Please join us for a faculty workshop on the future of teaching, Friday, March 30, 1-2:30pm


First Annual UH Faculty Clicker Connection, Feb. 17, 1-3 pm in the Kiva Rm, College of Ed

Dr. Kathleen Brosnan, Assoc. Dean for CLASS, has announced an event that might be of interest to those of you currently using clickers in the classroom, or thinking about introducing them into your lectures:

On February 17th, 2012, from 1-3pm, FDIS will be holding the First Annual UH Faculty Clicker Connection. This event will give faculty that uses clickers (or faculty that are curious about clickers!) the opportunity to meet and discuss best practices and experiences. Bill Joyce from Turning Point, our clicker vendor, will be flying in from Ohio to speak at the event and answer faculty questions in addition to the round tables we have planned.

WHERE: KIVA Room, College of Education

WHEN: February 17th, 2012 from 1pm-3pm

Registration can be found on the FDIS website at

For more information, please contact FDIS at

If you attend, please let us know how helpful you found the presentation, and if you’d like more events on this topic.



Building Pedagogical Bridges: English Department Fifth Annual December Teaching Conference, Dec. 6th, 2011

I’m posting this notice to alert the pedagogically-minded on campus that the English dept. will be hosting its December Teaching Conference next Tuesday, Dec. 6th, from 8:30-1:50 in Roy Cullen Hall.

Here is the program:


The CTE’s own Allison Laubach Wright and Bruce Martin will be chairing and presenting at a roundtable on critical teaching in a diverse environment, and I’ll be chairing an interactive panel, along with Kate Anderson of English,  on Threshold Concepts in literary studies and linguistics. Hope to see you there.


Upcoming CTE faculty workshop: “Creating Learning Communities in Cyberspace,” this Friday Oct. 28, 1:00-2:30, in 306 MDA library (Jim Garson)

This Friday at 1 pm Jim Garson will be moderating the following panel in the Faculty Senate offices at 306 MDA library:

Creating Learning Communities in Cyberspace

This workshop will explore information technologies that can be used to bring students together in the learning process, whether inside or outside in the classroom.


Workshop participants and topics are as follows:

  • Simon Bott (Chemistry) will talk about his use of Facebook;
  • Ana Medrano (Biology) will explain her use of Twitter;
  • Jami Kovach (Information and Logistics Technology) will provide a summary of a variety of methods for supporting learning communities.

If you have experience with social media, or if you are just interested in hearing about how it might work in different kinds of classrooms, please consider attending.  If you have any questions, email


Upcoming Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) Conference, March 7-9, 2012

Please note that the SoTL Commons conference held annually at Georgia Southern University will be taking place March 7-9, 2012.  Proposals are due by Oct. 31. This would be a terrific conference for TAs or Faculty who would like to present and participate in a pedagogy conference.

I’ll be applying myself to to go to this conference, and would like to see if others would be interested, as well.

Contact me at if you’re interested or need additional information.



Conference Announcement: Please come to “Teaching Excellence in the 21st Century,” Friday Oct. 14th, 2011

On behalf of the University of Houston Center for Teaching Excellence and honorary conference chair Caroll Robertson Ray, we would like to invite you to be part of an exciting conference to be held Friday, October 14, 2011.  “Teaching Excellence in the 21st Century” will bring together faculty, staff, students, local businesspeople, civic leaders, and other members of the greater Houston community to learn about, discuss, and celebrate teaching and learning at the city’s only Carnegie-ranked Tier One public university.

We will be discussing a number of topics regarding instruction at UH, but one particular focus will be the question of High Impact Practices like undergraduate research affect student performance both in coursework and in postgraduate careers.

The keynote speaker will be James Lang, associate professor of English at Assumption College, author of Life on the Tenure Track: Lessons from the First Year and On Course: A Week-by-Week Guide to Your First Semester of Teaching, and columnist for the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Other highlights of the conference will include a variety of breakout sessions, complimentary lunch with hosted discussion tables, and the chance to win a copy of Prof. Lang’s On Course, compliments of the University of Houston LibrariesRegistration is free and open to all.

The conference will be held in the Houston Room of the University Center on the University of Houston Main Campus.

Updates and other news on the conference will be announced here, at the CTE blog.

Thanks, and if you have any questions, please put them here on the blog, or email me at



Welcome to the Center for Teaching Excellence Blog

Welcome to the UH CTE blog.  We are using this online moderated forum to get input from UH faculty, staff, and graduate students regarding our activities in the Center for Teaching Excellence.  If you have any suggestions for topics you’d like to see covered in our discussions, either online or in our brown bag events, please hit the comment button and let us know.

Best wishes,

David Mazella,