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Teaching Excellence Program

TEP: Reflecting on the Past and Planning for the Future

Date: 1:50pm - 2:50pm PDT April 16 Location: J.R. Howard Hall 302

J.R. Howard Hall 302

In 2016 the College of Arts and Sciences was awarded a 4-year grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to create a Teaching Excellence Program. More specifically, the purpose of the grant was to increase the effectiveness and efficiencies of the institution’s approaches to supporting faculty in pedagogy enhancement by: (1) establishing a sizable cohort of faculty who are leaders in the development of teaching excellence, (2) broadening on-campus opportunities for pedagogical development through peer-to-peer mentoring and student-faculty partnerships, and (3) regularizing opportunities to discuss, develop, and test innovative pedagogical approaches with faculty peers and outside experts.


Now that we are half-way through the time frame of the grant, we’d like to hear from you. What aspects of TEP have you found to be most helpful? What has been missing from TEP’s offerings? We will discuss these and other questions at Monday’s TEP lunch.
As you reflect on the Teaching Excellence Program’s past two years and anticipate the next two years, please consider the following questions:
  • What topics would you like to see addressed in future TEP workshops and lunches? Where (and with what topics) do you most need support as a teacher?
  • What are some of the barriers to participation in TEP-related events and opportunities? What could be done to increase TEP participation among colleagues in your department or program? 
  • If you were to work with a TEP teaching consultant or pedagogy fellow on any aspect of your teaching and in any format, what would you choose to do?
  • How can the College as a whole better support you in your ongoing development as a teacher?


All TEP Pedagogy Lunches last about an hour and meet in the conference room in JR Howard Hall 302 (unless stated otherwise). You are welcome to bring your own lunch. Coffee, tea, and cookies are provided.  Although an RSVP is not required, a rough headcount would be helpful. If you plan to attend the TEP lunch, please RSVP below or email

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