30th Anniversary of the Center for Teaching Excellence

  • It is the 30th anniversary of the Center for Teaching Excellence at IUP! For three decades, the CTE has encouraged faculty to share “Good Talk About Good Teaching,” generally over good food! To celebrate our history we are putting together a 30th Anniversary Volume that will also benefit colleagues in the future, and we need your help!  

    Please share your academic life-tested recipes, hacks, and tips to assist other IUP faculty to nurture their joy in teaching and sustain positive and productive academic careers. Please submit a teaching tip that helps you teach better, a hack that makes you more effective or efficient or otherwise supports your academic productivity, or a favorite recipe that helps you get through the year. 

    Your submission can be a few lines or a few pages—we want to include your best practices and best recipes in the 30th Anniversary Volume to be published in April 2020.

    Submissions are due by March 18, 2020, as a Microsoft Word document. Send to CTE-anniversary@iup.edu.

    If you have questions, please contact Theresa McDevitt at mcdevitt@iup.edu.

    Consider using the following outline, but also feel free to use your own format: 

    Title: A catchy name for teaching or academic life supporting recipe, hack, or tip

    Introduction: Explain a little background to pique interest in this book entry which explains how your recipe, hack, or tip relates to teaching or the academic life. For example: Does your teaching tip help you build community in your classes, online or face-to-face? Does your hack make grading easier for you and clearer to your students? Does your healthy recipe help get you through the busy mid-semester crunch, fuel up for the beginning of the semester, or celebrate the end-of-your semester? Does the snack recipe or idea get students talking? Do the foods that you keep in your office keep you going during those long teaching days? If so, please let us know about it.

    Time of the year: If applicable, relate your entry to the time of the academic year, such as preparing for classes, beginning the semester, midterms, finals, or post-semester reflection.

    Ingredients/Materials needed, if applicable. ​

    Step-by-step teaching directions/cooking instructions. List instructions in as much detail as you wish to provide. Shorter entries are welcome.

    Group size: Size of group it serves or works best with.

    Who you are, with any CTE/RP connections that you would like to mention: Your name, department, experience with the CTE and/or RP, and contact information, including current email address.

    Attachments: Photographs or handouts that illustrate or explain submissions.

    Special memory: About the dish, teaching experience, or efficiency tip as related to teaching and the CTE/RP.