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Mission of The Center for Teaching Excellence

The Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington is dedicated to assisting the University in fulfilling its commitment to strengthening undergraduate and graduate instruction. CTE recognizes that excellence in teaching is only achieved through teaching scholarship, which involves continuous scrutiny of course content and methods of instruction, knowledge of modern educational techniques and practices, and analysis of the effects of different teaching methods on student learning. Developing new courses and improving existing ones are fundamental to maintaining the integrity and vitality of the University's educational programs.

The mission of the Center for Teaching Excellence is to foster a campus-wide climate where teaching is highly valued, as well as provide leadership in the application of scholarship to teaching. CTE assumes that the primary responsibility for developing and improving educational programs resides with the faculty who, as teacher/scholars, possess both the knowledge of the disciplines and the skills to evaluate and implement effective instructional practices. CTE encourages efforts to achieve excellence in teaching by running programs for course development and improvement, implementing new instructional technologies, and providing support services.

In order to further enhance the resources of the Center for Teaching Excellence and to increase opportunities for professional development in teaching for UNCW faculty, CTE participates in a variety of resource-sharing consortia, both formal and informal, with the University of North Carolina system.  In addition, CTE participates in statewide and national associations that support the mission of improving higher education through professional development in teaching. 

The mission of CTE is specifically supportive, and participation by the faculty is entirely voluntary. The interaction between Center personnel and the faculty is confidential and separate from any formal assessment process of the University.

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Mission of The Center for Faculty Leadership

The Center for Faculty Leadership (CFL) is dedicated to developing and sustaining a high quality of academic leadership that is central to the mission and goals outlined in the University‘s strategic plan. The Center serves as a resource for individuals with aspirations for academic leadership, as a training center for newly appointed department chairs, division coordinators, and program directors, and as a retooling center for current, mid-level academic leaders interested in improving the quality of their academic programs and/or advancing their professional careers in university administration. Information and assistance emphasize exploration, experimentation, and networking with programs presented in a variety of venues: informal discussions, formal workshops, guest speakers, conferences, networking and alliance building, mentoring and shadowing. The Center‘s mission encourages collaborative initiatives by the faculty. Thus, the Center also serves as resource and support for faculty-generated initiatives that require institutional support beyond the departmental or program level.



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