculty, though the program is designed for junior faculty interested in establishing a strong foundation in teaching excellence.

The semester-long Faculty Teaching Institute is comprised of a series of eight modules, each with a workshop-style Zoom session. Zoom sessions are held on Fridays from 1:30pm – 3:00pm Pacific time.

The Faculty Teaching Institute will provide new faculty an opportunity to connect with colleagues to foster collaboration and community building within and across disciplines.

Participants who complete the 8 modules and two work products will receive a certificate of completion. Module completion requires either attendance at the live Zoom session or submission of the alternative assignment.

The workshops are designed to provide faculty:

  • Essential models for teaching and learning in higher education
  • Approaches to fostering an inclusive learning environment
  • Practical pedagogical techniques and strategies that strengthen learning
  • Evidence-based best practices for course design & classroom management
  • Opportunities for collaborative practice of effective teaching methods

A sampling of specific workshop topics include:

  • Designing effective courses, assignments, and assessments to meet learning objectives
  • Incorporating active learning in all courses
  • Maximizing student motivation
  • Best practices in use of educational technology
  • Efficient and effective grading practices

Anecdotes from faculty participants

“It has really helped me to increase my effectiveness as an educator in tangible ways. Like many of the attendees, I didn’t ‘major’ in adult pedagogy or teaching but rather in my area of expertise and felt initially lost when I entered the classroom a few years ago. However, the workshops and learning activities have made me feel more confident in my ability to organize and deliver the content in the classroom.”

“This was an extremely helpful institute, and it really helped me think about serving my students better and really defining objectives, assignments, and grading. It’s made designing my courses easier and helped me think about specific things to make things like grading easier.”

“It’s a great resource for anyone who is new to teaching, or just not sure if they’re on the right track. This helped me confirm a lot of things I was doing were on the right track, and helped me improve my materials a lot!”

“I would encourage any instructor to attend the CET institute. It was helpful to learn about best practices along with other faculty members from various departments. I would advise future participants to be prepared for active learning and review the modules before coming to the institute each week.”

“Have an open mind – some things we learn at the institute are completely different from what we have done in the past. To be better teachers, we must always be open to trying new things in the classroom.”
Below are the dates for the CET Faculty Teaching Institute live sessions.

Register for the Fall 2021 cohort

Registration for the Fall 2021 cohort will be announced through the CET Newsletter.

Dates for Live Zoom Sessions in Fall 2021

All sessions are Fridays from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Pacific Time

  • August 27
  • September 10
  • September 24
  • October 8
  • October 22
  • November 5
  • November 19
  • December 3