Center for Teaching Excellence Gathers Educators, Higher Ed Columnist for Conference on Ways to Improve Teaching, Learning

A diverse group of faculty will come together to discuss one common passion: teaching.  The University of Houston Center for Teaching Excellence presents “Teaching Excellence in the 21st Century,” a workshop for faculty, staff, teaching assistants and students. 

The event is planned from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday Oct. 14 and is free and open to the public, though registration is strongly recommended at

“We are very encouraged that so many of our best faculty will be on hand to discuss teaching with their peers,” said David Mazella, professor and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence.  “This shows their strong commitment to their students' academic success.  It also demonstrates how much teaching and research feed into one another at a Tier One institution like UH.”

Faculty from varied academic backgrounds, including recipients of the UH Teaching Excellence Awards, will discuss such topics as how to teach good teaching, learning from failures, effective ways to improve student engagement, and diversity and global learning.  Additionally, a panel discussion and breakout session will focus on teaching assistants. 

The keynote speaker is James Lang, an associate professor of English at Assumption College and columnist for the Chronicle of Higher Education. He’ll discuss “Speaking About Cheating: Teaching for Academic Integrity.” Lang also is the 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.”

“The involvement of campus and community leaders and alums conveys the message that improving teaching is not just about better graduation rates, but about post-graduate success,” Mazella said.  “We want everyone to come away from this conference the way they feel after a good classroom discussion: informed, energized and eager to tackle the challenges ahead.”

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WHAT: UH Center for Teaching Excellence “Teaching Excellence in the 21st Century”

WHEN: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14

WHERE: University Center, Houston room

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