CFE Highlights

I  C   TEACHING: Three Days of Teaching Visits

When: Monday, October 1st, Tuesday October 2nd, and Wednesday October 3rd

Would you like to watch one of your colleagues teach to see how they engage students, manage the classroom, or address challenging subjects? Do you ever feel the empty isolation in learning to teach? You’re not alone. Too often in higher education we instructors do not have the opportunity to watch and discuss each other’s teaching, and therefore we struggle in what Lee Shulman has called, “pedagogical solitude.” The Center for Faculty Excellence works to shift this isolation by creating opportunities for pedagogical community.

This semester we are proud to offer three intensive days of teaching visits. On October 1, 2, and 3, classes taught by some of the most well-respected (and willing) instructors across many disciplines will open their classroom doors to faculty of all ranks.

Below is a brief list of this year's participating host instructors and their course title:

Matthew Claus - Introduction to Music Education

Amie Germain - Human Development

Claire Gleitman - Dangerous Women in Dramatic Literature

Christine Guest - Television Production & Direction

Jean Hardwick - Animal Physiology

Christina Moylan - Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Policy

Debbie Rifkin - Aural Skills 3

Michael Smith - Topics in Environmental Humanities

Patricia R. Zimmermann - Introduction to Film Aesthetics and Analysis

For additional information on the events and to register, please click this link.


Please join us; all faculty new to the Ithaca College Campus are welcome.
When: September 25th, 12:00 - 1:00pm
Where: Clark Lounge, Campus Center
Description: This workshop will be led by Mike Pusateri, Psy.D. and will introduce participants to: identifying a potential mental health crisis, initiating a conversation with someone at risk, asking directly about suicidal thoughts, and making referrals to appropriate resources.

Please use this link to register.


Judith Ross-Bernstein (CFE) and her faculty colleagues kick-off this recurring opportunity for frank and informal teaching discussions. Classroom observations provide an opportunity for expanding our real-time teaching narratives and to self-reflect about the pedagogical choices we make as instructors. This session addresses the why, what, and how of observing the pedagogy of one’s cross-disciplinary peers. All faculty are invited. Participants in I C Teaching : Three Days of Teaching Visits are encouraged to attend. Lunch is provided. This session is offered twice, please select one.

Where: Center for Faculty Excellence, Gannett Center 316
When: September 27th, 12:00 - 1:00pm

Please use this link to register for the 9/27 session.


Here is a beginning checklist for you to consider, First Things First.

We hope these additional resources are helpful to you:

  • Syllabus Inventory

  • Syllabus Construction

  • First Day of Class

  • Increasing Inclusivity in the Classroom

  • A Self-Directed Guide to Designing Courses for Significant Learning

  • Connect, Support, Inspire, and Engage

    The Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) inspires organizational growth and change toward an integrated, holistic approach to higher education. We do so through opportunities for faculty, staff, and administrators to connect with each other in a process of continuous professional development. We provide support for the IC Community to work individually and collaboratively in order to enhance their efforts in teaching, research, and service. Because learning happens everywhere, we promote evidenced-based pedagogies that cultivate student engagement, learning, and academic success.

    CONNECT with colleagues through scheduled events.

    Find SUPPORT for your teaching, research, and community initiatives.

    INSPIRE each other to teach, reflect, and learn.

    ENGAGE your students in significant experiences.

Questions? Comments? Please don't hesitate to contact us!

Center for Faculty Excellence
316 Gannett Center
(T) 607-274-3734
(F) 607-274-1732

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