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About the Center for Teaching Excellence

The Center for Teaching Excellence is funded by the Title V - Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Program under the U.S. Department of Education.  The title of the Title V-HSI grant which was awarded to SMC is Building Foundations for Academic and Career Success.  The aim of this project is to support low-income, Latino, and other traditionally underrepresented students as they pursue their academic and career goals.  

At the heart of this grant will be SMC's new Center for Teaching Excellence (The Center), which
will offer an annual Faculty Summer Institute, quarterly seminars for all faculty, departmental workshops that target career-specific improvements in math, English, and content specific-courses, and customized individual and small group support. 

 

The 2014 Faculty Summer Institute is just around the corner!
August 4 - 14, 2014
 
We are looking forward to having our 36 selected participants join us this summer!
For everyone else: 2015 will be here before you know it.
During the Faculty Summer Institute, faculty will explore issues of pedagogy and practice, exchange ideas, study new approaches and test innovative strategies for building student skills and understanding. Experts and practitioners in the field of education will share research-based strategies that increase student success.


Last year's FACULTY SUMMER INSTITUTE

July 29 through August 8, 2013 

Faculty connected, collaborated, and created at the Faculty Summer Institute (FSI).  This Summer marked our first Faculty Summer Institute: faculty learned about ways to revitalize their teaching, increase student retention and persistence, and keep students engaged.

During the institute, experts and practitioners in the field of education shared research-based strategies that increase student success.

Space was limited to 30 instructional faculty.  Participating faculty will receive a stipend for their participation in the Faculty Summer Institute and continuing involvement in The Center. Implementation plans were drafted by each attendee explaining how they will use what they learned over the two weeks, and how they will collaborate with their fellow faculty members and other departments to improve their instructional skills and methods. We thank everyone who attended and were please to have such a motivated, involved group.

Information for the 2014 Faculty Summer Institute will be available in the Spring, but check back often for more reports from this year's institute, presentations from attendees and photos.