Maintaining an ongoing dialogue about good teaching is done through seminars, workshops, individual counseling, and course assessment activities with individuals, departments, and colleges and schools. CTE supports their improvement, development and enhancement of university teaching, and the highlighting and rewarding of excellent teaching is achieved through: the development of teaching effectiveness for faculty and teaching assistants through orientations, instructional development activities, evaluation of teaching performance, individual consultation on teaching practice and mentoring; the enhancement of teaching performance of mid-career and senior faculty by continuing education workshops and activities directed towards updates on new teaching and learning theory, technology, and pedagogy.
The Center for Teaching Excellence was initiated by the Board of regents in June 1987,
within the Office of Faculty Development and Academic Support (OFDAS), to function as
an academic support office with the overall mission of providing instructional and
professional development activities and services for UHM faculty and academic staff.
CTE provides programs that focus on creating teaching and learning environments in
- • faculty, teaching assistants and students are engaged by and grow in their
knowledge of the course materials together. Simultaneously, knowledge and
understanding of students and of teaching and learning develops in a climate of
greater respect and exchange;
- • professional development integrates understanding of the culture, history and
people of Hawai’i. This is critical for faculty and teaching assistants, may of whom come
from cultures and educational backgrounds very different from our students at Manoa,
who in great part are born and raised in Hawai’i.