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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 provides faculty and staff opportunities develop their core strengths as teachers and the versatility and confidence to put them to use in a variety of learning encounters—lectures, labs, seminars, study abroad, sporting events and beyond. 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.

In Spring 2020, the Center is sponsoring five programs:

  • Teaching and Learning Consultations
  • The Drake Open Course Network
  • The Embodied and Co-Present Learning Working Group
  • New Faculty Mentorships
  • Program Pedagogy Development Consultations

Information about these and other faculty-development related activities can be found under the “Workshops, Projects, and Activities” entry on Faculty and Staff Development Opportunities menu on this page.


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