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Center for Teaching Excellence

Created in 2019, the Center for Teaching Excellence supports the foundational promise of the Drake Mission: to “provide a distinctive learning environment” shaping—and shaped by—the numerous learning encounters at the core of the Drake experience for students, faculty, and staff alike. The Center encourages a reflective, holistic, and integrated approach to teaching that values expertise, creativity, innovation, and experimentation, one that treats every interaction as a learning opportunity.

The Center provides support for faculty and staff as they grow as educators, encouraging approaches that are innovative, adaptive, and responsive to changing contexts, from the emergence of new technologies to changes in their fields to a global pandemic. At the same time, the Center takes the lead in organizational development, partnering with stakeholders university-wide to increase Drake’s capacity to support faculty and staff in delivering on Drake’s teaching-and-learning mission.

Currently, the Center is engaged in a number of related activities and initiatives in response to the rapidly evolving nature of teaching and learning in the third decade of the twenty-first century:

  • Partnering with Drake Online and Continuing Education and Advanced and Emerging Technologies to provide customized support to faculty as they integrate digital technologies into their teaching and learning practice.  
  • Collaborating with Faculty Success to sponsor mentorships for newly appointed faculty.  
  • Working with the Baum Chair of Ethics in the Professions, Community Engaged Learning, Drake International, the Office of Campus Equity and Inclusion, and Student Success to offer workshops, seminars, and other opportunities for faculty and staff to work together and reflect on current and future challenges to higher education.  
  • Advising programs, departments, colleges, and schools on practices supportive of student learning in a variety of contexts and modalities.  
  • Communicating with the campus community to provide reliable, actionable information on the basis of which faculty and staff can plan effectively.  
  • Sponsoring research into the effects of physical co-presence on student and faculty perceptions of teaching and learning.  

You can use the “Faculty and Staff Development Resources” menu on this page to explore other opportunities university-wide. Please, also, feel free to contact the CTE with questions, comments, or suggestions about how we can effectively support faculty and staff in advancing our mission. 


Craig Owens
Director, Center for Teaching Excellence
(515) 271-3876