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A Commitment to Teaching Excellence Through Faculty Development

October 30, 2017


Institutional mission, shifting faculty roles and the needs of post-traditional learners, shapes the goals of the modern teaching and learning center. More carefully documenting and assessing the work that centers for teaching and learning do will be necessary to raise their profiles and increase resources allocated to faculty development efforts. ACE has brought together expert scholars and practitioners to explore, advocate for, and justify institutions’ commitment of increased resources toward developing their teaching faculty. 

A Center for Teaching and Learning Matrix (2018)

Edited by: Eli-Collins Brown, Catherine Haras, Carol Hurney, Jonathan Iuzzini, Emily Daniell Magruder, Mary Deane Sorcinelli, Steven C. Taylor, and Mary Wright

A Center for Teaching and Learning Matrix

The next iteration of the beta matrix tool, A Center for Teaching and Learning Matrix (2018), emerges from a collaboration between ACE and the Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network. Following the release of the beta matrix tool, ACE and POD gathered extensive feedback from their members as part of its continuous development. The new matrix is organized according to three streamlined domain areas that indicate levels of institutional commitment to and development of CTLs, these are: 1) Organizational Structure, 2) Resource Allocation and Infrastructure, and 3) Programs and Services. 

Download the CTL matrix (402 KB PDF)


Institutional Commitment to Teaching Excellence: Assessing the Impacts and Outcomes of Faculty Development (2017)

Edited by: Catherine Haras, Steven C. Taylor, Mary Deane Sorcinelli, and Linda von Hoene

Institutional Commitment to Teaching Excellence: Assessing the Impacts and Outcomes of Faculty Development

This white paper highlights the critical role that effective teaching plays in helping students, and institutions, succeed, and that faculty development plays in improving instructional quality, student outcomes, and institutional efficiency. The authors make a case for assessing and collecting data on the impact of faculty development activities to provide evidence of the return on investment. Further, the authors emphasize the need for the field of faculty development to move toward adopting professional standards of practice and to more carefully document the work accomplished and resulting impact on teaching practice, student learning, and the institution. The paper is intended for multiple audiences—faculty developers, deans, provosts, and presidents—though faculty development is the consistent theme of the paper.

> Read the report


A Beta Faculty Development Center Matrix (2017)

Edited by: Catherine Haras, Margery Ginsberg, Emily Daniell Magruder, and Todd Zakrajsek

The Faculty Development Center Matrix As catalysts for professional learning, centers for teaching and learning (CTLs) play a vital role in improving teaching quality and developing cultures of teaching excellence. To support teaching centers ongoing efforts to improve and expand their work, ACE along with a team of experienced faculty developers and scholars, created A Beta Faculty Development Matrix (2017). The matrix is an evidence-based template for new and experienced center staff to assess Center development and institutional commit­ment across four areas: 1) Organizational Structure, 2) Center Location, 3) Resource Allocation and Infrastructure, and 4) Pro­grams and Services.

Download the beta matrix (1.3 MB PDF)


The ACE-POD Center for Teaching and Learning Matrix and the ACE Beta Faculty Development Center Matrix are available to share and adapt under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial International License.

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