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The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) offers faculty programming and services designed to suit your needs and save you time, including:

*The CTE also offers services for departments, such as customized workshops and consultations.

Individual Support


The CTE offers confidential consultations on any aspect of teaching or student learning for individual faculty members.

Classroom Observations

Faculty can arrange a classroom observation with a CTE staff member to discuss specifics of classroom teaching and to receive feedback.

Mid-semester Feedback Program

This confidential program assists faculty members in obtaining student evaluations at a point in the semester where there is still time to adapt and improve. The program is open to all junior faculty members (faculty in their first two-years of teaching at Cornell).

Seminars, Workshops, and Other Opportunities

The CTE offers seminars and workshops designed to foster dialogue on teaching topics and to exchange ideas on teaching practice. All sessions offer concrete takeaways that you can implement immediately.

Faculty Seminars & Working Sessions

A series of working sessions led by distinguished Cornell faculty and/or CTE staff are offered throughout the academic year to the Cornell teaching community.

Walking on Wednesday

Come join us for a weekly walking and talking about teaching opportunity. Stanford researchers have found that walking boosts creative inspiration an average of 60%!

Faculty Teaching Certificate Program

For faculty interested in further developing their teaching, these sessions can be applied towards earning a professional development certificate in the Faculty Teaching Certificate Program. Three (3) certificates representing critical inquiry into teaching practices are available: the Teaching Scholar Certificate, Teaching with Technology Certificate, and Community Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT) Certificate.

Flipping the Classroom: A Faculty Workshop

In this workshop you will learn techniques and technologies to expose students to course content before they come to class, and explore individual and group activities to use inside your classroom. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to adapt your syllabus, produce your own screencasts or video lectures, and engage students in new individual, peer, and group learning techniques.

Constructing, Managing, and Evaluating Student Group Work: A Working Session for STEM Faculty

Developed in collaboration with the College of Engineering James McCormick Family Teaching Excellence Institute, this working session on student group work is offered to faculty in STEM fields. You will learn best practices for constructing, managing and evaluating formal student groups.

Working Sessions on Learning Outcomes and Assessment

These are hands-on workshops for faculty who are interested in discussing the assessment of student learning in their course or program.


A series for faculty members to discuss current teaching topics in higher education and share teaching experiences over lunch.

Invited Speakers

The CTE seeks to to provoke, sustain, and extend conversations about teaching and learning through bringing nationally recognized, award winning authors, scholars, and presenters to the Cornell community.

Student Well-Being and Active Learning Study

The CTE is looking for instructors in Spring 2016 and Fall 2016 to work with us to collect data on student well-being, student performance, and use of activities in the classroom.


Junior Faculty Course Design Institute

The Junior Faculty Course Design Institute brings faculty together for two (2) days to engage in discussions and workshops related to teaching excellence, focusing on course design or re-design, promoting student engagement and active learning, evaluating student learning, and syllabus design. Participants explore effective strategies to integrate scholarship and teaching as well as balance the responsibilities of being a faculty member.

New Faculty Institute

The New Faculty Institute supports the success of new faculty by offering research-based and timesaving teaching strategies. Welcoming faculty into a community of teacher-scholars, the institute provides resources for teaching Cornell learners. Participants practice and build teaching skills, discuss ways to balance scholarship and teaching, and connect with a strong faculty network.

Faculty Institute for Diversity

The Diversity Institute brings faculty together for three (3) days to engage in discussions and workshops exploring issues of diversity and inclusive teaching practices.

Course Design Institute

The Course Design Institute brings faculty together for two (2) days to engage in discussions and working sessions related to course design, promoting student engagement and active learning, evaluating student learning, and syllabus design.

Faculty Institute on Community-Engaged Learning and Teaching

The Faculty Institute on Community-Engaged Learning and Teaching (CELT) brings together tenured and tenure-track faculty in discussions and workshops about service-learning and teaching. It creates a network of teachers and scholars who can serve as a resource to one another and supports faculty in transforming the classroom into an engaged learning environment.

High-Impact Practices (HIPs) Institute

The HIPs Institute will provide opportunities to exchange ideas with colleagues from across campus for integrating High-Impact Practices into your courses.

Redesign for Online Institute

The Redesign for Online Institute brings together faculty interested in teaching online. We will discuss how to design and teach both fully online and blended classes. Discover how your classes can benefit from online instruction.

Group Work Institute

The Group Work Institute is a one-day hands-on workshop focused on designing group assignments for your courses. Learn to create well-designed group assignments that help students achieve your learning outcomes. Be able to plan group assignments that you can rigorously, fairly, and efficiently evaluate group assignments.

Junior Faculty inSPIRE Program

The Junior Faculty inSPIRE Program is an open, supportive community where you can share ideas and experiences, meet other faculty, and join the community of scholar-teachers.

The inSPIRE Program has five (5) components:

  • Junior Faculty Discussion Series
    A series of conversations among junior faculty about common teaching challenges, developing and documenting teaching, and balancing teaching with the other responsibilities of a Cornell faculty member.


Two (2) CTE grants, faculty grants and professional development grants, are available to faculty to support efforts to enhance teaching and learning.

Annual Conference: A Celebration of Teaching Excellence

Every year the CTE hosts a conference to celebrate a tradition of great teaching at Cornell. The conference features a variety of à la carte sessions highlighting teaching strategies and methods that you can implement immediately.

Faculty Insitute for Diversity

Faculty Institute for Diversity

April 4-6, 2017

Apply for the April 2017 Institute

Application Deadline:

March 24, 2017


June 6-8, 2017

Apply for the June 2017 Institute

Application Deadline:

May 26, 2017


Having trouble with the online application? Contact for assistance.