Contemplative Pedagogies in Practice

By: Christina Frasher As we begin the new academic year we may have many emotions arise: excitement, anticipation, relief, inspiration or dread. Through my own teaching experiences, I have encountered a roller coaster of feelings over the years and my recent dive into utilizing contemplative practices has been a buoy when I have experienced these …

Fall 2019 Welcome Back!

A Teaching Tip from Steven Hansen, Director for Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence The staff at the Center for Teaching Excellence welcome you to a new academic year! We would like you to ponder a few questions as the first week of classes comes to an end: When you leave the classroom, are you exhausted? …

THANK YOU LAUREL!

After 20 years at Duquesne University, Laurel is leaving us! On her last day (today), we at CTE wanted to send out a post thanking her for all that she’s done for us. At her goodbye party, over one hundred faculty that have been positively affected by Laurel and her work at CTE came to bid …

Summer Classes: Opportunities for Teaching and Learning

A Teaching and Learning Tip by Steve Hansen For Faculty and TAs Use summer classes as an opportunity to try something new in your teaching repertoire. Summer classes are often intensive in nature.  This requires that you employ a purposeful sequencing of the course to increase students’ learning.  In a non-summer class, the sequencing of …

Breaking a Stigma: Allowing Doodling in the Classroom

Every year at the Duquesne University Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Symposium (URSS), the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) gives an award to a student project that focuses on the study of human learning in any of its many contexts. Eligible projects explore topics on how and where learning happens or what empowers or hinders people …