Welcome Back to Spring 2020!

Welcome to the 2020 spring semester! As the temperatures start to drop and it begins to feel like winter again, please take a look at and consider participating in some of the upcoming opportunities and workshops on Duquesne University’s campus. The Center for Teaching Excellence’s (CTE’s) spring micro workshops will focus on evidence-based practices for …

Self-Care for the Holiday Season

As we wrap up the most hectic time of the school year, we are also headed into the most hectic time of the year: the holidays. CTE wants to remind you to take some time and focus on your self-care during these upcoming cold days. As you prepare for a new semester, you might catch …

Academic Rigor: Myth, Benefits, and a Workable Definition

By: Dr. Steven Hansen; Director for Faculty Development and Teaching Excellence Laurel Willingham-McLain and I recently presented an interactive session at the 2019 Annual POD Network Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  In preparing the session, three articles informed our presentation.  The articles were “Dysfunctional Illusions of Rigor” (2010) by Nelson, “The Influence of Academic Rigor on …

A Little Bit of Thanksgiving Every Day

Thanksgiving can be a time to relax and reflect on what you’re grateful for. For students and professors, it’s a time away from classes to take a break from or get caught up on schoolwork. But, Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be the only time when we reflect on our gratitude. Implementing gratitude also doesn’t have …

Writing Teaching into Your Diversity Statement

By: Michael DuPontMichael serves as the Assistant Director for Educational Development in the Center for Teaching Excellence. He provides resources, programming, and consultation on college teaching/learning and academic career success for faculty and graduate students at Duquesne University.As you read this now, you may very well be applying for a faculty position or know of …