Center for Teaching Excellence

Purpose: The CTE provides faculty with professional development opportunities to enhance teaching at all stages of their career. The Center creates a dialogue on the Western State Colorado University's campus teaching excellence. This dialogue aids new faculty in achieving the excellent teaching expected of all faculty and allows all faculty to explore pedagogical and curricular innovation on individual, departmental and institutional level.


  • Stimulate faculty discussion and continued education about issues critical to effective teaching and learning.
  • Support individual faculty efforts to enhance teaching and learning.
  • Provide opportunities for partnerships within and across disciplines.
  • Support integration of research/scholarship and teaching.
  • Support and recognize innovative teaching
  • Engage and support new faculty in developing effective pedagogy.

Events for the semester- (regular semester events are the first and third Thursdays of every month from 12:30-1:45 p. m. - save time in your schedule!)

Center for Teaching Excellence

Spring 2014 workshop series

All events scheduled to take place on Thursdays, 12:30-1:45 pm in the University Center North Ballroom, unless otherwise indicated.


January 30th     “Using technology in the classroom: Google Earth and beyond” with Dr. Phil Crossley and Dr. Jeff Sellen

February 6th    “How “flipping” your classroom can increase student engagement” with Chrissie Nehrenberg

February 20th  "Best practices for online course design" with Dr. Gaye Jenkins, Chrissie Nehrenberg and Dr. Chris Benedetti

March 6th          “Enhancing undergraduate research” with Dr. Robin Bingham

March 12th        “Celebrating faculty scholarship” (5:30-7pm)

April 3rd              “The psychology of learning” with Dr. Scott Cohn and Dr. William Knapp  

April 17th            “Second year experience” with Chris Luekenga and Gary Pierson 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Dr. Phil Crossley ​, CTE Director (970) 943-2800 or at