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


The Office of Academic Affairs and The Center for Teaching Excellence proudly present the ninth annual Providence College Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar:


Applications are due May 15, 2014.

Featured CTE Events

The 2014 Interdisciplinary Faculty Seminar on “Curiosity” invites you to:

Curiositas, Intellectual Curiosity and Transcendence

Presenter: Dr. Patrick Byrne, Professor of Philosophy at Boston CollegeCurious-Cat---Byrne-web.jpg

 Wednesday, April 30th, 2014, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Great thinkers have both encouraged and cautioned us about curiosity. Curiosity has been called the inspiration that led to the greatest ideas in science, art and philosophy. Yet we are warned that "Curiosity killed the cat." This talk will explore the heights and depths of curiosity through the eyes of St. Augustine -- who thought curiosity a vice -- and Bernard Lonergan -- who regarded intellectual curiosity as a divine gift. This event is open to all faculty and staff. Refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP by April 24th to, ext. 1340, or click the "SIGN UP" button below.


The Center for Teaching Excellence proudly presents TEACHING TOOLS:

PowerPoint- an effective tool or a snoozefest of slides?

A conversation about the effectiveness of PowerPoint as used by students and faculty.

Renina Flores
, Asst. Professor of Voice and Diction

Professor Flores’ presentation on tips for guiding students to more effective PowerPoint presentations will be followed by a conversation on faculty use of PowerPoint presentations with their students. Refreshments will be provided.

Tuesday, April 29th, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Please RSVP by April 25th to, ext. 1340, or click the "SIGN UP" button below. 

We welcome and encourage all faculty to use the Center for Teaching Excellence as a continuous resource, both at our facility and by attending the many events we offer throughout the year. 

We are located in Feinstein 303 and 304.

About the CTE

The Center for Teaching Excellence was established in the fall of 1992.  Its mission is to advance the cause of college teaching by working with faculty members to cultivate an institutional climate in which teaching is highly valued and which promotes excellence in student learning.  Our programs, events, and facilities serve the Providence College community year-round.

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.
I look forward to seeing you.

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

Contact Information:

Feinstein Academic Center Room 303
1 Cunningham Square
Providence, R.I. 02918
Tina Zimmerman
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 401-865-1340
Fax: 401-865-1036
Angela K. Dills, Ph.D.
Associate Director, Center for Teaching Excellence
Associate Professor, Economics

CTE Advisory Group:

Dr. Deborah Levine, Health Policy & Management
Dr. Margaret Manchester, History
Dr. Kevin O'Connor, Secondary Education
Dr. Lynne Lawson, Engineering/Physics/Systems
Dr. Christine Earley, Accountancy
Dr. Seann Mulcahy, Chemistry/Biochemistry

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