Learn from Others
Your peers are your best teachers. The CFE fosters peer learning for faculty instructors through learning communities, grants, tailored information services, and the annual faculty showcase.
The Faculty Showcase is a great chance to pick up new ideas for your courses, become more aware of teaching support resources available to you, and to make new connections across disciplines. Interactive elements, such as the popular “Steal My Idea” where faculty pitched innovative teaching ideas and the new Interdisciplinary Speed Innovating session promoted exposure to new ideas and colleagues.
The Faculty Peer Visits Program provides UNC-CH faculty members with an opportunity to see peers representing a variety of disciplines implementing interactive methods in a live classroom setting. Whether you are an instructor who has been using interactive methods for years or are trying to get ready to teach your first large class, you are likely to benefit from the visits by getting new ideas for effective practice and reflecting on your own practice.
Professional exploration and growth (PEG) activities are structured learning opportunities, which help faculty members broaden their skills as teachers, scholars, and leaders and may occur at any stage of one’s career. Faculty applying for Professional Exploration and Growth grants are not expected to publish or present.
The Professional Interests Manager (PIM) is a Center for Faculty Excellence (CFE) service designed to inform faculty members about professional development resources and opportunities in the areas of teaching, research, and leadership. Instead of a one-size-fits-all, PIM only notifies you about resources and opportunities relevant to your particular professional development interests.
Each year, the University recognizes faculty, staff and students for outstanding teaching. The University Committee on Teaching Awards strongly encourages you to nominate deserving faculty members and graduate teaching assistants for distinguished teaching awards.
Faculty Learning Communities are peer groups of interdisciplinary faculty members who engage in an active, collaborative, structured program to provide encouragement, support, and reflection.