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The Center for Teaching Excellence

Established in 1992, the primary role of the Center for Teaching Excellence is to support faculty as they work to integrate effective pedagogical approaches. We offer workshops, orientation for new faculty, one-on-one teaching consultations, and ongoing presentations and activities that focus on teaching and learning. For more information, contact us at

Featured Event: A Presentation and Conversation in Tribute to Siobhán Ross


Reading like a Writer:
The Function of Sakai Posts in Teaching and Research

In tribute to our beloved colleague Siobhán Ross, we invite you to join us on Thursday, April 23 in the Center for Catholic and Dominican Studies as we delve deeper into how Sakai raises the level of conversation and engagement in a course. Refreshments and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 5:30 p.m. and the presentation and discussion will begin at 6:00.

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If you would like to contribute to the Siobhán Ross Memorial Fund at Providence College, which will provide financial aid resources to undergraduate students who are residents of the City of Providence, go to, specify this fund in the “Other” box when asked for your allocation, and indicate that this is a gift in memory of someone.

CTE Mission

The Center for Teaching Excellence values excellence in teaching and learning, and promotes effective pedagogy and scholarship through mentoring, resources, programming, dialogue and recognition.

CTE Advisory Group

The CTE Advisory Group is comprised of the CTE director, associate director and faculty members who represent a range of disciplines and teaching experiences. The role of the advisory group is to provide guidance and support as programming is developed and implemented. Advisory group members are selected by the director and associate director based on their demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence.

Maia Bailey, Biology & CTE Associate Director
Laurie L. Grupp, Elementary/Special Education & CTE Director
Lynne Lawson, Engineering/Physics/Systems
Deborah Levine, Health Policy & Management
Margaret Manchester, History
Seann Mulcahy, Chemistry/Biochemistry
Peg Ruggieri, Accountancy

​Calling All Faculty:

Be a part of the next IFS

Applications for the next Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar are due by April 22, 2015. Learn more about the process by clicking the images below.

ifs mission and format
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Message from the Director


The Center for Teaching Excellence promotes effective teaching and engaged student learning. We offer a variety of programs, resources, and services to support faculty, and we encourage feedback and suggestions for upcoming events. Stop in for a visit, check out our resource library, or contact me with a question at 401-865-2505 or I look forward to seeing you.

Laurie L. Grupp, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Teaching Excellence
Associate Professor, Elementary/Special Education

CTE Contact Information
Feinstein Academic Center, Room 303
1 Cunningham Square,
Providence, R.I. 02918

Laurie L. Grupp, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Teaching Excellence

Associate Professor, Elementary/Special Education

Phone: (401) 865-2505

Maia Bailey, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Center for Teaching Excellence
Assistant Professor, Biology
Phone: (401) 865-2163

Stephanie Filippelli
Administrative Coordinator, Center for Teaching Excellence
(401) 865-1340

Catholic and Dominican

What does it mean to be a Catholic and Dominican college? We invite you to explore this question and the distinctive mission of Providence College.
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